You never know when you will get into a dangerous situation. You may think that it's impossible given your lifestyle, but it’s always better to stay safe than sorry as life-threatening circumstances are even more perilous when you aren’t prepared for them.

Granted, you can't be prepared for everything, but Redditors have decided what is the most important to know after brandon061416 asked, “What is a little-known fact that can save you from a life-threatening situation?”

While we hope that you never ever need to use these tips, let us know which ones you found the most surprising and think should be common knowledge. Also, share any tips that you have that more people should know of.

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#1

If The Cops Invite You To Come Down To "Talk" Say No

If The Cops Invite You To Come Down To "Talk" Say No One more...

If the cops invite you to come down to "talk" say no. The minute they tell you they are taking you, shut up other than you want a lawyer. Even if you are 100% innocent. Period. There are no gray areas to this.

GooseNYC , My Photo Journeys Report

Emerald Ocean
Community Member
2 months ago

In an arrest they say “you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can be used against you.” And this is because it’s true they will use it against you so save yourself a favor and JUST SHUT UP

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#2

A Hug Can Be A Temporary Cure For Depression

A Hug Can Be A Temporary Cure For Depression A hug can be a temporary cure for depression. Especially from someone that loves the depressed person. It's saved my life so many times.

Trick_Enthusiasm , Peter Harrison Report

Emerald Ocean
Community Member
2 months ago

Puppy hugs!

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#3

If Someone Is Coming At You In A Threatening/Kidnapping Vibe, Pull Out Your Phone And Say "Facebook Live"

If Someone Is Coming At You In A Threatening/Kidnapping Vibe, Pull Out Your Phone And Say "Facebook Live" Tell your daughters: if someone is coming at you in a threatening/kidnapping vibe, pull out your phone and say "Facebook Live" and theres a good chance they'll walk away... Since it's "Live/streaming". You don't have to actually fidget to get FB Live up and streaming, just say that you are. (please do if your capable). It saved my 38 year old cousin from getting kidnapped while out walking her dog. She learned it from a 14 year old girl (friends with her parents) who was also almost kidnapped.

TheInfamousKt , Never Edit Report

Emerald Ocean
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow, I haven’t heard this before! Cool!

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#4

Turn All The Lights Off If You Suspect Someone's Outside Your House At Night

Turn All The Lights Off If You Suspect Someone's Outside Your House At Night If you think you hear someone outside your house at night, your instinct will be to turn all the lights on. You should in fact turn them all **off** for two reasons: First, with the lights off he can't see where you are or what you are doing. Second, you know your way around your house in the dark way better than he does, and if he gets in, this works to your advantage.

Huskerdu42 , Ben Lovell Report

Sweetpotato314
Community Member
2 months ago

I have broken my big toe three times walking around my house at night, so this one may not work for me!

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#5

Keep Attention At All Times

Keep Attention At All Times Awareness is a tool. Use it.

When you walk into a place you've never been, take note of everything around you.

When you meet someone new, pay attention to them.

When things are sketchy in any way, pay attention to them.

If you keep attention at all times, you'll rarely be surprised by anything.

BeneficialCloud8280 , Gábor Bence Molnár Report

Fiona Parky
Community Member
2 months ago

This is actually the best advice. I’m pretty sure most people on here will have had a creepy feeling while talking to someone. Listen to that inner voice, it’s very often right.

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#6

Never Let Them Take You To A Second Crime Scene

Never Let Them Take You To A Second Crime Scene Never let them take you to a second crime scene: If they're trying to abduct you, and you let them, the kidnapping becomes murder 99% of the time. Fight like hell no matter what.

caravaggio_was_metal , George Redgrave Report

Ms. Human Being
Community Member
2 months ago

And while doing that, also try to scratch then so you can get their dna under you fingernails

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#7

If The Tornado Looks Like Its Not Moving Its Headed Right For You

If The Tornado Looks Like Its Not Moving Its Headed Right For You If the tornado looks like its not moving its headed right for you

anon , Aiko, Thomas & Juliette+Isaac Report

SoloDadof3
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Also, a tornado close to you sounds like a train going by (without the horn blaring). So if you hear this outside your home, GET SAFE NOW!!

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#8

If You Think You May Be Having A Heart Attack, Take An Aspirin

If You Think You May Be Having A Heart Attack, Take An Aspirin If you think you may be having a heart attack, take an aspirin. Actual aspirin, like Bayer.

Edit: many people are pointing out to chew it so it’s faster acting. Sorry for leaving that part out.

Simply827 , Tauralbus Report

SoloDadof3
Community Member
2 months ago

This is VERY true. Try to have some available (keep in car, at your desk, etc.). You can get the chewable 51mg over the counter in the US. -- But, DO NOT, and I repeat DO NOT take more than 160mg, this can cause other issues!

