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Old 02-06-2014, 09:02 PM   #1
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Escape Window Prop Can Save A Life

A simple three dollar purchase could save a life! I recently attended a seminar by Mac the Fire Guy at Quartzsite AZ. One component of that was demonstrating an escape out of the bedroom window. Mac explained at best you have 40 seconds before being overcome by smoke, fumes, or flames. Practicing this escape ahead of time greatly improves your chances of survival.

Mac McCoy stated that success going out a hinged escape window is greatly increased by having a very simple device at hand. A window prop keeps the heavy hinged window up and away from you as you pass through the escape window. He also mentioned to have two props in case you drop one outside and keep them handy to the escape window. Use a heavy blanket across the bottom window frame to cushion against abrasions.

So I went to Home Depot and purchased a 4' piece of 1/2" wooden dowel and four rubber caps. After measuring what length needed, I cut two props out of the dowel and capped them with simple rubber caps (optional). Using velcro, they are now attached to the wall directly below the escape window.
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You will want a rope ladder under the bed as well. Its a long way down and if you break something and can't move away from a fire due to the pain; you are still in trouble.

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I think thats a great idea George.
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We can never hear that enough. I went to Mac's seminar twice and wrote a similar thread back then. Thanks.

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Here is my solution to the problem! I would be concerned that the dowels might slip out easily, dropping the window on me!

Escape ladders aren't for fat folks!
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:47 AM   #6
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On our old Southwind, the escape window is plastic and quite light. I removed the little screws that prevent the window from sliding out of its channel.
Open, slide to the driver's side and the window falls away.

The toilet room has a 20x20 escape hatch and it's left foot on the toilet, right foot on the counter and up you go.

Practice often, even if it's visualizing. Keep things lubed and free.
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:33 PM   #7
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Great thread, especially for us newbies! Never even thought of a fire, until I began reading up on refrigerators!

Window props, new extinguishers and smoke detectors on the list now!!
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Good thread, have the rop and wife went out the window on concrete! No need for a ladder, no time. My wife is only 4ft 10in, went out with no trouble. Mac is a great guy, attend his seminar every chance we get. He is very passionate about his job! You owe it to yourself to practice saving your life at least once!
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The average time for a 10 X 50 mobile home to go from fire ignition to fully-engulfed is 4-6 minutes; by that time anyone inside is likely dead from smoke and heat inhalation. It's logical, a MH being smaller will go faster.
Mac is a very knowledgeable man, enjoys his profession, and has made living in an RV much safer for those who pay attention to his advice.
Motorhomes have the majority of fires, most of those start in the engine compartment. I have 4 extinguishers in our MH/RV, their purpose is to buy enough time to escape to outside. After that, it's the insurance companies problem.

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