14.Always Write The Year Fully When Signing A Legal Document
When you are signing and dating legal documents, you are probably used to writing MM/DD/YY instead of writing the full year. People might write 21 as an abbreviation for 2021, but that is incorrect.
To protect your legal documents, make sure to write the full year because if you don’t, other people can edit the date on your papers. It takes an extra second to add the two additional numbers to the date, and it can save you a headache.
15.Living Through A Lightning Strike
Lightning is not only scary, but it is also dangerous. Lightning can cause disaster in just seconds, so it is best to know what to do to avoid getting severely injured.
The best way to protect yourself is to crouch down close to the ground, cover your ears, and make sure the only thing touching the ground is the balls of your feet. This pose protects you because lightning usually strikes the tallest objects, and it also protects your hearing from loud thunder.
16.Make Sure Your Dog’s Paws Are Protected In The Winter
If you live in a place that is frequented by snow and ice, you know that walkways and roads can be dangerous. Most places salt the roads and sidewalks to help people avoid accidents, but that can be harmful to our furry friends.
The chemicals in salt used to prevent ice on roads and walkways are harmful to animals. Every time you take your animals outside, make sure to thoroughly clean their paws when they come inside or have them wear booties. This can prevent your pets from getting very sick.
17.If There Is A Flood, Always Take The Stairs
Flash floods are more common than people think, and they can be terrifying if you are trapped somewhere. In a state of shock, you might panic and not know what to do, but being prepared can prevent that from happening.
If you live in a building or happen to be in a building with many floors, it might seem faster to take an elevator. However, flooding can cause electrical damage, and the elevator can get stuck. Therefore, it’s always better to take the stairs in case of an emergency.
18.Don’t Put Peppermint Oil On A Tick Bite
There are so many hacks on the internet to help you make life easier, but not all of them should be followed, especially when they are health-related hacks. You have to be careful what advice you follow, and this one should definitely be avoided.
There was a viral video of a woman putting peppermint oil on a tick bite, but this is not good for you. If you experience a tick or insect bite, it is better to follow professional medical advice to remove the insect. Oils make ticks salivate more, and this puts you at a higher risk for Lyme disease.
19.An Interior Basement Is The Best Place To Be During A Tornado
“It’s a twister. It’s a twister!” Tornados are deadly and destructive, which is why places that have a lot of tornados have special shelters to go into. It is crucial to take shelter when there is a tornado, and the safest place to be is an interior basement or storm shelter.
An interior basement is at least partially underground, which can protect you from the storm’s force. It is essential to stay underground until the tornado has passed and the storm has calmed down before assessing the damage.
20.If Your Car Is Sinking Use The Headrest To Break The Window
Car accidents happen every day, and sadly they can turn fatal very easily. One scenario that usually happens in TV or films is a car sinking in a body of water. The person might swerve off a bridge or roll into a lake, and people don’t know what to do when those situations happen in real life.
If you ever find yourself in this situation, take the seat’s headrest and use it to break the window so you can swim to the surface. While the chances of this happening are slim, it’s better to know what to do instead of panicking.
21.If Someone Is Shivering And They Suddenly Get Warm Enough To Take Off Their Jacket, Don’t Let Them
In very cold places, hypothermia can quickly happen to anyone without warm enough clothing. Being exposed to freezing temperatures can turn fatal if you are not safe and shouldn’t be left untreated.
Mild hypothermia is when someone feels cold, but that changes as it progresses. Severe hypothermia causes people to experience “paradoxical undressing,’ meaning they take off their clothes even though they are freezing because they suddenly feel hot. This can cause them to freeze to death, so someone should make sure they keep their clothes on.
22.Do CPR On Flat Surfaces
If you find someone in cardiac arrest while they are lying in bed, you should immediately start CPR. However, you have to take the person out of bed and lie them on the floor first to ensure the CPR will be effective.
If you do compressions on someone while they are on a mattress, the force will be absorbed by the bed rather than the person’s chest. The force needs to go to the heart for CPR to save someone successfully.
23.Don’t Answer Calls From Unknown Callers
While it might seem obvious to ignore calls from unknown numbers, some people answer anyway, and they end up getting scammed. Identity theft happens to one in every 20 Americans, and as we rely more on technology, it is easier for scammers to take advantage of people.
While you might be curious to answer that unknown number, try to resist it because it is often a scam. Some scammers even use technology to make it seem like a local number is calling you. So if you have never seen the number before, don’t answer.
24.Be Safe During Flood Clean Up
Not only is flood water filthy, but it is filled with hazardous materials. Between animal waste and cleaning products picked up by the floodwater, it is not something you want to walk through without special protection.
