A belt cutter, or belt knife, is a utensil that serves to cut through the seat belt in the car. It is used in the rescue of vehicle occupants after an accident. Accordingly, belt cutters are mainly used by rescue workers. However, it is recommended to carry a seat belt cutter in each car in order to be able to help quickly in the event of an accident or to be able to free yourself from the car wreck.
Why do you need a seat belt cutter?
The safety belt is an important safety measure that can save your life in an accident. It prevents you from being thrown out of the seat by the force of the impact, such as bumping into the windshield. After the accident, he can also hold you in the seat and prevent you from getting to safety or being recovered from the vehicle. The opening mechanism may not work due to the accidental damage, or it may be inaccessible to the helpers and you. Since the seat belt has to withstand an extremely strong pull, the material can not be torn by force. It takes a sharp blade to cut it up. This blade is called a belt cutter.
Store in glove compartment / shelf
In order to be able to help quickly, it is recommended to carry a seat belt cutter in each car. He should be at a good for the driver, if possible with just a handle, reachable place. At the same time he should also be housed so that it does not fall down in a collision or slipping out of reach. It also makes sense to keep it handy for the passenger, or carry a second belt cutter for the passenger. If the driver is unconscious after the accident, the passenger can help so quickly.
Which types of belt cutters are there?
The traditional form of the belt cutter is the rescue knife or emergency knife. It's a knife with a short, strong blade. Rescue knives often also have a small lamp, which makes it easier to rescue accident victims in the dark, and a punch to be able to break windows. Since the blades are very sharp, it is advisable to choose a product with a rounded tip or a rubber-coated tip. This prevents you from accidentally hurting yourself or others with it. Models with blades that can be fixed with one hand are prohibited in Germany. Their possession may only be permitted in exceptional cases if there is a 'justified interest'. This applies above all to members of the emergency services who use them properly in the exercise of their profession. It is safer to use a belt knife with a plastic housing. In these models, the blade is in a slot into which the strap is inserted. It is narrow enough that even a clumsy operator, for example a right-handed person who cuts with his left hand due to an injury, cannot put his finger on the blade. Often such a belt knife is also in the handle of the emergency hammer integrated. It is important that your belt knife is sharp and ready to hand. In addition, you should opt for a model that fits you well in the hand.
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