We were parked in a field tonight with no one around and were playing with the fire escape windows to get air into the camper. We have been talking for a while about emergency planning with the fire escapes and practicing exits and whatnot. So tonight, we played around with the idea and frankly, I'm very sad and very afraid.
#1- I could get my kids out *if* I'm standing outside and able to "catch" them.
#1a- we didn't test it but my wife could catch my 3 year old son, but no way would be able to catch my 12 year old daughter (not without getting hurt in the process; but I guess if it comes to that- being hurt or kid dying, the decision is easy).
#2- neither my wife or I could make it out.
(yes, bold, underline, and caps.)
Maybe we'll be willing to plummet face first to the ground in the event of a real fire. BUT- in practice, neither of us could force ourselves to do it.
Now, for the videos. My apologies for fat guy stomach hanging out of the bottom of my shirt.
Daughter came out. But notice it took 20 seconds and that doesn't include the couple of stutter starts to figure out the best way.
Son popped right out, but this was the lowest window. Would he come out IF he had to free fall a bit before I caught him?
And now, my 3 failed attempts. I gave up fairly quick because that was an option. But still- the idea of falling face first down 6' wasn't comfortable.