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How to Survive a Fall

Falling from a height of more than 100 feet might seem like a death sentence. Luckily, there are things you can do to increase your chances to live through a free fall toward the ground.


  • Step 1: Keep your muscles relaxed as much as you can. This will lessen damage done to your organs. You will probably suffer serious injury, but at least you'll be alive to tell about how calm, cool, and collected you were while plummeting from dozens or hundreds of feet above the ground.
  • FACT: On December 7, 2007, Alcides Moreno fell 47 stories from a window-washing platform in New York City and survived.
  • Step 2: Land on your feet. Think like a cat -- try to land on the balls of your feet.
  • TIP: If you can manage, aim for something soft to land on. Water is not the way to go.
  • Step 3: Grab on to something. If you are falling from a balcony or some type of platform, take a piece of that with you. The added weight will absorb some of the shock. If it something wide, like a plank of wood, it can create wind resistance as well, which will slow your fall.
  • Step 4: Bend your knees while you are falling. This will create some give when you land so that your hip bones don't shoot through your midsection and destroy your organs.
  • Step 5: Don't panic. Not so easy, but you need to keep your wits about you and think clearly to do what you have to do in order to survive. Decide that you are determined to live, and let your survival instincts kick in.

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