It seems nearly every week we find out something that was regular practice in the not-so-distant past was horribly dangerous. Whether this was the lack or poor excuse for car seats (if you even buckled at all) or using poisonous substances in makeup, household items, or worse ingesting them.
One thing that comes to mind is the vintage advertisements for weight loss pills targeted at women. Everyone wants something that will make them skinny by magic right? Wrong. These pills actually contained tapeworm. So these women were giving themselves a parasite with medical approval just to lose weight...pairs well with the cigarette ads of the time.
Curious of others experiences Redditor pinkyfirefly asked:
“What is something that used to be considered safe/okay but now we know is harmful?"
Oh yeah greeeeat idea!
“Lead and Asbestos- what great products!!! Let's put them in / on everything!!” 24KaratMinshew
It caused the Victoria Hall disaster...
“Single entry/exit points on large buildings. IIRC the creator of push bar doors was a survivor of a child stampede that killed over a hundred kids.” ThrowThisTeaAway
The use of Radium...
“Back during, like, the
40's and 50's (IIRC) 20's, the U.S. military and other institutions were producing watches with glow-in-the-dark dials painted on. The paint in question contained radium, which is radioactive enough that it can be harmful to humans.”
“Now, at this point in time, radiation and its adverse effects on humans wasn't very well or very publicly understood, so there were basically no safety regulations involved with handling the radium-based paint. There also wasn't really any sort of automation in the watch-painting field, so these watches - thousands upon thousands upon thousands of them - were being painted hand-painted by a majority-female workforce...”
“These women were being closely exposed to high volumes of radium for hours on end almost every day for months and years. Some of them - liking the glow-in-the-dark effect - even reportedly used the paint as lipstick or other forms of makeup so they could go home and show off to their husbands.”
“Unsurprisingly, the eventual results were nothing short of gruesome - cancer diagnoses being the least severe consequences in many cases - and the case of the radium girls is part of how the public at large learned about the dangers of radioactive materials.” PaniqueAttaque
It's become a sad epidemic...
“heroin. it was originally sold as a cough medicine by bayer.” WhenTardigradesfly
“Bayer called it "heroisch", meaning heroic in German, because it was believed to have the same properties as morphine without the addictive side effects” psycedelich
An accident waiting to happen...
“Solid metal dashbaords in vehicles without seatbelts. A friend of mine in the Army had a vintage car from the 1950s before seat belts were mandatory equipment. He was a reckless driver who liked to speed and weave in and out of traffic on the interstate. I only rode with him once.” wzl46
“Radiation. There used to be devices to measure children's feet. Basically, the children would put their shoes on, stick their feet into this machine, and it would blast their feet with radiation so that nervous parents could see the children's feet inside the shoes to be sure they fit. Congrats, the shoes fit, but now your child has a ton of other health concerns!” TechyDad
“Cigarettes are full of feel good compound and grade A vitamins! 50 yrs later: ..uh, just kidding?” livesquaredsuperman smoking GIFGiphy
Baby formula even?
“Melamine. Up until 2008, multiple Chinese baby powdered formula manufacturers secretly added melamine to their products. Melamine has high nitrogen content and mimicked the effect of high protein content in tests.”
“Babies who consumed the products were diagnosed with kidney stones. As it turns out, melamine damages one's urinary system in many ways. I could not stop wetting my bed until I was 10 years old.”
“The scandal caused a huge distrust in the Chinese food industry that persists today. It also caused the phenomenon where mainland Chinese tourists bulk purchase baby powder for friend and relatives when travelling abroad.“ GtYuhanZhang
Babies should be on their backs, with no blankets or soft toys in the crib for safety...
“So much stuff with babies. Not just the obvious car seats, but all sorts of sleeping stuff. Most of Reddit probably slept in a crib with a loose blanket, crib bumpers, and stuffed toys. You might even have been put on your stomach, or had a pillow. None of that is considered safe anymore.”
