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10 Safety Measures That Change Everything in a Critical Situation

We were taught about measures that we need to take to prevent a tragic situation or to keep things under control at a young age. We know most of these things instinctively. But some of these precautions may have slipped our minds or aren’t as obvious as others.

Bright Side believes that it’s better to be safe than sorry, so we’ve compiled a list of things you can do to keep yourself out of any danger.

1. In a large crowd, point at someone and say, “YOU, call an ambulance,” instead of saying, “Somebody call an ambulance.”

The bystander effect causes people to believe that somebody else will help the victim since many others are present, so they just move along with their day, hoping to escape the situation quickly. That’s why you might not find anyone in a huge crowd to help in a critical situation if you don’t address any particular person. So point at one person in the crowd and ask for their help.

2. When you’re traveling, put a tag with your name inside your bag, not outside of it.

Not only can the tags outside come off very easily, but also, in case your bag gets lost, the airline will open the bag to figure out who it belongs to. The tag with your name inside will come in very handy.

3. Do not follow the ambulance with your loved one to the hospital right away.

It is terrible when our loved ones have to be taken to a hospital, but it’s important to take care of yourself too. While you are in an emotional state, don’t follow the ambulance to the hospital right away because you will be too focused on it, develop tunnel vision, and may ignore traffic laws. Wait a little bit before going to the hospital yourself.

4. You can disable your Face ID by saying, “Hey Siri, whose phone is this?”

If you ever find yourself in a situation where someone tries to unlock your phone by using your Face ID, then you can ask Siri whose phone this is so the phone will become inaccessible without typing out a password.

5. If you see someone from a missing person poster, inform the authorities that you’ve found them, not the third-party number listed on the poster.

You never know if the person has actually been reported missing and who the number on the poster belongs to. It might be someone who is trying to hurt them. To play it safe, always contact the authorities instead.

6. When you move into a new house, change the locks immediately.

A lot of people don’t think to do this right away, but you never know who might have the keys to the house you now own. So do it for your own safety.

7. When you can’t find your glasses, open the camera on your phone and look at your surroundings through it.

You will be able to see things more clearly through your camera without glasses because the camera has everything in focus. This way, you may save your time looking for glasses.

8. Keep your shoes on during a flight.

The temptation to take your shoes off on a plane is understandable, however, it is better to keep them on, especially during the takeoff and landing, which are the most dangerous parts of the flight. In case something goes wrong and you have to run, you will be thankful you at least already have your shoes on and won’t step on glass barefoot.

9. When crossing a road during nighttime, use your phone’s flashlight.

It might be hard for the drivers to see people during the night, so it’s a good idea to let the drivers know that you are crossing the road by making yourself more visible. The flashlight feature on your phone will help out a lot.

10. Tape the paper with your contact information in your elderly relative’s apartment.

If your elderly relative lives alone, then it’s a good idea to have your contact information visible in case paramedics arrive and need to contact you. The process of finding your number might take much longer for them otherwise.

What other things do you do to keep yourself safe?

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