Accidents and other unfortunate
things happen, but many of them can be avoided if you are alert and
keep the possibilities of danger in mind. There are specific zones, or
times, when you are more at risk. Most of these also apply to guys.
Driving with toddlers. A screaming toddler in a car can very
easily distract the driver's attention. A second with one's eyes off the
road could lead to an accident – all you need is the car in front of
you to brake sharply, and into it you go. If your child is screaming,
either stop the car if you can and sort it out, or carry on driving if
you are not far from your destination. Just remember that a child will
be far more traumatised by an accident than by three minutes of crying
while strapped into the car seat.
Leaving and entering your home. If you are laden with parcels,
or files from work, or if you are scrounging in your bag to find your
keys, you are an ideal target for muggers or hijackers. Never walk out
the door without checking who is in the street first. By the same token,
don't enter your home if there are strangers in the street – drive
round the block first. Don't enter your home if anything looks
Read more: How to prevent being hijacked
The kitchen. Not only are there hot surfaces, and boiling
liquids here, but also sharp knives. No wonder the kitchen is a problem
area. Be constantly aware of the danger – also for your children. Here's more on first aid for burns.
Addictions. Too much alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and even
gambling can have far-reaching consequences on your mental, physical and
financial state. Remember, strong people go for help – join a support
group or see a counsellor if you need help with any addiction.
Loading up your car. Many people have been mugged while
loading groceries or other goods into the car. For that time, your
attention is away from your wallet and your keys. Take care not to be
Unsafe sex. It is quite staggering how many people still have
sex without a condom. Right, the reality is that people do have sex,
often with people they don't know well, but using a condom will prevent
the transmission of HIV as well as many other STDs. Be alert, be alive, and always make safe sex a priority.
Traffic lights. When sandwiched in between other cars at an
intersection, you are an ideal target for smash-and-grab incidents. Keep
all valuables out of sight and keep your windows closed and doors
Fireplaces and heaters. Many children and adults have burnt
themselves badly on either of these two. Wood falling out of open fires
pose a real danger, as do direct heat from bar heaters. Screens in front
of fire places are essential. Fan heaters or oil heaters are a lot less
dangerous than other types.
The bathroom. The bathroom can be a slippery place and if you
are dripping wet, it is easy to slip on the bathroom floor. Bone
fractures can easily happen here. A non-slip bathmat is an essential in
Drawing money. Whenever you draw money, whether at an ATM or
in a bank, be alert to people who could be watching you. Many people who
have been robbed, have either been distracted at an ATM or followed
home after withdrawing large sums of cash. Vary your routine and don't
go to dark ATMs in deserted areas. Don't talk to strangers in the queue.
Abusive relationships. Many more women are assaulted or killed
by spouses than by strangers. If your partner is physically abusing
you, get out while you can. Remember it is nothing you have done that
brings this on – he probably has a history of abusive relationships long
before you were ever around. Don't listen to excuses. When it happens
the first time, pack your bags and go. Exactly the same goes for men in abusive relationships - and yes, they are in great danger too.
Bedside tables. Guns should not be kept in bedside tables
where children can get hold of them. Medication should also be removed
from here, as it is easily accessible.
Unhealthy eating. Living on takeaways, chips and chocolates is
a great temptation if you have a very demanding job and little time for
cooking. This can lead to all sorts of health problems, such as
diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Good planning is required in this
regard. Cooking in bulk and freezing portions could be a solution.
Read more on healthy eating.
- (Susan Erasmus)