11 Life-saving facts everyone should know just in case – Tips that can keep you safe, not sorry

September 17th, 2020

Nowadays, the world feels like an incredibly unsafe place. It’s more important than ever to know how to look after yourself. And the following tips will help you do just that.

If there’s one thing 2020 has taught us, it’s the importance of being prepared.

Sure, to some, it may still sound extreme to be prepped for highly unlikely events. But who thought that this year would play out the way it has?

Knowing the survival tips below may well save your life, or the life of a loved one, one day. And with the way things are going, that day could be sooner rather than later.

1. Approaching tornadoes look like they’re standing still

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That’s right, if the tornado looks like it’s standing still, it’s actually approaching you. Also, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO OUTRUN A TORNADO. Instead, the CDC says to find the nearest sturdy building and take shelter.

2. If you suspect you’re having a heart attack, CHEW on aspirin before swallowing

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Harvard Health explains why chewing is important. “Doing it that way gets the aspiring into your system rapidly, which is what you want.”

3. Cyanide smells like bitter almonds – get away from anywhere that smells like it

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Yes, you can breathe in cyanide. Would you rather risk death or looking stupid for running away from some over-roasted almonds?

4. Water can make grease fires worse – Instead, extinguish it with a pan lid or baking soda

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It does take a lot of baking soda to put out a grease fire, however.

5. If you’re performing CPR chest compressions, do them to the rhythm of Nelly the Elephant, Stayin’ Alive or Another One Bites the Dust

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The person you’re rescuing will not judge your taste in music. They’ll be too busy feeling lucky to be alive.

6. If you’re on the beach, and the water recedes rapidly, get to high ground

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You may have as many as five minutes to evacuate from an approaching tsunami while the water is receding.

7. Pack a survival candle in your car – It can stop you from freezing to death

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In cold conditions, a multi-wick candle can keep the inside of a car warm for many hours.

8. Never attempt to fix a garage door unless you’ve been trained to fix them

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It may seem like an unnecessary expense to hire a pro to fix your garage door. But the springs in a garage door can kill. Even maintenance mechanics have been killed trying to fix them.

9. If a room in your home has an unusual fish odor, it could be an early warning sign of a wall socket electrical fire

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That smell could be something burning/melting inside an electrical outlet.

10. 911 calls are free on all payphones

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Don’t stop to look for change if your phone has died and you have to use a payphone for an emergency. The Federal Communications Commission makes it the law for all payphones to immediately connect 911 calls for no charge.

11. Perform CPR on hard ground, not a bed (unless you cannot move them off safely)

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If you need to perform CPR on someone, move them onto the ground. A Purdue University study discovered that firm surfaces get the best results. (If you are not strong enough to move a person onto the ground, or cannot move them onto the ground without harm, then you should ignore this and perform CPR on a bed.)

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Source: Bright Side, CDC, Harvard Health Publishing, CDC, Verywellhealth, Reuters, National Geographic, National Geographic, North Dakota State University, State of New York Department of Health, 7 ABC KHQA, Federal Communications Commission