We recently came across an AskReddit thread where user u/luciflerfather3 asked people to share the facts that could save probably save your life. Here are some you definitely need to remember...
1. "If your car's accelerator pedal gets stuck or something else is causing unintended acceleration, put it in neutral."
"It sounds obvious, but it's hard to remember when it happens and it won't be instinct. Turning the key off works, but could cause the steering to lock or loss of breaks."
2. "Whether you’re being attacked or taken, always remember to scratch the bejeezus out of the person. This way you’ll have their DNA under your nails."
5. "In the event you need to break a car door window, don't try to smash the window in the dead center. Car door windows should be tempered glass, which is much more brittle along their edges, so strike there instead."
7. "If you get lost in the woods, stay where you are! The chances of finding the way out on your own are pretty slim and you’re just creating a larger search area."
"Also, tell people exactly where you’re going and when you’ll be home. If you’re not home by X time, instruct someone to call for help."
8. "Most drunk driving deaths occur on Saturday night between midnight to 3 a.m. Avoid the roads during these times if you can help it."
9. "If you're near the ocean and the water suddenly disappears/recedes unexpectedly, get out of there and get to high ground because it's likely a tsunami."
10. "Former 911 operator here. DON'T FEEL BAD ABOUT CALLING 911! (Unless it's very stupid like McDonald's screwed up your order.) If it's not an emergency, they'll tell you to call non-emergency. An emergency is not just a violent crime; it's a crime or potential crime in progress or an issue affecting safety."
11. "Chemical burns are not like fire or heat burns — many will not immediately trigger a reflex action of pain."
"I lost a chunk of skin under my armpit because an industrial cleaner dripped under my rain suit. I had rinsed off my arm and didn't receive so much redness, but 30 minutes later I noticed my shirt was soaked in blood. No pain till the next day and by then a quarter-size piece of skin had fallen off.
Read the labels and remove any chemical as quickly as possible using the recommended method. Water is not always the best way."
You can learn more about treating chemical burns here.
12. "If you’re scuba diving and you’re going to vomit, do it right into the regulator. Don’t take the regulator out of your mouth because after you vomit the natural instinct is to inhale. The puke will blow out of the exhaust valve with your bubbles."
"We did a discovery dive and were not taught about this. Thankfully, we were only a few feet down. It could’ve been one of those life-changing days..."
14. "If you get trapped on thin ice, lie down on your stomach and crawl/wiggle your way back to shore from the direction you came from. Chances are, if the ìce held you when you were standing up, it will continue to hold you with your weight dispersed over more surface area."
15. "Check your nuts once a week and don't be afraid to go to the doctor if you notice something."
"I had a scare earlier this year and I put it off for a while before plucking up the courage to go to the doctor. I was an idiot for waiting, but I just felt like I didn't want to have a doctor check out my balls. Turned out all clear and I walked out of the doctor thinking 'this really wasn't as bad as I expected.'
The old cliche is true — doctors have seen a million dicks; yours isn't any different."
17. And, finally, you can give yourself the Heimlich Maneuver.
"To piggyback off of this, if you are coughing, you are getting air in your lungs. Never attempt the Heimlich Maneuver on someone who is coughing; it can lodge the food further into their throat and actually block it. If someone is actually choking, then they won't be able to cough. In that situation, perform the Heimlich Maneuver until they start coughing."
What life-saving tips do you know? Tell us in the comments!
Some tips have been edited for length and/or clarity.