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#9

Believe That Gut Feeling That Something Is Wrong

Believe That Gut Feeling That Something Is Wrong Believe that gut feeling that something is wrong.

clove02us , Holly Lay Report

Emerald Ocean
Community Member
2 months ago

Except for us overthinkers here we convince ourselves we have a gut feelings when we don’t or we don’t have ‘em when we do. How do u know you have a gut feeling?

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#10

Carbon Monoxide Can Travel Through Walls

Carbon Monoxide Can Travel Through Walls Carbon monoxide can travel through walls.

greygainsboro , HS You Report

Peter H
Community Member
2 months ago

OK, that’s creepy. (Says person whose bedroom is directly above a garage.)

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#11

Know Where The Exits Are

Know Where The Exits Are Know where the exits are.

OPENUPTHISPIT666 , Markus Tacker Report

Emerald Ocean
Community Member
2 months ago

Especially with the recent events, ALWAYS SCAN FOR EXITS IN ANY PUBLIC PLACE YOU ENTER

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#12

If Someone's Drowning, Use Something To Reach Out For Them To Grab Onto

If Someone's Drowning, Use Something To Reach Out For Them To Grab Onto Unless you have training don't try to rescue someone drowning by swimming to them, use something to reach out for them to grab onto. They will grab onto you out of fear and not let go and you may drown with them.

GooseNYC , Rebecca Siegel Report

Zero
Community Member
2 months ago

Reach. Throw. Row. Go (or Don't Go depending on your abilities). You can't help them if you die trying. Anyone drowning instinctively grabs onto anything around them and will absolutely climb on top of you while trying to save themselves, drowning you in the process. It's instinctual, not intentional. Approach from behind if you absolutely must approach. And if they dunk you, swim down & away; they won't follow. You can always hang back and let them tire themselves out until they can't fight you.

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#13

To Have A Safer Sleep In The Car Loop Your Seatbelt Through Your Door Handle Loop And Click It In

To Have A Safer Sleep In The Car Loop Your Seatbelt Through Your Door Handle Loop And Click It In If you have to sleep in a car, you can loop your seatbelt through your door handle loop and click it in for extra security.

Learned that from a truck driver

AceQuality_ , UpSticksNGo Crew Report

Kusotare
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm so relieved the baguettes are safe, too.

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#14

If You Have A Weapon, Know How To Use It

If You Have A Weapon, Know How To Use It A lot of people find it appealing to have a weapon on them and that’s a personal choice I won’t go into lol. If you choose to, whether it’s a knife, or a gun, or pepper spray, KNOW HOW TO USE IT!!! You will be amazed how quickly your knife can be turned on you if you don’t know what you’re doing with it.

I also heard a piece of advice that is sad, but probably effective imo. If you’re getting robbed or attacked or whatever, don’t just scream or yell for help. Scream and yell “help my child!” Yes even if you don’t have a kid. That’s more likely to draw someone’s attention, especially if you’re a man calling for help. Hope this helps someone.

thelesserdaughter , Björn Hansson Report

Queenie-Poo
Community Member
2 months ago

I told my daughter that if she's ever on her own (like if she's waiting at a rest area while traveling with her grandparents) and someone tries to get her in their vehicle, to scream THIS IS NOT MY PARENT.

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#15

Never Put Something In Someone’s Mouth If They’re Having A Seizure

Never Put Something In Someone’s Mouth If They’re Having A Seizure NEVER put something in someone’s mouth if they’re having a seizure. Try to turn them on their side, and place something soft like a jacket or pillow under their head while they have a seizure. If it lasts five minutes or longer call an ambulance. Source: 20 years of epilepsy.

GoodbyeFeline , Presidencia de la República Mexicana Report

Misty Tree
Community Member
2 months ago

If you don't know what you're doing, moving them could cause serious damage. Try to touch them as little as possible. Clear the area around them, instead of moving them. And check for a necklace/bracelet/shoe charm for medical alerts.

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#16

Make Eye Contact With People In Sketchy Places

Make Eye Contact With People In Sketchy Places People commonly say not to make eye contact with people in sketchy places. However, eye contact takes away the element of surprise, which is often an attacker’s first weapon/advantage.

ALTITUDE10K , madaise Report

Katherine Warner
Community Member
2 months ago

I was taught look at their neck. That way you show that you are aware of them but you don't trigger them into interacting with you by looking right into their eyes.

