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11 useful hacks that can save your life one day

Be prepared for the emergencies with these useful life-saving hacks

India TV Lifestyle Desk India TV Lifestyle Desk
New Delhi Updated on: May 24, 2017 11:30 IST
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Be prepared for the emergencies with these useful hacks

Emergency strikes without seeing the time and occasion. You’ve got to be prepared for facing any kind of situation, anytime. When in a grave danger, only your calm mind and sound knowledge can save your life. 

Today, we’re going to introduce you with some life-saving hacks that might come handy in future. Bookmark this post. You never know when the need arises. 

How to know if a snake is a poisonous or not? 

Here’s the trick!  Escape the sight as soon as possible if you’re confronted by a snake which have following attributes. 

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how to tell if snake is poisonous

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how to tell if a snake is poisonous

  • The tail of the snake is covered with horizontal non-bifurcated scales as shown in the picture. 
  • The pupil of the snake resembles that of a cat. 
  • The divide between head and neck is very distinct. 

Never use your cellphone while walking 

To keep an eye on the road and to operate a phone is a tough job for your brain. It might get confused and you’ll lose the track of your surroundings. Keep your eyes completely on the road, especially while crossing it. 

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dont text while walking

If a person is choking on a piece of food, use the Heimlich Manoeuvre. 

  • Place your fist just above the person’s navel. 
  • Grab your fist tightly using your other hand. Move it upward using a strong force. 
  • Repeat the quick upward and inward thrusts to dislodge the blocking in the wind pipe. 

Always carry an anti-histamine pills with you 

You never know when an allergic reaction might strike. It’s better you keep the cure handy for such situations. Carry a pack of anti-histamine pills with you. Make sure you check the expiration date before having it. 

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carry anti-histamines

What to do if refined oil catches fire on the gas stove? 

Your first instinct will guide you to pour some water over the pan. But that would be the worst thing you can do. 

Instead of pouring water, place a lid over the pan to cut the oxygen supply. The fire will douse off after a minute. 

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put a lid if a oil catches fire

Got stabbed? Don’t remove the knife from the wound until the first aid arrives 

You might think that removing the knife from wound will help. But trust me, it doesn’t. It will only cause the victim to die cause of losing too much blood. Wait for the medical help to arrive. 

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dont remove the knife if stabbed

Be extra careful during the first 3 minutes after takeoff and last 8 minutes before landing. 

80% plane crashes occur during these specific time periods. Be extra cautious and memorise everything you’re told to do in case of an emergency. Your vigilance might save your life. 

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be alert while flying

In case of fire, stay close to the ground as much as possible. 

The smoke being lighter than air, rises up. Most of the casualities in fire are caused by suffocation. Staying close to ground will ensure proper oxygen supply. Crawl slowly to a safer place and cover your nose to avoid inhalation of toxic fumes. 

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stay close to ground in case of fire

If you suddenly start feeling ill in a public place, call only ONE person for help. 

This might sound surprising to you. But let me introduce  you to a strange but real phenomenon: The Bystander Effect. 

The bystander effect, or bystander apathy, is a social psychological phenomenon in which individuals are less likely to offer help to a victim when other people are present. The greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help.

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the bystander effect

Instead of calling everyone for help, point out at one specific person and ask for help. 

Always carry a reliable flashlight with you. 

In case of sudden ambush, this simple flashlight can save your life. Didn’t get my point? Shine a powerful flashlight at the person directly into his eyes. The person will be temporarily disoriented, allowing you enough time to call for help or escape. 

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carry a flashlight

Carry your documents like driving license and medical insurance card that provide necessary medical information about you 

Have you noticed you driver’s licence? It bears your blood group. In case of an emergency, a complete stranger will be able to help you and offer effective assistance. Keep a list of personal contacts in your pocket. 

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carry documents with personal medical information