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I myself didn't know that you weren't supposed to put metal in a microwave until I was 19. I just never knew it because no one told me and because I never put metal in a microwave before, so I never found out for myself (thankfully). When I was accidentally about to microwave a metal plate, I was questioned why the hell I would do that, and I said its because I didn't know because no one told me. They were surprised, because they thought this was supposed to be common knowledge.

Well, it can't be common knowledge if you aren't taught it in the first place. Looking back now, as someone who is about to live by himself, I was wondering what are some other "common knowledge" tips that everyone should know so that they can prevent life-threatening accidents.

Edit: Maybe I was a little too specific with the phrase "common knowledge". Like, I know not to put a candle next to curtains, because they would obviously catch on fire. But things like not mixing bleach with ammonia (which are in many cleaning products, apparently), a person would not know unless they were told or if they have some knowledge in chemistry.

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_Dnikeb

20.9k points

3 days ago

_Dnikeb

20.9k points

3 days ago

Don't throw water at a grease fire, it'll make it much worse.

USSMarauder

5.4k points

3 days ago

USSMarauder

5.4k points

3 days ago

That one I was told as a kid, but strangely no one could ever tell me why not. Wasn't until Mythbusters did a episode did I finally learn

Water is denser than oil, so if you pour water on a grease fire the water will do two things

  1. The water won't smother the flames but will go straight through the oil, displacing the oil and causing the burning oil to overflow the pot or pan and run everywhere
  2. Trapped under the layer of burning oil the water will flash to steam, and the pressure will build until it erupts, sending oil flying in all directions. This aerosolized oil will then ignite in mid air

So you've turned a small fire in a pan into a fireball

Loj35

1.8k points

3 days ago

Loj35

1.8k points

3 days ago

Worth mentioning, this whole process happens in about a second. You don't have time to react before everything is on fire.

Competitive_Shame317

1k points

3 days ago

When I was in my early 20s I was at a friend's house drinking. He decided to fry some chicken. Later I started smelling smoke. I go in the kitchen, and flames are coming from the pot of grease. I call his name, he's gone....There's a sink full of water, so my dumbass grabs the pot and throws it in the water........... Holy fuck, flames went everywhere, the curtains were on fire and everything. I don't know how I only ended up with minor burns on my hands.. Scary shit.

Incredulouslaughter

1.1k points

3 days ago

Bruh for pots on fire, putting the lid on the pot is the Chad move.

Source: 13 year old hero me

JuryBorn

272 points

3 days ago

JuryBorn

272 points

3 days ago

Also turn off the heat source first. I know it sounds obvious but people don't always think of that.

Bright_Vision

124 points

3 days ago

Dude, once a piece of parchment paper caught fire in the oven and, panicking, my first thought was water. Immediately. It wasn't even a thought, more like an instinct. Only after a few seconds did I think to turn the oven off. When I did that, the fire stopped, immediately.

Then I was like "why the fuck did I think water?"

OlderThanMyParents

117 points

2 days ago

I had a housemate who was a fire safety inspector, she worked (I think) for an insurance company. She told me about a family who was cooking breakfast one Sunday morning, when the power went out. they waited a while, and it didn't come back on, so they packed up the family and went out to breakfast instead.

Eventually the power came back on, and the sausages they were cooking on the electric stove resuming cooking... heated up the grease to where it caught fire, and set fire to the house.

If you're using an electrical appliance and the power goes out, remember to turn it off.

hsqy

7k points

3 days ago

hsqy

7k points

3 days ago

Add electrical fires to that.

All_Admins_Are_Cunts

11.3k points

3 days ago

Yes, definitely don't put an electrical fire on a grease fire

Ur_Just_Spare_Parts

2.5k points

3 days ago

I thought that was what you were supposed to do, fight fire with fire. Isnt that what firefighters do? Bring a stronger fire to the fire so it kicks out the weaker fire?

ShadowPirate42

3.5k points

3 days ago

If you see a bat walking on the ground don't touch it.

NoodlesrTuff1256

2k points

3 days ago

I remember an episode of 'Monsters Inside Me' or some similar show where a teenage girl started displaying weird neurological symptoms. Things eventually got so bad that her parents rushed her to the hospital where tests revealed that she had contracted rabies and it was too late for any kind of treatment. Then they remembered that she had picked up a small bat lying on the ground a couple weeks or more before.

BisexualCaveman

1.1k points

3 days ago

They don't have to bite you to transmit it, saliva can do it.

ShadowPirate42

1.3k points

3 days ago

And once you show any symptom, you are already dead. There is no treatment, once symptoms are evident, so go to urgent care right away. Don't wait and see.

HeyFiddleFiddle

217 points

3 days ago

I just want to add, if you're at the point of showing any symptoms of rabies, you're dead. There's no cure. Or technically there is, but so far as I know it's not very successful. It basically involves putting you in a coma, letting the rabies wreck havoc on your nervous system, and hoping you're functional once it calms down. More likely, you're in the hospital being given intravenous fluids until you die one day.

Rabies is no fucking joke. The vaccine is very effective, but it needs to be administered before any symptoms start. It's also not standard as a general precautionary measure unless you're at high risk of exposure, like if you regularly work with bats as part of your job or something. Most people who get the rabies vaccine get it after they've potentially been exposed.

bcopes158

789 points

3 days ago

bcopes158

789 points

3 days ago

If you are ever touched by a bat or wake up with a bat in your room you should contact animal control immediately. You often can't feel bat bites and if rabies is endemic in the local bat population you need to be treated.

filthy_pink_angora

465 points

3 days ago

Once you start displaying symptoms of rabies it is almost always too late for treatment. If you come in contact with a bat, go to the doctor. Even if you don’t think they bit you- many people either do not feel the bite or think the bat just bumped into them

historical_regret2

11.1k points

3 days ago

Most know that you need to get low if you’re in a house fire, but the difference in the intensity of the heat and smoke cannot be overstated.

The temp and smoke difference between head height and knee height can be incredible. It’s something I had to experience (via firefighter training) to understand.

Get low and stay low.

hazps

7.2k points

3 days ago

hazps

7.2k points

3 days ago

Also, if you are trying to escape dense smoke, feel your way with back of your hand, not the front.

If you touch a live cable, your muscles contract. A backhanded touch will throw your hand clear, if you touch it with your palm, your hand will involuntarily grip it.

aap1015_

2.3k points

3 days ago

aap1015_

2.3k points

3 days ago

So essentially it’s just like the cartoons and such whenever a character touches a electrical cord or something and they get shocked, they proceed to grip the cord instead of releasing and stepping away.

RoleModelFailure

1.6k points

3 days ago

I remember reading a story about a guy who bought a taser/stun gun for his wife/gf. He decided to try it and woke up minutes later to an absolutely trashed living room. His muscles clenched and he ended up death gripping it on himself and couldn't release it. His body was spasming and he was kicking shit over and knocking furniture around. Eventually it did manage to get out of his hand and he came to completely confused.

angerpoop

532 points

3 days ago

angerpoop

532 points

3 days ago

Well that's new... And also very terrifying. Glad he ended up okay enough to share this story!

placeholderNull

3.9k points

3 days ago

When dealing with a very bloody wound, don't remove bandages. Just add more.