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#17

Don't Run After Punching A Kangaroo

Don't Run After Punching A Kangaroo If you're fighting a kangaroo, as you do, punch the kangaroo as hard as you possibly can, and don't run.
Running shows fear and then the kangaroo knows it can beat you.
The reason why you punch is because, in a kangaroos mind, any kick is way stronger than any punch. Let's say 10x stronger (I don't know exactly).
So if you punch them hard enough, they'll back down because they'll think you can kick them 10x harder than that.
If you didn't punch them hard enough, well, you're f****d.

IDunnoThatsKindaGay , Neil Turner Report

Emerald Ocean
Community Member
2 months ago

This is interesting. Thankfully I won’t be fighting any kangaroos soon!

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#18

Don’t Jog With Loud Music Playing On Your Headphones/Earbuds

Don’t Jog With Loud Music Playing On Your Headphones/Earbuds Don’t jog with loud music playing on your headphones/earbuds. Many people pass away from not being able to hear cars etc

funsized_ , Tony Alter Report

A.
Community Member
2 months ago

Just don't jog, unless it's to the fridge.

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#19

Don't Pull Out The Knife, If You're Lost, Stay Put And Don't Panic

Don't Pull Out The Knife, If You're Lost, Stay Put And Don't Panic A couple different things for different situations.

If you’re stabbed and the knife is still in, don’t take it out. It’s plugging a wound and stopping you from leaking.

If you’re stuck outside in the cold, especially if you’re lost, stay in place and try to stay out of the wind. Stationary people are easier to find. Also, no matter how warm you suddenly feel, keep your clothes on. Your body flash-processes glucose in a last ditch effort to keep warm right before you freeze to death, and it can make you feel unbearably hot if you’ve been freezing for the last couple hours.

Above all else, if you can’t remember anything else, “calm people live. Panicked people pass away.”

Sethrial , Johan Neven Report

Misty Tree
Community Member
2 months ago

Create signals people can see from far away. 3 Xs, 3 looooong straight lines, a bright flag, anything that sticks out in the natural environment. It is okay to move somewhere where there's access to water/shelter, but leave a big trail. Even just half broken sticks.

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#20

If You Get Abducted, Scatter Some Of Your Belongings

If You Get Abducted, Scatter Some Of Your Belongings In the case of an abduction, your best bet is to scatter some of your belongings, like an ID, on the ground. The possibility of tracking you down becomes that much greater that way.

booksoverppl , Heather Holmes Report

Madre_Dr4gnZFly
Community Member
2 months ago

I was told once that if someone grabbed me to vomit or urinate on them, if you can. Guarantee they drop you.

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#21

Keeping “Burners” Handy In Case You Are A Victim Of Armed Robbery Is Very Helpful

If you live and play in a big city or a place with a higher risk of crime, keeping “burners” handy in case you are a victim of armed robbery is very helpful.

That old phone you’re trading in? Hold onto it. Wipe it and carry it with you when you’re out. Also keep a burner wallet. Put 80-100 in it, with either a cancelled state Id (ideally with an old address, or even get a fake) or some older expired stuff and an inactivated credit card.

Keep your real s**t in a hidden pocket, boot, etc. if you do get robbed, calmly hand over the burner phone and wallet. The criminal will look inside, see some cash and a card, and then move on.

In almost all situations, losing some cash and a 4 year old iPhone is much better than losing your real s**t, having to go to the dmv, being without a cell phone to call for help, and having your credit cards used fraudulently.

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Zero
Community Member
2 months ago

One to find, one to keep.

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#22

Drink When You're Thirsty

Drink When You're Thirsty Drink when you're thirsty. Too many travellers pass away of thirst while literally carrying water. Rationing water may be appealing, but it's always important to drink regularly.

Town_of_Tacos , Mrs Airwolfhound Report

Misty Tree
Community Member
2 months ago

You want to eat normally at first, so that you have the energy to build your shelter. That way, you can huddle in it until they find you. Waiting expends very little energy. That's when you want to ration food.

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#23

Alcohol Gets A Priority Pass When Ingested After Antifreeze

This is something that happened to me a few years ago.

After a week of heavy drinking me and some friends were in the back of a car heading home. We were sleeping off our hangovers when I reached over groggily and gulped down a few gulps of my water. It took me a couple of seconds to realise the water was blue.

In fact it was actually antifreeze in a water bottle that he had kept in the back. Antifreeze is tasteless and so is actually easy to drink. I immediately panicked and let everyone know I’d just drank poison, we pulled over and I tried to make myself sick repeatedly but I couldn’t due to my adrenaline even with fingers down my throat.

I recalled in my college biology class that antifreeze itself isn’t poisonous, it’s what it breaks down into, if you can drink something that stops that from happening then you’re okay. I distinctly remember my teacher telling me that alcohol gets a priority pass when ingested after antifreeze and you should immediately drink it if this crazy situation should occur.

