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How a Scrap of Wood Can Save Your Life

Posted by John Baker on Apr 28, 2015 3:29:48 PM

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I was out cleaning the shed the other day when I noticed that pile of scrap wood, from projects gone by, is starting to accumulate again.  More times that not these scraps end up in a summer backyard campfire and serve as the fuel to roast hot dogs and marshmellows while visiting with friends.

But these same "worthless" scraps of wood could actually save a life.  Here's how...  If you are ever home and need to barricade yourself in a room in order to get away from a violent aggressor  the current interior doors of your home won't keep the bad guy out for very long.  A swift kick or a couple pushes with the shoulder and the door collapses. 

That scrap wood has just become a valuable tool to use that will buy you time until the police arrive.Here are few things you can do to improve your chances of survival when evil is knocking at the door.

  • Cut door wedges from scrap wood and place a door wedge in every interior room with an inswing door.  Consider installing velcro strips on the back of the door and hang the wedge there for easy access.  This simple wedge more than doubles the durability of your existing interior door.  For rooms with slippery floor surfaces glue on rubber backing to the base of the wedge so it grabs the floor and doesn't slip loose.
  • Replace the screws. Takes about 10 minutes per door.  Buy 3" screws at the hardware store and replace one screw at time with the new 3" screws for all your hinges and the lock.  Now your door hinges and lock are tied right into the framing of the house.
  • Be prepared to defend yourself.  You have replaced the screws, locked your door, installed the wedge and called 911. Now you wait for help to arrive.  Look for items that you can throw at the aggressor should they force their way into your room or seek a way to escape to the outside and run to a neighbor.

Most of us will never need to actually utilize these simple door wedges, but if you do you sure will be glad you have them!  If you want  to learn more about personal safety we would love to help you.  Give us a call.  This is John Baker for safetysolutions4schools.com.

image courtesy of www.hardwoodartisians.com


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