When people hear the term “safety,” they usually think of dramatic situations or emergency preparedness, and many only picture toddlers and older individuals. The truth is that accidents happen at every age; to err is to be human, but a little foresight can go a long way in preventing some of these mishaps. No matter who you are or where you live, safety is an incredibly important topic. According to Injury Facts, 161,374 people died from unintentional injury in 2016, and most of these incidents didn’t happen at work, they occurred during vacations, while doing chores, or while driving. Poisoning is the number one cause of unintentional injury and death for all ages combined. The leading cause of poisoning deaths is prescription drug overdose. Motor vehicle crashes are the number two cause, and traffic accidents in the U.S. cost $871 billion each year, but cost far more than that in terms of emotional pain and anguish.
Safety should be an essential topic in employee wellness programs, but it is too often overlooked. Some companies touch on safety in the workplace (proper lifting technique, neck strain prevention, etc.) but fail to discuss anything that happens outside of work. Those mishaps that occur during non-working hours cost companies a lot of time and money.
The trivia questions in this handout are divided into six topics: kitchen safety, fire safety, indoor safety, outdoor safety, street safety, and medication safety. It’s up to you if you want to set a time limit for answering questions. To determine which category of item each player or team is asked, you can use a die or another method of your choosing. If you want to use a die, assign each category a number (for example, kitchen safety is a one and fire safety is a two, etc.) You can also roll the die to determine who starts the game; if two or more players or teams tie for the highest roll, have them go again until there is a clear winner. The leader should mark off each question as it is asked so that there are no duplicates. You might choose to play the game in the style of Trivial Pursuit by allowing a player or team that answers the question right keep answering questions in the corresponding category until they get one wrong. Each question is worth one point, and the person with the most points at the end of the predetermined time period is the winner. Of course, if you want to use these trivia questions to develop a more sophisticated game, such as Trivial Pursuit or Jeopardy, you certainly could. It’s also not a bad idea to have an impartial judge present if an answer is disputed.