Most people do not worry about fire. The risk of being involved in one and the potentially fatal consequences is not something that weighs on most people’s minds. Unless you work in fire safety, go to sea or have experienced a fire, it is unlikely that it will be of much concern to you.
As injury and death due to fire in this country is falling you may feel that there is no compelling need to worry. But yet, it is not just injury and death we should worry about, it is the loss of personal and impossible to replace possessions that causes distress. The family heirlooms, passed down by the generations, the special family photograph framed on the wall are items that the best insurance policy cannot replace.
It makes sense to have smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors in place. Do you have a fire extinguisher or fire blanket in the kitchen? Make a plan, one that all the family should be aware of. In the event of a fire, what should your family do? Where should they go, what is the best route out of the house from each bedroom? How should they raise the alarm?
Once you have a plan, get the family together and go through the details. Worried you may appear a bit of an old worrier? So what! It’s your family and you are concerned about them. And, remind them of the plan regularly….
The sad fact is that even though injury and death due to fire is falling in this country, every year people do still die, make sure your family is not a part of that statistic.