Its 12:45 am and a family of four is fast asleep and the wood stove is stoked to keep the home toasty and warm until morning on this cold January night. 12:50 am the smoke detectors mounted in the upstairs hallway, every bedroom and every other living space come alive in warning. The father wakes from a dead sleep realizing something is wrong and alerts his wife. The father and mother gather the children and exit the home now hazy with smoke. The father calls 911 from his cell phone and within minutes a swarm of firefighters and fire trucks surround the home. The firefighters open the door and enter with air packs on their backs and hose lines in their hands. The smoke detectors still sounding the alarm in the background of all of the other noise. They work to put the fire out quickly and efficiently; thankful they didn’t have to search for any victims. The fire is out now but the damage remains, the debris, the water, and the smoke cover most every surface of the home. This is a devastating event but the family is safe and healthy.
This scenario happens every day throughout the United States but sometimes these families aren’t so lucky. As a company owned by firefighters we are always reminding our clients of the importance of fire safety, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors. The last thing we want to do is lose a victim in a house fire or other incident. The hardest thing a family can face is losing a loved one before their time.
We encourage everyone to invest in their safety with properly installed smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers and executable fire safety plans. The true situation above could have been completely different if it wasn’t for the safety precautions emplaced.
If you need help implementing any of these safety precautions contact McKinley Home Services at (607)794-7351 www.mckinleyhomeservices.com and we will help you find the resources to make your home as safe as possible, to make this potential tragedy a story of good fortune.