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Old 06-19-2012, 04:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to survive in a freezer?

Cops dismiss 'false alarm,' overlook man dying in freezer

Just read this and wondered. Would it be possible to survive if you found yourself in this situation?

You have:

1. No heavy clothes- Dressed how you would in June(90*F and humid).
2. No cellphone- No contact with outside help, you would have to stay alive until morning when people come back in, or worst case a few days over the weekend.
3. Whatever is in a restaurant/commercial walk-in freezer. Bulk frozen food, shelving. Maybe rotten meat/seafood if the restaurant was a Kitchen Nightmare candidate.

I think I would fashion some kind of insulation using the cardboard boxes and plastic bags that the food is in, but i'm not sure that would sustain me though the night. The photo in the article shows refrigeration doors with windows(I know that's just a stock photo). Maybe bust the glass with a frozen steak?


This situation can be far worse than finding yourself stranded in the arctic. Primarily because you have a false sense of hope. In the arctic, you would immediately switch to survival mode. Whereas, in the freezer you don't do anything while your body temp drops because you assume, 'Help is on the way'.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Look for a means to disable the freezer. If you can't just raise the thermostat, you can try to stop the flow of air through the freezer by blocking the registers, which should overheat the compressors and they will shut off on high head pressure, or burn up trying to keep the space cool.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Look for a means to disable the freezer. If you can't just raise the thermostat, you can try to stop the flow of air through the freezer by blocking the registers, which should overheat the compressors and they will shut off on high head pressure, or burn up trying to keep the space cool.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I was really hoping the OP was gonna be like "I'm locked in a freezer, and I'm on MCB...how do I survive?"....I am disappoint...
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think cutting the lines to the fans would work. There's usually a couple knives or a pair of scissors lost in the freezers.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Look for a means to disable the freezer. If you can't just raise the thermostat, you can try to stop the flow of air through the freezer by blocking the registers, which should overheat the compressors and they will shut off on high head pressure, or burn up trying to keep the space cool.
This. Disabling the cooling mechanism or wrap yourself in enough boxes to maintain your body heat. How long are you stuck in there?
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The most dangerous thing is that most people's first instinct would be to wait it out instead of destroying the freezer. By the time they realize it may be a life or death situation, they may be too weak, or have too little time to do what they need to do.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm surprised he djdnt break some thing by accident simply because he was pissed cause he was stuck. I would survive by covering myself with my own feces as a insulator
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Well, those freezers would make it seem like a nice balmy MN winter day. I would put flip flops on and grab a lawn chair. Ok, maybe not.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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before it freezes to your body? So not only would you get freezer burn but sheeeet burn as well. lol

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I'm surprised he djdnt break some thing by accident simply because he was pissed cause he was stuck. I would survive by covering myself with my own feces as a insulator
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