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originally posted by: Graysen
So after burglary, this is the most eminent threat to you and the people who live in your building. A 1 in ~323 chance that your home will be burnt up this winter. (when most fires happen). The fatalities are almost always pets, the elderly and small children.
-Do all the smoke detectors really work in your home? Are they installed correctly? (useless in a bedroom; you need them in the kitchen, by the breaker box, and parts of the home where people don't loiter--hallways, stairwells, crawlspaces and attics.
-do you have a fire extinguisher for every main source of heat in your home (1 each for kitchen, fireplace, furnace area)
-Does every room have 2 modes of escape that every human in your home can operate?
There's no point in saying "the window in the playroom is an escape" if the kids cannot unlock the window, or "go downstairs to escape the fire," when gramma is in a wheelchair.
-Do you have an evacuation plan, that everyone knows about?
-Do you have an agreed upon meet-up spot, outside the house, that everyone knows about.
-Do you have a plan for that fact that children will SLEEP THROUGH a smoke alarm going off?
I realize this thread won't get a lot of response. My cousin always does Christmas in a HUGE way, lavishing money on all of the rest of the family. She can do this because she is a wealthy executive. She does it because when she was 10 years old, her house burned down. One sibling and her father were killed in the fire, and the family lost absolutely everything. She has no photos or keepsakes from before her tenth Christmas. They had no insurance, and her mother had not worked outside the home. They became poor and homeless; my cousin drove herself to financial success so that her children would never be poor even if their house burned down and they lost everything....
originally posted by: edaced4
Excellent post/reminder. For me...
just replaced batteries in detectors when Daylight Savings Time changed...been doing that for years...but time to actually replace teh detectors themselves as well...
I have one fire extinguisher...in the kitchen...will get more...
I live in the upstairs of my father's two story house...two ways out...downstairs or out a window 25-30 to the ground. two dogs that live with me...I'm screwed...
originally posted by: Weagle
Any recommendation on when to start teaching kids to get out of the house themselves vs going to get them? We have one in a crib who obviously wouldn't be able to leave on her own, and a toddler who's more capable but still too young to remember instructions for something like this or break/open a window. They have both also slept through the alarm going off, so I'm thinking they need to be a lot older before they have their own escape plan that we trust to work.