Life is unpredictable. It can throw you curveballs from time to time and disasters can happen, so it’s always good to be prepared as there may be a day when knowing that special survival tip could save your life. Today we’ll be giving you our countdown of the top things you may need to know to be prepared, when that disaster does strike. Welcome to this episode of the Infographics Show: 15 Tips That Will Save Your Life One Day.

15. Disinfecting water – Typical household bleach has about 5.35% chlorine content and so can be used to disinfect and sterilize polluted water. To use household bleach for disinfecting water: Add two drops of bleach per quart or liter of water; stir it well; and let the mixture stand for a half hour before drinking. If the water is cloudy with suspended particles: Filter the water as best you can; and Add four drops of bleach per quart or liter of water.

14. Lighting a fire – We’ve all seen how you can start a fire by rubbing two sticks together in some dry grass, but what if you’re stuck in the freezing cold, surrounded by ice? What you’ll need to do is carve out a big chunk of the ice, shape it into a disk, and use the warmth of your hands to melt it into a smooth, round lens, like a magnifying glass. Let the light shine through it and you’ll have a concentrated beam with enough heat to start a fire.

13. Natural Disaster – After a catastrophic natural disaster such as an earthquake or tsunami, water sources can become polluted, making drinking water sparse. Before you use the bleach option, if you are able to, fill up your sinks, your bathtub, and every container you can with water to provide yourself with safe drinking water before it runs out. This could make the difference when surviving a personal drought.

12. Surviving a house fire – If you found yourself stuck in a building with the only way out being the window, then some simple items may save your life. Tying bed sheets together can make a handy rope to lower your self to safety, and even nylon stockings can be bound together in the same way. If the room starts to fill with smoke, it’s a good idea to run a t shirt under the tap and hold it to your face to filter the air you’re breathing.

11. Condoms have multiple uses – Even more useful than stockings are condoms and they can be used in many survival situations. You can clean one and turn it into a water container, use it as a latex glove, keep your cell phone and other things safe from dust and water, or even convert it into a makeshift slingshot for surviving in the forest.

10. Aspirin after a heart attack – Most heart attacks occur when the blood supply to a part of your heart muscle is blocked. Aspirin thins the blood and helps prevent blood clots from forming. Taking aspirin during or immediately following a heart attack can reduce damage to the heart and potentially save your life.

9. CPR – Cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR, is an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions with mouth to mouth, in an effort to keep a person alive, while waiting for paramedics. Taking a CPR course every couple of years to keep up to date, will ensure you can kick start someone’s heart when the occasion calls for it. This tip may mean you save another person’s life.

8. Sinking your car – It’s a scene we often see in movies but it also happens in real life. The car skids off the road and into a lake or river. If this happens to you, then quick thinking is key. It is critical that you open the car door as soon as you can before you sink too deep and the water pressure makes it impossible. If you can’t open it, then break a window. Once enough water comes in the pressure will equalize. Try to relax, hold your breath, and swim to safety.

7. Caught in a rip tide – If you’re swimming in the ocean and find yourself being dragged out to sea, the first thing to do is not panic and relax. Conserve your strength by floating rather than swimming against the current and raise one arm as a distress signal. Identify which direction the current is moving and swim to the left or right of it but never against it. You can swim parallel to the shore and eventually you’ll pass the rip tide and be able to swim to safety.

6. Snake bite – Between 7 and 8 thousand people are bitten by snakes each year and if it happens you, you need to know how to react. If you are bitten, get away from the snake immediately and then limit your movement as this prevents blood flow and the spread of venom. This will give you more survival time. And remember as much as you can about the snake so the hospital can administer the correct anti-venom.

5. Crayons as candles – Crayons can give your children hours of creative fun, but they also have other practical uses. If you find yourself in an emergency situation where the electric has been cut and you have no candles, but you have crayons, then you’re lucky; you have a solution. You can actually use crayons as candles, and they will stay lit for around 30 minutes.

4. Driving when tired – If you’re on a long drive and find yourself dozing off, be aware. It only takes a micro sleep to go from freeway to forest, and a car crash that could end your life. So stop, revive, survive – pull over and get out of the car for a few minutes to wake yourself, or if you see a service station or café, take a longer break and grab yourself that much needed coffee.

3. Tornado – If you’re caught outside in a tornado, your safest bet is to stay in your car, park it in an open area, lock all the windows and doors, buckle your seatbelt, and ride out the storm. If you’re at home, head to the basement and cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. Make sure you know where heavy objects rest on the floor above, such as pianos, ovens and refrigerators, so you can avoid them if they crash through. And head protection, such as a helmet, can also boost your chances of survival.

2. Avalanche – The center of an avalanche is where the snow moves the fastest, making it the most dangerous place for you to be, so move sideways if you can. If you find yourself being dragged with the snow flow, use your surfing skills to avoid being buried, by deep swimming as hard as you can in the direction of the fast-moving snow. But if it does look like you will end up buried, cupping your mouth will create a small pocket of air for you to survive on for up to 30 minutes.

1. Don’t text while driving – The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year; Nearly 390,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving; and 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving. It’s a big problem and putting the phone away and focusing on the road ahead could save your life.

That’s our 15 top tips that could save your life. Do you have any other useful tips to add to the list? Let us know in the comments. Also be sure to check out our other video What happens when you die. Thanks for watching and as always, don’t forget to like, share and subscribe. See you next time.

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