When I think of Realtor Safety, usually the things that come to mind have to do with protecting myself from the actions of strangers in various situations.
Self-defense is, in my opinion, a very necessary skill, particularly when you're in a field like Real Estate where you're working with the public and in many different geographic areas.
However, the one thing I never imagined I would have to do was protect myself from MYSELF.
Let me explain: I fell down in a house today while out previewing at Broker's Opens and sprained my ankle. I had a moment where my mind was more intently focused on the room I was heading to than on my footing. I fell down one step and twisted my ankle. I was on the ground a good 2-3 minutes, with the agent standing over me asking if she could help me up. All I wanted to do was lie there for a while.
I did eventually pull myself and my humiliated ego off of the ground, and limped to my car. The pain wasn't nearly as bad then as it is right now. This injury is seriously going to put a cramp in my week. If it were any more serious I'd have to go to the doctor, and then I'd really be mad at myself.
I am usually very careful when previewing homes. Even so, something at some point is bound to catch you off guard. I once caught my foot on a slightly higher than normal threshold, and threw out some back muscles pretty good.
From this experience I've been reminded of two things:
1. Pay complete attention to where you're walking inside and outside of a home. There are many things to contend with such as slippery moss, super-secret basement stairwells with no lights and wobbly handrails, and my own klutzy self just to name a few.
2. Wear sensible shoes.
I'm off to elevate and ice my foot now. Be careful out there everyone!