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travelingintexas 41M
10/30/2005 8:13 pm
Please Read...

This is a post different from what I normally write. I have been contemplating writing it for a while and just decided to after seeing Tillers blog about changing the batteries in your smoke alarms. Have you?

Oh no, you are thinking, I am gonna skip this one. DON’T! Please, give me 5 minutes of your time. You’re still thinking about it because you don’t want to waste your time on something so stupid. Come on, 5 minutes at most, please! Thank you!

When was the last time you checked into a hotel and actually reviewed the emergency exit plan in case of fire?

When was the last time you wore protective glasses when mowing/weed eating the yard?

Ever crawled up in your desk chair to change the vent in your office, even though it is on rollers?

At work, ever taken a shortcut that “might” cause an explosion, but you doubt it will happen to you?

At work, you should tie-off, but hey, your only going up 15 feet right?

I know what you are saying! Not a safety blog. My answer is yes, a safety blog. Why? Because we all need the reminder and many of us have the belief that it won’t happen to us. The natural desire is to skip over this because you are safe enough. But, if there was a fire in that hotel, in all honesty, would you know how to get out? Or do you leave it to chance?

What are your eyes worth to you? The eye sight that enables you to see the beauty on this site and in our everyday lives? Too cool to wear those $2 protective glasses because you will look like a dork? It always happens to somebody else right? Tiller… seriously… how many people do you talk to everyday that say “I never thought it could happen to me?”

Climbing up on that chair to change that vent or light bulb? Nothing will happen right? Maybe not this time but falling and hitting your head and going into a coma is a waste of a life. There are safer ways to do it.

The shortcuts and easy way outs may save time or look better from a fashion sense (protective glasses) but what is your sight or life worth to you? It’s not just the obvious stuff such as heading up thirty floors on that job site wearing protective gear. It happens in the office. That big box way up on the top shelf that you just have to get down? Ask for help! I know, I know, it takes time. So what!

Folks, I work in the construction industry. I have had and seen men up on the third floor fall to their death because they couldn’t be “bothered” to take simple precautions. When they woke up that day, they had no idea they weren’t coming home. They just wanted to get done quicker and took a shortcut. It cost them their life. Take that shortcut tomorrow, it may cost you your fingers, toes, eyes, life or a few days with a bad back, but you can do something about it before it get to that point. Do the right thing the first time. Trust me; you don’t want to be in the burn unit hearing and living the agony because you were in a hurry or didn’t think it would happen to you while messing with that backyard grill. It is just not worth it.

Watch out for others and ride their asses to do things right. Who cares if they get mad at you. Make sure those around you go home to their loved ones every night. Make sure you can see them at that wedding or graduation. It’s just that simple


Sweetest_Sin_Jes 36F

10/30/2005 10:14 pm

Fantastic post Trav.

I once had a friend whose husband fell from a very short distance (a ladder) and died. We never think that a moment of carelessness can cost us something we hold as precious as our sight, hearing, ability to ambulate, or even life itself, but it happens every single day - just ask any ER doctor or nurse.

Thank you for taking the time to care! Believe it or not, you may have saved someone from a disaster by taking the time to write and share this post. You never know. Someone tomorrow may be changing the batteries in their smoke detector (as well they should!) on a rolling chair and decide to be more cautious and use a more sturdy surface to stand on, thus moving them out of harm's way. All because you cared enough to say something!


dawndirtymind 42F
370 posts
10/30/2005 10:50 pm

Thanks for passing on the great reminder, Trav. It never hurts to hear this stuff time and time again as people usually remember to do things properly for a while, but then get back in the same bad habits.

tillerbabe 55F

10/30/2005 11:00 pm

Oh Trav....sweetie, You went straight to my heart with this one - you know that right? Great post, inspirational intelligence.
So, I am going to add to this - my post may be long, and at times it will be graphic - look away if it bothers you, (and Trav, please delete this if I have stepped over my boundries with you.)

We have a term that we use in the Fire Service it's GORKED What is "gorked" you may ask? Simply and graphically put, it is an extreme head injury involving impact and rapid deceleration, (where whatever you are "in" or "on" stops moving suddenly, yet your fragile body keeps moving forward.) Gorked: usually involves eyes out of your head....brain matter oozing from your brain stem, and blood and spinal fluid oozing from your ears. Pretty picture huh? Well, if you don't wear a helmet, (heights, skiing, snowboarding, roller blading, biking, horseback riding or on a motorcycle etc.) or not wearing your seatbelt when you too can wind up "Gorked"..the best case scenario death..the worst case scenario; a quadrapelegic in a wheelchair being fed by a tube.

