Survival 101: For Want of a Nail, or “How I Lost Everything Because I Forgot One Thing…”

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Survival 101: For Want of a Nail, or “How I Lost Everything, Because I Forgot One Thing…”

There is an old proverbial rhyme that goes something like this:

For want of a nail, the shoe was lost…

Have you heard that one before?

Have you thought about what the author wishes us to understand?

Is it really about horseshoes and nails and kingdoms?

Not really.

This proverb tells us that dramatic consequences can be the result of small actions (or inactions, in the case of the proverb).

In order to do the big things, we must do the small things first!

Just for a moment, forget the imagery of knights jousting, swords slashing, and banners whipping in the wind.

Instead, think of yourself.

Have you done something (or not done something) that could have unimaginable consequences?

This site, The Survival Nut, is dedicated to preparedness.

Preparedness for things to come, or POTENTIAL things to come.

Whether it be the zombie apocalypse, financial ruin, or dirty West Virginia drinking water, we prepare ourselves and encourage others to do the same.

But, what if…

What if all of us have forgotten to do something that is so simple, so basic, that it has put all of our preparation, all of our assets,  and all of our lives in REAL DANGER?

What could it possibly be?

Let’s see…

I have all the ammo I’ll ever need…

I have locked, double locked, chained and locked all of my important prep materials…

I have a bomb-proof bunker under the house…

What could I have missed?

If you have already watched the youtube video (if the one on this page doesn’t work, here is a direct link: Kids and Character Fire Safety Introduction – video 1), you know what it is:

Basic prevention.

Preparing for the worst case scenario is a good idea; watching all of your belongings, including your preps, go up in smoke is not a good idea.

The victim in the video explain how his house fire began.  The homeowner changed the 9 volt batteries in THE SMOKE ALARM (oh, the irony!) and stored them in his garage for recycling at a later date.

Those batteries eventually shorted out by touching each other, which started a fire.


Up in smoke.

No humans, nor any pets were hurt, thank God.

Can you imagine if this had been your house?

All of your important and irreplaceable items (photographs, mementos) and your STASH OF SURVIVAL GEAR would be gone!




Needlessly so.

As the man in the video shows us, all we need is a little bit of common sense and some electrical tape.

The terminals need to be covered up on batteries in order to prevent a fire.  Use electrical tape.

It is that simple.

I tried to write a proverb about batteries and electrical tape, it just wouldn’t come out right.

Here’s the original horse shoe rhyme, with all of the verses:

For Want of a Nail

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

Don’t lose your ‘kingdom’ for want of electrical tape!

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