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22/03/2013 at 19:38
I have a rough plan in mind and have told B what to do if the fire alarm goes off hwoever can imagine I'll have to go over it again with him. What got me thinking about it was how cold it is at the moment and how we would probably freeze to death if we had to go outside if there was a fire at the moment!
22/03/2013 at 19:42
We do but only because H's job is conducting fire risk assessments/occupancy reports/ other fire related things- it's really odd but it's actually me who worries more, H has assured me that if there was a fire in another flat in our block we are safe for an hour and the best thing to do would be to stay in our flat....I just can't get my head round it
22/03/2013 at 19:45
Each closed door between you and the fire gives you 18 minutes of protection so I can see his logic, although my brain has thought out other potential problems but I won't worry you with my mental worryings!
I overly worry about fires and the kids getting run over so over think all the possibilities!
Yep. Get kids jump out window knock on a neighbours house. K knows to leave via her window and jump fences for a few houses to safety
22/03/2013 at 19:50
Yes. We have a smoke alarm at bottom of stairs, take our phones up to bed. I'd hope that that would give us enough time to all get into our bedroom. We were told a crow bar tapped in the corner of our window would smash it. Or else out of isaacs bedroom window.
22/03/2013 at 19:51
I close the downstairs doors when we go to bed, we have smoke alarms upstairs and downstairs and a fire extinguisher. From downstairs we have 3 sets of outside doors so could probably get out quick, but upstairs would be harder. I guess if we were all there I'd jump out and get H to drop the kids down to me. If it was just me and the kids I'd drop the duvets out the window, drop J, then S onto them and then drop myself. We have nice sticky out window ledges perfect for hanging off it required! All the windows have window lock keys next to or near them as well upstairs, so that would be ok. It's scary.
22/03/2013 at 19:53
Totally off on a tangent but can I ask? I now work in the city centre. Whenever I worked there before of went into town I always lock my car doors from the inside (central locking) as car jacking is very common, but if I was in an accident then I wouldn't be able to get out would I??
22/03/2013 at 19:57
I always worry about that CP.
22/03/2013 at 19:58
la1510 what is your plan for escape if you did have to get out? Only asking because we live in a flat too and it sometimes worries me!
22/03/2013 at 19:59
CP - I now ahve a special instrument for cutting seatbelts that also has a tool att he other end ot smash the window just in case you can't get out. I'm sure it was Nixxy that supplied the link but it was only about £3 on Amazon.
22/03/2013 at 20:14
I have smoke alarms upstairs and down, back door key is on a hook by the door, same with front door key. There's a single story extension on back of house, don't fancy scrambling down the sloping roof but could do if needed. We have a stair gate at top of stairs so M couldn't go far without us.
22/03/2013 at 20:46
Weekender do you mean you have a key hook at your doors? Just thought I'd mention that I knew someone who got burgled as the burglars got their house and by getting their keys from the key hook thing by using a hook on a long rod thing and the insurance wouldn't pay out because the keys were in view
22/03/2013 at 21:11
CP, the keys are out of view and they'd need some kind of bendy rod to try and reach them so we should be ok, thanks though. Shame about your friends!
22/03/2013 at 23:46
Yes, my h is a fireman we know our escape routes.
23/03/2013 at 08:27
Weekender id check your policy on that as if the worst did happen they could try not to pay out cos of them being on display even though out of sight.
23/03/2013 at 12:10
We do, after a recent small house fire, the fire safety officer came round to help us discuss. The door we use as our front door is technically the back door, so there is no letterbox which means the keys are always in (and spares next to it). We also have a second door which used to be blocked by junk, so thats now clear. I never lock the upstairs windows either, which friends find odd, just what if we needed them.
When we had the fire, it was not following the correct fire proceedures that actually meant it was a small fire and not a huge one.
We have fire doors on our kitchen and lounge, carbon monoxide monitors above the cooker and in the central heating cupboard and then a fire alarm at the bottom of the stairs (which is just outside the kitchen) and also one at the top of the stairs.
The night we had the fire, H had leant against the cooker and flicked in on. I always had a glass protector over the cooker when not in use, and H had put a multipack of crisps on there as he dragged them out the cupboard! He came to bed, and I heard a smash, so jumped up to see what it was when the fire alarm started billowing! Raced down to met with a few flames and lots of smoke, as the crisps are obviously fatty and plastic and went up like a light, the smash being the glass waking us. I jumped to switch off the cooker at the wall, and H grabbed the things that were onfire so and doused them in water. We shouldn't call the fire brigade, we are meant to call the camp guard room who call, but I didn't know this at the time and called them myself.
When the fire inspector came round, he said, if we'd have followed the landlord fire regs and closed the kitchen door, then the smoke would have had to rise to ceiling height, then drop to door frame level, to get out to the smoke alarm. By this time, the fire would have taken the wooden kitchen cupboards, and our bed is directly above. Scary, scary stuff!!!
Now the cooker is turned off at the wall as standard and only turned on to cook. And the kitchen fire door is left open. And H knows never to put anything ontop of the cooker.
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