Let’s explore 100 facts that could potentially save your life one day. It is important to note that unlike in movies, attempting to suck venom from a snake bite or applying a tourniquet is not recommended. Instead, move the victim out of harm's way and have them lie down with the wound below their heart. Transport them to the nearest medical facility as soon as possible.
If you get bitten by a wild mammal, it is crucial to get the rabies vaccine immediately as it is one of the most lethal diseases on the planet. In case of a broken bone, call for help, attempt to stop any bleeding, and immobilize the injured area.
It is important to keep in mind that car thermometers are not 100% accurate. Most cars are equipped with a thermistor behind the grill, which is exposed to heat radiating from the roadway. Even if your thermometer doesn't read below freezing, there could still be black ice on the road. Be aware of road conditions and give your thermometer a few degrees buffer. This could potentially save your life.
Blue lights steal your sleep time, disrupting the brain secretion of melatonin. Therefore, before you go to bed, place your phone in another room. Keeping your phone face down will save battery, which could become important in an emergency. This will keep it from lighting up when it receives notifications.
It is crucial not to eat snow for hydration. Since it takes so much energy for your body to melt the ice, you'll end up further dehydrated than what you gain, plus lose essential body heat.
In an emergency, you can start a fire with a 9-volt battery and steel wool. If you rub the battery against the steel wool, it should begin to spark. Place it beneath kindling, and you'll have an emergency fire.
When building a campfire, it's important to have water nearby in case you need to extinguish it. An overloaded keyring can damage your car's ignition mechanism, so it's best to avoid carrying too many keys.
Laughter is proven to improve blood flow, immune response, blood sugar levels, and relaxation, so watching funny internet clips could actually be good for your health. If you ever get stuck in a rip current, don't panic and try to swim directly back to the shore. Instead, swim across the current parallel to the shore until you're out of the rip.
If you think you're having a heart attack, chewing aspirin works faster to inhibit platelets that trigger blood clotting. If you come across a mountain lion, calmly back away while maintaining eye contact. If it starts moving towards you, throw things at it, and if it starts getting aggressive, act as big and intimidating as possible. Never, ever go underneath a pin setter at a bowling alley.
If you're at a beach on vacation and the water suddenly recedes from the coastline, run for high ground. A tsunami is on its way. If someone has been stabbed or punctured by a sharp object, leave the object in the body. It will potentially prevent blood loss.
If you ever wake up in the middle of the night to the smell of gas, do not turn on the light as a spark from a light switch could ignite the gas. If you ever see square waves in the ocean, get out. They can create powerful currents and rips.
If one of your pupils reflects white in a picture, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your eye, such as a cataract or even cancer. Normalcy bias is when people underestimate the threat of danger despite warning signs. If you're asked to leave the area due to impending danger, just get out of there.
You can use condoms as makeshift water storage as they are incredibly elastic. If you ever find yourself in a falling elevator, lying flat on your back and covering your face is your best bet for survival. If you find yourself lost in the wilderness and can't retrace your steps, walk down a hill.
The most common sign of a heart attack is pain or discomfort in your chest, especially a feeling of pressure or squeezing. Women can experience heart attacks differently to men, so it's important to be aware of the different symptoms. If your stool has black specks in it, seek medical attention.
t's important to note that calling 911 is always free, so don't worry about finding change if you're using a payphone. Most fire deaths are caused by smoke inhalation, not burns, so if you find yourself caught in a fire, stay low to the ground and get out as quickly as possible.
Putting your feet on a car dashboard can be dangerous, as airbags deploy at high speeds and can break your nose. However, a broken nose is better than broken legs. Never mix bleach and cleaning products containing ammonia in the same room, as their vapors can create chloramine and damage your respiratory tract.
If your vehicle gets stuck on railroad tracks, get off immediately and run away at a 45-degree angle in the direction the train is coming from to protect yourself from debris. Look for an emergency number for the railroad or call 911 to inform approaching trains. A wagging tail on a dog doesn't always mean it's friendly or happy, so always ask the owner before petting their dog.
