Save Someone From a Burning Car

Posted by: Judit

2014-05-25

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Save Someone From a Burning car

It's late, and you're driving on a desolate highway. You see an orange glow in the distance‚ fire. Soon, you arrive at the scene. A car with a crushed front end has flames spilling from under the hood, and someone's trapped inside. You call the fire brigade and….create a safe zone.
  • Several people die every year because of secondary collisions. So block the site with your own car and flip on the hazards.
  • Arm yourself with a tire iron and, if possible, a fire extinguisher, and don gloves and protective clothing.
  • Walk‚ don’t run‚ toward the crash. Running can cause an adrenaline and endorphin rush, and kill clear thinking.
  • Fight the fire. Stand uphill and upwind of the flames and discharge your extinguisher along the base of the fire. No extinguisher? For a small blaze, scoop up snow or dirt to snuff the flames.
  • Gain access. If the doors are locked, smash the window farthest from the victim by striking it low in the corner with your tire iron.
  • Free the victim. Normally, you shouldn’t move a crash victim, but if fire still threatens, hook your hands under his armpits, cradle his head and neck in your forearms, and gently drag him to safety. Keep the victim’s head and torso aligned as you move him, in case of a head or spinal injury.
  • On TV, when a car catches fire you usually get this huge explosion. Reality is less dramatic: When fire builds up pressure in the fuel tank, the valve shoots off and a jet of fuel comes out and catches fire, but the car won’t explode.

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