I'm late to the party, but tx 1st and then the rcvr!
I turn my tx on, check for correct plane, check the sticks and lay it down, walk away (couple of feet) then hook up the battery on the plane. I then walk AWAY from the plane, pick up the tx and hook up the lanyard while I am safely away from the plane. Should I bump a stick the plane is a few feet away and can't hit me. I suppose I'd better add this too ... I make sure the plane cannot go in the direction of people or property also.