Life isn’t just full of pleasant surprises and people who can give qualified medical first aid are sometimes not around. It’s always better to know in advance how to cope with trauma, attacks, and disasters. Reddit users discussed ways that we can escape from complicated situations with a minimum amount of loss or without loss at all.
We at Apegeo hope that you won’t have to use these tips, but it’s better to be ready to face various troubles and know how to cope with them than to be completely unprepared.
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Don’t walk away from your car if you’re stranded in the desert or in snow. Your car is easier to find than you. If you’re in the desert, you may need to get under your car to protect yourself from the heat.
The exception: If you know where you are and know how to safely get to a safe place, do it, but don’t go in search of help without having a destination in mind. And don’t walk too close to the road, to avoid being hit. @MarsNirgal
Don’t pour water on a grease fire. @PayPerRock
One of the many things I watched on TV as a kid were Elvis Presley movies. In one of his movies, he has a date with a girl in her apartment. She cooks a roast in the oven for dinner. Elvis arrives and the food is burning. Flames are shooting out of the oven. She makes a move to throw water on the fire, but Elvis stops her and grabs a container of salt and throws handfuls of salt onto the fire which promptly puts it out.
Later this helped me to extinguish a grease fire that started in my mom’s kitchen. Thanks, Elvis. Thank you very much. @WallyPlumstead
If you’re ever kidnapped, try to leave personal items along the way, like drop a ring or earring in the car or something. It can be helpful for those trying to find you and can be evidence in a trial.@drownednotgod
I’m absent-minded. I once left my wallet on my car when pumping gas and drove off with it on there. It fell off on the side of the interstate and a couple saw it, pulled over, and used my ID to find both me and my parents on Facebook to message us. They wanted to be sure that I wasn’t kidnapped and threw it out as a clue. I had never even thought of that before, but I remember thinking, “What a clever idea.” @sun_set22
If you’re in a crowd and there’s a possibility of being trampled, go with the wave of people instead of against it and, when possible, go back and diagonal to get out of it. If you’re too rigid, you’ll get pushed over and trampled to death and you absolutely don’t want to be to the front. @pupsnpogonas
You can scare off an attacker by placing 2 fingers in your mouth and causing a vomit reflex. This advice was given to me once by my dad, and I remembered it when 5 guys in a car pulled me into their back seat. I looked around at the guys and asked, “Where in here can I throw up?” They made a screeching halt and threw me out of the car. May have saved my life. @Blameking27
At all costs, don’t let an attacker drag you into a vehicle. You never want to go to a second location. @xpo140
About 30 years ago, the then CEO of my Fortune 500 company was accosted by an ex-employee in the parking lot. With a gun pointed at him and orders to get in the car, his answer was, “Shoot me here.” The ex-employee drove off and was arrested later that day. @cbelt3
Don’t leave your drinks unattended at a bar, it’s very easy to pour something into them. @VisionSeeker
If you’re a stabbed or impaled and the offending object is still in your body, don’t pull it out. Doing so can make you bleed out. @Cobiuss
If the object goes into the body smoothly, it will more than likely create a wound internally that is almost identical in size to the object, so it essentially acts as a plug. If it is pulled out, any blood vessels that are cut will no longer have the knife’s edges pressing against them and they will begin to bleed. If you pull it out and don’t notice a lot of blood, the bleeding could be internal so you wouldn’t even realize that you are bleeding. You could also do some serious damage pulling out the object. My wife is a trauma surgeon and has had people cut organs pulling out knives or other sharp objects. @Mannings4head
If you’re lost in the woods, don’t leave your location. People searching for you will start at your last known location or where you were heading, and you’ll just make their job harder by expanding the search area.
If you have to leave, follow the water. Early cities and towns were usually founded near a source of water. If you follow a stream, you’re more likely to run into civilization… Usually downstream, but really depends where you are. @Beeftech67