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50 Essential Facts About Safety

The 50 facts that you MUST know on your way to becoming a safety expert!

There are an estimated 466,550 dog bites in the UK each yearAnimal safety
Always keep your dog on a lead in public places
Avoid dogs that are growling or baring their teeth
Never leave a young child unsupervised with an animal
An average of three people per year in the UK are killed by cattle
If possible always use pedestrian crossings to cross the roadTraffic safety
Put all electronic devices away and be vigilant before crossing a road
Carry something bright or fluorescent when walking in the dark
There were 456 pedestrian deaths in the UK in 2018
Always wear a helmet when you are cycling
Wash your hands often, and always before eatingHygeine safety
Always cover your mouth and nose when sneezing
Not brushing your teeth regularly can cause heart disease
Always use your own brush or comb. Sharing can spread headlice
A million lives may be saved a year if we all washed our hands regularly
Never put your fingers or anything but a plug in an electrical socketElectrical safety
You should never fly a kite near electric power lines
In the UK about 70 people die each year after electrical accidents at home
Never use an electrical appliance near a sink or bath that has water in
Never use an appliance that has a worn, frayed or damaged cord
If you lift a heavy item make sure your back stays straightLifting
Don't carry heavy items on your own. Always seek help
Around 120,000 people are injured at work a year after lifting accidents
If possible always push a heavy load rather than pull it
Lifting can injure the back, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves
Make sure your home has a smoke alarm and regularly check it worksFire safety
Every year the fire and rescue service is called to over 600,000 fires
Never leave naked flames, such as lit candles, unattended
Between 2018-2019, 316 people in the UK died in fires
Never play with matches or lighters
150,000 people die each year in the UK when first aid could have saved themFirst aid
The Mayans attempted to resuscitate by blowing smoke up the bottom!
Never tilt your head back if you have a nosebleed
Never put butter or margerine on a burn
Performing CPR can double or triple the chances of surviving a heart attack
Wear safety goggles, sturdy shoes, and long trousers when using power toolsTool safety
Wear ear defenders if you are near loud machinery or tools
Keep floors dry and clean to avoid slipping while working with dangerous tools
Do not use electric tools in wet conditions unless they are approved for it
Make sure you are using the correct tool for the task at hand
Always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bedFestive safety
Never overload your plug sockets with Christmas lights or anything else
Make sure children's gifts are age appropriate and comply to safety standards
Take care with small items. They pose a choking hazard to young children
More than 80,000 people go to A&E each year for Christmas-related accidents
Always keep your floor free of clutterFall prevention
Make sure outdoor areas are well lit
Keep paths free from ice and puddles
Most injuries (29%) are caused by slips, trips or falls
Install safety rails to make baths and showers safer

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