16 Little-Known Facts That Will Save You from Danger One Day

Imagine you’re in a forest and come across
a bear. Or that you’re stuck in a building that’s on fire. Would you know what to do
to survive? Life is full of surprises, and not all of them are pleasant. But there’s
always a way out, even in situations that seem hopeless. 1. How to escape from a car
You push on the door with all your strength but it just won’t open? Don’t panic! If there’s
an emergency and you can’t get out, try to break the glass, but do it the right way.
Don’t hit it in the center, but on the edges. If you can remove the headrest from the seat,
use it to break the glass. The headrests are different depending on the car model, so make
sure you know how to remove the ones in your car. 2. Unpredictable fire
Can a harmless thing we use basically every day be the reason for a fire? This fact might
surprise you, but if direct sunlight hits a plastic bottle, it can actually start a
fire. This can happen because the water bottle acts like a lens that focuses the light coming
through the window into one hot spot. That’s why you should never leave water bottles under
direct sunlight or in your car. 3. If caught in a fire, keep low to the ground
Many experts have noted that the greatest threat doesn’t come from the fire itself,
but from carbon monoxide fumes, aka smoke. That’s why it’s crucial to stay as close
to the floor as possible during a fire to avoid breathing in poisonous smoke. You should
stay in this position until you can make your way out of the building or someone comes to
rescue you. 4. Address someone directly to get help
If you’re in a place with a lot of people around and suddenly need help because you
feel sick or are hurt, you should avoid the bystander effect. It’s also known as diffusion
of responsibility, which means that people tend to hesitate to help if there are others
present. So it’s not effective to just yell for help. Instead, point out one person from
the crowd to get assistance. For example: “ YOU, in the red shirt! Please, help me
get up!”. 5. Encountering a bear
Well, of course, the best advice here is to avoid bears in the wild. Call me Captain Obvious,
he-he. But if such an encounter actually happened, you should keep in mind that this animal runs
very fast. However, moving quickly around an object like a car or a tree is a bears’
weakest skill. So, if you let it chase you moving in circles, chances are it’ll give
up trying to catch you, thinking you’re not worth its energy. Actually, bears rarely
attack people. If it starts moving slowly in your direction, walk back slowly. Most
likely, a bear will back off once it realizes you’re a human. 6. A smell of fish or urine
If it’s not because your pet had an “accident” or you have a fish tank, then you should watch
out. This smell can come from electric wires melting, which can lead to a fire or even
an explosion. It’s better to cut off the electricity and check all the outlets to make
sure the wires haven’t burned through their insulation and started to melt the plastic.
That’s why it’s important to call an electrician to examine the problem. 7. Rip current
These powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water are dangerous. If you’re accidentally
caught in one, you need to remember that there’s no point in trying to fight it. So don’t
try to swim against it straight back to shore, or you’ll just get exhausted. Instead, try
to swim parallel to the shore until you exit the current, and only then swim toward the
shore. 8. A fire during cooking
Ah, you finally have the time to cook your favorite dish. But sometimes the vegetable
oil you use for frying can catch fire on a gas stove. If that happens, first, you need
to turn off the gas. Keep in mind that using water to extinguish burning fat or oil will
only make things worse. Water particles will immediately end up at the bottom of the pan
and begin to evaporate, which will make the flames even stronger. You must cut off the
fire’s supply of oxygen by putting something over the pan to smother the flames. 9. Don’t eat snow even if you’re thirsty
If you ever get stuck in the woods in winter and are desperate for some water, eating snow
is the last thing you should do. Being in a freezing environment and at the same time
putting something completely frozen into your body can quickly lead to hypothermia. Try
to keep your body warm by starting a fire to melt the snow before you drink it. The
heated water will warm you up from the inside. 10. Hide in the tub in case of a tornado
If a tornado is approaching your area, obviously the best thing you can do is to rush to the
nearest shelter or bunker, or get in the basement. But sometimes there’s just not enough time
for that. If you’re looking for a place to hide inside your house, choose the bathtub.
It’s the safest spot in every home since the tub is well anchored to the ground. Besides,
most bathrooms have strong framing and the pipes help to keep their structure together.
Don’t forget to grab a big cushion if you can. It’ll protect you from the debris that
might fall. And if the wind is too strong, hold on to the faucet. 11. Water on the beach is too far from the
shoreline There’s nothing like soaking in the sun
at the beach. But even in such a relaxing atmosphere, you should stay alert. If you
notice that the water recedes quickly and unexpectedly from the beach, exposing the
ocean floor, you should warn everyone around and get away as fast as you can. Because when
the waterline is abnormally far from the shore, this is a sign of a tsunami. 12. How to recognize a poisonous snake
Of course, it’s best to keep away from snakes altogether. But still, it wouldn’t hurt
to know the signs that help to distinguish between venomous and non-venomous members
of the species. Non-venomous snakes have bifurcated scales on the abdominal side of the tail while
the tails of their venomous counterparts are covered with non-bifurcated scales. Yeah,
but who’s going to get close enough to pick up their tails to look underneath. Anyway,
snakes that aren’t dangerous also have round pupils, while dangerous ones have cat-like
pupils. And venomous species usually have a distinct division between the head and the
neck while harmless snakes don’t. Don’t forget though, that only an expert can really
confirm whether a snake is dangerous or not. But in most cases, these distinctions are
true. 13. Walking on thin ice
If you’re trapped on thin ice and there’s no one to help you, start by lying down flat
on your stomach and spread out your arms and legs. If you have ice picks, use them as a
grip to get back up to safe ground. If you don’t have them, then you’ll have to try
to roll away in the same direction you came from. This’ll help to spread out the weight
of your body evenly. 14. If your hair stands on end while you’re
at an elevation So, you’re standing on a hill, and suddenly
your hair starts naturally rising in the air. What’s up with that? Maybe, it’s just
a bad hair day? Nope, this is a sign of the presence of electricity in the air, which
often precedes a lightning strike. Escape as fast as you can and find some shelter.
That’s why, when a thunderstorm is forecasted, it might be dangerous to climb any peaks. 15. Don’t inflate your life jacket before
getting out of the plane In the case of an emergency water landing,
inflating your life jacket inside a rapidly submerging airplane would be a big mistake.
You wouldn’t be able to move without help, since you’d float up to the cabin’s ceiling.
The safest thing to do is to take a deep breath and swim out of the airplane, taking your
deflated life jacket with you. Only when you’re out of the plane should you finally pull the
inflation cord. 16. Upbeat music behind the wheel
Wait, who doesn’t listen to music while driving? It doesn’t mean you should avoid
music altogether, but don’t choose upbeat, loud music that makes you want to dance. In
2013, Israeli researchers proved that this kind of music makes your concentration worse.
The same study showed that listening to music you don’t like also negatively affects your
driving skills. So, make a playlist with songs that you love, but make sure they’re calm. Which of these life-saving facts did you know
already? Let me know down in the comments! If you learned something new today, then give
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