4 Survival Skills for Everyday Life
The suburbs can be scarier than you think. From nosy neighborhood animals to temporary power outages, you never know what minor mishaps might shake up your peaceful existence. Here’s how to combat whatever lurks around that cul-de-sac.
1. Foraging for Food: Lower Fridge Before A Power Outage
According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, when severe weather threatens, it’s wise to turn the freezer and refrigerator to their coldest settings. That way, if there’s a power outage your food will last longer. Try to pack as much food as you can in the freezer. A full freezer can last up to two days without power, but food in the fridge can start to go bad in four hours. Once power is restored, don’t forget to turn those thermostats back up.
2. Invading Beasts: Look at Things from Animal Eye-Level
In order to keep the vermin at bay, it’s a good idea to inspect the perimeter of your home and yard closely, as if you were an animal invader. Look for holes around the foundation where pests can enter. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, any opening larger than a quarter of an inch should be sealed up. Be sure to check out areas around porches, decks and even window air conditioning units. And don’t forget to look up. Animals can scale walls and trees, so trim those tree branches by the house; that way, they can’t use them as pathways into your home.
3. Random Injuries: Honey is a Sweet Salve for Treating Scrapes
The next time someone has a minor boo-boo, reach for the honey. The National Center for Biotechnology Information says it’s a great natural germ killer and antiseptic for cuts and scrapes because it contains hydrogen peroxide. The thick, viscous nature of honey also forms a natural barrier and even helps prevent scarring, too. And on top of all that, it can even work on antibiotic-resistant bacteria like MRSA.
But keep in mind, according to GreenMedInfo.com, it’s best to use honey made from the pollen of flowers from a tea tree bush or manuka plant, which is often grown in New Zealand. This type of honey often can be found at your local pharmacy, vitamin shop or natural food store.
4. Oncoming Darkness: LED Flashlights Last Longer
If your power goes out, battery-powered LED flashlights and lanterns are a good idea because they last six to 10 times longer than incandescent models, according to familyhandyman.com. It’s also smart to get some of those LED puck lights that are typically used for under-cabinet lighting. They run on batteries and can be placed in bathrooms, bedrooms and hallways so you and your family can navigate in the darkness without tripping.