Universal Distress Signals

Posted: May 15, 2012 in Tactics
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Things done repeatedly in increments of three are recognized universally as distress signals.  When sounds or visual things in increments of three are heard or seen they are recognized as a call for assistance.  Some examples of using repetitions of three as a distress signal are as follows.

  • Three toots of a car horn
  • Three blasts of an air horn.
  • Three flashes from a flashlight.
  • Three gunshots.
  • Three blows of a whistle.
  • Three loud bangs against metal.

Of course having a fully charged cell phone where cell phone reception is present is still the preferred way to go.  Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and carried with you at all times.

  1. makais says:

    Reblogged this on Makais Blog and commented:
    increments of three…good to know!

  2. rmactsc says:

    Glad I could be of help makais 🙂

  3. keepbuilder says:

    I didn’t know this rule of three. Great tip!

  4. I hadn’t thought about the three rule till you mentioned it, but you’re quite right and I can think of several examples now you’ve pointed it out. Nice one! Having been in a few sticky situations I now have my faithful mobile firmly in hand when circumstances dictate it would be sensible. I also have an SOS service on it for real serious emergencies.

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