With winter coming (rapidly!), I thought some people might be interested in this safety tip I got from the fire department.
By the way, if you didn’t know – your local fire station will come out and tell you the safest place to locate your smoke detectors. They’ll even install them for you in some cases. Just give them a call.
Anyway, when the firies were putting my smoke detectors up, they asked about our evacuation plan. We’ve got one, but I told them I was worried about the design of our house – it’s an L shape, with the kids’ bedrooms in the long arm, and ours in the short arm, with the kitchen and living areas in the bend. I was worried that a fire in the kitchen could cut us off from the kids, especially at night.
So the firies told me to keep a hammer in my bedroom. If a fire starts at night, my husband and I go straight out of the house (through the front door or our bedroom window), and use the hammer to break one of the kids’ windows to get to them. Much faster than using keys to get in the back of the house. Let’s face it, in an emergency I won’t care about a broken window or two, just the kids.
Posted by BellaB, 2nd May 2014