Anyone see that consumer reports were they tested those window smasher-seat belt cutters...holy cow was it hard to break a window with them or even cut through a seatbelt! (tseat belts are tough for a reason)Fire44 said:I am with everybody else. Forget the truck (they make new ones everyday), forget the trailer (they also make new ones everyday). Get the family out and get away from the rig. The seat belt cutter is a great idea, I carry a "escape tool" in my cars all the time and in my gear at the firehouse. It is a small "hammer" with a pointed head for breaking glass and has a seatbelt cutter molded into the handle. I don't remember where I picked them up but they do work pretty good, they will make quick work of a seatbelt. The pointed hammer does a good job on auto glass, if you think it is easy to break, go to a junk yard and give a window a try!!! (a spring loaded center punch works good on glass also but might be hard to find in a car after an accident)
This brings up an important point. We've had several fires this winter caused by improper use of radiant electric heaters. Specifically, the one's that look like a small radar dish. These heaters transfer heat through radiation, not convection (how the Outback furnace, and the small ceramic heaters transfer heat.) The heater directs an intense amount of heat at the objects in it's "line of sight" and heats them up, and if they are too close, and get hot enough, they can and will ignite. The fire below was linked to the use of one of these heaters....and I wonder if this was heater-related.