Life is so unpredictable. There are so many things that can happen, some of them can cost us our lives. So perhaps it is worth spending a couple of minutes to read about how to act in life-threatening situations.
Who knows, maybe one day that will help you save somebody’s life.
#1 Collapsed building
If you ever happen to find yourself in the debris of a collapsed building, don’t shout for help. The energy you will consume this way could be priceless to survive the next hours. Instead, you can knock a few times and repeat that frequently. If you are consistent, the emergency services will sooner or later detect that sound and find you.
#2 White pupils (see the photo)
Some people, once they have a photo taken with some old models of cameras, look as if their pupils were white (not red). If you notice anything like this, as that could be a symptom of a very dangerous eye disease.
#3 Venomous animals
The general rule is that the more colorful an animal is, the more likely it is to be venomous.
#4 Escaping a swarm of bees or wasps
Contrary to the common belief, hiding under water while running away from bees or wasps is not an option. The thing is that the insects will simply wait until you get out of water. The best way is to run away as far and as quickly as possible, hoping that they will quit chasing you.
#5 The smell of natural gas
If your house or cooker is powered with natural gas, there is a risk of a leak. Once you smell it at night, do not switch on the light. A single spark can ignite the accumulated gas and trigger explosion.
#6 Universal emergency number
No matter what your summer destination is, the emergency number is the same everywhere in Europe – 112. In USA, Mexico, Canada and some other countries it’s 911. These numbers will let you contact the ambulance, fire brigade or the police.
#7 The smell of fish
If you suddenly smell some fish in your house, this is very likely the smell of a burning socket or other parts of electrical wiring. Check all the system for overheating before anything catches fire. The plastic in sockets and other pieces are made of a variety of chemical compounds to resist high temperatures. However, once they fail and melt, they give off a smell really similar to the one of fish.
#8 Guide dogs
IF you are ever approached by a guide dog (usually accompanying a blind person), go to anywhere it wants to take you. The dogs are trained to leave their owners only in an emergency situation when they are not able to help on their own.
#9 Wrong batteries
If you have to switch on a device but you don’t have the right batteries, there is still a way out. All you have to do is to take some aluminum foil and follow the instructions shown in the photo.
The worst thing you can do after falling into ice-cold water and being at the edge of hypothermia is too rapid warming. This could be a deadly threat to your life. You have to warm up slowly and steadily.
#11 Strong current
If you ever got carried away by a strong river current, try to keep your calm and swim across it. This is the most effective way of getting back to safety.
#12 A sinking car
If your car has just ended up in water, try to open the door or window immediately. Once it is immersed completely, doing it will be much more difficult. Due to the pressure you can get stuck in the car and drown.
#13 If you ever notice squares forming on the surface of the water, keep away from this place. That is a symptom of some very strong currents raging underwater
#14 Some backpacks have got some whistles hidden in the buckles. They can prove very useful when you get lost in the woods
#15 Getting stabbed with a knife
If you ever get stabbed, do not take the blade out until the ambulance arrives. If it has damaged any of your organs, removing it could cause an immediate and dangerous bleeding.