Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Safety Equipment Basics: 8 Items You Will Always Need

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Whether you live alone, are walking through a big city, or driving in an unfamiliar area, it is important to always remember safety procedures. Most of the time, actions taken to ensure personal safety fall into the "common sense" category, but there are also several pieces of equipment which are helpful to have on your person at all times.

In the Car

Many car accessories manufacturers sell kits containing a lot of tools that become necessary in the event of an emergency. For example, there are window-breaking hammers which can be mounted to your dashboard. These come in handy when you are trapped underwater or in an overturned vehicle.

Another piece of equipment important to car safety is a fire extinguisher. If your car catches fire, it can move to the fuel or oil lines and cause an explosion. Fire extinguishers remove that possibility.

First aid kits are also important to have at your fingertips. Wounds from car accidents commonly become infected, since most victims do not immediately stop the bleeding or cover the wound. To limit the ill effects of car accidents, first aid kits are a necessary part of your emergency equipment.

On Your Person

Flashlights are always a good thing to have immediately available. Small flashlights that can be connected to your key chain are good to bring around with you wherever you go. Walking along roads with a flashlight will also alert cars to your presence, so they will not accidentally hit you.

Pepper spray or mace is also important to have in case of animal attack or attempted assault. These, like flashlights, come in keychain form and can be easily carried anywhere you need to go.

A pen and paper are surprisingly useful tools in emergencies. You may need to write a note on a car you've accidentally backed into, write down your contact information for police or others involved in an accident, or even signal for help with a hastily-scribbled note to a stranger. In these circumstances, you'll be glad you remembered to bring your pen and paper.

In the Home

Extra batteries are always good to keep in the house. If the power goes out, you'll be relying on batteries for light and heat. Gallons or bottles of water are also important to have, in case your water turns off in the middle of a disaster. For a long-term water supply, keep a filter or chemical purifier in your home, so you can get clean water from natural sources, if it comes to that.

Always make sure you keep these essential pieces of safety equipment readily available. The world can be a strange, exciting and dangerous place, so be safe out there!


Informational Credit to Nutech Safety Ltd


Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. Her interests include urban exploration and indoor rock climbing. When not writing, she enjoys reading and baking.

12 comments:

  1. In the car (trunk) a shovel of some sort, kitty litter, water, and a blanket are also useful.

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  2. I SO AGREE SO MANY DON'T REALIZE IT'S THE SMALL THINGS YOU HAVE AROUND THAT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE OR KEEP YOU FROM FREEZING TO DEATH. THANKS FOR THE TIPS.

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  3. Writing is a good way to break the boredom as it can also be productive to the future...that is, if there are any current events to write about, lol.

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  4. THANKS FOR THE TIPS ALL VERY USEFUL

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  5. I don't see how one could survive for a long period of time in their home in an urban environment. Surely the gangs would scour every single building in their search for food, weapons, or whatever they are looking for. So eventually they would come to your house. And how long could you really hope to hold them off?

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  6. True enough. I am not sure of a place that would be totally safe. I would think that gangs would tend to go after the easier targets first and this should give you a chance to fortify or relocate depending on your situation.

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  7. Many are renting storage lockers away from their homes that hold their stuff. This might be an option especially if you need to bug out.

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  8. First thing to pack: The multVitamins vitamins & protein powders & powdered probotics: You can survive on highway junk food,. fast food or even edible weeds as long as your core supply has these items.

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  9. For short term emergencies, I'm hoping that's where neighborhood unity would come into play...but for long term disasters I'm sure you're right Noreen & Shane...comes a point when you have to make a choice to stay or go.

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  10. Just had a thought - in the "Guard Against Intruders" section of the article Emma gave suggestions to create an "intimidating façade"...I wonder if taping all my gun-range targets, with their middles blown out from my target practice, in the windows would help.

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  11. Wild food foraging is also essential- after reading the latest headlines, I'm convinced the US Government is on the verge of collapse- the less dependent you are, the better. Hot tip: Check out farmer's "road stands": I recently bought a huge box of Kale for $3!! ( We dry ours and add it to stews or soup) Zucchini
    is also a cheap buy, often sells for almost nothing, 50 cents each.

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