Workmen just came to my new apartment to remove a broken washing machine. After they left, I found a crushed AA battery where the machine was left. I have no idea how old it was or if they crushed it moving the washer. There was liquid on the floor, but that could have been from disconnecting the washer. How do I clean this up safely? [more inside]
My wife and I recently moved to Miami, Florida, having previously lived in more pedestrian-oriented cities. We've learned that many people view driving here as a free-for-all, with little regard for rules, responsibility, or merely trying not to kill anyone. I don't expect to single-handedly change this culture, but I would like drivers to have better awareness of one pedestrian crossing in particular and for cars to actually stop when people are walking in it. What are the things I can do to make this happen? [more inside]
I've done my research and had concluded that driving around the Yucatan with my husband would be safe - only now circumstances have changed and I'm alone. Should I still do it? Bonus points for other things a slightly morose woman could do around Cancun to lift her spirits. [more inside]
Hey all. I'm looking for advice as well a good novice level resources to beef up the IT security at my workplace regarding use of the internet. [more inside]
It occurred to me if you're making a right turn from, say, a parking lot, you would be in obvious conflict with someone in the left turn lane who decides to make a u turn (which you would have no way of knowing beforehand). When you're making a right on red or from a parking lot, do you usually wait for the left turn lane to be clear of cars? Or is that overkill? I never see people taking that precaution and I think lots of honking would result if you did.
Will TSA confiscate my emergency pain med pill box? [more inside]
Is there something like a call-for-help necklace that isn't tied to a specific location? If not, what are some ways to ensure the safety of skiers? [more inside]
Baby Grr is soon going to be crawling (yay) and my Google-fu is failing me for door safety as I am not really sure what I am looking for. On my main floor there is a door to the basement which needs to be open at least partially for the cats to get to their litter boxes, but obviously can't be open all the way with a little mover scooting around. Is there a product that will lock the door partially open?
I know it's not safe to make a left in front of a car that has stopped for you, or in front of backed up traffic, when entering the main road from a side street or parking lot since they are blocking your view. But that made me wonder about when there is cross hatching on the road specifically indicating to keep the intersection clear, and the backed up traffic is obeying those instructions. Will you turn left in such a situation? Or is that still unsafe? I have a hard time drawing the line between safe driving and just being a timid driver sometimes.
Pretty simple question: how do you keep your cat(s) from darting out the front door when you leave/come home? [more inside]
Turkey defrosted for Thanksgiving. Sat in the fridge until yesterday, when it was re-frozen. If it safe to cook and eat? [more inside]
We live on the third floor of an apartment complex, we have kittens, we need to ventilate the apartment without jeopardizing the safety of the kittens; help us solve this problem. [more inside]
So, my daughter's daycare/pre-school is doing a "safety awareness" week. Yesterday was fire safety, there was a firetruck there, the kids practiced what to do in an emergency. Today it's earthquake safety. Tomorrow, it's "Silent Evacuation / Active Shooter." This is causing me some intense anxiety. I haven't done a whole lot to prepare my four-year-old for the fact that if someone in her community has access to firearms and they feel upset that they might try to murder all the teachers and students. [more inside]
Last night I made this recipe for a creamy pork shoulder stew (which was delicious). Everything was thoroughly cooked as it was simmering for probably 1.5+ hours. I put the leftovers in a covered (but not sealed) container and forgot to put it in the fridge. I just found it this morning, so it was sitting out for about 12 hours. Can I eat this? I was thinking I could throw everything in a pot and boil it again, or perhaps microwave it.
After deciding to leave my current job that has grown to be a toxic, stressful environment which is exacerbating my mental health issues, I finally have a job offer that I am excited about! But I'm on the fence as to whether or not it's worth making the jump for - if these concerns are legitimate or if it's my anxiety holding me back from a great opportunity. Please help me decide the most appropriate course of action. [more inside]
We are friends with a family that has a daughter the same age as mine. On a recent visit, my daughter told me that the father offered to leave her and her friend (both 10 y.o.) at home alone while he went to pick up his wife. My daughter didn't want to be left alone, so he had them hide between two of the van seats as he drove to pick up his wife to play a "joke" on her. I am not ok with either of these things. [more inside]
I work at a theater. Troubling notes taped to outer wall lead to troubling, rage-filled social media presence of the isolated male signatory. Unsure what action, if any, to take in this situation but given recent events, I'm pretty freaked out. Hoping someone smart can help. [more inside]
I've invited my trans friend to see my band play a party, but I am having anxiety about helping her be safe. What's should I do to make my party a safer space for her? [more inside]
My father bought a box of four mooncakes, the five-kernel type, containing mostly cashew nuts, but also sweet apricot kernels. Is this okay to eat? [more inside]
The internet seems to say that silica gel is safe to use in a food context. I have a jar of sugar that's pretty lumpy. Is there any concern about placing a desiccant packet in the jar for a while? Note that this packet did not come with a food item.
I'm going to be throwing a party soon & many of my friends have babies or toddlers. What can I have on hand to entertain babies and toddlers? [more inside]
Which power tools should you wear gloves when using and which should you not?
