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Some Household Items That Could Save Your Life

The most common gadgets in your home can be lifesavers in case of an emergency. Here, from the Red Cross and the Daily Mail newspaper, are seven things you'll need when a crisis strikes:

  • Paper Bag -- Inhaling and exhaling 10 times while holding it over your nose and mouth can stop a panic attack.
  • Juice Glass -- To easily remove an insect from someone's ear, pour a glass full of warm water into it. The bug should float to the surface.
  • Milk -- If you knock out a tooth, put it in a container of milk until you can get to your dentist. The milk is a neutral solution that will keep the tooth from drying out, increasing the odds that it can be reinserted.
  • Yellow Pages and a Mop -- Touching someone who's been electrocuted can give you a severe shock. To insulate yourself, stand on a phone book, then move the electrical wire away from the victim with a wooden mop handle.
  • Bed sheet -- An adult suffering from heatstroke should be wrapped in a sheet soaked in cold water.
  • Pantyhose -- To support a broken collarbone, wrap a pair of pantyhose around the person's neck. Tie loosely in a figure 8 at chest level and place the person's hand in the bottom loop.
  • Credit Card -- When a bee or wasp stings you, gently use a credit card to scrape the stinger out of the wound, then put ice on the area to reduce swelling.

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