Most accidents happen during leisure time, most commonly when moving from one place to another. The majority of such accidents involve stumbling or falling.
Trips and slips also cause cuts and bruises. Sprains and more serious injuries can hospitalise people.
“People put themselves in danger at home by climbing onto surfaces like chairs or up ladders. It is important to think about the stability of the surface and the footwear. For example, it is a bad idea to climb to a height while wearing woolly socks or crocs,” says Mika Liuhamo, Product Manager at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.
Take a moment to think things through – at home as well as at work
From time to time, it is a good idea to stop and consider the kinds of hazards that can arise in leisure time.
When facing a new task at work, we take a moment to think it through. At home, we often approach things headlong without any preparation, even if it is something we do not routinely do.
“It would be wise to take a moment of reflection at home as well. Spend a couple of minutes planning – think about the best way of doing things and which tools you will need,” Liuhamo says.
When accidents happen at home or during leisure time, it is often because of being tired, careless or rushed.
Liuhamo says that being in a hurry may not be the real reason. However, it may be the go-to explanation if a person does not have the energy or inclination to take care of safety.
Think ahead and take action
The first step in preventing accidents is to identify hazards. The better we can identify different hazards, the more effectively we can affect and reduce the number of accidents.
However, as Liuhamo points out, being aware of hazards is not enough – we also need to react to shortcomings and take action.
If a stool looks a little flimsy, use a safer one instead. If there is slippery ground on the way to the letterbox, grit the route. Wear suitable shoes when you go to pick up your post.
“A little effort and a few changes could prevent many accidents.”