“Babies are supposed to be on a flat surface, swaddled only under a certain very young age, with basically nothing anywhere near them. The CPSC just banned a bunch of things in common use, in fact, including ‘baby boxes’ similar to the ones given out in Finland.” Grave_Girl
“Standing up in the front seat of your grandfather's '58 thunderbird as a 6 year old and saying ‘Pawpaw, I bet you can't go 100.’ And him saying ‘Hang on buddy.’ Then going for a snow cone.” IC--XC--NI--KA
These responses show just how far we've come in understanding safety. It also gives us good reason to always question new things that come out that are “too good to be true" because they probably are.
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While we don't think about them all constantly, we encounter several grave threats to our health and safety every single day.
And it makes sense that we don't think about them constantly. If we obsessed over the statistics of car accidents every time we got in a car, we'd never go anywhere. We'd never do anything.
So we have to compartmentalize.
And yet, a recent Reddit thread asked users, just for a few moments, to carve out a space in time to recognize all those dangers. It's nothing think about too hard or consistently, but it's worth doing once in awhile.
Redditor ILikeIceCreamSoMuch asked:
"What is far deadlier than most people realize?"
Many people talked about the medicinal products we deem relatively harmless. They may be relatively safe, but that doesn't mean they're totally safe no matter what you do with them.
Keep It In Check
"Tylenol. Its actually a lot easier to overdose on than most people realize, and it slowly destroys your liver over a period of days. Not a fun way to die to put it lightly."
Not a Toy
"People seem to have this idea that a few drops of visine in someone's drink will give them diarrhea, and do it to prank each other, or get some sort of satisfaction with petty revenge."
"People are sitting in prison for murder for doing this. The main active ingredient is called tetrahydrozoline. Once it enters your gastrointestinal tract, it can be absorbed by your intestines and end up in your blood, causing your blood pressure and heart rate to drop to potentially life-threatening levels."
"It really makes me wonder how many people have died due to people copycatting that scene in Wedding Crashers."
Not for Your Belly
"Essential oils. Do NOT put them in your food, they are not made to be food safe" -- willowdove01
"Some of them are capable of burning a hole in your esophagus. Why people think they're food safe I'll never know" -- jellybeansean3648
A Surprising Reaction
"Grapefruit in combination with many -- MANY -- prescription drugs. Basically, grapefruit can affect the way your medications work. With some meds, adding grapefruit screws up the way your body metabolizes the drug, so you end up with far more than the prescribed dosage."
"It can also work in the opposite way with other drugs, leaving you with less than the prescribed dosage. This is especially bad if you have high blood pressure or arrhythmia."
Other people discussed the internal medical emergencies that might be going on without us even knowing. Often, these come as a result of us downplaying our own needs.
Keep the Legs Moving
"Trucker here. I've had two blood clots in my legs from driving long distances and having my leg pressed against the corner of the seat for hours on end. One almost killed me. Apparently it's very common with truckers. You're supposed to stop and walk around every hour and a half to keep things circulating (which almost nobody does due to time constraints)."
"The same thing happens in gaming chairs apparently - people forget to move their legs because they're so focused on the game. You don't need to worry so much if you're younger, but if you're a gamer who's a little older, please be aware."
So Small, So Important
"Abscessed teeth can kill you." -- my_name_is_bobbi
"I had an abscess at 21 that I didn't get treated until I was 28 due to a fear of the dentist, by that point it was a root canal and an extraction and I now have a section of my jaw missing. Get it early and avoid this sh**." -- nighttimehamster
Not to Be Taken Lightly
"Infections can still mess you up easily if you don't seek medication attention in time" -- Humidhotness68
"I lost my brother a few days ago to this exact thing. Turned septic from an untreated UTI & spent about a week in the hospital, but it was too late by then."
"Infections aren't anything to fu** around with or ignore." -- Aurzyerne
And others shared advice about how to avoid tragic accidents and injuries.
"Holding your breath while scuba diving. To most people who don't scuba dive it may sound harmless but if you hold your breath and ascend even a little over a meter you can suffer major lung damage as a result of the gas in your lungs expanding from the lessening pressure."
"Touching sh** inside a guitar amp can fu** you up really bad. It holds a charge."
"And it all comes out at once if you touch the wrong spot."
Unseen Until Too Late
"Going for runs on the roads at night without wearing lights or reflectors. Often times people even wear black. They think that just because they can see the car that the car can see them."
"It only takes one accident to change someone's life completely."