If you are cleaning up a flooded area, make sure to wear protective clothing. Boots, gloves, and goggles will protect you from contracting diseases from the floodwater. It is also important to thoroughly sanitize these items to prevent bringing germs back into your home.
25.Follow The Birds To Find Water When You Are Lost
If you are lost in the wilderness, finding drinkable water is one of the most important steps. It can be difficult if you are not an experienced outdoor person, but following the birds is the best way to keep yourself safe.
In the morning, birds fly directly to water, so following them will likely lead you to a body of water. They fly to their nests in the evening; therefore, if it is getting dark and you need water, go in the opposite direction of the birds. Staying hydrated will keep you alert and awake until you can get help.
26.A Crayon Can Burn For 30 Minutes In An Emergency
Besides entertaining children, most people wouldn’t think that crayons can come in handy in an emergency. If a storm makes the power go out, it is helpful to have a way of making light so you can see. You might think it’s silly, but keep a pack of crayons in your emergency kit.
Apparently, burning a crayon can give you enough light for thirty minutes. This way, you won’t have to waste your phone battery using the flashlight, and with a large box of crayons, you will have enough light for an entire evening.
27.Call A Professional If Your Garage Door Breaks
There are many ways you can fix things with DIY solutions around your home, but some things should be left to professionals. This applies to things like the garage door, which can cause injuries if you aren’t trained to fix it.
Garage doors have large springs that can cause serious injuries or death if your hand or clothing gets wrapped inside them. They are wound tightly and spin fast as they contract, so it is best to leave this to someone who knows what they are doing.
28.What To Do If You Are Choking And Alone
If you live alone, the thought of choking and having no one to help you can scare anyone. If someone is choking around other people, a person can do the Heimlich maneuver, but that isn’t possible if you are alone.
Suppose there is no one around to help you when you are choking; use a chair or corner of a sofa to assist with stomach thrusts. By leaning over a chair, you can get the blockage out of your throat before choking to death.
29.This Is Why People Wear Orange On A Job Site
Have you ever wondered why it is required to wear those hideous orange vests on a job site? Workplace safety is important, especially when heavy machinery is involved because fatal accidents can occur. That’s why the blaze orange vests are essential.
The bright orange color makes you visible to everyone, preventing unnecessary accidents. While they may not be the most fashionable, it doesn’t matter because they will make you visible all the time.
30.Keep Your Smoke Detector Up To Date
Fire alarms have saved many lives because they alert us in the earliest stages of a fire giving us time to put it out or get somewhere safe. However, if people don’t do regular maintenance on them, they won’t be effective or protective.
Smoke alarms should be checked yearly to make sure the batteries are working, and they need to be completely replaced every ten years. Each alarm has a date on it that determines when you need to change them to keep you and your family safe.
31.Poisonous Snakes Are Smaller Than You Think
If you aren’t afraid of snakes, you must be a courageous soul. One of the dangers in nature is the possibility of animal or insect bites. Bites from snakes are common, and depending on the kind of snake, they can be fatal if not treated immediately.
The best way to avoid snake bites is to stay alert. Keep your eyes peeled for things moving on the ground because poisonous snakes can be tiny. Also, if you are in a place where snakes are common, wear high socks and hiking boots to protect the areas a snake could bite.
32.Keep A 3-Foot Safety Zone Around A Working Grill
Grilling is a fun activity in the summer because the food tastes great, and it’s an excellent way to gather friends for a meal outside. However, grills are hazardous if you aren’t careful because they involve open flames that put others at risk.
Therefore, it is important to know the safety rules when grilling. Make sure your grill is at least three feet from any structure in your yard, like trees, cars, and the home. Grill fires can quickly spread, and that distance gives you time to put it out.
33.Brown Coconuts Can Cause Dehydration
Coconuts are often depicted as a way to hydrate yourself because they have water in the middle. However, not all coconuts are suitable to drink from, so it is good to know which ones are safe.
You shouldn’t use brown coconuts for the liquid inside them. The oil inside brown coconuts can cause significant dehydration if consumed. Stick to green coconuts for water. However, brown coconut husks are flammable and repel mosquitos.
34.Red Kidney Beans Are Poisonous If Not Prepared Correctly
Although they are an everyday food item, you never know when things could be deadly. Red kidney beans are a staple in some people’s diets, but they can be poisonous if not prepared correctly.
Dry red kidney beans contain a toxin that will cause serious illness if you ingest it. To safely prepare them, boil the beans for ten minutes and drain them before cooking them however you like. This step is important to prevent severe abdominal pains, nausea, and vomiting.
