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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 January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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