Have you ever seen someone walking alone on a street at night? Or, maybe you get frightened when you watch the news. You've wondered to yourself, how would I get out of those kinds of dangerous situations?
It's not every day, of course, that you run into a dangerous situation. But, when you do, you need to know how to react so that you don't find yourself in even more trouble. And, you're at a great starting point right here.
In this article, we're discussing some essential techniques that you need to keep in mind for life-threatening situations when they arise. You never know when that could be.
From sitting around at home to almost anywhere you go in public, a dangerous situation can mean life and death if you don't know how to act fast. Whether it's yourself or someone you love that you want to protect, this article outlines the most common dangerous situations people actually encounter. Let's get to it.
Hanging out at the beach is about as fun as it gets until someone drowns. You can be an excellent swimmer and still drown in the ocean by getting caught in the rip current. But, even if you're not such a great swimmer, you can get out of a rip current.
The most important thing to remember is not to struggle against the current or attempt to swim back to shore. Instead, swim parallel to the shore until you can escape the pull of the current.
Even more, avoid rip currents all together by checking the local weather forecast at the beach before you head out.
Getting trapped in a sinking car is terrifying. That's why you need to know how to act fast.
The first thing to do is unbuckle your seatbelt. If there are passengers in the car, make sure their seatbelts are also unbuckled, especially young children.
Open your window. If you cannot get your window to roll down, use a puncturing object or something heavy or sharp to break the window at the corners. Always push children out of the vehicle first and then escape through the window and swim to safety.
Tornados, hurricanes, fires, and other natural disasters can happen very quickly. You should have an emergency evacuation plan in place in the event of a fire and a meeting place within your home for other storms and emergencies.
In the event of a severe storm or earthquake, stay indoors but far away from doors and windows. If you are caught outside, stay away from waterways and make your way to shelter as soon as possible.
Prepare for power outages that can last hours to days. Have a fresh supply of drinkable water on hand at all times.
Everybody should know at least a few basic self-defense moves to ward off an attacker. This may be especially important for women but men should take notice of these situations as well:
Think ahead and keep your elbows together as your hands are being bound which can help you escape later. If you are bound to a chair with duct tape, try leaning forward which should stretch and break the tape.
If you are bound at the hands, raise your hands above your head and bring them down swiftly and with as much force as you can onto your hips. The momentum and angle should be enough to tear the duct tape. You can also use this method if you are bound with zip ties.
A rope may be considered a household item that could be used for self-defense but first, you need to know how to get out of it.
Keep your palms touching and elbows apart at your sides as your hands are being bound. Once the knot is tied, hold your arms in front of your body allowing your elbows to touch with your hands open and flat against each other. To get loose, shimmy your hands back and forth as if rubbing them together.
Ladies, you should always carry some form of self-defense weapon in your purse. But, in the event that you are being followed, you may not even need to use it.
Make eye contact with your pursuer. Yell at them. Most attackers want meek, easy to surprise victims and will likely flee.
Also, make random turns and turn left more than right. Most people turn right by impulse so you may be able to escape your attacker by using this simple move.
One of the most basic self-defense moves you can use when being attacked from behind is to simply take a step backward. This will throw your attacker off balance and allow you to escape. Most attackers expect you to pull forward.
The first 24 hours after a kidnapping is the most critical time to escape. This is when you are strongest and likely closest to the place of your abduction.
Act submissive and avoid making eye contact with your captor. Aggressive behavior could provoke your kidnapper and rob you of the opportunity to escape.
Dangerous situations can arise at any moment so it's important to always be prepared. The average person loses a full fifty percent of their IQ and fine motor skills in times of intense stress. Training for emergencies before they happen will ensure that your muscle memory kicks in and takes over.
Keep this reference on hand and share with your friends and family. Have conversations about what to do in these and other situations so that your kids know how to be safe as well.
If you need help discussing self-defense for kids, check out this helpful blog post. Our site is dedicated to helping you learn how to live your safest life.
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