Bolt cutters can be one of the handiest tools for emergency situations. Find out how to utilize this device in saving lives and slicing through tough metal casings.
How to Use Bolt Cutters for Emergency Situations
Bolt Cutters for Emergency
A lot of preppers think their bug-out gear lists still need beefing up. If you're one of them, I strongly suggest including a bolt cutter as one of your primary equipment.
You may need to cut through hard metal objects in an emergency situation, and there's no better tool to use than steel bolt cutters.
Needless to say, it can also help you get through chain-link fences in an SHTF scenario. This item is a must, especially for urban preppers.
1. Forgetting the Combination to Your Bike Guard
This isn't something you experience every day, but in case you forgot the combination to your bike guard, you can use a bolt cutter to cut it. Thieves actually use this tool to steal bikes; it's unfortunate crooks find them useful as well.
2. Lost the Key to the Padlock
We all have tons of keys in our house and sometimes, we lose track of them. Let's say you can't find the key to your basement, simply use lock cutters to cut through the padlock to get you in.
3. Getting Stuck Under the Steering Wheel
When car accidents happen, the driver usually gets stuck in a head-on collision. The steering wheel is pushed against the driver's chest, trapping him.
In this case, a bolt cutter is a very useful tool to cut some parts of the steering wheel. This can be the first move to rescue someone stuck in the driver's seat.
4. Opening the Car Door Wider During Accidents
Still, on the subject of car accidents, the steering wheel is not the only part of the car a bolt cutter can handle. In certain scenarios, it's not advisable to move a severely injured victim.
The car door must open as wide as possible to move the victim. In this case, you can cut the door check with heavy-duty bolt cutters so the car door can open wider.
5. Cutting Through Chain-Link Fences
Hopefully, you don't have to use a bolt cutter to do this. You can only imagine the chain-link fences you have to go through in urban areas considering an SHTF situation.
You can see how they use a bolt cutter to cut through a chain-link fence in movies. Although it's not advisable to believe everything you see in films, this part is actually true.
Here's an infographic guide of the different bolt cutter uses. Don’t forget to download, save, or share this handy infographic for reference:
These are just a few ways bolt cutters can be used in an emergency situation. It depends on a given scenario, but most of the time, the situation is similar to the other.
It cuts through padlocks, nails, metal fences, and so on, so having a bolt cutter ready somewhere within your reach might just save the day!
Do you want to add more uses of bolt cutters during emergency situations? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 13, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.