While your odds of having a heart attack are much higher than finding yourself in most of these scenarios, strange things happen every day. For example, almost 2.2 million people called poison centers for help in 2016. In 2015, 146,000 people died of injuries from falls, motor vehicle accidents, and other unintentional events.
In 2014, search-and-rescue rangers in our national parks responded to more than 2,600 calls, including for people who were also sick or injured. In 2015 alone, more than 5,000 people died from choking in the United States. While 90 percent of people struck by lightning survive, about 27 Americans are killed by lightning strikes every year. How do you keep yourself out of the statistics? Besides calling 911, here’s what to do in life-threatening emergencies when no one’s around to help.