The Rule of Threes
THE RULE OF THREE’S
3 SECONDS – (MIND) the time you have to decide to escape or take action on an immediate danger.
3 MINUTES – (AIR) the average time you can survive without breathable air.
3 HOURS – (SHELTER) without it, time before you start dying from hypothermia (cold) or hyperthermia (heat).
3 DAYS – (WATER) the time before dehydration can claim your life because lack of water.
3 WEEKS – (FOOD) the time before you cannot do any daily necessary task because of lack of food.
3 MONTHS – (HOPE) the time without meeting anybody else before a solid depression catches you.
Less than 3 seconds of shut-eye behind the wheel could kill. Don’t believe me? Close your eyes for 3 seconds and imagine you are driving at 55mph. It’s a long time!
This is especially important for Search and Rescue Teams. Typically a call comes for teams in the middle of the night after a full day of 9 to 5 work. That call in the middle of the night might mean that the volunteers will be awake all through the night and possibly the next day tromping through the woods with full packs on.
If you are tired, it is better to get back in the car for a nap rather than a drive home.
If you keep in mind the Rule of 3’s before leaving for an outing, you will always be prepared.