Thursday, October 8, 2015

Do you have a plan?

Did you know that it’s fire prevention week?  That’s right: October 4 -10, 2015. This annual week is a great reminder to us to keep in mind that fires can happen anywhere because of a candle left unattended, a pot forgotten on a burner, a frayed electrical cord or overloaded circuit. It pays to be vigilant. But we should not only try to prevent them, but also have a good plan for what to do if a fire does break out despite our best efforts.

This week my new neighbors almost lost their home to a fire in the middle of the night. They were lucky to escape with their lives, although a fireman was injured.  This was a beautiful home, renovated and in good condition. These are responsible people. And yet it happened, perhaps because of an electrical issue. Time and the fire investigators will sort it out, but it looks like pot lights and a box of tissues caused the disaster.

Your fire department or city will have a lot of tips for preventing fires.  An equal problem is what to do if one does start? What then? 

With good planning, you will have a smoke alarm in each bedroom or just outside the bedroom door. Batteries should be checked regularly and Fire Prevention Week is a good reminder to do that.

Everyone in the family needs to have and understand a plan to get out of the house in case of fire. With modern materials and construction methods, you, your family and your pets may have on average TWO MINUTES to escape.

It’s good to practice how you’ll exit and agree on where you will meet up once you’re out. It may not be easy getting through a smoked filled room, so experts tell us to practice a crawling departure. Once you are out the door, then call 911. 

There’s not much I can’t live without in my home (although I don’t want to lose anything) but I really want to hang on to my husband and trusting and beloved little dogs.

My little dog, Daisy, sleeps in our bedroom and my computer, cellphone and purse are parked by the bed. Lily insists in sleeping on the living room sofa.  We have a plan for that too. 

In the meantime, we’ve bought this snazzy pair of fire extinguisher in case anything goes wrong in the kitchen. We’d been intending to but kept forgetting.  Now tonight's homework will be studying the instructions.

While at the hardware store, I met another neighbor who had just realized that all her detector batteries were dead. Talk about a wake up call! 

What about you? Are you prepared? Do you have a plan? Or any stories or tips to share?
Be safe, my friends!
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