How can you extricate a victim from a car wreck?

When Missouri drivers get into crashes, it’s always best to call authorities to the scene immediately. But what do you do if you’re in a situation where another vehicle’s occupants need help right away, and you don’t have time to wait for emergency help to arrive?

Situations like this can occur if a vehicle is on fire and the people within need to escape immediately. This is where you may need to extricate them, if you are able to. Fire Rescue Magazine says that certain tools are most helpful for vehicular extrication, like Res-Q-Me or spring-loaded punches. However, in a pinch, you can break in through the side windows with tire irons or other sturdy objects that can be used to pry at the weak points in the glass. Just beware of laminated glass, which can react similarly to windshield glass and may not shatter upon impact.

There are other methods of breaking into a car to rescue the passengers as well, but generally speaking, your best bet without the proper tools will be aiming for the weaker side windows. Be sure to go for the window furthest away from the person you are rescuing. If they’re conscious, make sure that they stay out of the way to avoid a potential shower of glass. If the victim is able to leave on their own, they should be alerted to the fact that the glass that may cut them in their exit. If you need to help them out, make sure their head and neck remains supported.

While the proper emergency help is crucial in these situations and they should be called to the scene regardless, sometimes acting in their stead is unavoidable. Quick thinking and the knowledge of how to handle a fire rescue safely can end up saving someone's life.

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