What would you do if you found yourself in a situation where your life depended on your every move? Would you be cool and calm under pressure? Or would you panic and lose the opportunity to survive a potentially life-threatening situation?
According to experts, if you’re faced with a life or death situation, the best approach is to have an action plan already in place. That way, you won’t have to stress about how to deal with the emergency and you’ll be able to handle whatever comes your way.
Take a look at these 10 dangerous situations and see if you’d know how to survive.
1. Falling Elevator
Though the chances of this happening are relatively slim to none, if you do find yourself trapped in a falling elevator, experts say to lie down flat on the elevator floor. The reason being is the impact is evenly distributed throughout your body. Granted your bones will still most likely break but statistically speaking you might recover faster.
2. Trapped In Freezing Cold Water
If you find yourself floating in the freezing water of the ocean or river with a life jacket, it’s a race against the clock to stay alive. Experts say it takes only 30 minutes for hypothermia to kick in so if you can follow the HELP method, it will keep your body warmer longer. HELP stands for Heat Escape Lessening Posture, which means crossing your arms over your chest and bringing your knees up to your chest. The idea behind this posture is to retain as much heat around your vital organs as possible.
3. Avoid The Bystander Effect
Psychological researchers say the bystander effect is real: if there is an accident, the more people crowded around, the less likely it will be for someone to step in to help. The reason being everyone is expecting someone else will jump in. Avoid this by actively making a decision to intervene in these types of situations and help.
4. Survive A Riptide
The general rule seems counterproductive but experts say don’t return the same route you swam in from. Allow the riptide to continue its cycle of approximately three minutes and let the water carry you back to shore.