In the big scheme of things, technology in general has extended all of our lives. MRI machines, ABS brakes, and even electronically-timed traffic lights are a few well-known examples of things that can and do extend most, if not all, of our lives. There are many items like this as well as items that more specifically extend our lives on an individual basis. Some have niche uses and some have more general applications but all can save a life.
Wander but don’t Get Lost
If you’re a hiker or a mountain climber or even a fisherman who likes remote spots, it’s a good idea to always tell someone where you’ll be and when you’re planning to be back. Now you can add to that safety plan by carrying a personal locator beacon (PLB). The beacon emits signals on two frequencies, one to help search and rescue personnel find you and one to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration so they know you need to be found. While you’re at it, you’re smart phone has a lot of bells and whistles to make sure you don’t get lost in the first place. Make sure it’s ready when you need it in a pinch by keeping a solar charger in your pack, too.
An Invisible Killer
Smoke detectors are a must-have in any apartment or house but a person, at least one that’s awake, will most likely notice by sight or smell that a room is filling with smoke and leave. A room filled with carbon monoxide (CO2) neither looks nor smells any different. CO2 is referred to as the “silent killer” for a good reason; it is extremely dangerous and a CO2 detector can save the lives of an entire family.
They’re Not All Just Numbers
For years now many health gurus have declared that the number you see when you step on the scale is not the end all and be all of whether you are healthy or not. However, state-of-the-art scales can big more than just your weight; they can also measure your body fat percentage and Body Mass Index (BMI). Putting these three stats together, go over them with your doctor, decide if you need to make a change, and by doing so extend your life by weeks, months, and even years.
Water, Water Everywhere
Gong without food can get uncomfortable but you’ll be a lot worse off a lot sooner if you can’t find something to drink. Whether you’re on a month-long hike or just a day trip, carrying a filter straw can be a lifesaver. Drink directly from even a poor source and keep yourself hydrated and alive.