FIRE SAFETY ADVICE THAT REALLY PISSES ME OFF
If verbal contempt were fire we would all be toast
Etiquette for an Apocalypse
Survival Guide Tip of the week:
At the moment we are having hideous wild fires around the U.S. Dozens of people have lost their lives, hundreds their homes. Survival Guide wants the survivors to know you are in our hearts and minds.
Now, rampant fires always get a very cautious person like myself to review fire safety. However, I always end up with more questions than I began with.
For Example: Have a family meeting to discuss fire safety.
These meetings make perfect sense until you apply it to an actual family. If you happen to have an 8 year old who is prone to obsessive thoughts, or an elderly person who is bed-ridden, or a pet you would gladly risk your life for, these meetings can be tricky. It’s dicey to tell a child that when the rest of the house is burning down, his room will be a lot safer if his door is always closed. Ditto, mapping escape routes or rolling off the bed onto the floor to avoid inhaling smoke. Many children already fear catastrophe at every turn.
THE SURVIVAL GUIDE FIRE SAFETY TIP FOR CHILDREN WITH OCD—Turn all the advice into a game that is about escaping the monster that he or she already believes is in their closet.
In future posts we will take on invalids and pets. Suffice it to say that I have a backpack for my dog. No, not those cute little ones that hikers have on their dogs to carry water— a backpack that I will carry my dog down the 7 flights of fire escape to safety. And yes, I realize that the time it takes to pack my amazing dog into the backpack could have ramifications. I will give serious thought to practicing this tricky maneuver.
I don’t have a pack for Granny.