So if you are anything like me, perhaps you have become a little too paranoid for your own good.  How could you not feel that way with all those "gloom and doom" shows you can find on cable TV?  You know, the "Top 10 Ways the Earth Will End" type TV shows?  Boy, those are uplifting.

Apparently the most common gadgets in your home can be lifesavers in case of an emergency.  Straight from the Red Cross and the Daily Mail newspaper, Here 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.

So either stock up on these seven items, or be like me and turn off the tv the next time one of those "World is Ending" shows comes on.  It's no wonder I don't get a good night's rest.