13 Handy Hacks That Could Actually Save Your Life One Day

5. Never walk downstairs with your hands in your pockets

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When walking downstairs, you always need to make sure that your hands are out of your pockets… or even on the bannister. If you trip and fall, you will need your arms to save yourself from getting seriously hurt. You can also use them for balance.

6. When you meet a hostile person… run!

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This one might sound obvious, but it’s important to remember. When you are in danger, fight or flight mode kicks in. If you freeze, you could make the whole situation worse. When someone is behaving in a hostile way, the best thing you can do is get as far away from them as possible.

7. In a riptide, swim parallel to the shore

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Swimming in the sea can be particularly dangerous, especially if you happen to get caught up in a riptide. If you’re not careful, you could get swept away. It might seem counterintuitive, but you need to swim parallel to the shore. It’s the best way to get back to the shore safely.

8. In a fire, stay close to the ground

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If you ever find yourself trapped in a burning building, remember this little trick. Rather than trying to run out, get down to the floor and start crawling. There is more oxygen down there and you won’t pass out.


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