Safety First – The Importance Of Avoiding Injuries If The SHTF

Safety. When times are normal or if the Stuff Hits The Fan, it’s critical to put safety first.

We always start any safety discussion by pointing out what we consider the obvious. The most likely non-natural thing that will kill us, right now, is an auto accident… and it’s not even close. SO… before we go any further, wear your seat belts. Preppers who don’t wear their seatbelt are our own Darwin Awards Nominees.

Right now, if you get hurt, you just go to the hospital. 

If the SHTF, you probably won’t be able to get medical help. The best way not to need help that may not be coming? Don’t get hurt.

If we are living in dangerous times, a trip to an overcrowded emergency medical facility may be anything from dangerous to impossible.  

We talk about it in this week’s podcast:

As Spice puts it “If you consider how many people died of simple injuries before good medical care was avialable, even if you’ve got those nifty little ‘prepper antibiotics’ on hand, there are a lot of bugs out there living on people’s skins, right now, that are resistant to those antibiotics…”

“You can’t trust that,” she continued, “It’s much better to keep that skin intact and to keep those microbes on the outside”.

The key to understanding what we are saying is this: Right now, when times are “normal”, when you do something that can get you injured you are just risking injury, If the SHTF, any injury is potentially fatal.

Take the US Civil War for example. As horrible as the war was on the battlefield, it was far more deadly off of the battlefield. In the Union army, for example, there were (according to estimates made in 1889) approximately 110,000 combat deaths, while there were 250,000 dead from other causes (the vast majority died of disease and infections from minor wounds). Many of the people recorded as combat deaths died later of their wounds after infection had set in. 

We know today what causes the infection, but if we are in a situation where we can’t do anything about it, then people are nearly as likely to die of a cut on their arms as they were in the 1860’s.

In the podcast, we talk about the following:

  1. Cutting tools: Use proper safety equipment, steel toed shoes, logging helmets and chaps to limit the risk of serious injury
  2. Fire safety: Fire is a real problem in a SHTF situation. Every time there is a power outage, there’s a huge spike in the number of houses to fall down. Do you know where your fire extinguisher is. If you get out the candles because the power is out, how are you isolating them so they don’t get knocked over by kids/pets/whatever? 
  3. Ladders & climbing: This includes climbing into and sitting in tree stands for hunting purposes.We personally know two different people who have died involving tree-stand accidents, and more who have fallen while doing dumb stuff on ladders.
  4. Hygiene: Hygiene is a safety issue, although on the surface it may not appear to be one. Poor hygiene was the biggest killer in the US Civil War, at time when the S most definitely HTF. 

Give the podcast a listen. 


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