5 Handy Survival Applications for Duct Tape (That You Might Not Think About)

In existence for more than 70 years, duct tape is still one of the top miracle products for fix-it-yourselfers. Over … Continued

In existence for more than 70 years, duct tape is still one of the top miracle products for fix-it-yourselfers. Over past few decades, it has been used by virtually everyone for just about everything. Here are some of the things duct tape can do in a pinch, that you may not have known about.

1. Fire Starter
Need something to help you start a fire in wet weather, or you’re just running low on tinder? A crumpled ball of duct tape will burn for a minute or two when lit with an open flame.

2. Rope
Even cheap duct tape has a lot of tensile strength, but a quick twist on the tape adds a great deal of muscle to it. Twisting duct tape into rope will give you a surprisingly strong cord that you can use for a host of survival tasks. A flat strip of ordinary cheap duct tape has a tensile strength of roughly 20 pounds, but twisting the tape can add significant strength. The really good duct tape may have a tensile strength over 50 pounds when twisted.

3. Hand Cuffs
If you needed to restrain someone, you can duct tape his hands together around a tree to prevent him from becoming a danger to himself or others.

4. Bandages
Place a sterile dressing over your wound, and strap it in place with duct tape. Hope you’re not too hairy where you got injured!

5. Sucking Chest Wounds
A gunshot wound or stab to the torso can create a tension pneumothorax, also known as a sucking chest wound. As soon as this traumatic injury is spotted, it’s critical to seal the entrance wound (and exit wound, if there is one) – otherwise the air entering the chest cavity will collapse the lung. Since duct tape sticks to bloody skin and it makes an airtight seal, it can be a quick fix for this life threating injury.

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