Safety Begins With You!
A boat carrying tourist passengers capsized in Thekkady, Kerala killing over 30 people and injuring many. This is not the first time such an incident is happening in Kerala. Couple of times earlier also similar accidents occurred killing so many people. Immediately after each incident, Government of Kerala will set up inquiry committees to investigate the incident, arrest few people and within a couple of days every one will forget about the whole incident. I am sure the accident in Thekkady is also going to end up the same way.
Now if the people travelling in the boat that overturned were wearing life jacket deaths could have been considerably reduced. It is true that these boats never had enough life jackets. Even if they had life jackets, how many of them could have volunteered to wear it after thinking about the risks of going in a boat. I will say a very few could have.
Why am I so pessimistic? So many instances I have seen people neglecting safety precautions. Take for example – wearing helmet while driving two wheelers. Even the High Court of Kerala made it mandatory that all passengers travelling in a two wheeler should wear a helmet. The people travelling in two wheelers protested and even accused the then government of colliding with helmet manufacturers to get commission from them. As a result, that law was not implemented strictly in Kerala.
Now same case with wearing seat belts in cars - most of the new cars in
Even when “safety measures” are readily available we never use it properly. Our mentality is that “it is not going to happen to me”. This attitude needs to be changed if the casualties related to accidents need to reduce. Always we have to keep in mind – accidents can happen any place at any time. If an accident occurs at a known place and a known time it could have been called an “incident” and not an “accident”. So whatever you do, including things that you do day to day, make sure that you take all possible safety features so as to reduce the intensity of an accident if at all it occurs.
So next time if you are planning to go for a boat ride with your family, never go in one boat that do not have a life jacket. Make sure that the entire family wears the life jacket for the entire time they are in the boat. Initially your partner and kids may be angry at you for enforcing these strict safety measures but at the long run they will surely appreciate it.
Always remember “Prevention is Better than Cure”; Always try to Prevent Accidents by following safety norms so that you don’t have to spend time on “Cure’ for an accident that occurred due to the lack of following safety norms.