Life is full of unexpected events and danger can come at any time when there is no help around.
It’s always good to know in advance how to cope with trauma, attacks, and natural disasters. Reddit users created a discussion on ways that one can escape from dangerous situations.
Below are various life tips that can be very useful if you are in a dangerous situation.
#1. CO Gas Leakage
Get a CO gas detector in your house. One near the furnace and one near your bedroom! You cannot smell or see CO leaks from regular household furnaces. These detectors are pretty inexpensive too. @brkuzma
Fun fact: There are many stories of people thinking their house is haunted because of CO. It causes memory lapses and other symptoms that people attribute to haunting. My friend does spiritual mediumship and apparently, the first thing she always asks is, “Do you have a CO detector?” @kharmatika
Also, make sure that once you have purchased one to keep on top of maintaining it, even if it’s as simple as making sure the batteries are good. A few years ago, while I was in my first year of college, my family and dog back home suddenly started to get sick and not feel well (e.g. coughing, low energy, the dog started throwing up).
A few days passed, and my dad had already scheduled for someone to come over for a routine furnace inspection/repair estimate. After the inspection, the guy told my dad that the furnace was leaking carbon monoxide and that the current levels in our house were over 3 times the normal permissible limit.
We never knew because our carbon monoxide monitor had gone dead all of a sudden. He said that had we not noticed it for a couple more days my parents, younger sister, and dog all could’ve very possibly died in their sleep. @Skylance123
#2. When Hiking
If you’re hiking or doing anything else outdoors, alone, tell someone where you’re going and when you should be back. If you become incapacitated, this will greatly increase your survival chances. @Monicabrewinskie
I work in news in Utah and spend all summer covering missing hikers and this is the smartest thing you can do for yourself! Also, take a little extra food and water because no one ever plans to get lost. @wordofgreen
#3. Saving Drowning Person
Don’t jump in the water to save a drowning person unless absolutely necessary like, for example, to save a child. Drowning people tend to clasp on to their rescuers and drag them under with them. Find something to throw or some sort of lifeline. @WreckedButWhole
If a drowning person does grab on, they will essentially try to climb you like a ladder or push you under, trying to get the leverage to get some air. It’s instinctive at that point and impossible to override. If you’re being pushed under, just swim down out of their grasp, come up little ways away, and try to re-approach. @sweadle
If you feel an earthquake start and the shaking doesn’t fizzle out after 5 or 10 seconds, assume it will be big and take cover under something sturdy or run outside where there are no power lines or bits of building above your head. Don’t stand in a doorway.
If there was an earthquake at the beach you’re on and you see the water receding away, run to higher ground immediately because a tsunami is coming. If you’re in a town near water and see the water in ditches or rivers flowing the wrong way, seek higher ground too, because it’s another indicator of an upcoming tsunami. @invisiblebody
#5. Lost In Woods
If you’re lost in the woods, don’t leave your location. People searching for you will start at your last known location or where you were heading, and you’ll just make their job harder by expanding the search area.
If you have to leave, follow the water. Early cities and towns were usually founded near a source of water. If you follow a stream, you’re more likely to run into civilization… Usually downstream, but really depends where you are. @Beeftech67
#6. Stabbed Or Impaled
If you’re a stabbed or impaled and the offending object is still in your body, don’t pull it out. Doing so can make you bleed out. @Cobiuss
If the object goes into the body smoothly, it will more than likely create a wound internally that is almost identical in size to the object, so it essentially acts as a plug.If it is pulled out, any blood vessels that are cut will no longer have the knife’s edges pressing against them and they will begin to bleed.
If you pull it out and don’t notice a lot of blood, the bleeding could be internal so you wouldn’t even realize that you are bleeding.You could also do some serious damage pulling out the object. My wife is a trauma surgeon and has had people cut organs pulling out knives or other sharp objects.
At all costs, don’t let an attacker drag you into a vehicle. You never want to go to a second location. @xpo140
About 30 years ago, the then CEO of my Fortune 500 company was accosted by an ex-employee in the parking lot. With a gun pointed at him and orders to get in the car, his answer was, “Shoot me here.” The ex-employee drove off and was arrested later that day. @cbelt3
You can scare off an attacker by placing 2 fingers in your mouth and causing a vomit reflex. This advice was given to me once by my dad, and I remembered it when 5 guys in a car pulled me into their back seat. I looked around at the guys and asked, “Where in here can I throw up?” They made a screeching halt and threw me out of the car. May have saved my life. @Blameking27
#8.Danger Of Being Trampled
If you’re in a crowd and there’s a possibility of being trampled, go with the wave of people instead of against it and, when possible, go back and diagonal to get out of it.
If you’re too rigid, you’ll get pushed over and trampled to death and you absolutely don’t want to be to the front.@pupsnpogonas
#9. Grease Fire
Don’t pour water on a grease fire. @PayPerRock
One of the many things I watched on TV as a kid were Elvis Presley movies. In one of his movies, he has a date with a girl in her apartment. She cooks a roast in the oven for dinner. Elvis arrives and the food is burning. Flames are shooting out of the oven. She makes a move to throw water on the fire, but Elvis stops her and grabs a container of salt and throws handfuls of salt onto the fire which promptly puts it out.
Later this helped me to extinguish a grease fire that started in my mom’s kitchen. Thanks, Elvis. Thank you very much. @WallyPlumstead
#10. Stranded In Desert Or Snow
Don’t walk away from your car if you’re stranded in the desert or in snow. Your car is easier to find than you. If you’re in the desert, you may need to get under your car to protect yourself from the heat.
The exception: If you know where you are and know how to safely get to a safe place, do it, but don’t go in search of help without having a destination in mind. And don’t walk too close to the road, to avoid being hit. @MarsNirgal
Do you have any other survival tips in mind? Share them in the comments below!
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