I was mugged on my way home 2 nights ago. I wasn't hurt, but presumably that's because the attackers were only interested in my iphone and ipod, which they took. I'm relatively new to my neighborhood and have never been the victim of crime before, despite my 20 years in NYC. Have you? What did you do/not do in order to move past the incident and stay safe? [more inside]
Hi! I've just spent way too much time (about 4 hours) online trying to learn which type of skating will hurt less. All information, including this thread, has only told me preferences regarding style and speed, not what will make me go boom less. I care not about speed, performance or dancing in them, only if they can get me to work (much downhill) without dying. [more inside]
What advancements/improvements, technological or otherwise, have been made over the last 5 years to make commercial air travel safer? [more inside]
My husband believes it is safe to leave the house with the (electric) oven on. Maybe not 100% safe, but no less safe than leaving the house with any electrical appliances plugged in. I am not so sure, and I am failing to find any reliable information online. Please resolve this disagreement: how unsafe is it to leave the house with the oven going? [more inside]
In the movies, you sometimes see people jumping into a pool on a hot day and drinking the water. Where is this possible in the world? [more inside]
I travel a lot and I often wonder if you know your plane is going down is there anything you can do to save yourself. For example, could you turn the spare liferaft into a parachute? Or would it be better to try to move to the back? Assume the plane can't be saved. What would mcgiver do?
This may sound simplistic, but how do gun stores and/or manufacturers avoid liability when there's a mass shooting? [more inside]
If you're a woman and use a metal-handle, old-fashioned safety razor for shaving your legs, give me your recs! [more inside]
I recently learned I was pregnant. Just before that, I put down a deposit on a rented workspace. Artists work in adjacent spaces, using paint, pens, etc. The place does not actually smell fume-y. Should I be worried about safety? [more inside]
I have a collection of unused labels (ca. 1830 on), which I store in archival-quality sheets with mostly top-loading pockets. I just purchased about 40 labels that were taken from a printer’s archive. The labels are spotless and appear to be in perfect condition, but they smell musty. They are not moist and do not show any water stains. [more inside]
We need to purchase a new collar for our cat. Concerns over previous collar and new collar requirements inside. [more inside]
An expert in children's motor-skills development suggested that I get my kid to try swimming by using a floatation vest. Nonswimmers should use real life vests for boating or other times when they might fall in the water unexpectedly. However, I thought that using a floatation device for just playing around in the pool would make it harder for kids to learn to swim because they hold kids in the wrong position thus causing bad habits, and inspire them do riskier things due to their feeling invulnerable. [more inside]
My family has a summer house with a steep, poorly lit stairway to the basement. The top exits into the kitchen. There is a door that is normally kept closed at the top, and guests other than children rarely need to go down these stairs. So, what's the problem? Recently, a family friend with a similar setup had their elderly friend tumble down such stairs (presumably confusing it with the bathroom), and were badly injured and had to be rushed to the hospital. We have lots of elderly friends/family/neighbors that regularly come over. So... [more inside]
I struggle with anxiety and ocd and this can make it hard sometimes for me to tell the difference between safe and overly cautious driving. An outside perspective would be extremely helpful. And yes, I am receiving treatment for the aforementioned issues. [more inside]
Mr. Otter_Handler and I went to France in April and among many other delights managed to procure a small wheel of Livarot cheese, which was vacuum sealed by the fromageur when we bought it and refrigerated until our departure, then refrigerated once we got home. Mr. Otter_Handler opened it in late April, when in an effort to contain the aroma (yes, it does smell a bit like rotting cabbage) it was moved to a small dorm fridge in Mr Otter_Handler's study. It's June now and I can smell this cheese without opening the fridge. Is this cheese still good or can we say "au revoir" to this souvenir of Normandy?
I'm currently having a deck installed in my backyard - yay! We're using composite decking made from recycled wood and high density polyethylene plastic. I noticed last night that they are cutting the boards quite close to my herb garden and the dirt and plants are covered in sawdust. Will this sawdust make my herbs/tomatoes unsafe to eat? [more inside]
How can an academic friend get from Stockholm Arlanda airport, to Wittstocksgatan, Stockholm, for a reasonable price? Criteria inside. [more inside]
Pieces of the ceiling in my top floor apartment fell apart, throwing a great deal of what looks like dust or sand into the air. The ceiling is made of plaster, but doesn't have the "popcorn" texture I have heard is bad. Is it likely that breathing this dust is unsafe, e.g. could it contain asbestos? [more inside]
We are road tripping today and have just found one seat belt isn't working. [more inside]
I met up with this guy from OkCupid two weeks ago, and he seemed really charming. We've met up around three times to do various activity-oriented things in the city. He's done a few things to set off my alarm bells, and I'm not sure it's safe to see him anymore. At the same time, maybe these things are no big deal. Details inside [more inside]
How do I protect my small from teh pr0n? [more inside]
I had a really unpleasant experience with Greyhound. I am on the bus, and I do not want to be on the bus. It is 2 am, and little or no options to leave the bus. [more inside]
My mother passed away in December. Still hurting. Want to grieve. It's hard. Need a safe place online to that. Where? [more inside]
So, last night we apparently interrupted some burglars. The police were pretty negative about traditional home security systems (which we didn't have anyway), and I'm interested in either a DIY system or a modern digital system. Googling turns up a lot of things that appear to be not ready for prime time (e.g. Canary). But surely there are Mefites with good suggestions. Help? [more inside]
Ordered raw kitfo about 24 hours ago and got the leftovers into the fridge an hour later. Still safe to eat raw?
The other day, I was driving home from work and an ambulance was coming up from behind. I didn't pull over because it didn't seem useful, a nearby motorcyclist chewed me out through my open window: "You're supposed to pull over when there's an ambulance!!" Due to the not-so-snowflakey details inside, I'm struggling to understand what the right thing to do would've been. [more inside]
Ive travelled to most places by myself, but some places I know too little about to know if this is safe. How is San Juan, Puerto Rico? [more inside]
I purchased chicken thighs from a grocery store several days ago. They have a Best-By date that comes up 3 days from now, so according to the package they should still be good. They have been kept refrigerated (and chilled in the winter cold on the way home) and sealed in their original package. [more inside]