Seventy One Ways to Play It Safe

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I put together a list of ways to play it safe. I'm sure there are more. Comments and additional safety tips would be appreciated. As they say; be safe not sorry. Whatever season we're in, or how many life changes we have, safety habits never goes out of style. 


  • Protect your loved ones, your identity, assets, and money  
  • Be sure to inspect and know that smoke detectors are working
  • Be sure kitchen appliances are functioning as intended
  • No obstacles in the way to cause someone to fall or trip
  • Make sure perishable items are stored properly
  • Clean out your pantry and throw out expired products
  • Do not leave chemicals or hazardous products in child’s reach
  • Make sure pets are not a threat to anyone
  • If you burn wood in a fireplace, get a Chimney Sweep and clean
  • Do not park in front of fire hydrants
  • When you park, make sure you are in park not reverse or neutral
  • Protect your computers from virus and cyber hackers
  • Do not leave mail in your mailbox until you’re ready to get it
  • Do not leave packages on your doorstep until you’re ready to get it
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Lock your car doors
  • Do not leave packages visible inside your car when shopping
  • Do not leave children in the car unattended
  • Make sure your gas tank is full when you travel
  • Make sure your tires are safe
  • Do not leave food out over night
  • Clean up your property
  • Make sure shrubs are trimmed
  • Make sure outside lights work
  • Follow city ordinances when disposing hazardous products
  • When you’re cooking, make sure you are paying attention
  • Do not use dull knives
  • Do not leave knives where children can get them
  • Make sure your weapons are not accessible to children
  • Make sure there is no ammo in your guns
  • Have a first aid kit and know basic first aid
  • Learn CPR
  • Know what to do when someone is choking
  • Carry warm blankets and water bottles when travel by car long distance
  • Make sure vehicles are inspected and safe for driving
  • Check your tires and rotate
  • Have an Emergency Plan
  • Teach children what to do in case of an emergency
  • Do not open the door for strangers
  • If possible, get a Ring Doorbell
  • If you have a live Christmas Tree make sure there is water
  • When in doubt, DON’T
  • Make sure all electrical wires are not frayed
  • Know the difference between Emergency & Non-Emergency Numbers
  • Never post on Social Medial you’re out of town
  • Trust your instincts
  • Do not give anyone who calls by phone your Social Security Number
  • Do not give anyone your passwords
  • Keep good records and have them available in an emergency
  • Never touch fallen electric lines
  • Remove snow and wet leaves
  • Be aware of food allergies, especially when entertaining guests
  • Avoid climbing on ladders and roofs to decorate
  • Make sure you have hose bibs for freezing weather
  • Make sure children and pets are safe around pools year round
  • Avoid climbing on things when you’re alone
  • Discard prescriptions properly
  • Make sure trash is collected, recycled, and put out for trash day
  • Know where your children are
  • Know where your seniors are
  • Do not rush in traffic
  • Do not talk on the phone when driving
  • Do not text when driving
  • Do not jump out of a car to take photos on impulse
  • Watch out for stray animals
  • Beware of deer crossings
  • In public places, look for exit signs
  • Where proper footwear and clothing in inclement weather
  • Pay attention
  • Do not drink and drive
  • Do not take drugs and drive


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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

There are a million ways to play it safe. And these are smart ways, Patricia. I still see far too many people driving and texting - and it's against the law here. Makes me worry about the person when I see it happening. 

Nov 30, 2019 09:53 AM #1
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I see people texting and talking while driving all the time. In a recent post I learned my lesson about pulling over to the side of the road to take a photo with my cell phone. It nearly cost me my life and I'm still healing. All that information and features on one tiny cell phone can be so hazardous to our life and to others. 

Nov 30, 2019 10:00 AM #2
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP Oh no, I didn't hear about your mishap. I'm so sorry. Good to hear you're on the mend, though. Yes, and accidents literally happen in seconds. Prevention is our best course of action. 

Nov 30, 2019 10:03 AM #3
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Patricia, 71 ways to play it safe and the list could go on and on. When I read the one... "When you park, make sure you are in park not reverse or neutral"... I thought about you the day your car ran over you. Hope you are feeling better and that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Nov 30, 2019 10:31 AM #4
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Great post and I can see why you were thinking of this list. I am often guilty of pulling over quickly to get a photo of the deer or the setting sun or the snow on Pikes Peak. Hope you're recovering well.

Nov 30, 2019 11:24 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Patricia... happy to report that for the most part, I do play it safe in my life! At the end of the day... this one says it all: When in doubt, DON’T!

Dec 01, 2019 04:55 AM #6
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander - When in doubt, don't is something I learned at a very early age. I'm not sure if my parents taught me it or my teachers. Both used that phrase all the time and it stuck with me forever. Have a nice day!

Dec 01, 2019 07:26 AM #7
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Patricia,
What a great list!  The one about Emergency numbers caught my eye.  I have a list of important contacts (emergency numbers) on a bright yellow piece of paper in my wallet in case I become unconscious when out somewhere.  I also have it posted on the side of my refrigerator.  I think when you're single and live alone you're more aware of these kinds of things. 

I love the "pay attention" one. So many unfortunate things could be avoided with this ONE thing. 

I'm so glad to hear you are recovering from your recent incident! I was surprised to see those words of caution so far down the list!    If that had been me it probably would have been at the top! 

Have a blessed day!

Dec 01, 2019 08:01 AM #8
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