Don’t Learn the Hard Way, Make the Necessary Changes Today
Almost two months ago, my boyfriend and I headed up to our local ski hill to get in one last day of snowboarding in before the season ended. On one of the runs, I made a sharp turn and fell downhill, hitting my head against the snow. Shaken up, I thought I would be fine after a quick rest. But after having troubles with door handles and stairs, the fear of a concussion set in.
After being examined by both first aid attendants and doctors, it was confirmed that I did, indeed, have a concussion.
It is rather embarrassing to admit that on that day I was not wearing a helmet while snowboarding. As a Health and Safety blogger, you would think that of all people I would be prepared for the possibility of injury, but sadly this was not the case.
The concussion was severe enough that I couldn’t read or write for several days, and left my cognitive abilities severely limited. As a result I couldn’t blog, or do much of anything mentally and physically for over a month.
Suffice to say I have learned a huge lesson in terms of safety preparedness outside of the workplace. Never again will I take my personal health or safety for granted again. Unfortunately it took an accident for me to fully realize this, but it is my hope that you will learn from my mistake.
Just like me, there might be some areas in your life where you are not as safe or prepared as you could be. Where can you improve your personal safety outside the workplace?
Putting Safety First
Here are just a few questions to ask yourself. Answer honestly and make changes to your behaviour.
- Does your smoke detector work? / Does it have batteries?
- Do you regularly wear a lifejacket on the water or while boating?
- Do you wear a helmet while biking?
- Do you speed or take unnecessary risk while driving?
- Do you own a fire extinguisher?
- Do you wear sunscreen?
- Do you wear your seatbelt? Even on short trips?
- Does your home and car have a first aid kit?
- Do you have a fire and earthquake escape plan for your home?
There may be areas in your life where you take unnecessary risks, just as I did. Many times we forget that there is a delicate balance that exists between life and death, health and debilitating injury. It is my hope that my mistake and subsequent brain injury act as a reminder to everyone that safety doesn’t happen by accident.
— Champagne Choquer, Health & Safety Blogger for Skilven Publications
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