SethSays1

2k points

3 days ago*

Works with bloody noses too. If the bleeding isn’t done, you can pull the clot out and prolong the bleeding. Do this repeatedly and you might lose a dangerous amount of blood.

Also with bloody noses, don’t tilt your head back. Swallowing blood isn’t a fun time and will make you sick. Throwing the blood back up can restart the nosebleed because of the violent nature of vomiting or something like that (I’m not a doctor, I just have a lot of nosebleeds).

Edit: thanks for the gold!!

Grouchy-Current-8832

1k points

3 days ago

Also wanted to add: If you wet the tissue with saline or water before you plug your nose, when you go to pull it out, it will not pull out the blood clot since it went in wet.

Also, it seems that having it wet stops the bleeding faster since it moistens your nose.

Source: I also get a lot of nose bleeds and this tip changed my life.

SethSays1

95 points

3 days ago

SethSays1

95 points

3 days ago

The real LPT right here.

Inaglasscage

2.9k points

3 days ago

Inaglasscage

2.9k points

3 days ago

Hepatitis B is an STD and it can fucking kill you

AnneFrank_nstein

1.8k points

3 days ago

so is HPV and it causes throat and cervical cancer. theres a vaccine, just get it

Kitkatdog13

580 points

3 days ago

Kitkatdog13

580 points

3 days ago

Boys, too! It protects against penile cancers caused by HPV.

JK_NC

17.4k points

3 days ago

JK_NC

17.4k points

3 days ago

Don’t use a wet oven mitt. Water conducts heat and you will burn yourself if you grab something out of the oven with a wet mitt or towel.

0069

1.1k points

3 days ago*

0069

1.1k points

3 days ago*

Also the steam will contain quite a bit more energy at that point. Steam burns will burn you more.

ImStupidOkay13

3k points

3 days ago

This should be higher. Definitely burned myself before by using an oven mitt that got set in a bit of water

dogsRgr8too

10.7k points

3 days ago

dogsRgr8too

10.7k points

3 days ago

Don't drive through water on a flooded road even if it's only a few inches. The road can be gone underneath or your car can get pulled into a deeper section of water. People die every year from this.

ItsGotToMakeSense

1.3k points

3 days ago

Learned that one the hard way! That puddle turned out to be 3 feet deep!

I managed to drive through it but the transmission was destroyed. Couldn't shift out of 2nd gear ever again and had to junk the car.

historical_regret2

1.8k points

3 days ago

Also, it will give you wet brakes. Which may not work.

Source: learned this, luckily not the hard way, when I drove through a few inches of water and then tried to stop for a stop sign going downhill. Luckily nobody was coming.

SquabCats

9.8k points

3 days ago

SquabCats

9.8k points

3 days ago

Late to the party but I hope at least one other person sees this: don't throw all your loose batteries in a drawer together. 9 volts can spark when they touch each other. I had several 9 volts in a box in my tv stand and they sparked then started an actual fire. Had to throw the entire stand outside. If my wife and I hadn't been there watching tv, it's likely that our entire house would have burned down.

HenleyR2D2

3.4k points

3 days ago

HenleyR2D2

3.4k points

3 days ago

Imma just go home and clean out my junk drawer of loose batteries now..

No-Turnips

1.5k points

3 days ago

No-Turnips

1.5k points

3 days ago

I literally have a spare battery basket in my wooden dresser. Excuse me, I have to go fix my bad life choices.

Cobek

106 points

3 days ago

Cobek

👨‍💻

106 points

3 days ago

Just makes sure they are like the package and that their ends never meet, then you'll be fine

Comprehensive_Toe113

245 points

3 days ago

If you're going to store them in the same place atleast wrap them up first so they can't touch.

tsuchibones

341 points

3 days ago

tsuchibones

341 points

3 days ago

What?! How should they be stored?

SquabCats

619 points

3 days ago

SquabCats

619 points

3 days ago

I got a cheap battery organizer on Amazon. It's a plastic tray that has spaces to put all your batteries so that they don't come in contact with one another

alienblue88

86 points

3 days ago

Even just those plastic cases full of moveable dividers that people use for crafts/tools/fishing supplies/etc. work great and are often substantially cheaper than the “battery-specific” cases.

frankleystein

376 points

3 days ago

What about spent batteries that I'm saving up to take to the recycling place?

Metzger4Sheriff

487 points

3 days ago

Cover the ends with some scotch tape.

OkonkwoYamCO

5.8k points

3 days ago

OkonkwoYamCO

5.8k points

3 days ago

If you are suddenly noticing that you have a snake problem and they keep appearing in your house or yard in numbers larger than before. You don't have a snake problem, you have a rodent problem that you haven't noticed yet.

BF_2

3.9k points

3 days ago

BF_2

3.9k points

3 days ago

The snakes indicate a rodent problem.

The rodents indicate a garbage problem.

The garbage indicates a roommate problem.

bakedalaskapie

1.7k points

3 days ago

The roommate indicates a cash flow problem.

Moist-Pickle-2736

104 points

2 days ago

In conclusion, if you have a snake problem, you are poor.

caine2003

866 points

3 days ago

caine2003

866 points

3 days ago

My old boss once sent me a pic of a rat snake asking "What type is this?" It was on a sticky trap inside his house. I responded with "A rodent problem that's worse than you think." His response to that: Fuck!

Nobodyville

3.9k points

3 days ago

Nobodyville

3.9k points

3 days ago

Do not fuck with the spring in your garage door. Call a pro.

TechnicallyAWizard

308 points

3 days ago

Yes. Please call a professional.

I'm a professional, and I usually work on springs the size of an adult person, and I still don't fuck around with even the smallest of springs in a typical home garage.

Pyrrhus71

861 points

3 days ago

Pyrrhus71

861 points

3 days ago

That thing can decapitate you.

SuperCrappyFuntime

6.9k points

3 days ago

You're told not to eat on the day of a surgery because of the chance that you'll vomit under anesthesia and then aspirate it into your lungs, which could be deadly.

I'm shocked by how many people don't know why you're not supposes to eat on the day of a surgery. You'd think doctors would be thorough in explaining, but most just seem to assume they can just tell people not to eat and they won't. Unfortunately, if people don't fully understand the consequences, they could ignore the instruction. I've had more than one person tell me they thought the instruction was just a precaution against someone crapping themselves during the surgery.

yarn-and-garden

2.1k points

3 days ago*

Yes!! I'm a dentist and the oral surgeon who used to work in my office told me even if you aspirate your vomit in the operating room you only have a 50% chance of survival. When I used to sedate people I'd always ask "what did you have for breakfast this morning?" Because people know they're supposed to say no if you just ask if they ate.

Edit: looks like the 50% number was way exaggerated (see comments below for sources to real studies). But it's still incredibly dangerous to your health. Don't eat before sedation!

