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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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