If there's anything to be learned about being an adult, it's that — no matter how smart you are — you don't know everything. And sometimes the things you don't know are crucial, deeply important tips that could one day save your life.
Well, friends, fear not! I've got some helpful, need-to-know safety tricks you probably didn't know about...and I'm here to share them with you!
1. "When boiling a pot of water, turn the handle inwards towards the center of the stove/counter."
5. "If you find yourself hurt in a public place, direct your pleas to one person, not to the crowd."
"Otherwise, everyone will think, 'Oh, somebody else will help them.'"
6. "Check and clean out the lint collector in your dryer regularly."
"Clean the lint trap after every cycle. But also, clean out the full dryer duct at least once a year. Tons of it gets past the trap and gets stuck in the ducts, building up like plaque in an artery. You can buy cheap brush kits from Amazon that connect to your electric drill."
8. "If your child goes missing in your home, first check any spots that would be dangerous for them to be, then check their common hiding spots."
9. "When crossing the street at night, turn on your phone's flashlight and point it toward oncoming traffic."
10. "If you're going to be in cold weather, dress in layers to hold heat in better. Stay dry and be sure to protect your feet, hands, and face."
11. "Head injuries can take hours to manifest. Go see a doctor even if you think it's minor. If you wait, it may already be too late once you start showing symptoms."
12. "If someone is in trouble in the water, bring something with you — a float, a rope, a towel, etc. — and use that to bridge the gap between you so you can tow the person in. In their panic, they can pull you down, too."
"Recognize that even if you are both a strong swimmer and a trained rescuer, you are still risking your own life if you go to the aid of a swimmer in trouble."
13. "In the US and some other countries, you can notify your Department of State that you are going overseas for free. This means in event of a natural disaster/political issue/etc., they will know you need evacuation."
"They also update you on the state of the country as time goes by, so you don't accidentally collide with some trouble. A lot of accidents happen just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, so if you're traveling, it might be worth looking into."
15. "If you're in a crowd and get stuck in a stampede, try your best to stay standing. If you do fall, assume a protective position with your feet tucked up and your hands covering your head."
"Try to position your face in the direction the crowd is moving so you don’t get kicked and try to get back on your feet ASAP. As soon as you get knocked down, your chances of survival decrease significantly."
16. "Buy a glass breaker with a seatbelt knife and keep it in your car. It’s a couple bucks and it may save your (or someone else’s) life."
17. "If you think you're being followed turn right four times. Since you'll get to the same place they shouldn't be following you anymore. If they do, you might be in trouble."
"Alternatively, turn on your turn signal in one direction. Then turn the other way. If a car behind you does the same, odds are good that they're following you."
19. "If you're performing CPR on someone who's stopped breathing/heart has stopped, don't stop until EMTs take the body away."
Do you have an important safety tip to share that we missed? If so, share it in the comments below!
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