For over 30 years Lifehammers have been used to help break people out of vehicles. Indeed for a lot of vehicle manufacturers, a Lifehammer is a legal requirement. It is worth knowing how they work and it is well worth considering investing in one so that you have something to help you break out of your vehicle in an emergency.
Why Would You Need a Lifehammer?
Firstly, all Lifehammers have a seatbelt cutter. Seatbelts are usually there to keep people safe. The problem is if a car crashes then there is a very real danger that you could get stuck. Equally, if there is a fire in your car and you need to get away then every second can count and it may be better to cut your way out than wait to release the seatbelt.
Secondly, you may have to break your way out of the vehicle. Having a hammer to hand could be vital to smash the window and get you and your fellow passengers out, thus saving your life and preventing injuries in the process.
How Do Lifehammer’s Work
If you have crashed your vehicle it is recommended that you cut your seatbelt first before trying to escape. A Solingen blade is designed to cut through a seatbelt with a single stroke. Once broken free you can then use the double-sided carbon steel hammerhead to break through the window. The design of the hammerhead means that the force of your swing is focused on the point of the hammer so you do not have to exert too much energy to shatter the glass
How to Use a Lifehammer
The first thing to do is to have the Lifehammer positioned somewhere convenient. Ideally, it should be positioned somewhere both front seat passengers can quickly access it in the event of an emergency and mounted using the provided mounting bracket, Velcro or double sided tape so you can quickly grab it when you need it.
Using it in an emergency is easy:
- Grip it by the handle with the hammerhead pointed up
- Loosen your seatbelt as much as you can before cutting it with the blade
- When cutting hook the seatbelt into the blade and pull up and down.
- You can then use the blade to release other passengers.
- Smash the window using the double-sided hammer (this should take two swings at the most). When smashing the glass remember to shield your eyes and tell other passengers to do the same (especially small children).
- Scrape glass away from the edges of the window as much as possible to prevent injuries while climbing out of the window.
- Young children should not be able to access a Lifehammer. However, older children should be taught how to use them in the event of an emergency.
Types of Lifehammer
- Lifehammer Classic and Platinum – These are the original Lifehammers and have been the standard for 30 years.
- Lifehammer Plus – The Plus is an updated version of the classic with a different look and non-slip handle. It also includes the Quick Click bracket.
- Lifehammer Evolution – The Evolution is different to the other hammers as it has a hidden ceramic point that fires when it is hit against the glass then reloads automatically. It also includes the Quick Click bracket.
If you do not have a Lifehammer in your vehicle now is the time to get one, they also make brilliant gifts for your loved ones.