Even though I don't blog about it much anymore, I'm still working on my emergency preparation/survival skills. Recently, I purchased fire steels. I had been wanting to add these to our supplies for some time now because I realize that there are situations where matches wouldn't really work (like if the conditions are wet). I was having trouble figuring out how to create sparks with the fire steel despite following the directions. Luckily, there's YouTube. Sorry I couldn't embed the video but Ray Mears, who does the video, has some other really good videos available on YouTube. (Another interesting channel I found is NaturalBushCraft.) Not only did I learn how to use my fire steel, I got a tutorial on how to start a fire, an invaluable survival skill. It's really cold right now but I'm really looking forward to the spring so that I can practice starting fires in the backyard.