but serious risks associated with daily life that have odds between 1 in
1 million and 1 in 10,000. These events match the 0 to +2 bottom-line
numbers on the scale and define the Home Base Zone.
"Home Base Zone"
These risks often represent activities that most people feel comfortable with and, although we're aware they come with a remote chance of serious accidents, most of us don't alter our lifestyles to avoid them.
We don't wish for any of them, but we understand that they can happen,
and we have an idea of their impact and likelihood. These figures only
relate to an average person, of course. But they do help us see risks
For example, you can readily use your own life's experiences to make a
judgment about how likely you are to drown in the tub, or to be killed
by lightning, or to die from cancer from drinking a lite beer a day for
a year, eating char-broiled steak once a week, or eating peanut butter
sandwiches daily. So when you see these figures (or ones you choose) on
the scale, you get an idea for how likely other risks in that zone are.