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Safety first! When we were little, we learned about stop, drop, and roll. We also learned to cross the street after looking both ways.

But there are more safety tips we need to be aware of as adults. House appliance safety, car safety, transit safety...the list is a little dizzying.

It gets engrained into our body like a habit, though, so once we've internalized the safety tips enough, we can stop worrying.

But it doesn't mean we will.


u/BrokenAmericanDreams asked:

[SERIOUS] What is a safety tip everyone should know?

Here were some of those answers.

Grave Robbers!

When there's a death in your family, do not leave the person's home and belongings unattended during the funeral, especially if it's been posted in the paper. My family experienced two robberies during funerals before we learned our lesson, my aunt's jewelry was never recovered.

I know it seems like something out of a bad movie, but it's happened more than a few times in the real world. Now we always ask someone to sit at the house while the funeral is taking place and I've sat for friends while they buried their loved ones too.

raxaboko

You Got This

(things I learned in self defense and survival classes)

• If possible don't ever fight against a knife you WILL get cut and probably will lose

• Learn to make a fire through primitive means

• Never eat a wild plant without seeing an expert doing it first (even if you have a book or other aid)

• Panicking is the leading cause of death in an emergency, just remember "Stay calm, you can figure this out"

LivinVidas

A Simple Rotation Saves The Nation

When cooking always turn the handles of your pots and pans to the side so that they do not reach over the edge of the stove. You only need to knock a pan with boiling hot oil over once to realise how much easier you live would've been of you looked out for this

Oulawi

No Choking Tonight BBs!

If you are alone and start choking, do a self Heimlich - make a fist with one hand and put the thumb side between your belly button and rib cage. Place your other hand on top of that. Push as hard as you can in a quick motion straight into your abdomen.

If that doesn't work, use a chair. Keep your hands in the same position as with the Heimlich maneuver, but lean your torso over the back of a chair.

808menehune

Money Or Death?

If you get a flat on the highway, pull way off the road to change it. If possible, get away from traffic altogether--pull into a parking lot or driveway. About once a month, a driver in the US gets run over and killed while changing a flat tire.

Driving (slowly) on a flat tire isn't especially dangerous. It might bend your rim, which sucks, but nobody ever died of a bent rim.

cortechthrowaway

Don't Go Chasing Live Wires

If you do something on your (or someone elses) electric, don't just trust on a switched off circuit breaker. They can fail, or the wiring can be done wrong.

There might be a one in hundred chance of this actually happening, but you shouldn't put your life on this chance. Simple phase checkers are cheap and using them takes a few seconds.

5319767819

Some Basic, Some Not So Basic

If you ever need to call 911 give the address or location first in case you are disconnected

If you're kidnapped and put into the trunk/boot of a car, feel around everywhere you can to try and find the 'emergency trunk latch', most cars have those nowadays! Another tactic is to try and kick the tail light out from the inside. If you can break through the tail light stick your hand through and wave at the people behind you.

If another car is driving erratically, give them as much space as you can. You can't control other drivers but you can control yourself.

Don't touch knives to test their sharpness.

Covid-19 is real.

SnooBeaz

Not Your First Impulse

In kitchen fires: NEVER pour water on burning oil fires, the water is heavier than the oil, it will sink to the bottom and immediately explode into steam when it hit the hot metal bottom, spewing the boiling oil all over the kitchen.

Instead suffocate the flame by covering the pot or pan, preferably with a lid, but a damp towel can also work in a pinch.

finsareluminous

Mace Is A Staple

A lot of internet self defense classes are wrong or are mis-informing at best. Please seek professionals or people with actual training

Never bunch ya keys in ya hand, more likely to damage your hands. The bottom of a closed fist in a throat is a much better avenue. Or nails.

If ya can help it NEVER LET THEM PUT CABLE TIES ON YOU! While a lot of classes claim to teach you to break out of them I can assure you you wont break out of even basic construction ties you can get most places.

Keep your chin tucked in if your in a chokehold but also clench your jaw and push your tongue to your teeth. Helps stop your jaw breaking or moving away.

If your country lets you, carry mace in a pocket or a bra. Don't keep it in a bag if ya can help it.

DeadPoet1006

Not Blowing My Head Off Today

Always assume a firearm is loaded, even if you check and it's not. This means always point the barrel in a safe direction, and only point it at things you would be willing to shoot on the off chance it goes off. And always, ALWAYS keep you finger off the trigger till you're ready to shoot, again even if you know it's not loaded. My mother had a high-school friend who accidentally shot himself while cleaning his pistol, he would probably still be alive if he followed these rules.

AcidManager0

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