13 Easy Safety Tips That Can Save Your Life

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Disasters, whether natural or man-made, catch us off guard most of the time. It’s frustrating to think that a lot of them that have happened to families are caused by simple and preventable mistakes. From home to travel, here are 13 safety tips you need to know and share with others.

Never Mix Cleaning Products

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Cleaning products should only be mixed with water. If you mix it with other chemicals, “you could be accidentally violating the Geneva Conventions and getting yourself killed with toxic gas.” 

Also, “never mix ammonia and bleach. It produces chloramines or mustard gas, and it can kill you.”

Never Sneak Up Behind a Horse

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Horses “act like idiots when startled,” so never sneak up on one from behind. One user quotes their great-granddad: “Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.”

Don’t Catch a Falling Knife

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Many people have gotten hurt while trying to catch a falling knife. If only they learned that it’s much safer to let it fall. This is the same principle as trying to catch a falling, loaded gun: “A falling knife is a blade. A falling gun is a trigger.”

Check and Clean Out the Lint Collector

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A dirty lint collector is “one of the leading causes of house fires.” 

Always Wear Safety Glasses

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Wearing safety glasses protects you from flying wooden or metal chips and is much cheaper than eye surgery. “Wear them tight on your face,” points out a poster. 

Sharper Knives Are Safer Than Dull Ones

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“The only thing a dull knife will cut is you,” reads a post, and another adds, “If you happen to cut yourself by accident, an injury heals faster from a sharp knife vs a dull blade.”

Always Prepare for Your Car to Break Down in the Middle of Nowhere

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Your car might break down in the middle of nowhere, so it’s safe to “bring warm clothes, water, and a charged phone” onboard. You can also “keep a towel, hand warmers, and a flashlight.”

Never Dive Unless You Know How Deep the Water Is

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One poster states, “Unless you can see the bottom and know how deep it is, don’t dive. It’s one of the leading causes of accidental paralysis, an easy way to drown, and ‘even’ leg fractures suck.” You don’t want to hit your head against tree stumps or other foreign objects. 

Never Put Your Feet on the Dash

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Whether the car you are riding in has airbags or not, never put your feet on the dash. A level 1 trauma worker says, “I have seen a fatality of a passenger who had their legs on the dash during a collision. It literally shoved their (broken) leg back into them, and their leg bone (shard) pierced their chest cavity and heart.” 

Know Where the Emergency Stop Button Is on Every Machine

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This is another safety tip that could save you from injuries. Most machines have an emergency button that is designed to cut off the power supply and turn off the device. 

Turn Your Music Down

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Always listen to music at safe volumes, whether you like heavy metal or pop. Doing so can prevent tinnitus “or the deafness that will come after.”

Get a Dashcam

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A dashcam “can save you a lot of headaches if you’re in an accident.” One user explains it also helps when you are pulled over. “Cop says you weren’t wearing your seat belt? Dashcam. Cop says you rolled through a stop sign? Dashcam. Cop says you were speeding? Dashcam.”

Never Plugin Space Heaters to Power Strips

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“Always plug them directly into wall outlets,” advises a poster. “This is one of the most common fire starters in homes.”

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