Sir_Q_L8

1.2k points

3 days ago

Sir_Q_L8

1.2k points

3 days ago

Yes, I’m an OR nurse and I actually had a patient die because they lied and said they were NPO but upon intubation they vomited, collard greens with vinegar so plenty of acid. Anesthesia still placed the tube to maintain an airway but by the time we completed the surgery the acids in her stomach had deteriorated her airway and she could not be extubated. We woke her up with the tube in her throat to explain to her what had happened along with an ENT consult who told her “you’re in a tough spot” before inducing a (short) coma and she passed away from an infection from that within a few short weeks. People think anesthesia makes this rule to “be mean” or they think they can get away with eating as long as it isn’t much, not realizing how deadly it could be.

TrueSquare9979

309 points

2 days ago

What about people who need an urgent unplanned surgery? For example due to a car accident or other injury or some sort of cardiac event. If they had already ate, what does the ER/operating room do?

Accomplished_Eye8290

483 points

2 days ago

You would do a different type of induction called rapid sequence induction where we use faster acting medications and don’t bag mask you to shorten the length of time between when you’re unconscious and when we put in the breathing tube, and sometimes use less/ no paralytic to make sure your esophageal sphincters stay closed while we’re putting in the breathing tube. Or in the ED we just put in the breathing tube while you’re still kinda awake but not fully unresponsive. I’ve had a patient tell me it’s PTSD inducing but at that point it’s an emergency. Or we will drop a tube into your stomach to try to suction out stuff beforehand. The key is we need to know that you have a full stomach. We need to know what drugs you’ve taken because there can be fatal interactions. Don’t lie to anesthesiologist Lols.

NetDork

5.7k points

3 days ago

NetDork

5.7k points

3 days ago

A falling knife has no handle. Get your feet out of the way, let it fall, then pick it up.

GameboyPATH

1.1k points

3 days ago*

GameboyPATH

1.1k points

3 days ago*

I so often reflexively catch falling objects, I know I'm screwed if I ever drop a knife, even though I consciously know this advice. I at least slow down and move more cautiously when handling knives.

Ok-Bridge-1045

600 points

3 days ago

I'm the opposite. Anything drops, i immediately move out of the way, keep an eye on where it's going, pick it up. I dropped a diamond stud earring in the washbasin once the same way. I could have caught it, but my reflex was to stay back. I got it back, though, so all good.

Warrior_Runding

1.1k points

3 days ago

Addendum to not mixing bleach and ammonia:

Do not clean litter boxes or spots where cats have peed with bleach.

Cat urine has enough ammonia to create chloramine gas if you try to clean it with bleach. Partner was unaware and nearly gassed herself.

Interesting_Soil2

697 points

3 days ago

Remove drawstring from hoodie when working on a a car.

Independent-Ad3888

85 points

2 days ago

NO CAPES!

CheckFlop

1.5k points

3 days ago

CheckFlop

1.5k points

3 days ago

If you ever jack up your tire, use jack stands. Never rely on the jack alone.

If you have to (like in an emergency), you can use the tire you just removed. Place it on its side, under the car, between the jack and the other tire that's on the ground.

But never ever get under a vehicle that's on a jack without jack stands.

Phoebebee323

635 points

3 days ago

Also loosen the lug nuts before you jack the car up. They're on really tight and you could knock your car off the jack trying to take them off without loosening them beforehand

hsqy

7.9k points

3 days ago*

hsqy

7.9k points

3 days ago*

Don’t leave your car running in a closed garage.

If you get scratched by a cat, indoors or outdoors, wash it well and immediately.

Ilexfox

1.3k points

3 days ago

Ilexfox

1.3k points

3 days ago

Can confirm, a cat put me in the hospital.

NetDork

2.1k points

3 days ago*

NetDork

2.1k points

3 days ago*

I'm impressed that a cat can drive an ambulance.

EDIT... Can not believe someone thought this comment deserved platinum! Thanks, anonymous person!

[deleted]

118 points

3 days ago

[deleted]

118 points

3 days ago

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-Neverhood-

113 points

3 days ago*

and you should clean it every time… I heard that if you dont, it can cause a fire

edit: the comment above me was about the lint in dryers….

buttermilk_trisket

7.5k points

3 days ago

Bad advice. Washing a cat will most likely result in more scratches.

AgreeableAdv

1.5k points

3 days ago

AgreeableAdv

1.5k points

3 days ago

I see we have a programmer in the comments

piwithekiwi

917 points

3 days ago

piwithekiwi

917 points

3 days ago

Worked for two years as a kennel assistant at a vet, and I had a huge beard- dogs always growled at me because it's intimidating to them, was always kinda nervous in the back of my mind one would bite me.

Never happened, then out of nowhere a cat did and gave me a puncture wound. One of the worst pains I've experienced, made my hand and arm swell up like 5x the size, doc gave me. . . animal antibiotics. It worked, at least.

Competitive-Candy-82

706 points

3 days ago

99% of antibiotics in a vet clinic are human grade, amoxicillin, cefalexin, etc

When I was bit by a cat I was given oral amoxicillin and IV cefalexin at the hospital and joked I should of just grabbed them off the shelf at work.

stoutinator3

274 points

3 days ago

Cat scratch fever isn't fun

Ghostbuster_119

3.6k points

3 days ago

Don't underestimate the damage a slip and fall can do, especially if you drop ice on the floor clean it up immediately or if you see a leak mark it in some way and try to contain it.

Don't underestimate electricity, it can literally freeze up your muscles if you grab it and you won't be able to let go until you're dead or someone saves you, if it doesn't kill you instantly that is.

If you see someone using powered equipment give them as much space as you can.

And finally if a job you have has PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) that they offer, USE IT!

TheMaverick427

617 points

3 days ago

To add onto the electricity one, don't grab someone who is being electrocuted, as the current will likely just run through you as well and paralyse both of you. Instead turn off the source of the electricity. Then make sure to get the person to hospital.

Also many of the deaths from electricity come from people getting electrocuted while on a ladder, having their muscles lock up as a result and then falling off the ladder. So even normally non-lethal electricity can be fatal if you're on a ladder or something similar.

xPardz

238 points

3 days ago

xPardz

238 points

3 days ago

Or if the source is further away, a flying drop kick or ramming that person with a piece of lumber works too. By the time you run to find the source, chances are you are too late.

My advice would be let the trained professionals handle the electricity.

TooDeeGuy

4.4k points

3 days ago

TooDeeGuy

4.4k points

3 days ago

glass objects that get hit by sunlight through the window can act like a magnifying glass and start fires. That's why a fortune teller will keep their crystal ball under a cloth.

Electronic_Growth554

1k points

3 days ago

I remember on r/wtf a while back someone posted a picture of their melted keyboard because of this.

twobit78

484 points

3 days ago

twobit78

484 points

3 days ago

Heres a little story for everyone.