I ran to the boot and started chugging straight alcohol that was left over from the weekend, I think I drank a half bottle of whiskey which was probably too much. At the hospital they actually gave me a tiny bottle of Smirnoff I think.

I was quite hammered the rest of the way back singing songs in the car while my mates all had bad headaches, my hangover was delayed for a day and probably a lot worse but at least I didn’t die.

A little more, yeah the bottle was just a plain old water bottle, the car was old and leaked coolant and my friend worked with cars. I still to this day realise how stupid it was having it lying in the back seat, but drinking it is no doubt much stupider.

I sometimes feel like it was some kind of fate that I was taught that fact in school only maybe a year previously, also the driver was in the same class as me and so he immediately recognised what I was doing which was funny. The other guys must have thought I’d accepted my fate and wanted to go out on a high.

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Sweetpotato314
Community Member
2 months ago

It is incredibly stupid to have an unmarked bottle of antifreeze anywhere, but especially in a car.

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#24

If Bees Attack You, Run Away

If Bees Attack You, Run Away In the **extremely** unlikely event you are attacked by a swarm of bees, most adults can typically just outrun them, especially if you run into the wind. Do not stop running, some bees will chase you for up to a quarter mile. Do not try to hide under water, they will wait for you to come up for air.

XYZ-Wing , Charles Haynes Report

Emerald Ocean
Community Member
2 months ago

But what about those of us who are like… the slowest runners in the world and EXTREMELY clumsy lol

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#25

Take A Basic Life Support Class

Take A Basic Life Support Class Take a Basic Life Support class. 3 hours and around $60 will teach you CPR, how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), and the proper way to perform the Heimlich Maneuver. They teach adult, pediatric, and infant BLS in one course.

I've had my BLS card for 4 years, and I've had to use my knowledge 6 times. Worth it!! ❤

KitchenWitch17 , baronsquirrel Report

Emerald Ocean
Community Member
2 months ago

What about animal life support? Also, it’s hilarious how they used an alien blowup to practice on!

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#26

Do Not Add Water To A Grease Fire

Do Not Add Water To A Grease Fire Do NOT add water to a grease fire. (Not little known but it makes sense to repeat it giving how bad consequences can be for those who don't follow this advice).

louwish , Patrick Report

Emerald Ocean
Community Member
2 months ago

Basically… water on gas fire.. go BOOM. Basically it can cause explosions and the flame to grow larger.

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#27

If You Think You're Being Followed While Walking Outside, Pretend To Get A Call

If You Think You're Being Followed While Walking Outside, Pretend To Get A Call If you think you're being followed while walking outside, pretend to get a call and respond 'normally' and say something along the line that you'll meet soon. In the same scenario if you approximately know the person is slightly further behind and you round a corner.. run like an idiot to a more crowded or safer place. Go into a shop, bus, a group of people..hell even ring someones doorbell if you have to and ask to call the police.

Absolute worst case scenario if it's in the middle of the night and nobody is out..and someone is following you..smash/kick someone's car so it sounds a loud alarm..it could scare the stalker off.

burgundian_bananas , Ashlee Martin Report

Imperfect Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

If you’re alone at night, don’t just pretend to talk to someone. Have your local police and/or fire department’s desk Sargent’s/front desk number in your phone. Call them and tell them who you are, what you’re wearing, where you are, where you’re going, and how far away Point A to Point B is. You have to advocate for yourself! Don’t feel foolish or embarrassed and if you get sh!t for doing so, keep arguing with them till you get to Point B!

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#28

If You Are Being Attacked By Almost Any Predator The First Thing You Should Go For Is The Eyes

If you are being attacked by almost any predator the first thing you should go for is the eyes. Predators are smart animals and only hunt what won't maim them. If you go for the eyes of a predator it will mostly likely back off and reevaluate trying to eat you.

Only time a predictor will risk a vital organ to hunt ( aka eyes ) is when it is starving. Else it will back off knowing that if you do take out its eyes it will not be able to hunt anymore therefore starve.

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HeatherDPanda
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2 months ago

Go for the eyes If a human predator attacks you too!!

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#29

Never Use Cruise Control In A Rain Storm

Never Use Cruise Control In A Rain Storm Never use cruise control in a rain storm.

GlitzBlitz , Mark Doliner Report

SoloDadof3
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

This is true, because most cars cruise control do not account for tires slipping on wet ground, nor if it is muddy or loose dirt.

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#30

Pack Lots Of Clothes In Your Car During Winter

Pack Lots Of Clothes In Your Car During Winter Pack lots of clothes in your car during winter and keep your car well maintained.

shred-and-bed , Quinn Dombrowski Report

SoloDadof3
Community Member
2 months ago

Pack those clothes in SEALED waterproof bags, and always extra socks!

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