Long Lost Survival

Survival skills are found in the most unexpected of places. A lot of the survival tips we come across today have been passed down from generation to generation. Sadly, these survival skills seem to fall by the wayside as time goes on.

We’ll discuss some of these long-lost survival skills everyone needs to know.

How to Detect a Gas Leak; A gas leak is a dangerous situation which can blow up your house if not attended to immediately. To detect a gas leak, all you need to do is paint a strong soap solution on the suspected pipe to produce bubbles from the escaping point. Once you detected where the escaping point is, you can fix the problem straight away.

Using coins to measure; So, you’re out in the wilderness need to measure something but have no measuring tools with you. Check your pockets for some spare change. A penny, for example, weighs around 2.5 grams and has a 19.05mm diameter.

How to pick up broken glass; Accidents happen and sometimes, you can’t avoid breaking a glass. To clean up the broken pieces, use a soft damp cloth to ensure the small splinters are picked up as well. Ideally, you should use an old rag so you can throw it away with the broken glass once you’re done.

Treating a sprain; If you sprained yourself, get some cloth you could use for wrapping and a cold water in a jar. Elevate the sprained joint then wrap it with the cloth. Put the cold water in a jar higher than the sprained joint and get a strip of cloth. Place one end of the cloth in the jug while the other should rest upon the wrapping of your sprained joint. If you have oil or liniment with you, rub it on the injured joint as the sprain gets better.

Removing a splinter; Extracting a splinter with your fingers or tweezers can be painful, but there is an easy way to do this with less pain. All you need is a wide-mouthed bottle filled with hot water. Ensure the hot water is up to nearly the bottle’s brim then press it tightly against the affected part. This will create a suction, pulling down the flesh while the steam of the hot water will draw out the splinter.

Removing foreign particles from your eye; When you’re out in the wild, you’re most probably faced with strong winds… which means you might accidentally catch a foreign particle in your eye. You can easily get rid of this foreign particle by dropping castor oil in the corner of the affected eye. If in case the foreign particle is of lime or mortar, rinse your eye with weak vinegar and water.

We’ll discuss more of these old-school survival tricks in our next piece.

Always Safe, Always Prepared

Frank Mitchell


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