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Everyday Hazards

Youth play a matching card game to introduce the concepts of hazards as dangers and mitigation as a way to lessen the danger.

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Youth Will Know
  • Humans have developed ways to mitigate safety hazards.

Activity Downloads

Everyday Hazards Educator Guide
pdf 1.06 MB
Everyday Hazards Science Notebook
pdf 46.52 KB
Mitigate Hazards Cards and Game Board
pdf 351.17 KB
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The Educator Guide has a script, materials list, and prep directions. Be sure to have it open and ready to help guide you through every activity.

  1. Read through the Science Guide. 
  2. Print Science Notebooks for youth. 
  3. Print and tape together Safety Hazards playmats. 
  4. Print and cut out Deck A for each group of 4. 
  5. Post the Game Rules. 
  6. Have the Educator Guide on hand for S1 directions and script. 
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Guiding Questions

  • What are some examples of everyday hazards? 
  • What are some safety tips that help address these hazards? 
  • What does the word "mitigate" mean? 
  • What does a Health and Safety Officer do?
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Youth Will Do

  • Learn about the concept of hazards and the idea that humans have developed ways to mitigate some of them. 
  • Act out hazards and safety tips in a form of charades and match appropriate safety tips with their respective hazards in a collaborative card game. 
  • Learn the definition of the word “mitigate” and be introduced to the idea that there are careers focused on hazard mitigation. 
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Did you know?

  • Most if not all mitigation strategies can be considered technologies since technology is anything designed by humans to help solve a problem. Check out Engineering Preparation Activity 2: What is Technology? Hands-On Technology to learn more. 
  • Many industries have Health and Safety Officers (HSOs). In construction, the HSO must write a plan that identifies all known hazards and how to mitigate them. These often include hazards like frostbite or bee stings.
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Quick Tips

  • Define both "hazard" and "mitigate" as a group. 
  • Pay extra attention to the group that is dealt the hazard card for Tripping and make sure youth are planning on acting it out in a safe way.
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  • Hazard: a source of danger 
  • Mitigate: to make less severe, serious, or painful 

Activity Timing

30 min
Introduction to Hazards
8 min
Define Mitigate
2 min
40 MIN