For a lot of people, outlets are just…there. You plug stuff into them, the stuff turns on, and everybody’s happy. But what if there’s a fishy smell coming out of them? It can happen, believe it or not. If you have outlets that you don’t use regularly – we’re talking at least once a year – then you might want to give them a sniff.
Some faulty outlets and bad electrical wiring can create what many people call a “fishy smell,” and you might want to get the wiring tested. Otherwise, you could have an issue on your hands.
Use a Shirt as an Emergency Sling
Hopefully, you're never in a situation where this becomes necessary, but if your buddy breaks an arm or collarbone and you have an extra shirt handy (or a shirt in general), here's something you can do.
Pass the head (just the head, not the whole body) through the top hole, then put the injured arm through both of the shirt's armholes. Adjust as necessary for maximum comfort and keep the arm close to the body. It will work in a pinch, but it's best to find medical help as soon as possible.
Getting Out of a Sinking Car
While it doesn't happen often, we're all a little scared of hitting some ice and skidding into a river. It's hard to act right if you're in panic mode, but here's what you can do if you find yourself in this scary situation. Headrests on seats have a pair of metal prongs that can be used to break open a window.
Make sure you unbuckle your seatbelt first and watch out for flying glass. Opening the door can be hard due to the water pressure, so this will mean you always have a way to escape your vehicle.
Block Frostbite Using Baby Oil
Spending a long time outside in the cold is something we all have to do at some point, even if it's just shoveling the driveway. If you're the kind of person that will spend hours and hours in sub-zero temperatures, it might be a good idea to keep a bottle of baby oil on your person.
Apparently, putting baby oil on your exposed skin can reduce the chance of getting frostbite, or at least reduce the severity if you do get it. Putting it on your toes, fingers, and other extremities will help the most.
A Tip to Avoid
If you spend a lot of time scrolling through survival tips, you might have seen one about putting peppermint oil on ticks. Don't do this!
The tip says that the oil is to prevent the tick from latching on, which might be partially true, but that wonderful peppermint oil is going to increase salivation in a tick – that means if there's a tick latched on, it will have a higher chance of spreading dangerous diseases.