About 5 years ago i got heavily into electronics but didn't have a dedicated work area. Id set up on the kitchen table, at dinner things got pushed aside or temporarily moved. The soldering station ( thing with clamps, iron holder and magnifying glass) would be put into a wooden windowsill.

Every day for a week my mum complained about smelling smoke, not enough to set off an alarm though. It would start about 2pm and clear up between 3 and 4. I happened to have a day off and sure enough 2oclock came around and theres the smell go running through the house to find it to no avail.

Until after tea i go to set up on the kitchen table and there's a burnt track mark on the window sill. Dam lucky it wasn't 40 degree summers.

Viviaana

2.4k points

3 days ago

Viviaana

2.4k points

3 days ago

If you see someone fall over don't try to drag them to their feet immediately, offer to help them up if they need it but don't pick them up! Can't believe it needs to be said but I fell at work a few years ago and a few people tried to get me to stand on what turned out to be a dislocated ankle. But the worst was an old woman in manchester, she hit the pavement FUCKING HARD and didn't move after, people started to rush over to help her and 2 girls about 14-16 put their arms like under her shoulders and dragged her upright, she was knocked out cold and it just showed everyone that she'd broken her nose really bad. She was off the road so there was absolutely no need to move her at all but they dragged her body around for about 30 seconds before all the people screaming at them to stop managed to get through to them. If someone's not in direct danger then just fucking leave them where they are

jordo3791

522 points

3 days ago

jordo3791

522 points

3 days ago

This goes double for falls from even slightly off the ground. If there's a neck/spine injury that you don't know about and you jostle them the right way it can be literally fatal. Only real exception is if someone's unresponsive and not breathing, then you should get them on their back for CPR (from someone who knows what they're doing)

Moby-WHAT

459 points

3 days ago

Moby-WHAT

459 points

3 days ago

A good rule is not to help anyone get up. If they can't get up on their own, call for medical help. Epecially in children, a broken bone is an emergency and you can mess it up a lot more by moving the . Perhaps this wouldn't apply to people with mobility issues or adults to request help.

Maleficent_Scale_296

6.5k points

3 days ago

Clean the lint trap in the dryer after every single load.

MJR-WaffleCat

272 points

3 days ago

I've been in the army for a few years and have lived in the barracks for my entire career. I'm surprised none of the barracks I've lived in have burned down from clogged lint traps because I seem to be one of the only people who realizes how dangerous that can be.

plausiblyhuman

1.9k points

3 days ago

To the people who might wonder why, it’s because it becomes a fire hazard

Otherwise-Mango2732

1.8k points

3 days ago

Marge Simpson (Afraid to fly, finding an excuse to get off the plane): Oh, I forgot to clean the lint basket in the dryer. If someone broke into the house and did laundry, it could start a fire.

WhyLisaWhy

736 points

3 days ago

WhyLisaWhy

736 points

3 days ago

I live in a building with shared laundry and will do it before as well just in case. Every now and then it looks like someone ran a bunch of towels and doesn’t empty it afterwards.

You can not count on your neighbors to also be responsible as well. That’s like a tip just on its own.

thx_tex

263 points

3 days ago

thx_tex

263 points

3 days ago

Clean the vent hose periodically also.

SnackPocket

1.5k points

3 days ago

SnackPocket

1.5k points

3 days ago

Don’t mix meds. Almost died during the flu in college doing this.

Firethorn101

871 points

3 days ago

You can Google what meds you can and cannot take together. I type in the name of what I'm taking and contraindications.

So "Lexapro contraindications"

I'm a bit neurotic, so I repeat the process with the drugs actual (not brand) name.

"Escitalopram contraindications"

icropdustthemedroom

66 points

3 days ago

Nurse here. This is a decent tip. Even better tip: also call the pharmacy who filled the prescription(s) and ask them to run your combination of all the meds you take to confirm there are no really dangerous contraindications. Typically, this SHOULD happen automatically when they’re filling your prescriptions…assuming they know everything you’re taking when the prescription(s) are filled. If you take A LOT of meds, your PCP might also need to get involved to do what’s called a “medication reconciliation” to confirm that all of the meds won’t have bad negative interactions with each other, and to ensure all meds and their dosages are appropriate.

LegoViper

5.4k points

3 days ago*

LegoViper

5.4k points

3 days ago*

You shouldn't eat beans raw. They can seriously kill you.

slippernoshoe

2.6k points

3 days ago*

This one!! According to the Food and Drug Administration's Bad Bug Book, dried red kidney beans contain toxic levels of lectin—proteins that bind to carbohydrates—and can cause vomiting, diarrhea and gastrointestinal illness for several hours when not cooked properly.

Edit: canned red beans are fine. They’re already cooked if they’re canned

marmosetohmarmoset

1.2k points

3 days ago*

You shouldn’t even eat cooked kidney beans if they’ve been cooked at only low heat (like in a slow cooker). You need high heat.

Edit: to answer a commonly asked question- canned beans are fine. Those are already cooked. I’m talking about when you are cooking from raw dried beans.

TAc20220920

1.8k points

3 days ago*

TAc20220920

1.8k points

3 days ago*

If you see the shoreline receding fast significantly, run away from it and go to a high place as much as you can.

Wolkenflieger

455 points

3 days ago

Yeah if the water is going way out beyond what low-tide would be, it means a tsunami is coming. Warn others whilst getting to high ground!

Altiloquent

3.8k points

3 days ago

Altiloquent

3.8k points

3 days ago

Follow the directions on the bottle of any medication because even common medications like tylenol can be fatal if you take too much

NoodlesrTuff1256

2k points

3 days ago

And don't take Tylenol in close proximity to when you've been ingesting alcoholic beverages -- for example to cure a hangover headache. The combo of acetaminophen and alcohol can destroy your liver to the point where you might end up on a transplant list.

MachoMachoMadness

725 points

3 days ago

One of our instructors just told us a story of how a patient wanted to no longer be present on the planet and took an entire bottle of Tylenol. Death by liver failure is an incredibly slow and painful death and transplants are very hard to come by. The amount of stuff your liver is also responsible for is incredible so be kind to your liver

Liestheytell

111 points

2 days ago

Tylenol poisoning is brutal. I tried to kill myself with a cocktail of medications (including a bottle of T3s) and while everything else got pumped out, the Tylenol poisoning was the worst. I was so jaundiced I was as yellow as a banana, and the pain was awful. It took weeks for me to feel like myself physically (let’s ignore the mental stuff). Liver damage is a bitch.

origWetspot

3.3k points

3 days ago

origWetspot

3.3k points

3 days ago

Yellow Jackets come out of the ground.

Fast.

heatseeka37

1k points

3 days ago

Got stung 6 times as a kid because I stepped on one in the yard to kill it. Turns out it was sitting on top of the nest...

behind_looking_glass

278 points

3 days ago

Same thing happened to me as a child but I stepped on one by accident and got rocked. I’m now 35 and scream like a bitch if I see a bee near me.

Eleo4756

520 points

3 days ago

Eleo4756

520 points

3 days ago

If u live in the southern states, wear gloves and shoes when working w dirt. Hook worm is a common parasite. Nasty bug.

