One day recently I needed to carry some couch cushions downstairs. As I stood at the top of the stairs, I felt my center of balance had moved to where it leaned in favor of the stairs. I took a moment to evaluate my options. I could throw the cushions down. But I’d tried that before, and the results weren’t good. I could carry the cushions down one at a time, but that seemed a little excessive. I decided to turn around and go down the stairs backwards, allowing me to drag the cushions if needed.
Here’s the safety tie-in. Every activity we undertake has some degree of risk, if it’s driving across town or across country, changing a light or walking down the stairs, or even cooking dinner. There is usually more than one way to undertake any task. My request is that before starting any task – and especially if it’s outside the normal routine – be sure to evaluate your options and take the precautions to…