Emergency Window Hammer only £1 @ Poundland - Fire Safety
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Emergency Window Hammer only £1 @ Poundland - Fire Safety

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Found 12th Jan 2012
Following on the Theme of Fire Safety get a few little emergency window hammers from the pound shop and keep by various windows - double glazing is very resilient to damage and if you have oldish windows you wont have a MOE (means of escape window) fitted and it may prove hard getting out once you are awake with your new smoke detector fitted !

have you tried to see how far your windows open - could you get out if need be?
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any use on car windows?
I thought it was something elese :$
hope they dont sell it at my local one, crime is sure to go up
JohnnyUtah

any use on car windows?


There's actually one of these designed for cars which was on the gadget show years ago. It has a seatbelt-cutter on the handle and spring loaded hammer..

I don't think I could be trusted with something like that though,..... too much fun could be had.
tehwabbit

There's actually one of these designed for cars which was on the gadget … There's actually one of these designed for cars which was on the gadget show years ago. It has a seatbelt-cutter on the handle and spring loaded hammer..I don't think I could be trusted with something like that though,..... too much fun could be had.



This one looks like it has the selbelt cutter. I think these are designed for cars. I would have thought that most houses would have something nearby which you could break a window with without the need for a special device.
SuffolkLad222

This one looks like it has the selbelt cutter. I think these are designed … This one looks like it has the selbelt cutter. I think these are designed for cars. I would have thought that most houses would have something nearby which you could break a window with without the need for a special device.


yes but could you find something when the room is filled with smoke? if you place the hammer next to the window you will ALWAYS know where it is in an emergency.
Great find btw OP
a hammer from pound land, like it!
it is just a car version - but it works on all windows

its designed with a sharp point to puncture and shatter the glass if you thown something big at it , more than likely it will bounce off - give it a try and tell us the results:p
xJayJayx89

yes but could you find something when the room is filled with smoke? if … yes but could you find something when the room is filled with smoke? if you place the hammer next to the window you will ALWAYS know where it is in an emergency.Great find btw OP



Just place a regular poundland hammer next to the window? It also doubles as an actual hammer too :P
Is this for getting out or getting in?
This is mainly for kids who like the back of the bus...
Magic hammers on the back of the bus lol memories
JohnnyUtah

any use on car windows?


Depends on the type of glass.
Would this work on double glazing? Definitely intended for car use by the looks of it
tehwabbit

Just place a regular poundland hammer next to the window? It also doubles … Just place a regular poundland hammer next to the window? It also doubles as an actual hammer too :P



Ever tried breaking a double glazed panel with a normal hammer ?
I guess not
Smashing deal....hot
xJayJayx89

yes but could you find something when the room is filled with smoke? if … yes but could you find something when the room is filled with smoke? if you place the hammer next to the window you will ALWAYS know where it is in an emergency.Great find btw OP



It would be easier to find a piece of furniture in a smoke filled room, than a tiny hammer.
Personally this is cold, i would chuck my missus out of the window first to soften my landing ...
If your smoke detectors are in the right places they will let you know long before the fire develops sufficiently to prevent escape. There is a post today for Wickes smoke detectors, but many Fire and Rescue Services will provide and fit detectors for free. Having said that, for the price why not have one in every room!
Wouldn't it be easier to open the window?
No doubt the hammer will shatter on impact and a shard of hard plastic will slice into your artery. The resulting gush of blood can be used to put out the fire, thus making your death all the more worthwhile.
wanderer999

If your smoke detectors are in the right places they will let you know … If your smoke detectors are in the right places they will let you know long before the fire develops sufficiently to prevent escape. There is a post today for Wickes smoke detectors, but many Fire and Rescue Services will provide and fit detectors for free. Having said that, for the price why not have one in every room!



what if it was at the bottom of the stairs ?

And I posted the free smoke detectors from the fire service and strangely it got spammed
Edited by: "Janzbro" 12th Jan 2012
"what if it was at the bottom of the stairs ?"

- as in you are upstairs? Then if you have double glazing you should have a proper escape window on the first floor as part of the glazing......I know we have as it was required by law.....

However it couldn't hurt to have one, and I always have one in the car...
Edited by: "Vanabin" 12th Jan 2012
doesn't look like it's approved for double glazing , wouldn't want to take the chance.

Required by law now yes but not in the past and a lot of people dont have brand new double glazing with a means of escape as mentioned in the description

Vanabin

"what if it was at the bottom of the stairs ?"- as in you are upstairs? … "what if it was at the bottom of the stairs ?"- as in you are upstairs? Then if you have double glazing you should have a proper escape window on the first floor as part of the glazing......I know we have as it was required by law.....However it couldn't hurt to have one, and I always have one in the car...




Edited by: "Janzbro" 12th Jan 2012
hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Wouldn't it be easier to open the window?



try opening them when your car is on fire or in water !?

on not so serious note - a life saver from a poundland - I don't know if I could ever trust such thing although there is nothing to go wrong.
adigraham

Personally this is cold, i would chuck my missus out of the window first … Personally this is cold, i would chuck my missus out of the window first to soften my landing ...



Are you saying she won't break the glass but take out the whole frame with her? oO
Ozzie

doesn't look like it's approved for double glazing , wouldn't want to … doesn't look like it's approved for double glazing , wouldn't want to take the chance.



It will smash double glazing if it has toughened glass, but would only crack laminated glass, thought that can then be hit again and eventually pushed out. Most double glazing uses toughened, either way this would definitely help you get out better than not having it, and for a pound its not really worth ignoring.
hmmmmmmmmmmmm

Wouldn't it be easier to open the window?


Not all windows allow a person to escape.
wonder if they do a linux hammer
By the time you smashed a sufficient hole in a double glazed window with this you would be medium-rare.

Here goes another fire safety thread with the sole intention of getting the OP heat (no pun intended).
dstarastins

try opening them when your car is on fire or in water !? .



I'm not sure if you've ever tried to punch something underwater (or swing a hammer), but I doubt you'll be able to smash a window considering the drag force the water will exert on your hand.
TERRIBLE!!!

Nobed kids buy then and smah your windows for a laugh!!!
iTZzDaGr33K

I thought it was something elese :$



I bet the paramedics would be happy to see you then lol :P
If i had a hammer by every window in my house, with my kids.... I'd have no windows left.
ahhh! this type of hammer sure does bring back memories. defo work on car windows, trick is to hit dead centre. these used to be on the back of every bus at one point (_;)

nostalgia heat added!
This looks like a vehicle escape hammer. They don't have the weight to smash double glazing. There are double glazing escape hammers available like the life axe.
Having worked in construction twenty years clearly some advice is necessary.
Firstly, it is ridiculous to suggest most DGU's are made using toughened glass.
These tools listed are designed for toughened glass, glass in a door exceeding 250mm in width or within 300mm of a door, ie a sidelight or any glass within 800mm of FFL.
Document N1; Building Regs.
All other glass is float glass, and will simple crack if this device is used.
Contrary to the advice by some you would be better to throw something through float glass, like a chair.
These devices are excellent in the car, for all glass other than the windscreen which is generally now laminated.
Despite public opinion tough glass is not impossible to break but it is designed to break safely.
Laminated glass stays together but is easily broken, two sheets of 3mm glass with generally a 0.38mm thick interlayer bonding the two panes together.
Toughened is stronger but weak at the edges, when broken breaks into multiple small squares but stays together and as a result is pretty much opaque due to the fractures of each square, far from ideal at 70mph.



Edited by: "willhay555" 13th Jan 2012
Isit legal 2 drive with this in the car?
Ideal for use against burglars, as you have a good reason to keep one to hand.
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