Risk vs. Danger
Difference between Risk and Danger: – Danger and risk are two words that are often confused because of the similarities that are observed in their meanings. Both words have to do with things that happen, they would not be pleasant for us; however, it is important to understand that despite the similarity; these concepts refer to different things.
Difference between Risk and Danger
Next we will clarify the doubts that you can have about what is the difference between risk and danger.
When we say that something is dangerous we are referring to that something could have the ability or the viability to do us harm. Therefore, anything that could harm us is dangerous; either directly or affecting our assets.
Danger does not always reside specifically in things, but in the wrong, insecure or negligent way in which we handle and interact with them. For example, a boat in it is not dangerous; but it is dangerous to get out in it when there are strong storms.
Look at these examples
1. She knows the danger she faces if she runs down the stairs.
2. That dog of my neighbors is a danger for the hens.
As you can see, in these sentences the word “danger” is used to indicate that there is a way that something bad or unwanted can happen.
There are many dangerous things, various types of hazards; in addition, different causes of danger and humans cannot prevent them from existing, but we can reduce the risks of something affecting us.
Unlike danger, which has to do with the “likelihood of harm,” the risk has to do with the possibility of the damage occurring.
Note: probability and possibility is not the same. The probability can be quantified, while the possibility is somewhat qualitative. For example, if in the lottery you go to number 2 and they use a tombola with numbers from 1 to 100; the probability that the 2 leaves is 1/100 (one in a hundred). Maybe the number that you played will not come out, but is it possible that it comes out? Of course, yes (the answer to this question does not require numbers; it is solved with a simple yes or no). Whenever the number you are going to be in the tombola there is a possibility of winning.
Look at these examples
1. Obese people are at high risk for diabetes.
2. The policy covers all types of risks.
As you can see, in these sentences the word risk is used in the sense of “possibility” that a damage occurs.
The Key difference between risk and danger is Danger is the probability of damage, while risk is the possibility of damage occurring. (See the note explaining the difference between probability and possibility).