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People Break Down Which Things Are Far More Dangerous Than Anyone Realizes


So many of us find ourselves settled into routines, where we start to forget the reality of our situation.

We forget the beauty in our day-to-day lives, we forget the things we were once grateful for, and of course, we forget the things we should remain wary of.

Redditor FrenchDude1000 asked:

“What’s dangerous but most people don’t realize it?”

Two Redditors pointed out batteries and fires.

“Lithium ion batteries. If they’re punctured or catch fire its extremely difficult to put out. Their fumes are also very toxic.” – bugz1452

“Fires in general. You know how in movies they cover their mouth with a wet cloth and then run through smoke without issues?”

“Might have worked a long time ago but try that in real life, especially in a fire caused by batteries, and you will collapse after a few steps even if you hold your breath. The toxic smoke gets absorbed through the skin and your muscles will lock up almost instantly.” – RevozZ-ETSE

Others talked about some people’s everday routines.

“A bad diet and sedentary lifestyle. Most people don’t think about how these two can lead to an incredible amount of health problems and how they can remain asymptomatic for years and suddenly have a heart attack or stroke.” – IntelligentMeat138

“I have relatives that are like this. Most of them got away with it for awhile.”

“Age 30: ‘I’m out of shape, but my doctor says I’m in good health!'”

“Age 40: ‘I’m out of shape, but my doctor says I’m in good health!'”

“Age 50: ‘I’m out of shape, and need a knee replacement. Other than that, I’m fine!'”

“Age 60: ‘I have diabetes, need my leg amputated and had a stroke. Other than that, I’m fine!'” – HandyDrunkard

“Eight years ago this month. I had had surgery and my husband was off to take care off me. Day after surgery he tells me he doesn’t feel well and wouldn’t get out of bed. I was p**sed and left him in bed.”

“At 6pm that same day, I went upstairs to check on him. His speech sounded weird. I put my hand on his head and was shocked by how hot his fever was.”

“Flip the side lamp on and see he is swollen ear to collar bone. Tell him we are going to the ER. He didn’t want to go but I made him.”

“Getting through triage the dr comes to check in. He takes me into the hall and tells me had I let him go back to sleep he would have never woke up. He had gone septic.”

“The following day he had a five hour surgery followed by a week in the hospital.”

“Please DON’T ignore tooth pain. I still feel guilty that I didn’t check on him sooner.” – still_hate_pancakes

“There are so many dangerous side effects of lack of sleep…”

“Heart disease, Heart attack, Heart failure, Irregular heartbeat, High blood pressure, Stroke, Diabetes, Depression, Lack of libido, Paranoia, Dumbness, Brain fog, Accidents, Agression, Faster aging, Weight gain, The list goes on…” – LifeCoachAnonymous

Some talked about the everyday routine of driving a car. 

“Driving. The forces involved in driving are way above anything the human body can withstand should things go wrong. All the safety features built into cars lead us to believe that it’s a safe activity, which encourages additional risky behaviors like texting.”

“Everybody should be hyper-focused while driving down the highway at 80mph, but almost everybody is doing something else in addition to driving.” – Sidivan

“Waaay too many people drive recklessly: Tailgating, cutting people off, speeding, just to name a few.”

“These behaviors put everyone around the reckless driver at risk. The laws of physics don’t care about who was driving or who was in the legal right.” – pretty-as-a-pic

“I give people s**t for texting in the car, but I do stupid crap like change the audiobook cd. Like, locating the next one from the case with one hand.”

“A friend’s 19-year-old daughter was just in a horrible accident – hit a tree while fumbling with stereo. She’ll recover but yecch, stitches and broken ribs.” – Lucinnda

“People think you double the forces when you double the speed. Nope. You quadruple the total force. AND the stopping distance.” – 0001010001

“And people think that all-seeing self-driving cars are too dangerous. They don’t need to be perfect. They just need to be safer than than us.” – cutelyaware

Speaking of cars: there’s also carseat safety to worry about. 

“90% of children are improperly restrained in the car.”

“I spent a decade as a CPST and the things I’ve seen are deeply upsetting knowing they’re easily fixable with an hour or two of effort.”

“I’ve seen children internally decapitated. Parents put their kids in car seats forward facing far too early, booster seats before they’re truly large enough, coats under the straps, straps never properly tightened.”

“Car accidents are still a leading cause of death. The awareness has gotten better in the last 15 years but with plenty of room for improvement.”

“If you have a child, please make an appointment with a certified CPST whenever they are big enough for their next seat or seating position. It’s worth the effort.”

“Also, not every fire fighter is a CPST. The goal is to teach YOU how to install the seat, not to have them do it for you.” – bionicback

Some were concerned about negative work conditions.

“Toxic workplaces. Stay there long enough and you will hate life itself.” – pk1950

“I recently quit my job for this reason. The next two weeks will be rough and even worse later unless I find another job within that time. I got money saved up so I’m set for a few months.”

“In the end though, TOTALLY worth it. F**k grocery stores!” – comeallwithme

“This was me. Co-workers doing minimal work. Was labelled as introvert and anti-anti-social for picking up the slack.”

“It impressed in me how they can get away with it so long as they talk up any minor work and making it sound huge.” – SadSkirt4441

“9 years of this s**t. It’s like cancer. The anger and negativity spreads to all corners of your life and causes all sorts of physical/mental health issues.” – inaka_

Others were concerned about people underestimating nature.

“THE SUN. Skin cancer is a major killer that is easily preventable by wearing sunscreen. Sun damage is more significant than many people realize and it’s such an easy thing to avoid.” – theredditdetective1

“ALL wild animals are dangerous, even if they don’t look it. Most people know that large predators like mountain lions and bears are dangerous, but many underestimate herbivores and/or smaller animals like deer and squirrels.”

“A lot of people assume smaller animals/herbivores are tame, and try to get close or even touch them.”

“This is extremely dangerous – these animals don’t understand humans, and an animal that feels cornered or threatened will lash out to try and escape. Please keep a safe and respectful distance from any animal you don’t know!” – pretty-as-a-pic

“My rabbits have hurt more people in the family than all cats and dogs we’ve had over 16 years. Not viciously, just in prey-response escape efforts. And they are tame.”

“I’ve seen videos of squirrels, wild rabbits, and other cute little forest creatures shred humans who get too close. Deer, moose and other large herbivores can kill an adult human with a single well placed kick.”

“A nature park warned us to keep our hands inside the vehicle around the zebra, because they will bite and can sheer a whole arm off.” – ColourSchemer

“Running water is crazy powerful! I think that running water at knee height if going fast enough is enough to sweep you away.”

“I remember there was a post a while ago where someone did the math that like a fast enough stream of 6″ or 12″ of water was enough to sweep a car away because if the car moved at all the friction of the tires would just give way.” – ta-210110

Shares like this are a great reminder that, while there are things we often forget to be grateful for, there are also things we should understandably be more cautious around.

Stay safe out there, folks.

Written by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives in North Chicago, where she works as a poet, freelance writer, and editor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and her BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Thank You for Swallowing, and elsewhere; and her essays and book reviews have appeared with Memoir Mixtapes, The Rumpus, BookPage, and Motherly, among others. When she's not reading and writing, she's in her garden or spending time with her family. For more, visit