From fires to bear attacks, specialists reveal the tactics that will get you out alive.
While your odds of having a heart attack are much higher than those of finding yourself in most of these scenarios, strange things happen every day. For example, every twelve seconds, someone called a poison center for help in 2017. Each year an estimated 646,000 people die of injuries from falling. In 2017, search-and-rescue rangers in our national parks responded to more than 3,453 calls, including for people who were also sick or injured. In 2015 alone, more than 5,000 people died from choking in the United States. While ninety % of individuals smitten by lightning survive, about 27 Americans are killed by lightning strikes every year. How do you keep yourself out of the statistics? Besides the line of work 911, here’s what to try and do in grave emergencies once no one’s around to assist.
Riptide: You know you’re in a riptide when you feel yourself being pulled away from the shoreline, says Dr. Bradley of the Red Cross. “Your natural reaction is to go toward the shore, however, it’s terribly troublesome to swim against a riptide.” Luckily, these currents are fairly slender, so you just have to swim parallel to the beach, in either direction. Eventually, you will make it out of the current.
Cramps: If you’re in trouble, take a breath, lie on your back, and float. If you’ve got a muscle cramp (they often hit the calves), float face down, grab your toes, and pull them toward you, stretching your calf until the pain goes away. For a stomach cramp, lie on your back, spread your arms and legs, and float until you can swim back to shore. Make sure you recognize a way to manage these different ten everyday emergencies.
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