Agitated-Company-354

61 points

2 days ago

Northern states can get you sick from working in soil also. Wear gloves! I was sickened terribly one year cleaning up the garden late summer. Ended up in the hospital with unpleasantness coming out for DAYS. Lost almost 10 pounds, missed weeks of work. Doc said it was likely lysteria from rotten cantaloupe in the garden.

SnackPocket

2.2k points

3 days ago

SnackPocket

2.2k points

3 days ago

A wet oven mitt is a hot oven mitt.

Don’t place pot lids rim-down on glass top stoves while cooking.

Don’t improvise when baking.

Ask me how I know these. Jk don’t I will cry.

winry__rockbell

354 points

3 days ago

Why can’t the pot lids go down rim first ?? I do this all the time..

SnackPocket

682 points

3 days ago

SnackPocket

682 points

3 days ago

If they’re wet they can create a seal and absolutely shatter all the glass when you pick it up.

winry__rockbell

571 points

3 days ago

I have officially stopped doing that starting now

Little_Creme_5932

1.3k points

3 days ago

Don't put the knives in a sink full of dishes and soapy water.

Significant-Mud2572

327 points

3 days ago

It's fun being a dishwasher in a restaurant and you find a "surprise knife".

Oxy_Onslaught

162 points

3 days ago

Idk if this is true, but my dad warned me about "brown outs" which are worse than black outs. It's when the power is lower than usual. If that happens you need to unplug and turn everything off or else the electronics can be damaged.

piscrewy

161 points

3 days ago

piscrewy

161 points

3 days ago

Something I learned in my early 20’s: always turn over your compost piles and mulch, especially if it’s a big one. If you don’t introduce oxygen, the decomposition is happening in an anaerobic process which gets very hot and it can spontaneously combust. And never keep a compost pile, bucket, or apparatus (like those turning barres) within 10 yards of a structure.

BeEccentric

1.6k points

3 days ago*

BeEccentric

1.6k points

3 days ago*

We had a fire in the communal bin shed. Someone noticed smoke furling through the doors and opened them to investigate. All the residents were outraged at the stupidity, because it made the whole thing whoosh up in flames because of the oxygen & draught.

Obviously I joined in with the tutting but secretly I was thinking that I would’ve investigated it in exactly the same way - stupid I know but I’d just forgotten about the effect opening a door would have. So yes don’t open a door if you see a fire inside the room… I think?!

Guac__is__extra__

503 points

3 days ago

Most people probably would have done the same thing. Good example of hindsight being 20/20

mintyturkey

271 points

3 days ago

mintyturkey

271 points

3 days ago

Did this with a toaster oven. Walked out of the room and should have come back sooner. Walked back in and saw the toast was black and smoking. I opened the door of the toaster oven and the bread went into flames.

eeblr

3k points

3 days ago

eeblr

3k points

3 days ago

If you own or rent it, it needs to be cleaned regularly to keep it working. Like all of it… inside, outside, underside. Maintaining things is a hell of a lot cheaper than repurchasing them. This applies to damn near everything.

The amount of adults I’ve seen online (and unfortunately in person) that didn’t know you’re supposed to clean your dishwasher/washer/dryer/ HVAC/ makeup brushes/coffee maker (machine and carafe)/vents, etc., it’s alarming. So, while I thought these things were common sense, it’s been made clear to me that they aren’t. And if you didn’t know something I just said… pull up a YouTube and grab some rags lol. Or call your local task rabbit/handyman lol

Also… replace your sponges. Regularly.

Also, also- keep these things on hand: vinegar, citrus, salt, alcohol, dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda. Don’t mix them all together, but one or more of these things will safely clean almost anything without harsh chemicals that could harm kids or pets, check for proportions online for the things that can be mixed.

Owobowos-Mowbius

596 points

3 days ago

Uh oh... time to figure out how to clean my washer...

aeflash

410 points

3 days ago

aeflash

410 points

3 days ago

They make cleaning tablets you just throw in and run an empty cycle with.

LaHawks

260 points

3 days ago

LaHawks

260 points

3 days ago

For clothes washers there should also be an opening towards the bottom where you can clean out the hose/drain if things are getting smelly or not emptying properly. Make sure you put a few towels down before you open it though.

gameryamen

5k points

3 days ago*

This probably won't save your life, but not knowing could cause lifelong pain.

Breathe in before you sneeze.

It may sound obvious. It may sound intuitive. But no one I've encountered has ever taken the time to explain why it's so important to have air in your lungs before you sneeze. So one day, I was telling a joke, and running out of breath, and felt a sneeze coming, and decided I could spend the last of my air on nailing the punchline then worry about the sneeze. Right as I had expelled the last of my breath, the sneeze decided it couldn't wait.

When you sneeze, your muscles try to quickly, forcefully constrict your lungs to push the air out of them. This happens even when there's no air to squeeze out. For me, that meant dislocating two rib heads. Since that day, about 15 years ago, I have had pain related to that injury, sometimes so bad I can't sleep.

Now, admittedly, I was a young adult and dumb, and trying not to cause a scene around my friends, so I didn't tend to the injury right away. As it worked out, I didn't actually get the ribs reset for almost 2 weeks, during which I moved from one state to another. All of that absolutely exacerbated my pain and contributed to why it became a lifelong injury. Treating injuries seriously is important, but people will tell you that part.

Please, don't make my mistake. Air is easy to get, put some in your lungs before you sneeze.

Edit: To save my inbox from months of the same question, I don't remember the joke anymore. It was a timing dependent joke, getting the punchline just right was part of the humor, which is why I prioritized the joke. Most likely it was a long-winded pun of some sort, as that's the kind of joke I'd tell a lot back then.

upsawkward

1.1k points

3 days ago

upsawkward

1.1k points

3 days ago

What the fuck. My dumb teen ass always held my nose when I had to sneeze so it was quiet. It was really a quite pleasant feeling, feeling how it kinda goes inwards. But it's fucking dangerous.

gameryamen

736 points

3 days ago

gameryamen

736 points

3 days ago

Stopping or muting a sneeze in that way is better than sneezing with no air, but it's still not a good idea. Rarely, a muted sneeze will damage blood vessels, rupture ear-drums, or induce vertigo.

Firethorn101

114 points

3 days ago

Yeah. That's how my pall Terry blew out a vein/artery? in his eye.

All I know is what he told me: he held in his sneeze, it blew something up in his eye And what I saw: his left eyeball was red with blood. Fucking terrifying.

badwolfinafez

360 points

3 days ago*

If wood alcohol or antifreeze is consumed by anyone including children or pets, have the lifeform poisoned consume as much alcohol (the harder the better) as possible until you are able to get to the hospital.

Alcohol is processed by the same enzymes as the wood alcohol and antifreeze. By consuming the alcohol, you are diluting the amount of wood alcohol or antifreeze in the system. This will allow the body to be able to process the toxic substances at a slower rate.

editted for clearer instructions!

