When people hear the phrase “survival tips,” many of them immediately imagine a situation similar to that faced by Robinson Crusoe or Bear Grylls: going one on one with nature. But the fact is that even in the city it’s a good idea to know what to do when the situation demands it in order to avoid misfortune.
We at Bright Side gathered some of the best advice to help make sure you don’t panic in dangerous situations.
Using keys for self-defense
You often see this kind of advice online: to defend yourself when you’re attacked on the street, hold your keys between your fingers like a knuckle-duster. But you actually shouldn’t do this as it can harm your fingers. To even get your keys into this position in your hand, you need time, which you may not have.
It’s much more effective to hold your keys as you would a knife, or clutch them in your fist.
If the taxi driver is acting strangely
Before getting into a taxi, write down its number. If the taxi driver seems to be acting strangely, phone someone (anyone) you know, or simply pretend that you’re making a phone call. During the conversation tell them the taxi’s number.
Don’t underestimate ixodid ticks
In Europe, Asia, and America, ticks can give a person Lyme Disease and, in some places, tick-born encephalitis. Both of these diseases are extremely dangerous. If you get bitten by a tick, go to a doctor immediately for a check-up.
Remember that ticks can latch onto you even in an ordinary park, so always be careful. To remove one that’s burrowed into the skin, try to grab it with some tweezers close to the head, and very carefully prize it out. Read about other methods of getting rid of ticks here.
If a person says they won’t touch you, be on your guard
Pay special attention to strange, unsolicited promises. If someone says, seemingly without any reason whatsoever, that they don’t intend to touch you, this should raise the suspicion that they want to do precisely that. Statements of this kind should always set alarm bells ringing in your head.