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