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7 Safety Tips To Strictly Follow In Life Threatening Situations

7 Safety Tips To Strictly Follow In Life Threatening Situations

A lot of this will seem like common sense. Because it is. The following information and life-saving advice will seem easy and forgettable – until the moment comes.

I can’t tell you how many level-headed friends I’ve had, who turned into the most finicky, nail-biting scream queens when the goings got rough. There was a tornado ripping through our neighbourhood. They didn’t know what to do.

Practice these safety tips – install these in your mind. That way, if and when you find yourself in a situation that could cost you your very life… You’ll go on to see another day.

1. Learn First Aid

Sometimes, things are easier said than done. Not true in this case: as nobody can truly “know enough” about first aid – the number one method of saving lives in times of critical duress.

Not sure where to start? Visit your local hospital or medical clinic and ask if they’re hosting first aid training classes.

Most first aid training courses include determining when the time is right for calling 911, how to handle shortness of breath, treat heart attacks, strokes, and heat exhaustion.

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According to BBC News, the British Red Cross interviewed 2,000 people about their first aid and CPR knowledge. A staggering 14% of people would know how to effectively handle life-threatening situations.

2. Keep People Informed

When you’re out and about, life can rear its ugly head at you any moment and take you straight to the emergency room. If you’re so lucky.

Our mothers weren’t being neurotic and picky when they bugged us all those times, about where we’re going, who we’re hanging out with. No matter how aggravating she was (and how intrusive I felt she was at the time)… I see, in retrospect, that she was looking out for me.

Let people know where you’re going. Call someone, a friend or family member or lover, just to update someone about where you are. If something horrifying happens to you, and nobody knows where you are or how to reach you…

It could be bad.

3. Involved In A Shooting?

Please note that this event is incredibly unpredictable – how you handle a gunner and the situation depends on way too many factors for this tip to strictly apply. But it is broad enough advice to save your hide if you adapt it to any situation properly.

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Priority number one: take cover.

No matter where you are, whether you’re inside or outside, finding protective cover is shooting safety tip numero uno.

Numero dos: Never directly engage with the shooter. Whether you know them personally, vaguely, or they’re a family member. Most shooters are too emotional to think rationally – conversation will not calm them down.

Instead, a better thing to do is give 911 the following information:

  • Your name
  • Site location
  • The number of shooters
  • Shooter ID/description
  • How many hostages/victims
  • Where you are exactly

4. What To Do In A Fire

Whether you’re in your home or at work in an office building, knowing your main evacuation routes (and their alternatives) is the #1 key towards escaping a fire. That seems easy to remember, right?

The first step you should take is this: create a barrier between the fire and you. Something as simple as going into another room will give you more time to assess the situation and go for help.

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When you’re in a new room, close the door and stuff a wet cloth underneath the door gap. Smoke inhalation is toxic and “put you to sleep,” greatly diminishes your chances of safely evacuating.

If you have another wet cloth, keep it over your nose and mouth to prevent from inhaling any smoke that happens to leak in the room. Remember to stay near the ground where it’s clear and cold, as heat and smoke tends to rise.

There are many ways of house/building fires spontaneously happening. Electrical, candles, appliances, and simple carelessness. A lot of these horrific house fires could be prevented if homeowners could simply apply basic fire-safety methods.

5. Charge Your Phone

Here’s a special reminder: always keep your phone charged when you leave the house. It’s easy to just pick up your phone and go, thinking you’ll be alright with only 9% battery life left. Until life puts the hammer down on you: you’re in a car wreck. You come across a fire. You’re about to drown. There are dozens of real-world scenarios that could ruin our complacency at any moment.

A full charged phone can be the single greatest tool that gets us out of those scenarios alive.

Interestingly, your smartphones sometimes can be a danger itself. Recently, Samsung’s Note 7 burned a man, almost to death. Imagine it being carried to a plane with 100s of passengers? Which can eventually burn down the whole aircraft? The only possible solution is to return the phone to its brand and save the later-unexpected-battery-blasts-and-burns! Phew….This beats all!

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6. Floods

Flash floods can happen at any time – if you live in an area susceptible to them, you know the deal. However, from talking with friends and family I can personally say that not a lot of us are prepared to deal with them.

Deal with them how?

Keep at least a weekend’s supply of water and non-perishable food. A flashlight with working batteries. A week’s supply of medical items (glasses, syringes, walking cane), a multi-purpose tool, copies of ID (med list and information, birth certificates), emergency blanket.

7. Robbery

When some bozo decides to rob you in the street or your workplace, it is crucial that you remain calm. Don’t make any sudden movements or try to be a hero. Again, the natural instinct is to try and disarm the assailant. Follow every demand to reduce chances of being abused or worse, murdered.

Be sure to give police as much information about the robber(s) as possible. Think about distinct markings or traits that stood out to you and relay every single bit of information possible.

Last Thoughts

There is no possible way of over-practicing life-saving drills and tips. Please keep that in mind. Stay safe out there.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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