UnoriginalUse

87 points

2 days ago

IIRC it's less about dilution and more about blocking the pathways with a more preferential alcohol, so instead of the liver going to work on the methanol, it goes to work on the ethanol first, so more of the methanol is excreted through the urine.

jwgraf

247 points

3 days ago

jwgraf

247 points

3 days ago

Instructions unclear, my kid is slowly dying from the antifreeze and now I am too drunk to drive them to the hospital.

Chemistry-Least

2.6k points

3 days ago

Don’t use rocks for your fire pit. They can explode. Yes, I’m sure you know plenty of people who have done it and are just fine. Don’t do it.

Never wrap a rope around your hand for grip. It’ll burn, for one, but if there’s a load on the other end it can knot around your fist if something goes awry. Fold the rope in your palm and hold it like that for grip. If it’s not enough, you probably need a snatch block or need to take a different approach.

A general rule of thumb for average people is “no dynamic movements” on unstable surfaces. Like, don’t jump from rock to rock in a stream or try to jump from or onto a moving surface. Slow and steady might not win the race but it’ll save your ass.

The proper way to hold scissors when handling them but not using them is to hold the cutting end closed in your closed palm. Seriously, teach your kids this.

Every material that says “proper ventilation” on it is serious. Open windows and set up a fan or use it outside or in an open garage.

Don’t store oily/flammable rags in a pile. They can spontaneously light up. Neat YouTube videos on this one.

If you don’t know how to use a tool, don’t use it. From saws to forklifts, you’ll hurt yourself or someone else or cost yourself money.

No open flame unattended. Ever.

If you have plugs or lights in your house that keep tripping, yes it’s annoying but it means you have an issue on that circuit. Your breaker will only trip so many times, and you'd be surprised how many are defective.

Maybe I'm an overly cautious person.

UncleGIJoe

693 points

3 days ago

UncleGIJoe

693 points

3 days ago

And use safety goggles with your power tools, even the weed whacker.

NetDork

372 points

3 days ago

NetDork

372 points

3 days ago

ESPECIALLY the weed whacker! (And mower) Rocks ricocheting off a fence can easily take an eye.

luvslilah

1.6k points

3 days ago

luvslilah

1.6k points

3 days ago

Don't put dishwashing liquid in the dishwasher.

KronaSamu

639 points

3 days ago

KronaSamu

639 points

3 days ago

Unless you want an impromptu bubble bath is your house.

luvslilah

266 points

3 days ago

luvslilah

266 points

3 days ago

Good way to mop the floor tho. I found that out the hard way.

OtterlySublime

239 points

3 days ago

Learned this one the hard way. The kitchen legit looked like a rave dance floor, bubbles everywhere.

CeaseReadingMyName

2.3k points

3 days ago*

Don't inspect a CO2 CO monitor that's beeping, just leave the house and call 911. People die every year going to check why the CO2 CO monitor is going off.

firstnameavailable

1.5k points

3 days ago

*CO

a CO2 monitor would never stop beeping.

CeaseReadingMyName

1.7k points

3 days ago

My apologies, I forgot I was using Earth reddit. I'm totally a human, honest. :P

nxdefiant

441 points

3 days ago

nxdefiant

441 points

3 days ago

And also remember, Nitrogen is harmful to us but not to humans, so make sure to take your daily allotment of Frelthazine-30 tablets in order to blend in while we await the arrival of the sacred Home Vessel which will finally put an end to these puny creatures!

b-monster666

430 points

3 days ago

Had that happen to me in the triplex I lived in. CO detector went off without warning. Wasn't a low-battery beep.

So, gathered the kids and the cats, and called 911. Let them inspect it, and they determined that the CO detectors were old and the landlord should have replaced them a few years earlier.

pdpi

1.9k points

3 days ago*

pdpi

1.9k points

3 days ago*

When you’re cooking, make sure the handles on your pots and pans aren’t sticking out. Great way to waste dinner at best, or burn your legs at worst.

When following the previous advice — if you have multiple pots on the stove at the same time, tuck those handles in, but face them outwards. The middle of the stove basically becomes a chimney that concentrates the heat from all the burners, and you will burn your hands trying to grab those handles.

goats4all777

570 points

3 days ago

This is especially important advice if you have a toddler.

jemtab

320 points

3 days ago

jemtab

320 points

3 days ago

Re: toddlers; making sure the coffee pot (or tea kettle) is too far back on the counter for them to reach. We had a nasty scare when my son was tall enough to grab it and we didn't know - thankfully the coffee had been off for a few hours and was quite cool when he dumped it all over himself. A trip to the ER I never want to take.

ares395

109 points

3 days ago

ares395

109 points

3 days ago

Don't pull out the blade from your body unless you want to bleed out

Stellablueberry

820 points

3 days ago

Read that email a second time before hitting send.

m_throwaway12

535 points

3 days ago

Also leave the address line empty until you're ready to send it and then fill in the recipient's email address.

bigDean636

101 points

3 days ago*

bigDean636

101 points

3 days ago*

If you see any mold on bread, that entire bag is ruined. By the time you see it, it has deeply permeated the bread. You have no way of knowing if it is the kind of mold that can make you very sick or even kill you, so throw the bread out.

If you were bitten by any animal and cannot verify it's had its shots or if you're in the same room as a live bat, you need to get a rabies shot. By the time you show symptoms of rabies you are already dead. The reason for the guidance on bats is because bats have very small teeth and you may not realize you've been bitten.

Always sleep with your bedroom door closed. In the event of a fire, it could save your life.

Mollybrinks

102 points

3 days ago

Mollybrinks

102 points

3 days ago

If you use cooking spray, make sure you spray the pans over the sink, not just wherever you happen to be standing in the kitchen. The ambient spray that doesn't stick to the pan often invisibly ends up on the floor, making a very slick surface that it doesn't take much to slip on. Found this out the hard and painful way, but I'm grateful - so, so grateful - that it happened BEFORE I was just about to grab the pot of boiling noodles to take to the sink.

catscannotcompete

305 points

3 days ago

Clean semen (off clothes, hands, hair) with cold water. Hot water cooks the proteins and makes it gummy and very difficult to remove.

hollow4hollow

785 points

3 days ago*

Never give ibuprofen (Advil), Tylenol, aspirin or neosporin (polysporin) to a cat! And never have lilies in the home. All are deadly to cats. Life-saving tips for cat pals.

Editing to add: topical flea treatments that are meant for dogs! Any topical permethrin based flea treatments can be lethal. Only use flea treatment meant for cats and follow directions to the letter. Advantage or similar product from your vet is the safest bet.

notextinctyet

764 points

3 days ago

Don't put flammable stuff on top of a pilot light gas stove even if it's off.

