Twice a year you may replace your fire alarm batteries and think to yourself “A house fire will never happen to me!”
My girlfriend said the same thing and last month it did happen. Her beautiful country home went up in flames. Thank goodness her three sweet little girls made it out after her husband noticing smoke coming from the garage after dinner one night.
MyKawartha.com tells the whole tragic story here.
What caught my attention about Shannons story besides being so close to home, was that her fire alarms didn’t alarm them soon enough. You see the fire rose through the walls in her garage and across the attic. All this happened in minutes after her husband noticed the smoke in the garage and once the door was open to the outside and oxgyen was let in it took off. Thank goodness he went in the garage.
I don’t know about you, but we don’t have fire alarms in our attic or garage because they are not suggested. If they were suggested Shannon would have heard the sound we so often ignore when we cook.
- Q9 in the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services answers the question about why an attic is not required to have a fire alarm.
- The National Fire Protection Association NFPA.org suggests you don’t place smoke alarms in the attic because the temperature can drop below 4ºC or get above 37ºC and the smoke alarm may not function properly. A finished attic, like a game room, is considered a story of your home and therefore requires a smoke alarm.
Suggested or not should we place smoke alarms in our garage and attics to be overcautious?
Community Comes Together
Friday, our community held a benefit dance to help Shannon’s family raise money for current and upcoming struggles they are enduring. It was also a night where they could put aside all the troubles the last month has brought on and just breathe.
There were tables full of donations from friends and local businesses. I reached out to a couple of brands in my community and was very grateful for the response to help complete strangers get back on their feet.
TELUS, MLSE and Medieval Times Toronto, I cannot thank you enough for being so generous and helping me help out a family in need. Another huge thank you to the team at Barbie, who send each girl a Career Babie so they can Dream BIG.
“The heart that gives gathers.” – Tao Te Ching
- I’ve learned from this tragedy that you should never say “never“.
- You can never be too safe when it comes to the safety of your family.
- Take time to review your fire plan with your kids.
- Review placement of smoke alarms in your home.
- I’ve also learned that the world is filled with people who have huge hearts that are willing and opened to helping others.
I know the upcoming road will be bumpy for our friends, but I pray it will be weaved with happiness, giggles and lots of bonding with their sweet girls. And know, we are always here when you need us.
When was the last time you reviewed your fire plan or placement of smoke alarms in your home?
Thanks for reading In R Dream!
Please note: Use your own knowledge and ask questions at your local fire hall on fire safety.