But before we consider this list as merely gratuitous and morbid, try to keep these in mind. It might help prevent a disaster some day.
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Every once in awhile we tune into the local news--or more likely Facebook, nowadays--and hear about some shocking surprise tragedy that struck some person in our town.
When we come across the story, we consider just how terrible that poor person's luck was. The accident that led to death or injury often seems one in a million, and we rest easy knowing, statistically, that won't happen to us.
But some of those "flukes," despite seeming totally bizarre, happen enough that we ought to give them a little more of our attention.
Add up enough freak accidents and you've got yourself a pattern.
Redditor Scrabt asked was apparently keyed in. They asked about the quietly dangerous things that hurt or kill more people than we realize:
"What's something people don't know just how dangerous it actually is?"
Of course, plenty of tragic medical occurrences made it on the list. These seem like anti-climactic ways to die or suffer, but they are avoidable if we take a second to acknowledge them.
"Not getting enough sleep." -- TheBassMeister
"As a firefighter who works 48 hour shifts at a busy station I really wish we would figure this out. It absolutely destroys guys." -- PhluckFace
"Even losing 1 hour of sleep (getting 7 instead of 8) can increase your risk of heart attack by 25%." -- CollegeSuperSenior
Mental Becomes Physical
"Eating disorders. People know they are bad and are a serious mental health issue, but not to the extent that it is. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Over 1/4 attempt suicide, and only 30-40% of anorexics ever recover fully."
A Very Bad Mixture
"I saw this posted on a similar thread a few weeks ago and feel it's worth mentioning again - grapefruit and grapefruit juice. It can seriously mess up medications you may need to take. There is a page on the FDA website specifically warning about the dangers of ingesting medication and having grapefruit or grapefruit juice."
Don't Forget About This Virus
"The flu. It's one of the top 10 causes of death yearly in the US, combined with pneumonia (which they do because influenza deaths are often listed as pneumonia for cause of death). Flu deaths tend to exceed both suicide and homicide numbers along with car-related deaths."
"While many of these are people above 65, the flu is still dangerous to younger people, and there are a lot of bad things it does that fall short of killing people."
Others placed their attention on forces of nature. Us arrogant human beings tend to avoid being honest about just how vulnerable we are to the whims of our planet.
"I'd say mushrooms, mostly because quite a lot of people annually die and a lot more get poisoned because they pick them according to some old wives tales, like if it's eaten by an animal or if it easily peels off it is for some reason or another safe for human consumption."
Far Bigger, Heavier, and Stronger
"The ocean. People have no clue how powerful it is."
"I live at the beach and every summer multiple people die going in the ocean after hours. After hours meaning no lifeguards on duty."
Thinking Long Term
"The SUN" -- newone1104
"Yes! My bf works outside and it pisses me off that he is very careless about using sunscreen! I'm like in 15 yrs your going to look like your 100 and die a horrible death of skin cancer." -- Skinnysusan
Finally, some discussed the man vs. machine area of freak accidents. Our engineering minds have come up with some efficient, powerful tools.
But that power can come back to bite us.
Chomp, Chomp, Chomp
"Escalators, the top of the Escalators houses the motor that is basically a human shredder, the only thing seperating you from death is a jankly placed piece is sheet metal"
"Firing a 'warning shot' with guns."
"The bullet doesn't just continue into space. What goes up...."
"You are responsible for everything that leaves the barrel of your firearm and what it ends up hitting. Out of sight, out of mind doesn't work here."
"Garage door springs. They'll kill you."
"Seriously, let a professional handle that sort of thing." -- BriSnyScienceGuy
"Even professionals are scared to death of them." -- Kool_McKool
"They are under such immense pressure that when they break, it sounds like a very loud gunshot or explosion. My neighbor's door spring broke and it woke up half the block." -- Au_Uncirculated
Just when you needed yet one more reason to have your head on a swivel whenever you partake in human life at all.
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I've lost count when it comes to the amount of times lettuce has been marked hazardous. And I love lettuce.
Like, what is happening on these Midwest farms that lettuce is being poisoned before it's shipped out to feed the nation?
Everytime that recall occurs I clutch my pearls and run to my fridge to inventory. For me food recalls are the worst.
You never know if you're already in danger.
