A self-contained breathing apparatus allows firefighters to breathe in hostile environments. Identify the different features of a SCBA from a fire captain in this free firefighting video series about SCBA harnesses, gages, regulators, masks and more. Part 1 of 6 - How to Use a ...more
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It's that time a year when winter storms begin causing havoc across the United States, and when "rotating outages" are common to help sustain the electrical grid during intense cold periods. That means pretty much anybody with snow and ice in their backyard can succumb to powe ...more
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to open almost any door with an easy lock picking trick. Begin by prying open the door top. To do this, users will need to use a knife, the end of a hammer, crowbar or any other kind of tool that can pry. Slide the tool through the doo ...more
Please, before attempting to recreate this video, make sure you are doing it to a lock that belongs to you and not someone else. Remember, nobody wants to get arrested for doing something stupid. Anyway, in this video tutorial, you'll find out how to open any locked door using ...more
In this how to video, you will learn how to open a locked zippered luggage bag. This is very useful if you plan a trip and forget the key to the lock of your luggage bag. All you need is a normal pen. Remove the lid of the pen. Apply pressure in between the zipper. Once you ge ...more
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to use a fire extinguisher. The fire extinguisher contains carbon dioxide. Begin by pulling the pin on the top of the fire extinguisher. The will unlock the lever. Now lift up the nozzle and aim the fire extinguisher at the fire. Then ...more
Firefighters Al Bennett and Jesse O’Quinn of the Houston Fire Department give instructions on using a fire extinguisher. Most fire extinguishers have a rating of ABC, which are suitable for most fires that occur in the home. There are also D and K fire extinguishers, but these ...more
Having an emergency power generator is a great way to be prepared for an emergency. With it, you can keep power flowing to the appliances you need the most. Take a look at this guide on how to properly and safely configure a power generator.
Put yourself in the shoes of a burglar so you can anticipate where they'd look for your valuables. You Will Need * A home safe * An empty cereal box Step 1: Understand the burglar's motivation Understand that the burglar has two goals: to find your valuables, and to get in an ...more
Need rope, but don't have any. This is a great emergency trick for making rope with plastic bags. This video demonstrates a simple method for converting your used plastic bags into rope. It requires only bags and a working set of hands. It's a easy way to reuse plastic bags - ...more
With over 6 million break-ins across the nation a year, Here's a cheap quick and easy way to hide your smaller more valuable goodies! Build your own hidden safe. Click through to watch this video on instructables.com
Keep your possessions safe from thieves with these tips. You Will Need * Motion detector lights * Locks * A locksmith * A security alarm system * A safety deposit box or home safe * An engraving pen * A trusted neighbor * Bolts or wooden dowels (optional) Step 1: Eliminate bu ...more
Firefighters use ropes to secure unstable objects, rescue victims and carry tools. Learn how to tie bowline, Bachmann, figure eight and other basic knots in this free firefighting video series from a fire captain. Part 1 of 27 - How to Tie basic firefighting knots. Tie basic f ...more
If you are a firefighter in Alameda, California, chances are you already saw this video tutorial. If not, you're in luck. This will show you how to rescue a downed firefighter out of a window. This is a step-by-step training video for removal of a downed fireman out of a windo ...more
Here's how to make an oil lamp out of a can of tuna. It will burn brightly for at least a couple of hours just from the tuna oil and the tuna isn't wasted either!
If you are concerned about radiation levels where you live, you are probably interested in using a Geiger counter to measure them. These videos will explain how to use a Geiger counter to measure radioactivity. Learn the difference between alpha, beta and gamma particles. Part ...more
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to use a fire extinguisher. When operating a fire extinguisher, the instructions can be easily remembered by the letters PASS. P stands for pulling the pin at the top and break the elastic or wire band. A stands for aiming the nozzle o ...more
Check out this video to learn how to prevent your car from getting stolen or broken into. Part 1 of 2 - How to Prevent your car from getting stolen or broken into. Part 2 of 2 - How to Prevent your car from getting stolen or broken into.
