How to Avoid Injuring Yourself

Almost everyone is afraid of injuring themselves. Through this guide, you will learn how to avoid injuring yourself in every day life.


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    Stay alert and use caution in your activities. Knowing the inherent risk in everyday activities will help you keep safe. Here are a few to give you an idea how to do this.
    • Power tools and machines.
      • Saws, drills, and other woodworking tools.
        • Keep all guards and safety features in good condition. Many experienced craftsmen end up at the hospital when they circumvent or disable safety features to speed a job up, or make a task easier. Blocking guards, removing safety switches, and crowding workpieces is not worth the risk.
        • Check the machine's condition. Tag out defective tools, replace damaged power cords, and inspect blades before use.
        • Use recommended safety equipment, such as eye and hearing protection, gloves, and boots.
        • Avoid jewelry and loose fitting clothes, and keep long hair tied back or tucked under a cap.
      • Garden equipment.
        • Avoid obstacles when using a mower, weed-eater, or tiller.
        • Use the correct techniques for each piece of equipment. Read the owner's or operator's manual for specific instructions.
        • Keep the machine in good working condition, including sharpening or replacing dull blades, replacing loose belts, and cleaning the machine after each use.
      • Household appliances.
        • Never use electrical appliances near water. An exception may be made when using a Ground Fault Receptacle, but this is not a guarantee of your safety, as these devices can be subject to failure.
        • Plug appliances into the correct type of receptacle. Do not remove a grounding prong from a three prong plug to adapt it for use in a two prong receptacle.
        • Never use excessive extension cords. The length of extension cord you may use is determined by the amperage of the appliance, and the gauge (size) of wire. A good rule of thumb is:
          • 15 Amps 100 feet (30.5 m) using 12 ga. conductors, 10 Amps or less, 100 feet (30.5 m) using 14 ga. conductors.
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    Keep your home safe. You should be aware of basic home safety methods and issues. Some of these include:
    • Smoke and/or fire alarms. If you use battery powered units, replace the batteries annually.
    • Carbon Monoxide detectors. Again, replace batteries annually.
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    Keep your home free of clutter and debris. Injuries associated with tripping a falling in the home are common.
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    Keep handrails and banisters on stairways securely anchored and in good condition.
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    Make your bathroom safe. If you have difficulty or limited mobility, have grab bars installed in your bathtub. Also use an anti-slip bath mat in your tub or shower, and avoid products in the for bathing in glass containers.
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    Keep the kitchen safe.
    • Do not drop sharp knives or other objects in dirty dishwater.
    • Cover stove burners with burner covers when they are cooling after use.
    • Keep the floor and countertops clean.
    • Avoid or cleanup spills immediately to prevent slipping.
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    Use an ergonomic keyboard, a wrist pad, and a wrist support for using your mouse to prevent repetitive motion injuries when using a computer. These can result in serious medical conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome requiring surgery to correct.
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    Be extra careful when putting up and taking down holiday decorations.
    • Use proper techniques when using a ladder. Basically, this means leaning the ladder away from the structure 1 foot (0.3 m) for each 4 feet (1.2 m) up you are going.
    • Never climb on an ice or snow covered roof.
    • Use the correct extension cords for outdoor lighting. They should be marked "outdoor use", and you should never overload them.
    • Keep extension cords out of walkways.
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    Keep sidewalks and walkways clear of snow and ice.
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    Be careful when playing sports. Here are a few examples, but basically, follow the rules, and stay within your physical limits.
    • Wear a helmet and other protective gear when required, whether cycling, playing football, or skateboarding. Make sure your helmet is designed for the sport you are participating in.
    • When cycling, always wear high visibility colors such as yellow. When cycling with limited sunlight, always wear reflective clothing.
    • Warm up prior to strenuous exercise, and cool down afterwards, to prevent muscle strain and tendon and ligament damage.
    • Use the correct footwear for each sporting activity.
    • Wear eye protection where appropriate.
    • Do not overdo it. When beginning a new exercise program, or starting a new sport, begin slowly.
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    Be careful around swimming pools. Never dive in shallow water, never swim alone, and use caution on slippery surfaces.
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    Use sunscreen to avoid sunburn whenever you are in bright sunshine for any significant length of time. Remember, even if you are going out for a moment, you may be sidetracked and end up staying out for hours, so if the sun is bright, put on a hat and use sunscreen or sunblock.
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    Driving your car, or riding with someone else.
    • Buckle your seat belt.
    • Never drink and drive, or ride with someone who is or has been drinking.
    • Drive only when you have had sufficient rest.
    • Avoid driving in hazardous weather conditions, including snow, sleet, flooding rain, or fog.
    • Keep your car well maintained, with good brakes, safe tires, and a clean windshield.
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    Follow all on-the-job safety procedures, and use all safety equipment properly. Because jobs encompass limitless hazards and conditions, this article will not attempt to cover them all.


  • Carry Band-Aids. It is important to be prepared for accidents even if you are trying to avoid them.
  • Saline solution is good to keep around. It is mainly used for contacts, but it can also help to wash out your eye when exposed to toxic chemicals.
  • Life is dangerous, but using common sense and caution will decrease your chance of injury. Do not let fear of being hurt prevent you from enjoying life.


  • There are a million more ways to be harmed. Constantly be on alert to avoid all kinds of situations.

Things You'll Need

  • Protective equipment for any sports activities, hobbies, or handyman projects you attempt.

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Categories: First Aid and Emergencies