Have you ever wondered what are some tips that may save your life one day? Sometimes, even a small piece of knowledge can make all the difference between life and death. Here are some of the most useful tips that may come in handy in the future.
1. Recognize the signs of a stroke
You might not use this every day, but given the stats, you or a loved one have a good chance of really really needing this information one day. You can remember the stroke symptoms with a simple word: FAST:
- F – Face Drooping: Does one side of the face hang downwards or is numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
- A – Arm Weakness: Can the person lift both arms equally? Can they not lift one higher than the other?
- S – Speech: Is the person irrationally slurring or finding it difficult to make common speech?
- T – Time to Call Emergency Services: If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call the emergency services and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.
2. Don’t run away
Is one of the things on your bucket list to go on a safari? Then this is one of the tips that can literally save your life. If you encounter lions or other predators while having a walk, DON’T RUN. If they come towards you, growling, it’s to say you are too close but they will not attack you. Just walk away slowly and don’t lose sight of them. Or stand your ground. Shout and clap your hands and they will run away.
Besides, lions are way faster than you are. You’ll have a zero chance of outrunning them.
3. Don’t stop the CPR
If you’re performing CPR on someone who stopped breathing or who’s heart has stopped, don’t quit until EMTs take the body away. Don’t stop after 2 mins thinking “Well that didn’t work.” CPR typically won’t cause the victim’s heart to suddenly start — it’s mostly to force blood circulation and prevent brain death. You’re not forcing life into them; you’re preserving a corpse to keep it in a ‘revivable’ state.
4. Trust the dog
This tip may not save you, but it can definitely save others who may need your help. If a service dog comes to you for attention, immediately locate their owner. They could be using you as a way to get help. Some people even put a tag on their service dog that says: “If you see me without my owner, we need help”.
5. Leave the knife alone
If for some reason you or someone around you get stabbed by a sharp object (knife, glass, …) and the wound is deep, NEVER pull it out. It might be sealing or slowing flow from an artery or it might cut an artery when you pull it out. Put pressure around that object to slow bleeding till emergency responders take over.
It’s just like discovering a nail in your car tire. Pulling the nail out will only make it worse. You leave it there while you drive to the tire store where you can properly fix the tire.
6. Dealing with a choke
If someone is choking but they are coughing/talking, don’t intervene. Let them cough it out. The ability to cough is a sign that air is able to get in and out and that they only have a partial obstruction in their airway. If you try to intervene with the Heimlich maneuver or back-blows, you could force it out, or you could move the blockage and cause a full obstruction.
Obviously, if they’re not breathing or coughing then you should definitely administer back-blows, just remember to check in between each one in case you partially dislodge the object.
7. Don’t drown yourself
Your life can be endangered in many ways, and here are two tips that may save you from drowning:
- If you fall into water, don’t panic. You don’t have to be able to swim; you just have to float. Hold your breath and let your body rise to the surface.
- If someone is in trouble in the water, NEVER jump in to rescue them unless you know what you’re doing. Otherwise, their mindless panic may kill you both. It’s always best to find some sort of flotation device to throw near the other person. Always keep in mind that even if you are both a strong swimmer and a trained rescuer, you are still risking your own life if you go to the aid of a swimmer in trouble. Take it very seriously.
8. Obey the warning signs
This may seem like an obvious tip, but you’d be amazed at the number of people who fail to abide by it. Everyone should obey any warning signs they see. They are there for a reason.
9. Stay with your car
If you’re ever lost in the desert (or any other place) and your car is broken, do not leave it to find help. People die all the time doing this, and are often found only mere miles from their car. You are a lot harder to see than your vehicle and your car can provide shelter. It also has some good reflective mirrors to signal with, especially the rear-view mirror.
Bonus tips: pop the hood on your vehicle so that people who see it are even more aware that something is probably wrong. To draw attention, burn a tire during daylight. Somebody is likely to see the thick, black smoke.
10. Speaking of mirrors…
The number one thing you should carry with you when going places where you might get lost is a small reflective mirror. It increases your chances of being found. Anytime you see movement in the distance you can reflect light towards them. This greatly increases your chances of being seen. Just take a look at how effective this technique is:
11. Escaping a rip current
Now back to the water. If you get caught in a rip current, swim horizontally / parallel to the shore at the fastest speed you can comfortably maintain. Don’t worry about going further out. Eventually you’ll be out of the current and can slowly head back inland. If you try to swim against it, you’ll just tire yourself until you drown.