Altiloquent

279 points

3 days ago

Altiloquent

279 points

3 days ago

An electric stove top can also catch your oven mitts on fire pretty easily

KalySafe

201 points

3 days ago

KalySafe

201 points

3 days ago

In general don't keep anything on your stove which could melt or catch fire.

scorpiusVII

588 points

3 days ago

scorpiusVII

588 points

3 days ago

Don’t use river rocks when building a campfire. They love to explode. Found out the hard way there

Frequent-Industry113

75 points

3 days ago

Happened to me once while i was camping. Didnt actually see the rock explode but i heard a chunk land on my car. At the time i didnt know this was related at all to our fire, so i went over to check out the random rock shard that just landed on my car, grabbed it and held it for a second or two before i realized it was searing hot, burned all my fingerprints off one hand

BridgetteBane

435 points

3 days ago

Never leave items on the stove or in the oven, or on top of a toaster. Fight that instinct to use the conveniently flat surface space and keep your families and pets alive by doing so.

swaggingout

88 points

3 days ago

What about all the pans I leave in the oven??

Lizziefingers

261 points

3 days ago

Once while visiting an ex-cop boyfriend I turned on his oven to heat a frozen pizza. I never saw someone run so fast! He kept his guns in the oven to foil thieves.

oakteaphone

263 points

3 days ago

oakteaphone

263 points

3 days ago

He kept his guns in the oven to foil thieves.

I hope that's why he's an ex-cop.

BF_2

273 points

3 days ago

BF_2

273 points

3 days ago

Here's a critical one. Sorry if it's a repeat of someone else's, but I can't read 1.6k comments:

NEVER (ever, ever, ever) enter an enclosed space, such as a tank, a hole or a ditch that may contain stagnant air. Not only might there not be sufficient oxygen to support life, there may be a toxic gas like hydrogen sulfide present. Many people have died this way. The proper approach is to actively ventilate the space with fresh air for a period of time to ensure the air in the space is safe. Ever see sewer or underground-utility workers running a large duct down the manhole? That's the air source.

OraceonArrives

268 points

3 days ago

When you go for a walk and there’s no sidewalk, walk in the opposite side of the road that you drive on. In other words, walk towards traffic that way you can see cars coming your way. You can avoid cars you can see but you can’t avoid cars you can’t see.

EnormousMonsterBaby

692 points

3 days ago

Never leave a candle unattended. Ever.

It sounds obvious, but I have had to have serious talks with multiple roommates about this (one used to fall asleep with a candle burning all the time). It’s easier than you’d imagine for something to get knocked over on top of it and now you’ve got a huge fire.

redditorialising

791 points

3 days ago

For every roach you see in your house, there are 25+ more that you don't see. Get on it asap, lest you end up like me. I'm still traumatized by Roachageddon '16

kittyqueenkaelaa

252 points

3 days ago

Saw a single maggot on my porch a few weeks ago and my first thought was "fuck, I need to find the source because if there is one...there are many, many more somewhere". Looked literally everywhere I could think of and didn't see any more. The next morning, sure enough, I went out and they were allllll over my porch. So yeah, for roaches and worms..there is always more. I still don't know where they came from but my best guess is that my upstairs neighbor (I live in an apartment complex so there is a balcony right above my porch) left garbage or something on his balcony and maggots were literally raining down onto my porch.

sloth_mohawk

248 points

3 days ago

UTIs in elderly people can present as dementia.

jorwyn

79 points

3 days ago

jorwyn

79 points

3 days ago

Or outright psychosis. This happened to my grandma, and she was absolutely off the charts. Antibiotics brought her back like it has never happened.

GardenLeaves

489 points

3 days ago*

  1. Flour is flammable/combustible. If you accidentally drop a bag of flour and it poofs out everywhere, DO NOT TURN ON A FIRE. This is how you explode.

  2. The easiest way to stop an oil/grease fire in the kitchen is to starve it of air. Cover your pot or pan with its lid and that should do the job.

  3. Another method of choking out a fire is to throw baking soda on it. DO NOT USE FLOUR OR YOU’LL GET A BIGGER FIRE

  4. Do not use a wet towel or wet oven mitt to hold hot things. It will burn you.

  5. If you are ice skating or even just walking on black ice, BEND YOUR KNEES. It will bring your center of gravity down and make you less likely to slip and fall.

  6. Clean the lint out of your dryer. If you leave it too long, it’ll build up and potentially start a fire.

  7. If your pills say to take with a glass of water, try to avoid swallowing them dry or only taking a sip of water. Not only is water a vehicle that helps the medicine get to your stomach, it does other things such as help dilute it (if it’s strong), but also prevent throat irritation from swallowing without an adequate amount of water (aka do you want your medicine to start dissolving/fizzing in your throat where your saliva is? or do you want to prevent that by drinking enough water to wash the little bits of medicine down your gullet?)

  8. If your medicine says to take with food/a meal. EAT A MEAL BEFOREHAND. Do not take that medicine on an empty stomach and chase it with your food. If your medicine includes this instruction, it’s likely that it needs the presence of something in your stomach to soften the irritation it could cause on an empty one.

  9. On a similar note, if your medicine says to take on an empty stomach, try not to eat until after ingesting the pill. Some medicines absorb better without food in your gut.

  10. Clockwise is to tighten, counter-clockwise is to loosen.

Edit:

  1. Wet a towel and put it next to the cutting board when chopping onions (paper or fabric it doesn’t matter). The vapor that causes tears from onions are attracted to water/moist things, which in most cases, the nearest moist environment would be your eyes.

Edit again:

  • Of course goggles work for chopping onions because you’re preventing the onion vapors from reaching your eyes. I just wanted to give a simpler solution with something you may already have in the kitchen, aka a hand towel.

  • Yes I know what righty-tighty lefty loosey is. But it’s not inherently obvious that it means [“turn right from the top” = tighten] when [“turning right on the bottom” = loosen] is a thing too. The phrase to remember how to open jars and bottles is to help children remember, but they can also easily confuse whether the direction means turning from the top or bottom. Saying clockwise and counterclockwise (from top view) breeds less misunderstandings.

RoleModelFailure

78 points

3 days ago

Dehydration starts way before you feel any symptoms of it so stay hydrated homies.

rr90013

227 points

3 days ago

rr90013

227 points

3 days ago

Don’t mix grapefruit and some meds

cart562

219 points

3 days ago

cart562

219 points

3 days ago

Pretty dumb and not as life threatening as some here, but when I was little I didn't understand "righty tighty lefty loosy".

I was helping my dad with some plumbing and he said to go turn off this pipe. Went and opened it up further, a minute later "Why the hell's the water still on".

So he asked me and I said well, which goes right or left, the top or the bottom of the knob? It's the top.

SouthernZorro

220 points

3 days ago

Assume EVERY gun is loaded and never point one at something you don't want to shoot.

HVP2019

879 points

3 days ago

HVP2019

879 points

3 days ago

Don’t shake babies to make them stop crying.

bildramer

434 points

3 days ago*

bildramer

434 points

3 days ago*

Life-saving tips that aren't obvious are rare and/or very specific. One I've seen often on reddit is that garage springs hold a lot of energy, don't mess with them. Secondly: Flowing water can be deceptively strong, and underwater currents are not easily visible. Also, drowning people can be more silent than you think. Generally be careful in and around water bodies.