Though it maybe harrowing to hear, Redditor u/Pristine-Tomorrow710 asked:
What were the scariest product recalls in history?
Car recalls always get me too. That is nightmare, suspense movie nonsense right there. That has to be a collective huge fear right? You're driving along and then SURPRISE... the brakes give out. And it's the manufacturer's fault. I smell a lawsuit.
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"I've a strange fascination with product recalls and I have yet to see anyone mention the Burger King pokeballs that could suffocate young children by getting suction-stuck over the mouth and nose. I think it occurred a bit before my time but is a famous case."
"I think Aqua Dots were a kids toy that were covered in some chemical that would cause coma or seizures if swallowed."
"Was it 1,4 BDO? That's the only chem I know of that metabolizes into GHB, besides GBL. Would be really odd to have that as a coating on a kids toy, I guess I could see it from the manufacturing process though since it is used as an industrial solvent."
Killing the Sick
"Therac 25 radiation therapy machine.
Several cancer patients died of radiation poisoning."
"Yep was about to comment I remembered that name from my ethics in tech class I took freshman year. Was crazy how many times people have lost their lives due to upper management not caring about techs complaints."
"How about the one where the elevators were made to go into the basement when a fault was determined and all human interaction locked out e.g. the elevator could not be moved or opened or anything.
Sounds reasonable, right? You don't want people opening the elevator and maybe letting in a hot rush of fire, or continuing to use the elevator when the building is on fire."
"Well, unless the fault is flooding. In the basement.
Then you're in a coffin, slowly filling up with water, trying furiously to do something, anything to avoid drowning.
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"A friend of mine had his artificial hip recalled. He got hit by a drunk driver and spent a year recovering and learning how to walk again. Then, about six months after he was back to normal he had to start all over again, because the hip was releasing toxic metals into his body and had to be replaced."
I can't imagine a body part recalled. As if the surgery to replace what needed saving wasn't bad enough, now you have to do it again? And you may all ready be poisoned from the first round? Thank God for liquor.
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"That Tylenol/cyanide thing was kinda scary because they couldn't fully pinpoint where exactly the tampering had occurred until a bit later into the process."
"At least one (I think maybe even 3?) of the victims ended up being a "copycat" that thought they could get away with it"
"Wiki link which probably corrects almost all of what I've said, haha."
People Share The 'Dirty Secrets' That Their Bosses Don't Want Customers To Know
North American Delivery
"One of the scariest was actually something that wasn't recalled. The Federal Pacific electrical panels are breaker panels that where installed in houses for decades in North America and had a breaker failure rate of around 60%. That means 60% of the breakers they made wouldn't trip at the required currents or at all, causing massive fire hazards. If you have a Federal Pacific panel have it replaced before it burns down the property."
In the Dark
"I don't think it was ever recalled because I think it took place in the early 1900s, but there were clocks that used radioactive paint (it had radium) in order to get it to glow in the dark. A lot of the workers (and who knows how many others) ended up getting really sick due to the continued exposure to the radium."
"Infant and child car seats can either be the pinnacle of safety or death traps. You only find out which after the recall."
"The latch keeping my baby sister buckled to her car seat completely unlatched when we got rear ended. Luckily she only suffered a cut on her ear that required stitches. Got a nice little settlement from that. Don't remember the brand, I was probably 6 at the time."
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"Airbags. I worked with a company that made these. Shrapnel from the exploded airbag would come flying at you while you are in an accident. Gruesome way to add insult to injury."
"Asbestos had some pretty big implications after they realized the health risks associated. It was used in EVERYTHING. Some places used it and the buildings couldn't be cleaned so they had to be leveled or demolished or left to rot if they couldn't afford it."
"The exploding Pintos are still the classic case. Especially when the internal memos came to light saying that it would be cheaper to settle a few wrongful death lawsuits than to fix the defective gas tanks. The Ford Pinto was a small cheap automobile produced in the USA from 1971 to 1978."
"Pintos produced in Canada to higher safety standards did not have the same problem, of exploding into flames when hit from behind at speeds as slow as 5 mph.)"
"Twenty-seven people died in Pinto fires and countless others suffered serious burns."