Keep you and your family safe by equipping your home to prevent home invasion. Discourage home invasions by being cautious and making a break-in more difficult. Have a plan in the case your home is invaded. The best defense against a home invasion is careful planning. You Wi ...more
Impress your friends when camping by bringing your own makeshift oil lamp! Perfect for blackouts, camping, or even creating ambiance, keeping an oil lamp around is a handy idea. Warning: Place oil lamp in a safe location away from children and pets. Step 1: Prepare the wick ...more
Every fire needs three things to burn: heat, oxygen, and fuel. As long as those three things are met, the fire will persist. If you are cooking with grease and a fire starts, you must react fast. Grab an oven mitt, find the lid that fits the pan, and smother the fire. Slide th ...more
Joel Wulf with the Bremerton Fire Department discusses the right way to use a fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers are safe and effective for use on small fires, but the entire contents are discharged in 10 to 15 seconds so you should never put yourself in danger by trying to ...more
Bob and Jeremy of the Washington Township Fire Department demonstrate P.A.S.S., which is an acronym to help people remember how to operate a fire extinguisher - Pull/Aim/Squeeze/Sweep. Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, Squeeze the handle down, Sweep from si ...more
You're frying up some food on the stove, you turn your back for a moment, and when you turn around you see a big fire has started. Quick, what do you do? If you said throw water on it, you're in trouble. Water will only make a grease fire bigger. This informative and affecting ...more
If your home is not protected by impact-resistant windows and doors, or impact resistant shutters or panels, consider building your own temporary emergency panels. www.flash.org
How many floors can you fall in an elevator and still survive? Step one, lie down on the floor and step two, duck and cover your head.
I am the crime watch co-chairman for our neighborhood crime watch committee of our home owner's association. Instead of making a boring "do this, do that" video, I decided to make a funny video from the eyes of a criminal that specializes in stealing from homes, just like mine ...more
There are many different things that could contribute to a power or gas outage or accident in your home. To be properly prepared for an emergency or other situations that endanger you, take a look at this video from SDGE on simple tips to keep safe, including discovering gas l ...more
In this tutorial, we learn how to make your home safe and secure with tips from Lowe's. You should do a safety check on your house at least once a year. Start with the entryway, making sure you have an insulated wood door in the doorway. Make sure there is a lock and a deadbol ...more
Finding someone in a burning car is a scary emergency. Learn how to safely extract a person from a car fire after an accident. You'll need to be able to pull them through the windows, and if an ABC extinguisher is nearby, you can use that to help fight the flames.
Want to build a fire extinguisher using things you can find around the house? Science shows you how to properly apply technology to kitchen safety! Your main supplies for this project are a mayonnaise jar, some vinegar and baking soda.
Do you live in a dangerous neighborhood? Even if your area isn't known to be dangerous, it could still be a target of home burglaries. Don't let the thieves have the upper hand. Make sure the only thing they're stealing is grass. To properly secure your home from external thre ...more
You never know when disaster will happen. You could be going about your business one minute and the next - the power blows out. There are many reasons why a black out can be devastating and if you have small children or run a business that needs to stay lit, check out this vid ...more
Now before you watch this video, please only follow this tutorial if you really need it and are the owner, or know the owner, of the vehicle. This tutorial will show you how to quickly break into your car. There may be instances where you have locked your keys inside or maybe ...more
WhatHappensNow talks with Edina Minnesota Fire Marshall Tom Jenson who explains how to properly use a fire extinguisher. During the video Tom briefly offers a helpful tip, suggesting to remember the P.A.S.S. acronym when it comes to using a fire extinguisher. P stands for pull ...more
Bob and Leslie of the Washington Township Fire Department demonstrate how to choose the right fire extinguisher for your home. Fire extinguishers come in a large range of sizes so be sure to choose one that you can easily handle. If it’s too heavy you won’t be able to use it p ...more
This is a very good video. It shows you how to choose and use a fire extinguisher. You should know how to use one in case of a emergency. . You will need to know fire extinguishers have limitations. The most important thing is to get everyone out safely. . You will need to c ...more
Learn how to use a portable dry-pack food canner for food storage. Learn how to use the portable canner to dry-pack long term food storage in #10 cans. This video will demonstrate how to set up the canner and seal the can, and also gives you some information on the amount of l ...more
Burglary is common, but is also quite preventable with these tactics. You Will Need * A dog * Motion detector lights * A security system * Strong doors * Impact-resistant doors and windows * Neighborliness * A wooden dowel Step 1: Get a dog Get a dog. Even small dogs will bar ...more
Three hundred people die every year from carbon monoxide poisoning. Don't risk being a part of that statistic. You Will Need * A carbon monoxide detector * Pencil * Screwdriver * Wall punch * Hammer * Batteries Step 1. Research detectors Research which kind of carbon monox ...more