Most hunting-related incidents occur when a hunter either forgets the basic rules of crossbow safety or behaves in a careless manner. Crossbow safety includes:
Never point the crossbow at anything you do not intend to shoot.
Keep your finger out of the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
Identify your target and what lies beyond it.
Always ensure the safety is engaged.
Always ensure your foot is firmly in the stirrup when cocking the crossbow.