"The 2008 baby formula recall in China. Some company officials tried to boost the protein level of a brand of baby formula by adding melamine. 6 babies died and over 50k were hospitalized. 2 of the perpetrators were executed but it ruined the public's trust in the authorities because they were too lax in their inspections. It was a huge tragic fiasco, just for greed. My wife is Chinese and she would ship baby formula from Canada over there regularly for years as her cousins had kids."
"British Beef during the BSE crisis. I found out fairly recently I'm not allowed to donate blood outside of the UK because I may have been exposed to contaminated beef as a child."
"There is a very real possibility that I and many others my age will suddenly come down with vCJD (a neurological disease that starts with dementia and usually ends in death) at some point in the future as there is a genetic type that can remain asymptomatic for decades after exposure."
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"Not sure how many of you would remember, but the tires on old Ford Explorers would randomly explode after a certain number of miles."
"The thing is, because early SUV's had a super high center of gravity, when the tire exploded, the Explorer would immediately flip over. This typically happen at 60+ mph, and those things were not safe to begin with."
"The old new reports are wild."
"My mum had a brain tumour and after all other treatment was exhausted (surgery, chemo and radiotherapy) she was given thalidomide. It helped kill off the nerves feeding the tumour. It gave her a few extra months but she died about a year after her original diagnosis."
"There's a picture on the tablet of a pregnant woman with a line through it if I remember correctly. I don't know if they are still using it for treating brain tumours. This was just over ten years ago. Good that something so bad has gone on to actually help people."
"Not a single recall, but how frequent recalls are for products containing food allergens. Every time it happens it means that enough people came near to a horrifying death of anaphylaxis in an emergency room that someone noticed and found the source of the allergen-contaminant."
"When they recalled my son's stroller but the company didn't bother to contact me even though I filled out the little postcard and mailed it. I only found out after he fell out of it (he wasn't seriously injured, thank God.)."
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"Lawn darts. Out with the family trying to play a game have a good time next thing you know little Timmy is impaled."
"The Dalkon Shield. It wasn't even recalled, which is the scary part. It was an IUD introduced in the early 70s that was ineffective as hell, and caused many deaths and permanent health problems. The makers knew almost immediately that it had these issues, and fought it in court once they were revealed and over 250,000 people were suing them. The cases led to an overall distrust in IUDs in the US, and that industry still hasn't recovered."
"ETA: they tried to make long term plan once they knew they were ineffective by selling them to the US government to distribute in Third World nations for "population control", which is a whole nother level of messed up. The "Behind the B**tards" podcast just did an episode about it."
At this point I wouldn't be surprised if the air was recalled. It basically has been already. We are all really just surviving on a wing and a prayer. I'm gonna go grab some vodka and lettuce.
Taking that epic selfie from high off the ground may be worth it for all the likes you're hoping to receive after posting it on social media, but it's not worth risking your life for.
Sure, the idea of getting that impressive shot from the edge of a cliff or near the edge of a rooftop deck on a high-rise may seem harmless, but unfortunately, there have been numerous reports of tourists dying while trying to get that viral selfie.
Curious to hear examples of the potential dangers around us we don't even think about, Redditor Crimtot asked:
Warnings exist for a reason.
Why Everyone Buckles Up
"Having a loose animal in the car. A safety instructor once told me doctors had to dig dog bones out of a person after it got between them and an airbag."
"Same with unrestrained people."
"They become projectiles."
"Story of a car full of adults. No seatbelts. With a child/baby properly strapped in in the back seat. Got into a major accident. Baby was killed due to the unrestrained adult being tossed around in the car therefore crushing and impacting the baby."
"Might have been an older drivers Ed scare tactic story but it seems feasible."
"Having a small snack before a medical procedure that requires anesthesia. Intubation can cause you to throw up your food and you can choke."
"And the food won't just get stuck in your throat as it comes up, it can pass into your lungs."
It Cuts Deep
"Mandolin slicer. USE THE HANDGUARD. Or lose a thumb....."
Kids can't identify potential dangers until it's too late.
