Always have a decent spell book on you (appropriate for your species of course as a sprite carrying a witch book can expect a nasty and sudden death if a real witch catches him doing this) and have emergency spells stored in your memory and wand so you can use them quickly. Speed is vital here. As in Earth's Wild West, you do have to be quick on the draw.
When you come across a map that says "Here be Dragons", take it seriously. Kingdom cartographers do not write these things on their wares without good cause. And if you can carry a portable fire extinguisher with you when out and about, just in case, do so. It is always a good idea to be fully prepared for meeting dragons. If you meet a dragon unexpectedly, you'll be doing well if it gives you enough time to send up a few prayers.