dangerous situations and how to escape
. Try not to steer to much. You want to ease the car onto the shoulder as carefully as possible. This is why its best to drive with two hands on the wheel and stay alert. The worst thing that can happen is to be taken by surprise and then jerk the wheel.
. Do not try to outrun it. The avalanche is faster than you by a long shot, even on your skis. You stand a much better chance if you try to move horizontally away from it. If this is not possible then close your mouth and put your hand and arms in front of your face to create an air pocket. Youll need it when it when the snow falls. Also, make sure you dont scream because it will waste your oxygen. Lastly, try urinating, seriously. It will make it
. Stay on your feet. Period. This is the key to survival. As soon as you get knocked down your chances decrease significantly. If this is the case, however, and you cant get up immediately, assume a protective posture with your feet tucked up and your hands covering your head. Try to position your face in the direction the crowd is moving so you dont get kicked and try to get back on your feet ASAP.
. Go for the nose. If you cant get to the nose then kick and kick hard. The dog is almost certainly faster than you so your best bet is to fight it out.
. Whatever you do, dont struggle against it. As you can seen in the diagram most riptides lose strength eventually. As soon as you get to that point swim parallel to shore until you get away from the riptide zone (most often its only a few feet wide anyway).
. Another one of the those oh well it was a good life situations, this one is actually survivable assuming you are out of the blast radius. Of course it goes without saying, but if you have warning, take cover, preferably underground. If you are in an exposed area, hit the ground and cover your head as soon as you see the blast (dont run..) as it could take up to 30 seconds for the shockwave to reach you. Speaking of the flash, dont look at it. It
Fell into an ice hole
. Because there will probably be little for you to grab onto you will have to use your forearms to pull yourself up. If you make it out dont stand up. Crawl to a sturdy area or back to shore.
. If you plan on escaping, do it quickly. Your first couple minutes are critical. There may still be people around, but be smart. If there is no chance, you could make your situation worse so it may be a good idea to stay compliant. Observe everything and try to figure out why your were abducted. This will likely help you to determine what your captors plan to do with you. Although most hostages survive, it can take years for rescue to occur. No ma
. Try to find a low lying spot and squat down. You want to be as low as possible to ground with as little of your body touching as you can get away with. Now cover your ears. If you are really in the middle of a lightning storm, the thunder can rupture your eardrums.
Lost in woods
. Remember Hansel and Gretel? You want to leave breadcrumbs. Break off branches and leave them on the ground so you can retrace your steps. Get to high ground first to see if you can orient yourself. Next, move downhill until you find a river or other moving body of water. Follow it downstream, they will usually lead you to a town or village. If you cant find one then keep walking straight and use the sun to orient yourself.
Drove car into a lake
. If you ever experience the misfortune of plunging your vehicle into a body of water then be aware that you have roughly 90 seconds before your cabin will be full of water. Unfortunately as soon as the bottom edge of your door is submerged it becomes impossible to open so start rolling down your windows (youll still have power for up to 45 seconds after hitting the water) and getting out of your seatbelt. If you cant open the windows then try to k
. The key to surviving in this situation can be summed up in 1 word
Surprised by gigantic wave
. Your best bet is to try to swim over the wave before it breaks. If this is not possible though then you need to extend your arms and legs away from yourself to spread the impact and keep yourself from being thrust deep into the water. Take a deep breath and wait until the turbulence subsides. Youll get tossed around but try to stay oriented and dont panic. Get back to the surface quickly, breathe, and reassess the situation because you may have t
Building on fire
. Its usually not the fire that kills people. Its the smoke. You have to stay low because the superheated gasses rise. Stay near a wall and follow it until you find an exit. No matter what you do, dont breathe the gas. If you feel yourself losing conciousness though, lie as flat as possible on the ground against a wall. This will make it easier for firefighters to find you.
. Security consultant John Nicoletti has done a lot of research on school shootings and he found 4 things that increased students probability of survival. As dumb as it sounds number one is get away (remember to zig zag.). Obviously this gives you best chance of making it to your next birthday but many times its not possible. Number two is barricade the door. If you create an obstacle the gunman will likely not waste his time with it. But if he get
Cramp while swimming
. Who thought cramps could kill? Well, in this case they can. So first of all you need to float on your back to ensure that water doesnt get into your lungs. Then, try to stretch your cramp by pulling your leg towards you or wait until it subsides.
Feet trapped in algae
. If possible try to float on your back the same as we did for the cramp. If your head is below water then try not panic and conserve oxygen. Using your hand slide it down along your legs until you can get the algae off of you. Remember that struggling can make things a lot worse.
Choking on food
. Ok, this is very survivable. First, do not run to the bathroom. If you are in public, stay in public. Yes, we know, its embarrassing, but if you pass out you want people to see you. Second, if there is no one around you need to do the heimlich maneuver on yourself. This means slamming your stomach against a solid object like a chair
Falling down a mountainside
. First of all, dont reach out for anything. It could easily start a rockslide (too late? Then go back to #1). Press your chin to your chest. Your head is important and you want to make sure it stays with your body right? If possible try to use your feet as breaks, and if not, youll be at base camp momentarily.
Stung by jellyfish
. After reading about the most dangerous animals you should be aware of the dangers in being stung by one of these jellies. Get to shore immediately and spread sand over the stingers. Once it has dried out use a credit card or something similar to scrape out the stingers in one stroke. Whatever you do dont rub them. This could cause more toxins to be released.
Attacked in elevator
. Although getting attacked is never fun, it could certainly be a whole lot better than this. And ladies, this is primarily for you, because it does happen. The worst thing you can do in this situation is what your instincts tell you to do and retreat to the back of the elevator. You want to be in the corner by the door
. Weve all done it, every time were on an airplane or the 19th floor of our hotel. Its that nagging thought,
Caught in crossfire
. Your first priority should obviously be to escape. If this is not possible and there is no cover available then lie flat on the ground with your hands over your head (we know, but at least its better than standing with your hands over your head). Use your judgement but you may be able to slowly crawl to safety.
. As unlikely as this scenario is, its happened before. First, as soon as you stop panicking, cover your face with your shirt because youre about to get messy. Put your arms and feet up. Using your legs, push (duh). Your legs are always stronger. Due to the fact that you have limited oxygen you may want to do this like your life depends on it (it does). Pray that the casket is wood. If so you only have to crack it. Once this happens youll be glad t
. Unlike the other situations on our list, this one will require all of your capacities to be fully functional for an extended period of time. The best thing we can suggest? Prepare. Watch lots of movies. Zombies come in all shapes and sizes so you need to be ready for everything. And one more tip
. Remain calm at the first sign of a shark. If the shark hasnt started attacking yet, then you need to get out of the water as quickly and calmly as possible. If you are near your boat, stay still and call loudly (yet calmly) for your friends in the boat to come get you. If you are near the shore, swim smoothly and quickly, avoiding splashing if possible. If the shark has begun his attack, typically you wont be able to outswim an aggressive shark,