25 Quick Facts That Could Save Your Life

Usually, no one expects to wake up and face a life threatening situation. It just happens. Knowing how to handle those dangerous situations could mean the difference between life and death. With that in mind, it makes sense to brush up on some safety and survival tips. In whatever situation, whether it’s hiking, camping, or merely leaving your house, sometimes the smallest tips can help you overcome the greatest challenges. Ready to become a little safer today? Here are 25 quick facts that could save your life.

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If you're in a crowded space, take note of the exits.

fire exitSource: https://www.graphicproducts.com/articles/fire-exits/

In the case of an emergency, people tend to instinctually head for the exit they entered from which can lead to bottlenecks. They can also run to the most convenient exit. If you know about other exits in a space or building, then you’re more likely to get out faster.


If someone points a gun at you, hold eye contact with the person.

glassesSource: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-respond-if-somebody-holds-a-gun-to-your-head-2013-12

Having a gun pointed at you would be a horrible and stressful situation. However, if you stay calm and keep eye contact with the person holding the gun, you might make it out alive. Keeping eye contact with them will make them uncomfortable with pulling the trigger and at least hesitate.


Always have a signaling mirror and whistle when hiking.

black whistleSource: http://www.thekeytosurvival.com/Storetitles/signaling/index.html

One of the best ways to get someone’s attention when they’re far away is light and sound. With a mirror and whistle, you can reflect the sun’s light and make a high pitched sound which will more than likely help rescuers find you.


Keep a harmonica handy when camping.

harmonicaSource: https://www.theoutbound.com/alex-anderson/why-you-should-always-pack-a-harmonica-when-camping-or-backpacking

A harmonica might be the last thing anyone thinks of when trying to survive, but it can come in handy. First, if you’re stranded and alone, it can keep you company and lift your spirits. It can also act as a bottle opener, finger splint, fishing lure, and plenty of other things if you’re in a pinch.


Always keep a pack of gum around.

gumSource: http://www.happypreppers.com/chewing-gum.html

Gum can provide a whole host of survival benefits including higher morale, lower stress, and the ability to curb your appetite. It might also make for a good adhesive if you need it.

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