What to do if Oil Catches Fire While Cooking

Fire While Cooking

Seeing a fire start on your stove while cooking is terrifying, and your first instinct may be to douse the fire with water. But water on an oil fire is a huge NO! 

Knowing how to deal with an oil fire while cooking, generally known as a grease fire, will ensure that you can safely extinguish the stove fire without creating a more dangerous situation.

How to Put Out a Grease Fire

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries. It is important to know how to put out these fires safely and effectively.

  • Cover the fire with a metal lid or a cookie sheet.
  • Turn off the stove burner.
  • Pour salt or baking soda onto the fire.

What NOT to Do to a Grease Fire

Fires that begin in oil are not extinguished like other fires. Some things can cause the oil to spread, making the fire bigger. Some things may react with the fire, creating even more chaos.

DO NOT use the following items in the case of a grease fire:

  • Water. Water can actually spread the fire. Never put water onto a grease fire.
  • Baking Products. Even though things like cornstarch and flour resemble baking soda and salt in looks, they are not suitable for putting out grease fires. ONLY use baking soda or salt to smother a cooking fire.
  • Your Hands. Whatever you do, do not attempt to move the fire someplace else. If you pick up the pot that is on fire, you can splash the fire on other places, increasing the chance of spreading the fire.

See how to put out a cooking fire here: 

Many fires begin in oil while cooking, and these fires can easily be put out. The key to making sure a grease fire doesn’t spread is to stay calm and put it out properly. If the fire becomes out of control and starts spreading, immediately call 911 to get help.

What to do When Approached by a Service Dog

Service Dog

It is a common practice to never approach a service dog. They have jobs to do, and they are not there to be ogled and petted. But what do you do when a service dog approaches you? If a service dog is alone, there is a high chance that its owner is in danger.

Pay Attention to the Dog

Most dogs that people have come in contact with want to play, but a service dog has a job – to protect his owner. This is why it is important to pay attention to the service dog; it could be trying to get help for his owner.

Typically, a service dog that is trying to get your attention to help his owner will nudge your leg with its nose. He won’t jump or bark because he is trained not to. Any time a dog that is wearing a vest approaches you and he is not accompanied by a person, you should follow him.

See puppies training to be service dogs here: 

Know What You’re Looking For

When you follow the service dog, you should be aware that you are looking for a person that is in distress. Service dogs help people with many different conditions and illnesses, so it’s important for you to be prepared to deal with a possible life-threatening situation. Have your cell phone ready to call for help in case the situation is dire or more than you can handle.

If you cannot find the owner of the service dog, call 911 immediately. In this situation, it’s recommended that you stay next to the service dog while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive, so you can provide them with any information that they may need.

Service Dogs are Lifelines

A service dog that is alone is almost always the result of his owner being in distress or otherwise compromised. Throw the traditional teaching of staying away from service dogs out the window, and always follow a service dog that approaches you because he is most likely looking for help.

How to Survive Without Food and Water

surviving without food

It’s a little known fact that humans can survive up to three weeks without food, but they can only last 3 to 4 days without water. Some would think that food would be the most important to our bodies because it gives it the energy it needs to function. However, water is more crucial. No matter which one is more important, both are needed for survival.

Finding Water Sources

Since water is the more urgent need, it’s wise to secure a water source before searching for food. Be aware that sweating makes your body lose fluids, so conserve all the fluids you can by limiting physical activity during your search.

  • Find a nearby stream, river, or lake. The water may not be the freshest or best-tasting, but it will suffice for your needs. One way to find small, hidden bodies of water is to follow trails of animal tracks.
  • Find snow or ice. Melt the snow and ice before drinking it as a liquid because really cold liquids can increase the chances of dehydration.
  • Find a banana tree. If you are in the jungle, you can use a knife to cut into a banana tree and make it “your personal water fountain.”
  • Find a cactus. In the desert, you can cut the pulp out of a cactus to squeeze the liquid into your mouth or you can suck on the pulp to get the moisture, but do not eat it. Additionally, you can search downhill to look for areas holding water.

See how to find water in the wild here: 

Preventing Starvation

How long you can survive without food depends highly on your water intake. Therefore, if you are without water, you have significantly less time to survive without food. In addition, other factors like body composition, metabolic rate, and activity levels will affect the amount of time that your body can survive without food.

Keep in mind that you do not need a 3-course meal to survive. You can find sustenance with different plants and berries. You can also eat bugs! Bugs like grasshoppers, earthworms, ants, dragonflies, and scorpions can actually help you survive when you cannot find any other food.

Hydration Above All

All in all, when you find yourself without food and water, remember to focus on finding water first. This will increase your chances of survival by extending the time you can go without food and giving you the energy needed to find things that you can eat.

How to Survive Being Tied Up

Being Tied with a Rope

Most of us have a fear of being bound in a way that prevents us from escaping. There are some ways to prevent yourself from being trapped by being tied up.

Tips for Being Tied Up

If you are in a situation where you know you are going to be tied up with rope or some other material, there are some tips available to help make sure you are not rendered helpless.

  • Position your body in such a way that you cannot be tied too tightly. For instance, you can position your hands holding both knuckles together and pull them close to your chest to create a gap between your wrists, and it will still look like you are cooperating.
  • Make exaggerated sounds as if you are being hurt. Some captors will not tie their knots as tight if they think they are hurting you more than necessary.
  • Tense all of your muscles while you’re being tied up. This will cause slack to appear in the rope when you relax your body.
  • Attempt to free your hands first. Freeing your hands will allow you to free the rest of your body faster. If you cannot free your hands, remove your shoes and try to free your feet first.
  • If you are being bound with something that is easily cut, like duct tape, find a sharp corner and saw through the tape.

See a Navy Seal show how to escape being tied up here: 

Work Quickly, Quietly, and Diligently

If you are being tied up, chances are you are in a compromising position. Because of the danger you are in, it is crucial to work quickly, quietly, and diligently. Do not bring more attention to yourself than necessary. Pretending to cooperate can also improve your chances of being left alone and able to break out of your binds faster. As in any situation that requires intense focus and concentration, make sure to take deep breaths and remain calm.

How to Trim Shrubs with the Hedge Trimmer

Trim Shrubs with the Hedge Trimmer

One of the most satisfying things to do in life is to relax by the street, looking back at the beautiful landscaping job that you’ve done in your yard; but how are you supposed to feel when your bushes are all lumpy and lopsided?

This guide will help you learn exactly how to make the best shrubs you can make.

Misshapen and Unkempt Shrubs

Shrubs do not grow uniformly. Rather, they grow more on whichever side gets the most sun. This means that certain parts of your shrubs are going to constantly be twisting and contorting into undesirable shapes and non-uniform sizes.

By using a hedge trimmer, you can correct these problems as well as sculpt the shrubs to match your preferred aesthetic.

Hedge Trimming with the Hedge Trimmer

Whenever using a hedge trimmer to trim hedges, make sure to wear safety gloves and safety glasses. This will prevent unwanted harm to the hands or eyes.

The first step is to begin at the bottom of the shrub and work your way upward. This gives the appearance of a natural, uniform growth structure to the shrub. 

Once that’s done, trim from the outside in, focusing around the top. This will leave the bottom of the bush with a nice, full look while the top is carved into a rounded, button-like aesthetic.

Depending on the bush, there might be other steps along the way, either before or after these. This is just the general two-step strategy used in most landscaping.

Conclusion

With this general knowledge at your disposal, your bushes are already one step closer to greatness. Applying these techniques to your lawn just might give you that competitive advantage over your neighbors that you’ve been searching for.