EDC (Every Day Carry) can save lives – Real world Example

EDC can save lives

If you are a prepper or preparedness minded individual, a common refrain you will hear from ‘normal’ people, about various EDC (Every Day Carry) items you have, is “Why do you have THAT?” and it is usually in reference to something fairly useful like knives or flashlights. Even more ironic is that they only usually know you have it because something has occurred that has given you cause to pull it out and use it, which should answer their question.

While having EDC items usually turn minor inconveniences into non-issues, they can also make the difference in life or death situations. Consider this incident in Quebec a few days ago1:

The Quebec coroner’s office is conducting an autopsy on Naima Rharouity, a 47-year-old mother of two who was killed after a piece of clothing she was wearing became caught in an escalator at a Montreal train station.
 Rharouity was at Fabre metro Thursday morning when the accident happened. It appears that she was traveling down an escalator when she fell. An item of clothing became stuck in the mechanism and tightened around her neck, strangling her.

Witnesses told police they saw the unnamed victim struggling to free her scarf after it got lodged in the teeth of an escalator on her way down to the subway platform.

‘While she was trying to pull up her scarf from the escalator, her hair got caught too and from there, everything got tied up at the end of the escalators,’ said Constable Jean-Pierre Brabant, of the Montreal police.

Commuter Bassam Joubarani told CBC.ca he saw two Good Samaritans rushing to the aid of the 48-year-old woman, who was lying unconscious on her back at the bottom of the moving stairs.

Joubarani recalled seeing the trapped victim still breathing, with half of her body resting on the escalator.

Based on the information in this article, it appears highly likely that this woman would still be alive if she or any of the people nearby had even a small pocketknife on them at the time. Any decent EDC knife would make quick work of any hair or clothing that was trapping her. You aren’t going to get a warning about when these types of things are going to happen, so if you want to be ready for them you have to be ready all the time. The only way to effectively accomplish that is to make sure your every day carry is actually EVERY DAY.



1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2550111/Pictured-The-woman-killed-horror-accident-scarf-trapped-escalator.html

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2 thoughts on “EDC (Every Day Carry) can save lives – Real world Example

  1. I agree totally. The scarf incident is particularly annoying to me as the current style of wearing a scarf is in a knot where someone could grab the scarf pull and choke instantly. In the story you post her hair and scarf get caught but it could be worse in an attack on a person wearing one.

    Carrying a quick access knife is a great idea and I really like EDC kits. I made the “Altoids” box kits for my family this year for Christmas presents. Folding scissors like the Leatherman RAptor would be a good idea instead of a knife. It has a glass breaker, strap cutter and other devices. But a knife is way faster and both items would be even better still.

    Great blog! Keep writing I really enjoy your stuff on youtube as well.

    1. Thanks. Body guards and security agents figured out that problem a long time ago, and many use break-away neckties with their suits that look like regular ties but are only held together behind the neck by velcro so if somebody pulls it it will just come off.

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