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Yosemite National Park

Be careful out there [Editorial]

Be careful out there [Editorial]

There's a joke where one guy says most accidents happen in your home and a second guy says maybe he should move.

It's about as old of a joke as there is, but it highlights a certain reality about the way most of us think of dangerous situations. Generally, at least in most of our minds, danger is far off and exotic. We all like to think of home as being a safe place and, by extension, things that are close to home as being similarly safe.

But there's that nagging observation from the joke, generally known to have at least a kernel of truth to it: most accidents happen in the home. Extend the statement to include things close to home, and the statement remains true, and all the...