Please make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Change the batteries if you can’t remember when you last changed them.
If you have small children, please take the time to go over an escape plan and practice it monthly. Telling children once or twice what they should do may not be enough. Go over it often so they don’t even have to think about what to do in case of a fire. If you have grandchildren or friends with small children, please remind them to make and practice an emergency escape route. We sometimes get so busy that we forget to do something like this.
Our little town suffered a terrible tragedy last night. I don’t know a lot of the details, and I’m not sure smoke alarms or a fire escape plan would have made a difference . . the family may have done everything possible to avoid such a tragedy; they may have had working smoke alarms and they may have practiced escape plans, but last night, it all failed and two children died. I know the grandmother and I can’t image the pain and grief the family is suffering.
Several years ago I had a grease fire. I know without even thinking about it that you never throw water on a grease fire but when I saw the flames, my brain didn’t kick into gear before I grabbed a pitcher and threw water on the fire. Thank goodness it was a very small fire or I would have had a huge fire after the water spread it everywhere. So, no matter how much we preach to our children about an escape route, until they actually do it . . step by step . . to get them out of the house and to a safe meeting area, knowing it in your head but being able to carry it out during a time of pressure are two different things.