10 Safety Tips From Schitt’s Creek

While Schitt’s Creek is a comedy, it has a lot of great life advice folded into the show. Here are some safety nuggets from David, Alexa, Moira, and the rest of the gang. I love that journey for you!

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1. Gossip is the devil's telephone. Best to just hang up!

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Moira’s got the right idea on this one, folks, especially when it comes to medical advice. Take everything your friends and family offer you with a grain of salt or take a line from Johnny and just say, “Talk to the hand, son. Because the ears are no longer working.” 

Then consult with an expert.

2. In case you wake up in a chair with your hands duct-taped together, you can snap the duct tape by just raising your hands over your head, and then bringing them down really hard.

Alexa has been in some sticky situations, one of which included duct tape. Does this trick really work? I gave it a shot and it does! I also found this video that gives you a good demonstration of how to do it just right.

Video: How to Escape from Duct Tape

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3. They don't wear helmets on that show, which I get, but it's a little dangerous.

I love Ted because he’s always a stickler for safety. Wearing a helmet is always a good idea. In fact, helmets saved an estimated 1,872 lives in 2017,¹ and wearing a helmet decreases your risk of head injury by 69% in a motorcycle accident.²

4. If airplane safety videos have taught me anything, David, it’s that a mother puts her own mask on first.

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Moira learned an important lesson for any parent. To protect your bébés, you need to take care of yourself too.

5. Do I have to remind you of the time that I was taken hostage on David Geffen’s yacht by Somali pirates for a week, and nobody answered my texts?

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Alexis's texts may have gotten more attention if the family had an emergency plan in place:

  • Always let a family member or trusted friend know when you’re leaving and where you’re going. That way they know to be on the lookout for distress texts.
  • Have a code that lets your loved ones know something important is going down. In our family, if you call twice in a row consecutively we know to drop whatever we’re doing and answer the phone.
  • Decide on a code word with your family and friends that lets them know you are in trouble, and not just joking around. A code word is particularly helpful when the person making you feel unsafe can see your phone screen.

6. I don’t want to be taken advantage of because I’m overdressed.

Johnny Rose was talking about getting overcharged when car shopping, but this idea works in other situations. For example, you may not want to wear your best jewelry when walking at night alone. Tuck it out of sight to potentially deter a mugger from targeting you.

7. I like the wine and not the label.

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While David Rose is talking about relationships, not judging the label is a good piece of advice when it comes to trusting others as well. 

Even if someone looks or sounds nice and trustworthy, never give them your personal information like your social security number or bank information. No matter if it’s someone on the phone posing as the IRS or a potential love interest, keep your feelings in check and keep your lips zipped until you do some research.

8. People aren’t thinking about you the way that you’re thinking about you.

Alexis is right. It’s melancholy but true. Remember this golden bit of wisdom when you’re driving, in particular. Every day around 1,000 people are injured by distracted drivers

That means you need to practice defensive driving:

  • Just drive. Distractions, even for a couple of seconds, increase your chances of a crash.
  • Be sure to check your mirrors every few seconds so you know what cars are around you.
  • Always assume the other drivers are going to do something stupid and be prepared. For example, leave the car in the other lane some space in case they want to zoom into your lane unexpectedly.

9. You smell very flammable right now.

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David, did you know clothing covered with gasoline can make your washing machine explode? I didn’t either until my grandmother tried to wash a load of clothes and was blown out of the laundry room and into the hallway. 

She was okay, but it taught us an important lesson. Always handwash clothing that smells flammable (preferably outside) before putting it in the washing machine.

10. David, stop acting like a disgruntled pelican.

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Moira’s right, bébés. Keeping calm in an emergency situation is key. According to the CDC, planning and preparation can go a long way toward staying calm (and safe!) in a stressful situation.³ 

Our guides can prep you for a wide range of situations:


Sources

  1. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, ”Lives and Costs Saved by Motorcycle Helmets, 2017,” December 2019. Accessed June 22, 2022.
  2. Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews, Liu BC, Ivers R, Norton R, et. al., “Helmets for Preventing Injury in Motorcycle Riders,”  January 23, 2008. Accessed June 22, 2022.
  3. CDC, “Stay Calm,” October 1, 2020. Accessed June 22, 2022.
  4. SimpliSafe, “How to Avoid Being Mugged,” May 23rd, 2021. Accessed June 22, 2022.
  5. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Distracted Driving.” Accessed June 22, 2022.

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Alina Bradford
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Alina Bradford
Alina is a safety and security expert that has contributed her insights to CNET, CBS, Digital Trends, MTV, Top Ten Reviews, and many others. Her goal is to make safety and security gadgets less mystifying one article at a time. In the early 2000s, Alina worked as a volunteer firefighter, earning her first responder certification and paving the way to her current career. Her activities aren’t nearly as dangerous today. Her hobbies include fixing up her 100-year-old house, doing artsy stuff, and going to the lake with her family.

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