In the realm of survival, separating fact from fiction is crucial to staying alive. While urban legends and misconceptions about surviving dangerous situations persist, relying on them can prove fatal.
Social media users shared their insights on misguided survival myths, debunking these misconceptions to ensure you don’t fall prey to dangerous advice.
Here are 15 survival myths that can get you killed if followed blindly.
It’s a common misconception that wearing less clothing is better in the desert. =The reality is quite the opposite.
Covering up during both the day and night is essential, as the sun can quickly lead to sunburn and dehydration. Additionally, desert nights can be surprisingly cold, increasing the risk of hypothermia.
Staying adequately covered can protect against both extremes.
The zigzag tactic against alligators may sound like a plausible escape plan, but it’s far from effective.
Alligators don’t chase prey for long distances. Trying to zigzag will only waste your precious energy, making it easier for the alligator to catch up. Instead, moving away calmly and swiftly in a straight line is best.
This advice is dangerously wrong. Opening windows during a tornado creates a wind tunnel effect that can lead to the entire roof being torn off.
Seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest floor, such as a basement, and put as many walls between you and the outside as possible.
The notion that moss solely grows on the north side of trees, to be used as a compass, is inaccurate. Moss can grow on any side of a tree, depending on environmental factors such as humidity, sunlight, and moisture.
Relying on moss for navigation can lead you astray.
Contrary to this myth, lightning can strike the same location multiple times, especially if it has found a path it likes to the ground. That’s why lightning rods exist – to attract and safely redirect lightning strikes.
The idea of changing your voicemail message before going out is flawed. To change your voicemail, you’ll need to be connected to a cell tower, in which case, changing your VM is probably not the best way to ensure you’re rescued.
In an emergency, your top priority should be reaching out for help. Instead, inform someone you trust about your plans, set up a check-in time, and rely on the emergency number, 911, which works on any cell tower.
Contrary to popular belief, swimming away from a curious shark might escalate its curiosity further. Instead, try to calmly and carefully redirect the shark by running your hand along its side and positioning it to swim away from you.
Birds can fly for various reasons, and they may not always be leading you to water sources. Relying on birds as a water-finding guide might leave you high and dry.
Sound does not trigger Avalanches, so staying quiet won’t prevent them. Instead, focus on learning proper avalanche safety protocols and equipment when venturing into avalanche-prone areas.
Dehydration can be deadly. Don’t wait too long to hydrate.
Drink when you’re thirsty and actively search for more water sources if needed. Rationing water excessively can lead to severe health risks.
Water may look clean, but it can still contain harmful pathogens. Always treat water by boiling it, using water filters or purification tablets to ensure it’s safe to drink.
Animals can consume foods that are toxic to humans. Avoid eating unfamiliar plants and berries without proper knowledge or guidance to prevent poisoning.
Alcohol can give a false sense of warmth but increases the risk of hypothermia. In cold environments, it’s best to avoid alcohol consumption.
Taking shelter under trees or gazebos during a thunderstorm can be extremely dangerous, as they can attract lightning strikes or even catch fire. Stay indoors or seek shelter in a secure, enclosed structure.
If you’re involved in a severe car crash and suffer injuries, avoid moving unnecessarily. Moving limbs or adjusting your body can worsen injuries, potentially leading to internal bleeding or other complications. Stay still and call for emergency medical assistance.
Debunking these survival myths can help you make better decisions and improve your chances of surviving challenging situations. Always prioritize factual knowledge and preparation to stay safe in the face of adversity.
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This article originally appeared on Ash & Pri.
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