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Some things are obvious. We check the traffic before crossing the road, and are wary about opening the door to a stranger. But there are many things people do without thinking twice – and it could mean the end of them.
You’re taking a chance if you
- Eat food from a bulging or rusted can. Read more: Food poisoning.
- Leave an old fridge lying about, especially if there are small kids in the neighbourhood.
- Drive when you’ve been drinking. Read more: Are you over the legal limit?
- Fetch food or water for strangers without closing the door behind you. Read more: Things that could save your life
- Have no spare tyre in your car.
- Go out on a boat that does not have enough life jackets for everyone on board.
- Decide not to fence the pool in your backyard.
- Stand up when travelling on the back of a bakkie (in fact you shouldn’t be in the back of a bakkie at all).
- Hold a toddler on your lap in the passenger seat. Read more: Best buckle up for kids
- Run electrics under carpets or across doorways.
- Be oblivious to your surroundings when you get out of your car.
- Swim when you have been drinking.
- Use an ATM in a dodgy area, especially at night, especially when you’re on your own.
- Leave your back door open without a security gate.
- Let small kids play with marbles or give them sweets that could stick in their throats.
- Employ people off the street without checking references or identification.
- Are anything less than scrupulous about keeping guns locked in a safe, and unloaded.
- Have sex with a new partner without using a condom. Read more: Safer Sex
- Decide that you don’t need security measures at home.
- ‘Save’ money by not having a decent hospital plan. Read more: Choosing a medical scheme
- Drive with worn tyres and iffy brakes.
- Stay with a violent partner, because he/she apologises and promises to change. Read more: How to leave an abusive partner
- Draw large amounts of cash where you could be observed.
- Leave heaters on when you go to sleep (and it’s really bad for your electricity bill too).
- Pour petrol or paraffin on a fire to get it going.
– (Susan Erasmus, Health24, updated May 2010)