12. Getting help from the crowd
If you find yourself hurt in a public place, direct your pleas to one person, not to the crowd. The reason for that is because everyone will think ”someone else will help you”. It’s called the bystander effect. So instead of shouting “Can someone please call an ambulance?”, point to somebody and say “You! Call an ambulance!”.
It also helps if you identify the person you’re shouting to. For example, saying “you in the blue shirt” will reduce the chance of them thinking you’re shouting to the person behind them or next to them.
13. Don’t text and drive
Actually, don’t do “anything” and drive. We all know this by heart, yet the amount of people who ignore it is insane. Every year we see the number of car accidents rising, and a lot of them are caused by people who try to use their cell phone while behind the wheel. However, these types of accidents are 100% preventable.
If it’s urgent, just pull over and use your phone. Otherwise, it’s not worth the risk.
14. Try to keep a basic first aid or emergency kit within your reach
Especially in your car. You never know what could happen, and having an emergency kit at your disposal can make things a lot easier. That’s why in some countries it’s mandatory to have one in your car.
If you carry a backpack with you anywhere you go (I personally do that), keep a small emergency kit inside it. It doesn’t need to have everything in it, just the essentials are enough (tourniquet, pressure bandage, band aid, etc).
15. Pay attention to your gut
Have you ever felt like you’re being watched, and discovered later on that you were indeed right? Human instinct has evolved over thousands of years to ensure our survival. If you feel like you’re in danger, it’s because you’re in danger, even if you can’t quite articulate why. If a person seems sketchy or threatening, it’s because they are. Don’t ignore your intuition. Act before it’s too late.
16. Learn some distress signals
An important signal for needing to be rescued is waving two arms up and down. If you wave only one arm you are less likely to be helped since some people may think you’re just saying hi. Another universal way to signal for help is the “three of anything” quick signal. Three gunshots, three whistle blows, three flashes of a flashlight, three flashes from a reflective mirror, etc. Just make sure they are spaced widely enough (at least one second) and that you spend a considerable time before making your next three signals.
17. I need my lawyer
If you ever get arrested, never talk to the police without a lawyer present with you. Just give them your name, address and date of birth. Otherwise don’t say a word. There’s a reason why you have the right to have an attorney present, and you should use that right. Nothing ruins a life faster than prison. Even a conviction can stop you from getting employed or being able to travel.
If it’s something super basic like a car accident, sure you’re fine. But if you’re called in for questioning, get an attorney. This applies even if you haven’t committed a crime. Being innocent doesn’t guarantee that you won’t be charged/convicted.
18. Reacting to motorcycle accidents
If you see someone wearing a motorcycle helmet in an accident, DO NOT pull their helmet off for any reason. The only thing you can do is loosen the chin strap, but you must leave the helmet on and let the paramedics or doctors deal with it. You never know what that helmet is holding together.
As a matter of fact, this also applies to any kind of accident. You shouldn’t move anyone from anywhere unless there is some other imminent danger, like the car being on fire.
19. Surviving a nuclear bomb
Well, we promised you 18+ tips that may help save your life one day right? Well, here’s your bonus tip!
Even though nuclear warfare is a serious threat, many people have no idea how to act in case of a nuclear disaster. One day you may find yourself outside or looking out a window to see an extremely bright flash. As bright as if you were staring straight at the sun. At that point, you have maybe 8-10 seconds to respond if you’re far enough away from the fireball.
- Lay face down on the ground and put your thumbs in your ears and fingers over your eyes. Breathe through your teeth. Since you’re laying face down the shock wave will mostly pass over you. If you’re standing up it can cause your lungs, eardrums, and other organs to explode.
- Once the shock wave passes, you need to find shelter immediately. Do not attempt to travel anywhere. Just get underground. If you’re next to a complete stranger’s house or a business, don’t hesitate to go inside and hide out under as much concrete and steel as possible. You need to remain in this location for the next 48 hours. This is critical. Even if you survive the blast, attempting to go home and spending just 20 minutes outside will more than likely kill you due to radiation sickness. Radioactive material after a blast decays exponentially and you will be safe to try and find your loved ones after 48 hours. If you don’t wait this out, you definitely won’t be alive to find them.
- After these 48 hours, you need to leave the city and get as far from the fallout as you can.
We hope these simple tips can help save your life one day. If you find them useful, share them with your loved ones to keep them safe too. Have a nice day / night !
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