I see someone else got injured jumping from a first floor window in a fire.
If you are ever in that situation, climb out of the window and hang on to the window cill with arms at full extent and let go.
You are only four feet off the ground in most situations.
Injuries likely to be nil.
Moreover when they hit the deck their knees will be shattered as they
bend into the wall. I doubt very much if the average person would have
the strength to hold onto a windowsill whilst climbing out and they
would be more likely to end up falling in an uncontrolled manner.
The best bet is to sit on the window ledge and jump away from the
building landing with legs partially bent to absorb and slow the impact.
Pretty much like standard parachute landing training.
This may be easier said than done if you are being chased by flames.
+1 to all that. And aim to go into a foreward roll, but twisting your
shoulders with forearms protecting your face, so that you spread the
impact down one side of your body. Get it right, and most of the impact
will be on the back of the shoulders, which is where the body is toughest.
Not really. I'm just under 6ft and not particularly simian. I just
measured how far it is; stood outside underneath the window and
stretched up as far as I could with a tape measure to the bottom of the
upper room window ledge.
So harry is not far off right. In my case it was 4' 4" (1930s villa
style house with the usual bay windows).
I could get onto the window ledge, but then the difficulties start. If
I sit on it and jump, that's not far off 20ft to the ground. To do what
harry suggests would only be possible for most people if they have
something to grip onto with both hands, such as a grab handle like you
see around old folks' front doors. You wouldn't want that as a fixture.
Probably an escape ladder is needed that can hook over the inside
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