How to Survive an Unnecessary Knife Fight

If you’re the type of person who prefers to walk around in a tuxedo with no gloves, you may have to be careful when taking a tumble. 

The American Society of Clinical Pathologists says the risk of a knife attack is approximately 10 times higher if a person is wearing a t-shirt with a white shirt. 

So while there’s no real way to know what a person will do in a stabbing situation, we should definitely be prepared. 

“If you’re going to be stabbing someone, wear a turtleneck or long-sleeved shirt,” Dr. Jennifer Lehrman, a member of the AASP’s Committee on Preventive Medicine, told The Huffington Post in a recent interview. 

She said that while she’s not a fan of “shoulder-to-shoulder” or “arm-to‑arm” attacks, she’s also not a huge fan of wearing a long-waisted, sleeveless shirt, either. 

Lehrman said that people with a history of heart attacks should consider wearing a neck brace and using oxygen masks, though she noted that the risk is much lower for people who are otherwise healthy. 

And even if you don’t plan on going down that road, it’s still good to know your options, especially if you have a history or are otherwise known to be a person who tends to be picky about personal hygiene. 

It’s best to just keep your hands and arms free, because if you do get attacked, it will be hard to defend yourself.

“There are a number of ways you can avoid being attacked,” Lehrmann said.

“The first and most obvious is to be very careful with your actions.

I don’t think anyone wants to get stabbed.”

 It should be noted that most knife attacks happen in public spaces, and most people won’t be able to see what’s going on, but you can still wear a mask, if necessary. 

In addition, Lehrmans advice about what to wear is based on what you think will be safest, and how you feel about yourself.

“I don’t believe people should wear what’s considered a ‘nice sweater’ and a ‘shoelace’ or anything that’s ‘soft,’ because it makes you look bad,” she said. 

Even if you’re not afraid of being stabbed, you should wear a full-face helmet and be careful not to fall asleep at the wheel. 

But don’t be afraid to go up for air.

“There are always a few people out there who are not wearing helmets and who are very fast and will probably do anything to get out of the way,” Lehlman said.

“The first thing I would tell people is, if you see a man with a knife, run.”