They're Pretty Dangerous
"Kids picking flowers in the park. I am a conservation Technician for a county park system, at least once a year I have to stop parents with kids picking flowers off the trail because I see kids with either poison hemlock (one of the deadliest plants if injesting even a tiny amount) or wild parsnip, which can cause some serious permanent scarring, burns, and boils if the sap gets on to your skin and is exposed to sunlight. Don't let your kids pick or eat anything you aren't 100% sure of."
"Walking along the train tracks. It's crazy how fast millions of pounds of freight can sneak up on you."
There is a thrill element to going places where you shouldn't. Unless you're an expert.
"Confined spaces, above ground or worse, below the surface. If you do urban exploration, caving, or anything like that, get a 4 gas detector, clip it to you chest or belt, and set the alarm to max. If it makes a sound, get the fuck out or you are going to die."
Watch Your Step
"walking off the boardwalks at Yellowstone. They have several signs pressing that even though the ground may look normal in those areas it could be really thin. I've seen people do it anyway. Looks safe ≠ safe."
The pain from the initial bite was the least of their worries.
"Cat bites. Cat fangs puncture deep and trap bacteria deep within your tissue, leading to horrible infections. You might think one isn't serious because it's not bleeding much, but that just means the wound isn't flushing properly - if you get seriously bitten by a cat, it's very important to go to urgent care so they can properly disinfect the wound."
The Worst Bite There Is
"A human bite. I worked at a kindergarten and one kid was sometimes super sweet but sometimes really mean. He could switch in a second. While I was naming the colouring pages they were about to get he walked up to me and bit me in the arm. Didn't think it was through, cuz no blood. But it started swelling and getting red and the marks were clearly there. Went to the doc right after my shift. He explained a human bite is the second most dangerous bite there is. Got antibiotics but they didn't work. Arm just kept swelling and getting completely dark purple over two days. Doctor sent me to the hospital where I got strong antibiotics. Basically everything in me was cleaned with that sh*t, felt weak for months. If it didn't start working by that night is have to come back and be hospitalised to get my underarm removed. I've sh@t some bricks there. Never thought a kids bite could cause this. Luckily the swelling got less and the bruise stopped spreading so I still have my arm, but that was very close."
"EDIT: For the people who asked me if I punished the kid, his parents did that for me. My coworker reported the incident to the parents and it was one of his last days there as they were moving (this was planned before he bit me.) His parents were really sorry and a few days later when I worked again, it was the last time I'd see him and the parents brought him towards me because they wanted him to apologize. My arm was still fairly swollen and purple at that point and he was absolutely shocked that he had been the cause of that. He apologized with tears in his eyes and actually hugged me. He promised me never to bite anyone again (apparently he had bitten his family and even other children before! So far no one had gotten an infection apart from me.) and I really think he meant that. Still had a good day with him, but was still pretty mad as I was scared my antibiotics stopped working or something but now that I think back on him he's not a bad kid, just a troubled mind that didn't get the right treatment. But a scare not the less!"
Dangers Of Water
We drink it, we swim in it – heck, we're comprised mostly of it. But there are things that will make you extra cautious about oceans and pools after reading these comments.
Out To Sea
"Riptide and 4ft waves....my friend drowned at the beach from a sneaker set. Terrible."
"For everyone else reading this - keeping swimming parallel to shore. You'll get pulled out a little bit, but more importantly you'll also get out of the riptide without being exhausted and can then get back."
"Pool covers. It's like being wrapped in a bedsheet underwater. You cannot get free and you cannot scream for help. Once you're in the only way to get out is to be incredibly lucky and get free or have faith that someone saw or heard you fall in and hope that they get you in time."
"It's a lengthy, terrifying, death that's completely avoidable."
"fun fact i actually almost died bc of this as a little kid at a pool party, neighbor's dog noticed though and barked at the pool until someone came by."
Not A Playground
"Oceanside cliff blow holes. People think they're so much fun to stand around and play with. You fall into one of those things, you aren't getting out. The waves will just bludgeon you against the rocks until you die or you're lucky enough to drown first."
You'll have to take some of the horrifying comments above with a grain of salt. Living in fear is no way to live, as they say.
But one should still be mindful of the potential dangers around us and to heed the general warnings signs – which exist for a reason.
You may feel invincible by going for that boast-worthy selfie or exploring areas at a national park where you shouldn't.
But remember – luck won't always be on your side.