Would you survive a plane crash?
2.5 billion people a year will fly with various airliners not realizing the risk involved with each flight. Whenever I step onto a plane, that's the first thing that comes to mind. I want to bring out some very important points about what you should do if a serious situation does ever arise, and how you can improve your chances in a disaster situation, giving you a greater chance of survival. After all 95% of plane crashes have survivors, makes flying one of the safest ways to travel.
Think about what you're going to travel in. Wear lace up shoes and long pants, try to keep your arms covered. this will all help if you do go down in a crash. Keeping your body covered will help against serious injury. High heels aren't allowed on the evacuation slide (for obvious reasons). Wearing open shoes such as sandals may also cause injury with broken glass and flammable liquids about (alcohol).
The simple answer to this one is make sure you know where your nearest exit is. When you get to your seat, count how many seats it is to the nearest exit. If you want to stretch your legs or go to the toilet take this time to count again. Knowing your way to the nearest exit may save your life. When a plane crashes most people panic and freeze not knowing what to do. It's at this particular point that you need to make the split second decision and get off the plane. Even the cabin crew may be in shock. The sooner you act the better.
Airplane Safety Information
Ignore this at your peril. Read it more than once, knowing how to open the door, if the nearest crew member is badly injured or dead could be a life saver.
Many people take the decision of taking their seat belt off once the plane has finished climbing and the seat belt sign has been turned off. Which is fine if you need to go to the toilet . But if something happens and you start to plummet to the ground, your going to be thrown around the cabin like a rag doll. The seat belt will help deal with the G-Force you'll feel. Remember to keep that seat belt snug and quite tight against your body. If your belt is lying loosely around your stomach you have greater chance of sustaining serious injury.
Assuming the Brace Position
The point will come when you know the plane is going to crash. Make sure your seat is in the upright position. There are two brace positions to take in this instance:
- If you can touch the seat in front of you, put your hand palm down on the back of the seat. Place your other hand palm down over that hand, and then place your forehead over your hands. You're also recommended to lace your hands behind your head and tuck your upper arms along the side of your head.
- If there is no seat in front of you, bend forward rest your chest on your thighs, place your head between your knees, then grab your ankles. Making sure your feet are further back than your knees. This will reduce your chance of serious injury.
If the cabin is damaged or compromised, you will have a window of 15 seconds. This is less if you smoke or may suffer from respiratory problems. Put your mask on immediately otherwise you'll pass out and will be rendered incapable of doing anything.
Smoke and Fire Protection
Smoke can be one of the biggest killers in a crash. Use a moist cloth if possible, if not a piece of clothing to cover your nose and mouth, otherwise you may end up inhaling thick toxic smoke.
Now that you've taken this information on board, the next step is to exit the plane quickly and safely as possible. Leave any belongings behind, no possession is worth your life.. Take notice of everything the attendants will tell you, let them do their job. Get quickly and safely.
So try not to panic (easier said than done) and stay safe. Happy flying!
© 2011 Helen Bolam
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