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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Can you see Harry Potter at a football game in the Midwest? Chowing on a corn dog, throwing back some good ole Pepsi-Cola? Or can you picture the Harry universe living and loving in the great U. S of A? What would casting look like against the backdrop of the great harvest plains? I have so many thoughts and ideas. The first thought, the change would never work. Keep the story alive on British soil.

But, for fun, let's chat about the idea.

Redditor u/Cuish wanted all the Potter heads out there to share what American tweeks would occur in the Potterverse within America, by asking:

If Harry Potter was set in the United States, how would the story change?
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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!