3 Survival Hacks If You Lose Power

Now that the hurricanes have left a lot of Americans underwater and without power, it'd be a good idea to know what you can still do without running water or electricity.

Here are 3 survival hacks by Van Prepper that cover tinder collecting if it's wet outside, flushing a toilet without running water, and making fire without matches or a fire starter.

1. Dryer Lint makes great tinder

If you're trying to start a fire after a big storm, it's going to be tough finding dry tinder outside. Lucky for you, your dryer is packed full of dry fire starting tinder.  It's called lint, and just one bag of it will start hundreds of fires.

Lucky for you, your dryer is packed full of dry fire starting tinder.  It's called lint, and just one bag of it will start hundreds of fires.

2. You can flush toilets without running water

When your water gets shut down, the common rule for most families is "don't use the toilets in the house." Nobody wants to eat or sleep in a house with full toilets. 

But that is just a myth. With a bucket of water, you can use good old fashioned gravity to kick start the pipes into flushing.

3. No fire starter? No problem.

If you don't have matches, a lighter, or some kind of fire starter, you're going to have a tough time cooking any food. Here are two ways to start fires with batteries.

Steel wool and a 9-volt battery

  • Find a 9-volt battery and a steel wool wash cloth.
  • Touch both positive and negative ends to the wool.
  • Put some tinder on top.

Chewing gum wrapper and a AA battery

  • Grab a gum wrapper and a AA battery.
  • Cut the wrapper down the middle to make a strip.
  • Touch an end of each strip to the positive and negative.
  • Add tinder when the wrapper catches fire.

Be sure to check out last week's survival hacks if you missed em'!

 


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