Chemical burns are different from heat and fire burns, and can cause irreparable damage to your skin. If you get chemicals on you, read the labels and use the recommended method, as water may not be enough. Purple flags on the beach indicate dangerous sea life, while red flags warn of serious hazards such as high surf and dangerous currents.
You can identify symptoms of a stroke using the acronym FAST: face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulties, and time to call emergency services. Many species of mushrooms are poisonous to humans, so do not eat wild mushrooms. If you fall into very cold water, dry yourself off, dress in layers, and warm up gradually to avoid afterdrop.
If a stranger tries to force you into their car, shout for help and fight back as hard as you can. A knife can be lethal, so don't try to disarm someone if you're being robbed. Always store firearms unloaded and in a secure place behind child-proof safety locks. Using water to put out a grease or oil fire will make it worse, so turn off the stove and cover the pot to cut off oxygen.
You can use your pants as a life preserver by taking them off, tying the legs together, and filling them with air. About half of the passengers killed in car accidents in 2020 in the U.S were not wearing seat belts, so always buckle up. Backpacks may have a built-in whistle for attention in windy weather.
Don't camp under a tree, as tree limbs can shed or break off and come down on your tent. If you fall into quicksand, don't panic and wriggle your legs to loosen them, then sit back and try to float out. It's okay to ask for help if you're feeling depressed, and there are publicly available numbers to call if you need someone to talk to.
If you hit your head and briefly lose consciousness, seek medical care as you likely have a concussion or epidural hematoma. Toilets can be deadly, as around 40,000 people are injured in toilet seat-related accidents each year in the U.S. Distraction while driving is the leading cause of car accidents, so stay off your phone.
If someone pulls a gun on you, don't try to disarm them and run away if you can. You can estimate remaining daylight time by extending your arm in front of you and holding your hand out with your pinky finger on the horizon line. Smoking causes cancer, and the harder you make it for a burglar to enter, the less likely a break-in will occur.
Approach horses from the side, between the head and shoulder, as they cannot see immediately in front of or behind them and their kicks are powerful. You can perform the Heimlich maneuver on yourself by forming a fist just above the navel and pushing it in and up in the diaphragm area. If a man takes a pregnancy test and the result is positive, it could be a sign of testicular cancer.
In the case of a plane crash, the safest place to sit is near the back in a middle seat, while the worst seats are on either side of the aisle in the middle of the aircraft. If you're stuck in a stampede, stay on your feet and keep your hands around chest height to protect yourself and avoid being crushed.
If someone is drowning, remember to reach or throw, but don't go into the water without a flotation device. Even after being pulled ashore, a drowning person can still die due to leftover water in their lungs. If you need to break a car window, aim for the edges or corners, as the center is usually the strongest part. Embassies and consulates have emergency numbers that answer 24/7, so it's a good idea to have them saved in your phone when traveling abroad.
If you possess a gun, you're more likely to be shot during an assault, so it's important to store firearms in a secure place. Thieves may use social media to identify and plan robberies, so be careful when checking in somewhere and indicating that you're not at home. Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal, so seek medical assistance if you show signs of withdrawal.
People do not outgrow asthma, so always carry an inhaler and keep the prescription up to date. You don't have to wait 24 hours to report a missing person, and the sooner you report it, the better. If you or someone else has stopped shaking from extreme cold and is feeling sleepy, it's a sign of hypothermia and they should get inside and warm up.
Closed doors can slow the spread of fire and smoke, so it's best to sleep with the door of your bedroom shut. Check the batteries in your smoke alarms regularly, as fire can't go through doors. If the accelerator pedal gets stuck while driving, press the brakes firmly and put the car in neutral. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and not smoking are the best preventions for heart disease and cancer. Trust your gut and instincts if a situation doesn't feel right.