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Old 02-23-07, 10:13 AM   #1
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OMFG Five alarm anxeity!

One of my worst fears is fire. Specifically house fire, in my home and being burned to death or displaced.

We just had a major alarm called on a house down the way. Billowing thick black smoke that clings to the ground and smells awful! I hope everyone is alright.

Parinoia-Anexiety is at 400 watts right now!
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Old 02-23-07, 10:21 AM   #2
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Only 400 watts.

+1 on being my biggest fear as well.

Kepp two fire eqtinquishers in the house, and have smoke alarms etc in every room.

Please every one if you have a smoke alarm with a battery back up ,

Test the battery reguarly
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Old 02-23-07, 10:34 AM   #3
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My biggest fear is being attacked by a 50' squid that lives under my bed.

To each his own, I guess.


But house fire comes in third. So I have two smoke and CO2 detectors and fire extinguishers in our home.
That's nothing compared to the protection I have against the squid though.
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Old 02-23-07, 10:34 AM   #4
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One of my big fears too....hope the neighborinos are ok.

Think of it this way....statistics should be lower for you now that it happened down the way.
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Old 02-23-07, 10:40 AM   #5
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A house is not properly broken in until I almost set it on fire. I've done this in about 3 places so far.
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Old 02-23-07, 10:53 AM   #6
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To me a house is not a home until a snake finds it's way into the house and gums my toe.
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Old 02-23-07, 10:59 AM   #7
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I can understand your fears, Stacey. One of the worst nights of my life was when I was an EMT. We were up all night with ambulance calls. At about 5am we were on our way back to the office from a DOA call when we came upon a accident scene where a car had hit a train (22nd car of the train actually). When we got there the car was fully engulfed, the FD was there putting it out. Yes, the driver was still inside...
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Old 02-23-07, 11:00 AM   #8
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you need a cinder block house stacey. or better yet, one of those concrete geodesic dome things.
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Old 02-23-07, 11:25 AM   #9
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Just saw the 12 o'clock news. No injuries were reported.
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Fire sprinklers, ftw.

Just move into a place with fire sprinklers, replace your smoke alarm batteries every Groundhog's day, and don't leave anything on fire in your house (incense, candles, miscellani) and you're doing pretty much everything you can to protect yourself. Oh, and escape routes...ground floors...and a handy oxygen tank.

Little known fact that more people suffocate before they're actually burned.
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Old 02-23-07, 04:50 PM   #11
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I've had two places (both apt buildings) burnt out from under me. living in a tent on the front lawn sucks!
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Old 02-23-07, 05:53 PM   #12
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i have been through it, and survived luckily. if it was a couple hours later, we would have passed in our sleep. damn child hick thugs almost killed us. we got out safe, and luckily only lost a bunch of furniture, clothes and all the food. but nothing burned, all smoke damage.

i lived in a college town, in an old house, you know, one of those big ones converted into appartments. someone broke in below and robbed them, then torched the place, all while we were upstairs, we had our lights on, stupid kids were not thinking. and they got off with probation only.

we actually smelled smoke, but it was just getting cold out, and we assumed they turned the furance on, we heard banging of the pipes, od radiator style heating, so i assumed it was just water eating up in them. and the smell, we thought it was just dust from the radiators. tons of police came, a bunch of yelling outside, we still didnt know what was going on, i looked out the window and police were shining flash lights up on us screaming to get out, but we couldnt really hear, windows were closed. i went to back door, we had stairs going up to our apartment, and a cop was runnign up, said the place was on fire, then he shined his light into the kitchen and it was filled with smoke. whata crazy experience. went outside in cold, no shoes, turned around and flames coming out of windows. just crazy.
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Old 02-23-07, 07:34 PM   #13
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...i lived in a college town, in an old house, you know, one of those big ones converted into appartments. someone broke in below and robbed them, then torched the place, all while we were upstairs, we had our lights on, stupid kids were not thinking. and they got off with probation only...
That's just wrong on so many levels.

Stacey, I'm glad that no one was hurt and it appears to be only property damage.
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Old 02-23-07, 07:39 PM   #14
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That's just wrong on so many levels.

Stacey, I'm glad that no one was hurt and it appears to be only property damage.
I second that .
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Old 02-23-07, 10:00 PM   #15
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A house is not properly broken in until I almost set it on fire. I've done this in about 3 places so far.
I had a boyfriend once with that kind of history, except he actually did burn a house down. He gave me a fire extinguisher for Valentine's Day one year. I was touched. Honestly.
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