35.You Don’t Have To Pay To Call 911 From A Payphone
While payphones are becoming scarce because everyone has a cellphone now, there are a few around in case of emergencies. If you need to call 911 or whatever the emergency number is in your country, don’t worry about scrambling for loose change.
When calling an emergency hotline from a payphone, it is always free. All phones in the United States are equipped to contact 911 without paying or even if the phone isn’t in service with a carrier.
36.What To Do If You Fall During A Stampede
While you might think that stampedes of people are rare, they can still happen. There have been a few deadly ones on the news recently, and people need to know what to do to protect themselves in the event of one.
If you fall during a stampede and can’t get up quickly, assume a protective position with your hands covering your head and your feet tucked up. Try to face the direction people are running in so you don’t get kicked in the head, and get back on your feet as quickly as possible.
37.The Best Way To Light A Match In The Wind
Fire is essential when you are camping or out in the wilderness because it provides light, a place to cook, and warmth. However, lighting a match when it is windy is one of the most frustrating and tricky things to accomplish.
A tip to make lighting the match easier is to cut the wood into a Christmas tree shape so that the match will stay lit even when the wind is blowing. This will give you more time to light the fire, and you will waste fewer matches.
38.Freeze Water Bottles To Prepare For A Hurricane So The Fridge Stays Cold
Hurricane prep can be very stressful because shelves at the store are emptied within hours, grocery store lines are insane, and you might not get all the supplies you need. It is best to keep essentials like water on hand during hurricane season, so you aren’t scrambling at the last minute.
Usually, hurricanes cause power outages, so it’s best to keep water in the freezer at all times. Then, when there is a hurricane, and the power goes out, you can move the frozen water bottles into the fridge to keep it cooler for a longer time.
39.Crushed Termites Can Be Used As Insect Repellent
Mosquito bites have to be the most irritating thing about being in nature, and we honestly don’t know why mosquitos even exist. If you are in an area with termites, this trick will help you with those pesky bloodsuckers in the event of an emergency.
There have been many survival situations where people don’t have insect repellent but need it. Therefore if you are near termites, crush them up and use them as a repellent. They are also edible if you are in a life or death situation and need a good source of protein.
40.How To Cross A River Safely
Crossing a river might be inevitable in the wild, but it can be dangerous and possibly deadly if you don’t know the right or safest way to do so.
The trick to figuring out if it is even safe to cross is to throw a stick in first. If the stick moves too fast, it is not safe to cross. Also if you cannot see the bottom, throw a stone in the river to see how deep it is.
41.Determine How Much Daylight Is Left
When you are camping or if you are stuck in the wilderness, you need to know when the sun will set, so you have time to set up your camp. Roaming through the forest is dangerous when it’s dark, and there is an easy way to determine how much sunlight you have left.
Line your hand up with the horizon and get it as parallel as possible. Then stack your hands on top of each other and continue until your hands just cover the bottom of the sun. Make sure to count how many hands it takes because that tells you the number of hours till sunset.
42.When Going Into The Woods, Mark The Trees
We have heard of people in fairytales leaving a trail of candy as they go into the woods so that they can find their way home. While it might seem silly, the idea wasn’t bad. When you go into the woods, be sure to bring chalk so you can mark the trees along your path.
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Instead of getting lost or wandering around in circles, this will help you know which way you came from. You can also mark the trees with arrows of the direction you came from to make it even easier.
If you are lost in the wilderness and don’t have a compass, there is a way to make one on the spot. A makeshift compass can be created with magnetized metal like a needle. To magnetize it, rub the needle on hair or fur about 100 times.
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Then place the needle on a leaf that can float on water and make sure there is no wind moving it. The needle should start to point north-south, but be sure to keep other metal objects away from this because it can cause it to be wrong.
44.Removing Foreign Bodies From Wounds
There are plenty of germs and bacteria in nature that are harmful to our bodies. If you or someone you are with hurts themselves and there is a foreign body left in the wound, do not remove it until you can get medical help.
By leaving the object in the wound, you are preventing it from bleeding too much, and it prevents other bacteria from infecting the cut. Hopefully, it is a situation where you are able to call emergency services.
As we have mentioned already, fire is important for warmth, cooking, and light. However, if you don’t have matches, you might think that there isn’t a way to start a fire, but that would be wrong.
This tip has been used by many survivalists, and all you need is a battery and a chewing gum wrapper. Twist the wrapper and put it on both ends of the batter to create a flame. Before you do this, make sure you have the kindle set up to create a bigger campfire.