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ACCIDENTS

That nasty word again, accident! They are a pain in the wrong place, pure and simple.

Regarded with fear and trepidation by most, it is totally justifiable to seek ways and means to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Whether in your home, community, business or at play, accidents mean just the one thing: Losses.

Accident victims may never quite completely finish recounting their experiences to the minute detail nor is it possible to put a definite figure to the cost of loss suffered or incurred but they will surely not forget the date, place and time of occurrence.

Fact is there's usually little or no redeeming feature to an accident, all considered. Apart from the chaos and disruption that attends their wake, accidents normally leave those victims the worst for wear no matter the level or severity. Prevention therefore stands out as the best option of choice open to anyone keen on avoiding the bagful of troubles trailing such downgrading events.

No cost or effort therefore should be spared to ensure that the probability of an accident occurring is reduced to as low as can be or eliminated entirely in the home, community, at work or at play. For apart from hurting your pocket in more ways than one, accidents often lead to physical injuries or in the extreme, death, of which there's no measurable recovery. So whichever way one chooses to look at accidents, they are no welcome events. They simply exert a heavy toll on everything they come in contact with.

Play it safe, do all you reasonably can to keep them at bay.

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