Melissa is a mother of 2, lives in Utah, and writes for a multitude of sites. She is currently the EIC of HarcourtHealth.com and writes about health, wellness, and business topics.

Although people hear warnings throughout their life, such as using the crosswalk when crossing the street, it is easy to forget some warnings we have heard. This does not mean that the dangers go away. Thankfully, if we forget and get into trouble, there are trained professionals to help us in emergency situations. The following are some warnings that you might want to think about when you are on your next trip out the door or even abroad on vacation.

Forget the Selfie and Remember Safety

Everyone loves to get the best pictures when they take a selfie. Most of the best selfies have nothing to do with the photographer putting themselves in danger. In photography, you can always do an illusion where you stand in front of the object you want in the scene. The camera does the work for you capturing the scene behind you. You can also practice different angles from different positions. None of the good angles ever involve you putting yourself in danger like right on the edge of a cliff. Emergency crews are on standby in the event of bad things happening, but it is best to prevent something bad from happening in the first place.

Never Hike Alone

If you have ever lived in Colorado or Utah, you will have heard over and over again of people who get themselves in trouble hiking. They might hike or climb up too far where they cannot get down safely. One of the first rules that many people break is “to never hike alone.” You always hike with another person because if one person gets hurt the other person can help or go get help. Many people do not respect the mountains. Conditions can change at a moments notice. People in emergency management jobs across the world have to answer calls and organize help for individuals who do not have the proper respect for the mountains. You must be prepared and take every precaution when exploring natural places.

Beware of Running Water and Currents

We often do not think of rain being a danger, maybe lightening, but not rain. Water is another part of nature that we all have to be aware of as being dangerous. Oceans can have deadly rip tides. Everyone has to be aware of how far they can swim before running out of energy. Lakes and rivers can have their own dangers when there is flooding. Wherever there is water there is a danger. We have to be careful and aware of how water can be dangerous. Having lifejackets is the best way to make sure you will be safe in all situations. Being a good swimmer is important if you love to be in bodies of water. It is a good idea to know the weather forecast to help decipher whether the water you are going near will be dangerous that day or not.

Stay Hydrated Always and Eat

It may seem obvious but, due to stress, many people will let their nutrition go from day to day. This can cause loss of energy and bad decision making. If you are going to a place where there is nothing to eat or drink, it is important to plan ahead and bring food with you. Bad decision making and lack of energy can cause accidents in many forms. It is smart to stay ahead of the game and make sure you are full of good food. It can also save you money to take drinks and food from home before heading out on long journeys.

Be On the Lookout for Unusual Behavior and Happenings

It is important to live in a place for a while and become very familiar with your surroundings. To realize what is normal activity is to be observant as to what is normal activity in your neighborhood, in your work, and in your own city. You do not have to be a busy body to be aware of what is normal activity. It is important to be aware. By knowing what is normal activity, it can help you to know what is abnormal activity. You don’t want to make yourself crazy, but just be observant.

Danger is all around us. By everyone doing their best to take care of themselves in every situation, it makes life safer for everyone. In the event of bad things happening, thankfully we have good medical professionals that can help. It is better to take preventative measures to stay out of harm’s way and live a good life.