In 18 years in the Fire Service I have never, NEVER, (I'm sure it has happened) but I have yet to see someone with air bags and wearing a seatbelt die from impact or complications later.....most are just bruised and beat up from the air bag activation, (they come out at 180-200 mph, to stop you from "rapid deceleration")

Wear your seatbelt. Don't drive drunk, (this is a whole different BLOG subject). Follow the safety rules at work, if there is an accident and OSHA WISHA finds out that you didn't follow safety precautions...and your dead...your family may not receive the money they should becuase you were stooooopid and over confident. I have seen more death from stupidity than not. Solve the problem, don't become "part of the problem".

The holidays are coming up. Check your electrical cords, follow directions with the lights and portable electrical heaters - don't let your holidays go up "in smoke"; it breaks my heart to put out a fire three days before Christmas..the gifts are gone, the house is gone..maybe the family pet is gone..or worse. Keep your Christmas tree hydrated, watch candle use and fireplace use - clean your chimneys! Believe it or not one of the biggest "fire seasons" is around the's already starting.

Take care of YOU and your families - come home from work in one piece - protect your ears, your eyes your HEAD, they cannot be replaced. If you work around heavy machinery or at heights -
go to work rested and alert with your "wits" about you.

I've seen a lot of death and horrible accidents in 18 years - some still haunt me; but what is even MORE painful than that is seeing and hearing the screams and sobs from those left behind..the children, the husbands and wives..the friends - don't do that to them. We are very fragile, resilient yes, almost miraculously...but we are after all only human, please respect that.

Thank you Trav. {=}

Scottyboy2087 50M
85 posts
10/31/2005 12:36 am

Thanks that really made me think, life is to short as it is.

AlbertPrince 57M

10/31/2005 12:40 am

It's true - One thing vampire children have to be taught early on is, don't run with wooden stakes.

five_speed 41M

10/31/2005 1:00 am

it's called "doing the hard right instead of the easy wrong."

slidein2meplz 61F
1994 posts
10/31/2005 1:03 am

Well put...Trav.
Never hurts to be reminded of these things. Thank you.

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~

rm_vipercb 41M
101 posts
10/31/2005 1:46 am

I use to be safe when my parents watched me, now I'm much happier.

Like I tell my dad who is on a diet(cause his wife said so)

"you can die happy or you can die healthy"

bulging_boy 49M

10/31/2005 2:07 am

Don't underestimate your own mortality.

Neither overestimate your invulnerability.

rm_NewtPlentz 59M

10/31/2005 4:18 am

Well done! Thanks.

blushingtigger 46F

10/31/2005 10:09 am

Very good Trav-a man with a heart. They still exist? Thanks for reminding us to be careful so we can continue to support your blog!
Oh and Viper-I just had a friend die last week who was 35 of a massive heart attack and never even made it to the hospital. So healthy eating isn't just a silly notion.

MillsShipsGayly 51M

10/31/2005 12:04 pm

SOOOOOoooooo I should stop running arou8nd with scissors?

dranba 39F

10/31/2005 4:04 pm

Trav - well said.

I've had safety drummed into me - but I've made mistakes. And I know the sadness a simple mistake can cause.

Thanks for the reminder.

rm_luke69iner 48M
3275 posts
11/1/2005 12:19 am

Good post Trav

I wasn't going to comment on this because I don't really take care of myself. I don't wear a seatbelt, I haven't bothered getting the routine cancer check ups I'm supposed to get, and I like to go jogging during lightening storms among other things

Your and Til's posts are making me feel guilty so starting tomorrow I'll start wearing my seat belt again and once I start working again I'll go to an Oncologist and let them poke and probe me like a good boy. Come spring I'm still going to go jogging during lightening storms though because it feels too good to thumb my nose at the universe to give it up.

S'io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero,
Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo

(Princess Lips)

11/1/2005 1:39 am

OK..who kidnapped TiT and put his kind caring unselfish person in here?

Thank you!


mygmyg 59M

11/2/2005 9:24 am

TIT, not such a thing as TOO much SAFETY!! Very Informative, because you just never know!! And it will happen to you or someone you know!

a friend's stepfather was changing breaks on his step daughters' car, had done it to all the family cars, in the garage at home, countless times. Wife and step daughter came home to find this wonderful man under the fallen car. he's gone, and what many consider silly precautions would have prevented the accident, spend the time and money for your own safety and the family that loves you!!

I had 2 fusion back surgeries due to a wet marble floor outside an elevator where a janitor had just mopped and didn't put out a wet floor sign!! The kicker-- a SECURITY GUARD(oxyMORON in this case) in a glass office, where he sat facing the elevator,comes out after I fell and yells, "I TOLD YOUuuu TO PUT OUT THE WET FLOOR SIGN!!" to the janitor.
the wet floor sign was next to the desk the lazy, f*&%er was sitting at!!!

LIBlonde97 40F
1028 posts
11/7/2005 6:37 pm

"The More You Know"... {cue shooting star}

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