Updated: My Personal Kaizen for the Day
Lean people should like proactive safety measures, especially inexpensive ones. Doing a personal “FMEA,” the odds of being submerged are very low, but the impact of it happening is very high (drowning and death).
That said, I ordered two “lifehammers” for myself and for my wife, to keep in our vehicles in case something like that ever happens. Not even $10 each for a little piece of mind. I’ll probably buy a number of them for friends and family. Maybe you can do the same. Not to overreact or worry folks, but to be preventative.
I ordered the “keychain” versions that are small and supposedly break your window out with less effort than the full sized “hammer” version (and both allow you to cut your seatbelt, if needed). Some of the models are backordered/sold out right now, wonder if that’s because of the attention this has gotten on the news? The brightly colored ones are probably the easiest to see in an emergency (yellow, neon green, or orange).
Full disclosure: I do receive “affilliate fees” from amazon on these items, but I will donate any referral fees for these safety items to the American Red Cross (link to donate online), unless somebody can suggest a better relief organization for the Minnesota area. Additionally, I will personally match the fees out of my own pocket. I’ll give a full accounting here on the Blog about how many get ordered and how much I am able to donate.
Updated: No purchases of the safety devices… I received mine and plan on having them as “just in case.” I went through “standard work” with my wife about how to use it. The problem with a safety device like this is that you can’t practice using it, unless you want to shatter a window. No thanks. But, there are some videos that show it in use, which at least gives you confidence the thing works.