As a prepper, it is natural to think about the big prospective disasters, like wildfires, hurricanes, economic collapse, etc. Unfortunately, when always looking at the larger picture, it is easy to forget that danger lurks around every corner.
Every day, people put themselves in harm’s way by performing everyday tasks; for example, driving is one of the most dangerous things you can do. However, despite the dangers you face, you still — more than likely — make it to tomorrow. To help ensure you remain safe, note the activities you routinely perform because, more often than not, complacency is the real threat.
Dangers of Driving
You have likely heard that driving your car is more dangerous than traveling by plane. Several things make driving hazardous, including:
- Road conditions
- Blind turns
- Outside distractions
- Other drivers
Additionally, using your cellphone while driving puts you at an incredibly high risk of an accident. The National Safety Council estimates that cell phone use is responsible for 1.6 million car accidents per year.
Dangers of Childcare
Even taking care of your family can lead to accidents and injuries. Carrying your child around the house or lifting them out of the crib can result in back injuries. Additionally, with children around the house, you might slip and fall on a toy.
Children are also susceptible to injuries when in daycare. It is common for children to experience minor bumps, bruises, scrapes, and cuts.
Dangers of Cooking
Cooking is necessary. Unfortunately, most recipes require a source of heat, making meal prep a legitimate fire hazard.
Using grease or cooking oil can result in pan fires, and if you do not put them out correctly, the fire can spread quickly to other parts of the house. Aside from a house fire, you might end up with several burns when cooking dinner for the family.
You can also injure your back moving heavy dishes from one space to the other. Additionally, you might find your knees and hips begin to hurt because you are forced to stand for long periods.
Dangers of Household Chores
When you think of household chores, what comes to mind:
- Mowing the lawn
- Appliance repair
Any household tasks can result in electrocution, dismemberment, broken bones, and other severe injuries. Mowing the lawn, for instance, requires the pushing around of a high-powered blade. Depending on the type of mower you have, there are several potential safety risks. A riding mower can slip into gear without the operator. A push mower can shoot debris into the operator’s face, resulting in eye injuries or blindness.
Using appliances or attempting appliance repair as a novice or expert can lead to electrocution. Any time you are trying to fix an electronic device, it is crucial to double-check the power source to the device, ensuring it is off.
Dangers of Walking, Running, or Exercise
Fundamental exercises, like walking and running, can also lead to injuries. Many people take walking for granted, thinking they are experienced enough to try and multitask, but that is a mistake. Walking and talking on your phone or texting can and does result in several deaths per year.
Regardless of what you choose to do with your free time, make sure that you are entirely in it. Complacency leads to accidents, injuries, and deaths, even doing the most basic everyday tasks.
Can you think of an everyday activity that is dangerous or an example of when you injured yourself doing something routine? Leave a comment.