Last month, we noted that 27 percent of Americans never wear sunscreen when outdoors for a long time, and that 70 percent donâ€™t use hearing protection when mowing or leaf blowing. Part Two of our nationwide survey on risky behavior, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, reveals that 24 percent of Americans sometimes fail to fasten their safety belt, and that 48 percent donâ€™t have a carbon-monoxide detector at home. Many others eat raw cookie dough, seem unaware of the risks of some kidsâ€™ activities, and clean their ears wrong.
If you need motivation to do whatâ€™s safe, consider this:
Men were slightly more likely than women to let kids play on a trampoline; women were more apt to eat burgers well done, fasten their safety belt religiously, andâ€”listen up, menâ€”clean lint from the dryer after each use. Respondents ages 18 to 35 were more likely than older folk to eat raw cookie dough; those 55 and older were most likely to have a rubber mat in the tub or shower. Percentages below might not total 100 because of â€œdonâ€™t knowâ€� answers.
|Sometimes use cotton swabs to clean your inner ears||73%||26%|
|Let your kids play on a trampoline||43||56|
|Often eat raw dough when making cookies||39||61|
|Occasionally use top step of ladder||31||69|
|Ever fail to fasten car's safety belt||24||75|
|Sometimes have a beer while using power tool or mower||13||87|
|Have a rubber mat in the tub or shower||39%||61%|
|Have a carbon-monoxide detector at home||51||48|
|Eat burgers only well done||67||32|
|Change batteries in smoke alarm yearly||79||21|
|Clean lint trap in dryer after each use||81||18|