It seems easy enough. You think you know what to do in certain situations and you think that you would have things under control. Until you’re in them.
What I’m referring to is the small fire that we experience at my sister in law’s apartment on Friday night. We had gathered at her place for our monthly fondue night and were really excited to eat some delicious cheese. As we were hanging out and having a few beers, Nancy and Sandi were in the kitchen preparing the food. The oven was on and all of a sudden the smoke detector started to go off. We thought it was weird since nothing was smoking, it just looked like normal steam since there was a pot of water on the stove. Our friend Garrett removed the smoke detector from the wall because the sound was irritating and we figured since the apartment was small it would only continue with the steam from the boiling water.
After a few minutes, we realized that it was not just water steam…there was smoke coming out of the bottom of the oven. Noah opened the drawer to the oven and flames were coming out at full force. He immediately grabbed the fire extinguisher and put out the fire.
If you have ever used a fire extinguisher, you know about the white film/powder that fills the air when you use it. So all 6 of us decided to go out onto the balcony, with the two dogs, in order to escape the fumes. We opened the apartment windows and decided to let things air out. Well, that wasn’t really the brightest idea. We realized this as soon as we saw the black smoke filling Nancy’s apartment. We then went inside, all ducking down, and walked through the smoke filled apartment in order to get out. We stayed there for about 20 minutes just to make sure the fire was out and we didn’t need to call the fire department.
Fondue night turned into a night of beers at home and cheap (gross) Mexican food at On the Border. But the most important thing was that no one was hurt and nothing was damaged. After the fire, Noah and I started talking about how it was a wake up call as to how to respond in an emergency situation. You think you know what to do in a situation like that until you are in it and aren’t using common sense. AKA – immediately get out of an apartment where there is a fire!!
Since that night, we have decided to discuss an emergency plan. We are going to pack bags with extra clothes, blankets, water, food, flashlight and first aid kit in each of our cars. We are also going to discuss how we would get out of the house in case of a fire or other emergency and how we would handle wrangling up the pets. It’s a scary thing to think about, but it could be a matter of safety and injury, life or death.
I’m not one to preach, but if you get anything out of this post, it’s to be prepared. It’s to know your plan of action in advance and be ready to put that into place if something were to happen. I hope all of you stay safe, always, but especially over this coming Memorial Day weekend! Make sure to replace those smoke detector batteries and be sure to keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen!