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Re: [at-l] Emergency Blanket



Don't laugh--I have another question about the metalic emergency blankets...
Do they present a danger in lightning? I know hikers who use them as ground
cloths.

Give Me Chocolate

John O'Mahoney wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> For  years I used the Space Emergency Blanket in treating injuried parties.
>  This is a thermal blanket that weights 1 ounce and are 56"x84" when
> opened.  When properly wrapped around a person they can generate a
> considerable amount of heat in any weather condition.  The only difficulty
> is unraveling this machine tightened material.  It can take 5-10 minutes to
> completely and carefully unravel this balnket in idea conditions.
> Consider if your suffering from hypothermia, shock or other type of
> serious injury and are alone.  I dare to say it would be extremely
> difficult if not impossible to unravel this blanket from the 3" machine
> packaged wrap to 84" opened size without assistance.  More than likely you
> would tear the blanket into pieces in an attempt to open it up rendering it
> useless.  My suggestion is to unravel it at home and then stuff it in a
> zip-lock bag for any emergency requiring its use.  Once the blanket is in
> the zip-loc bag just squeeze the air out of the bag and seal up the bag.
> Once it has been unraveled the likelyhood of rewrapping the blanket is very
> doubtfull indeed.  I doubt if anyone has the patience to perform such a
> task.  I know for a fact I wouldn't even attempt such a task. A mother of 4
> pre-schoolers probably could do this very well indeed.   Just stuffing it
> in a zip-loc bag will ensure it is ready and can be easily used for any
> emergency that requires it use.
> Have a good one.
> John
>
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