Why is Lockdown Bad for Clumsy People?

Think it’s safe to work from home? No more potential trips in the car park in front of a wall of windows, no more spilling coffee over your keyboard in full view of the IT team, and no more falling over as a colleague pushes their chair back into you – well, think again! Turns out there’s a Kevin McAllister hiding in all our homes, setting up little traps that can cause us to slip, trip, and even cause some serious damage.

So, if you self-identify as a clumsy person, we’ve got the definitive list of household items and even whole rooms that could be after you – and don’t think the outside is safe, oh no. In a recent study by National Accident Helpline, they found that the garden has the second highest chance of injury! 

Terrifying Household Objects

Unsurprisingly kitchen knives top the list for the most dangerous household item you’re harboring. To minimize the risk of hurting yourself make sure your knives are kept sharp. As counterintuitive as it sounds, the sharper the knife, the less likely it is to slip when you’re chopping. Equally, when it comes to washing up, don’t leave knives in the sink to soak, as the next time you put your hands in the water you could be in for a Jaw’s like attack! 

As soon as the gyms closed, the purchase of gym equipment like dumbbells, kettlebells, bikes, and even skipping ropes soared, but so too did the number of injuries. From gym pros to novices, it seems no one is safe from the wrath of exercise equipment. Causing a 33% chance of injury, perhaps it’s time to rethink the exercise, and just watch Netflix! 

And don’t think baking will provide the therapy you need.  Waitrose might have predicted the Victoria sponge as the cake for lockdown 3.0, but with the hob and the oven having a combined 41.4%  chance of causing injury, it might be best to leave it the experts, or stick to microwave mug cakes. 

Deadly Rooms

Not only is the kitchen the home of the most dangerous objects, but it also happens to be the most dangerous room in the house. If you spend any time in there, you have a 60% chance of injury – if that isn’t a good enough reason for your other half or housemates to make you a cup of tea…

But don’t think the living room is safe either, as the third most dangerous place, you might want to rethink your plans for a cozy night in. If you’re wanting to stay really safe, it appears the attic is the place for you, causing only a 10% chance of injury – although you’ll have to navigate the notorious staircase first..

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