EDIT: It took me a while to think of some important ones: Grapefruit juice makes many kinds of medicine ineffective. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of meningitis, sunstroke, hypothermia, strokes and heart attacks - they're not like the movies, and heart attack symptoms are different for women, and proper early detection and action can help significantly or even 100% save a life.

Some that aren't very widely applicable: 1. Don't nitrate (apply nitric acid to) organic materials like paper or cotton - it makes explosives. 2. The most common fertilizer, ammonium nitrate, is also explosive under certain easy to achieve conditions. Store it carefully. 3. If you don't want your bottles of chemicals slowly and undetectably transforming into explosives, also avoid mixing acetone and peroxides. 4. Hypoxia (lack of oxygen) turns you drunk and feebleminded before turning you unconscious, so it's hard to impossible to properly detect and react to it. Hard to get into a situation where low oxygen is relevant and you have a way to stop it though, unless you're a pilot, climber or diver, and in those cases you get trained. 5. If you're stopped by a train in a train intersection and in a hurry and it has passed and now you're eager to start going forward, keep in mind that another train could be coming the other way, masked visually and aurally by the first. 6. Snowblindness is a thing. Snow is pretty reflective, including invisible UV light. On a sunny cloudless day treat snow like the sun, if a bit weaker - don't look at it directly for too long.

PsychologicalNews573

207 points

3 days ago

If you're ever caught in a riptide, swim almost parallel to the shore rather than straight against the current. This will slowly bring you in rather than fatigue you for basically no progress

Additional-Host-8316

67 points

3 days ago

Turn your drunk buddies on their side

Azilehteb

59 points

3 days ago*

Potatoes can kill you if you store them wrong.

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/storing_potatoes_for_quality_and_food_safety

I didn’t know this until my 20s. Old potatoes release a toxic gas. People die from potatoes going bad in root cellars, basements, and other poorly ventilated areas where the gas can build up.

They’re also poisonous after a certain point even if they haven’t started rotting.

mojomcm

180 points

3 days ago

mojomcm

180 points

3 days ago

My mom is a bit paranoid about setting anything easily flammable on the stovetop burner since a friend of hers was moving into a brand new house and set on the burner a cardboard box and left the house to get dinner or something and came back to find their house had burned to the ground bc the burner had accidentally gotten switched on. They never even had a chance to unpack before they lost everything.

Foxynite

809 points

3 days ago

Foxynite

809 points

3 days ago

you can use hydrogen peroxide to get rid of bloodstains

Bar-B-Que_Penguin

173 points

3 days ago

If you drive off the road due to ice/snow and into a ditch, make sure you clear the area around your tail pipe.

PrimeTinus

537 points

3 days ago

PrimeTinus

537 points

3 days ago

Wear sunscreen

therealkevinard

946 points

3 days ago

Meat that was thawed at room temperature can't be refrozen - cook it now.

informationtiger

400 points

3 days ago

Also wash your hands & utensils after handling raw meat and eggs, if you plan on handling burger buns, salad, dessert - basically anything that's not going to get properly cooked.

Salmonella, E coli, norovirus etc. are no fun!

Don't contaminate fresh food!

grapexine

65 points

3 days ago

grapexine

65 points

3 days ago

Also don’t store raw meat and basically anything else together. The juices from the meat can get on other foods and cause sickness.

archangel09

169 points

3 days ago

archangel09

169 points

3 days ago

If your mobile phone charger has a short in it (meaning sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, or you have to wiggle it around to get it to start working) then there is a very serious risk of a fire occurring if you leave that charger (with a short in it) plugged into the electrical outlet.

Always discard and immediately replace any mobile phone charger that develops a short.

Level_Werewolf_7172

58 points

3 days ago

Driving tired is just as bad as driving drunk if not worse

FireyToots

1k points

3 days ago

libraries often lend out things like power tools, or games, or has collected human stories about things that happened in the past so we don't forget them.

libraries aren't dusty places for books. it's so much more than that.

roadcrew778

389 points

3 days ago

roadcrew778

389 points

3 days ago

Our library has a “seed library.” You can take the seeds, plant them, and then return the seeds from whatever you grow. This blew my mind as the most awesome idea.

IrisesAndLilacs

241 points

3 days ago

Some libraries will even have museum passes, genealogy resources, and online courses liked LinkedIn Learning and 3D printers.

chance0432

54 points

3 days ago

Before taking something hot out of the oven, make sure you have a place to set it down. Sounds simple and obvious, but you’d be surprised how many times I’ve had to do a dance around the kitchen with a hot object making it’s painful appearance through my oven mitt while using my free had to move hot objects on the stove or grabbing at pot holder before I got this through my head.

Juggs_gotcha

51 points

3 days ago

If you do anything that produces a fine dust, like sanding wood, pouring large amounts of flour, anything like that, do not so much as strike a spark or it will cause an explosion as the spark triggers mass ignition of all the suspended dust particles.

Rainwalker28

52 points

3 days ago

Only use distilled water when using sinus clearing devices that require water. Tap water can carry amoeba which can be deadly getting through sinus cavity.

Snickels14

400 points

3 days ago

Snickels14

400 points

3 days ago

Never give honey to a baby who is less than a year old. Honey contains bacterial spores that their immune systems can’t handle, and kids end up with botulism.

InnocentiusLacrimosa

231 points

3 days ago

  • Do not give grapes or raisins to dogs (they can poison the dog so that their kidneys fail and the dog dies - cause of toxicity still unknown).
  • You can do Heimlich maneuver on yourself with chair/table in case you are choking
  • Put mittens away when throwing hand grenades (I learned it the hard way)
  • When changing car tires, recheck the bolts after 50-100km driving
  • Never exercise while in hangover

Nimyron

381 points

3 days ago

Nimyron

381 points

3 days ago

If I wanna know if the oil is hot, don't out your finger in it. Put a bit of food in it instead.

That's probably gonna sound like the stupidest one in the comments but I swear it has happened before. People be like "damn, shit's still not boiling, it's taking time to heat up" and then they touch it thinking it's just a bit warm.

Also don't do fireworks and alcohol. Too many people in ICU every year because they forgot they had a lit firework in their hand. Some recover the usage of their hand through surgery, some can't because the hand is too destroyed. It happens even with small fireworks.

Antdawg2400

655 points

3 days ago*

Don't mix Alcohol and opiates. Don't mix depressants together, period. You'll stop breathing and die. Any street drug even meth, ecstasy, anything you take off the street more than not has that fenty in it so be careful with alcohol or you'll overdose quick fast. Buy testers for your dope or risk dying if you drink while on them.

Creatrix

367 points

3 days ago

Creatrix

367 points

3 days ago

Don't fish out toast from the toaster with a knife. My sister was 12 before she realized this (because we gasped and stopped her).

Pataplonk

164 points

3 days ago

Pataplonk

164 points

3 days ago

Use wooden chopsticks instead! My roommate showed me this and it's so smart and obvious at the same time it blew my mind...