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How To: Survive a shark attack

Sharks. The first thing that comes to mind is "Jaws", Steven Spielberg's horrifying shark film that scared generations of young adults from entering the ocean waters. But not all sharks are as violent (and hungry) as "Jaws", so jump in the water and know a few guidelines to stay safe. Escape a shark’s jaws of death with these lifesaving strategies.

How To: Make fire with a magnesium fire tool

Do you want to learn how to make fire with a magnesium fire tool? Then all you need is a magnesium fire tool and this video. First of all, you need some kindling ready such as dry grass, small leaves, twigs, etc. Create a small pouch for the magnesium strips, then shave small pieces of magnesium into this pouch. Then, use your knife and move it against the flint side of the tool. This will cause a spark, which will catch on fire and the magnesium will assist in allowing this flame to grow. La...

How To: Survive a bear attack

Learn how to deal with a black bear or grizzly encounter with Shannon Davis and Ted the Bear. Black bears are distinguished from brown bears by lack of a prominent shoulder hump; a Roman profile or sloping nose and forehead instead of a dished forehead; and shorter, thicker claws for climbing versus longer, more slender claws for digging. Although brown bears are generally bigger, size is not a dependable indicator. Also, fetal position is often recommended as opposed to lying prone as shown.

How To: Avoid insect bites while hiking

Insects can be a big nuisance while you are hiking. Different parts of the country and different parts of the world have different kinds of stinging, nasty, biting insects. Preventing insect bites is easy with these tips. Get advice on backpacking, hiking, and the great outdoors in this how-to video.

How To: Treat poison ivy, oak, and sumac with jewel weed

Jewel weed is found in swamps lakes and wet places. This how-to video demonstrates using the jewel weed stems on the infected area until the bumps or blisters break open. Jewel weed has a chemical that neutralizes poison ivy, oak, or sumac oil, so it's okay to scratch with Jewel Weed. Jewel weed also works well on mosquito bites, burns, and skin diseases. Find out how to treat posion ivy, oak, or sumac with jewel weed by watching this video outdoor safety video.

How To: Read a map while out in the wilderness

This video outdoor safety tutorials gives tips on how to read a topographical map and how to use a compass, Global Positioning System (GPS) and topographical map so they all work together. Directional equipment can be misleading and end in getting lost if not used properly. Watch this instructional video and learn how to read a map while out in the wilderness and use a compass and GPS in properly in conjunction with the map.

How To: Purify water

Thoreau said, “Water is the only drink for a wise man.” Here’s how to purify yours when you’re out in the wild. To purify water, you will need a camp stove or campfire, water purifier, water purification tablets, and a container to collect the clean water. Learn how to make safe drinking water while camping or out in nature by watching this video nature safety tutorial.

How To: Avoid mosquito bites

The female mosquito feeds on blood so she can develop eggs, but in the process she can transmit disease. This video gives tips on how to avoid mosquito bites like avoid going out at dusk, application of repellent, wearing long sleeves and more. Avoid mosquito bites.

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