Fire Safety

Part of our duty as Firemen is education and Fire Safety.  A little bit of knowledge can end up saving a life but it's easy to take that for granted or write it off as one of those things "I'll get to later".

Recently one of our member's house burned. Total loss of property but thankfully no loss of life.  He was the only one home at the time, knew what to do and got out just in time. An eye opening experience to be sure for him and for me as well. I began to think of what would have happened had that been my house with everybody home.

I went home and checked all the smoke alarms.  They were all working. I still need to make myself a note and change their batteries even though they aren't shy about letting me know when they run low.  Why that always happens at 3am I'll never know.

I took each of the kids one by one to their room and had them climb in bed and "wake up" to smoke billowing under and around their door.  They knew enough to feel the door which I informed them was hot to the touch. They knew enough to go through the window but in one case not how to actually open the window. We talked through a couple of "what-if" scenarios like how to break the glass if they had to and quickly laying something over the broken area as well as where to meet.

For the second test they "woke up" with a hoodie on backwards and the strings pulled (so it covers their face and wont fall off).  In this case they could see flames in both windows and the room was full of smoke yet the door was cold. The blind crawl (one of them tried to walk so we talked about the deadly gasses and heat) went fairly well until they got to the end of the hall and kept going right out into the center of the house ignoring the outside door that was 8' away.  After being reminded of the nearby exterior door and the need to get out now they were able to quickly find it, negotiate the locks ("REALLY Dad...") and make it outside.

The end result?  A bit of fun and knowledge for the kids.  A bit of peace of mind for Mom and Dad.