Where there is danger and you are in the zone of risk signage is often used as an indication that danger lurks.
Snakes are considered dangerous in Australia yet out of the 3,000 snake bites that occur in Australia only 200 – 500 require antivenom and even less die – on average 1 – 2 people per year.
In Australia, since 1971 there have been 99 crocodile attacks with 27% proving fatal. This is despite us having the largest population of salt water crocodiles in the world. These Crocs account for over half of all attacks on humans world wide with the Nile Crocodile coming a close second. Perhaps the signage works or perhaps the areas where we have our crocs are isolated with a small population.
However it is those items around the house that prove most dangerous.
In one state alone, 3 Victorians are killed on average climbing, then falling off ladders. In Victoria between 2007 – 2011, 584 people were admitted to hospital after ladder falls with 194 sustaining major trauma, 58 requiring intensive care and mechanical ventilation and 15 deaths. And this is in one state alone. If we examined the other states we would find that ladders are far more dangerous than either snakes or crocodiles but we take less care, especially if we are over 55 years old.
My husband did not heed the danger and was possibly one of the lucky ones. Only a black eye, massive body bruising and I think possibly a broken toe or foot. Will he go to the doctor though?
In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge