Do you and your family have a fire safety & escape plan, not just one you talked about but have you practiced? Do you have fire/smoke detectors and make sure they are working order?Even if you have done these things, one thing you may not have tested and PLEASE DO... is unexpectedly when your family is asleep press test button on alarms to see if your family members hear them when sleeping and wake up.. I saw a documentary that many people sleep right thru them until it's too late and for some reason, children do even more so than adults.
4 months ago in March... a horrible tragedy happened to a young family including a young man that is an ex boyfriend of one our daughters and they remain friends to this day... He was at work in night and his 29 yr old fiance was sleeping in her room & his 2 yr old son & his fiance's 11 yr old son that Charles had been helping raise as his own for 5 yrs were sleeping in their room and Charles got call at work from his fiance's cellphone but she didn't say one word, all he could hear was fire alarms going off (fire chief believes Tiffany and boys didnt hear the alarms until it was too late and she used her last breaths to dial charles but either went unconscious or died as soon as she dialed) Charles and his friends got to house even before firetrucks did and Charles broke in boys bedroom window and the room was engulfed in flames so he handed his unconscious burned boys out window to friends and then ambulances etc arrived and took them .. boys were coma for longer than a week and charles tried to get to tiffany but couldnt and actually even the firefighters couldnt get to her. Charles ended up in ICU with boys and was unconscious for days... In the end they all healed and are together again (charles and the 2 boys all survived and are doing ok now) they had a new home to go home to because his boss donated a house to them but it needed a LOT of work
It was on the news that HOME DEPOT donated time, supplies etc needed to gut and remodel and prepare that house so that by the time Charles and the 2 boys got out of hospital they had a new lovely home to go home to and a fresh start. Home Depot was absolutely a hero and so were all the many volunteers, many complete strangers who worked on it... this was so awesome of them and really touched our hearts and made us cry. THANK YOU HOME DEPOT!!!!
AND PLEASE ... if you don't have a fire safety plan and haven't tested to make sure your alarms not only work but are heard by your family members when they are asleep, please take the time to do so ASAP!
You can see a short news clip and short video of this story and how HOME DEPOT helped them here if you'd like to..