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    Fire Safety

    What plans, devices, etc. do you (or do you not)have in place?

    "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow"
    ~ Anon
    Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

    #2
    If im up,the door clothed.If im in bed and theres time,the door naked, if there isnt time a plastic bag and a large elastic band and hopefully im unconscious before i feel the heat...

    ~~If you cant beat em,arrange to have em beatin~~

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      #3
      Stick my head between my knees and kiss my ass goodbye? [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img] I figure if I cant make it out, well, at least I wont feel too much of it.

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        #4
        I'm so scared of being trapped in bed during a fire (although my partners always here) or being trapped in the house because the elevator is my only exit.
        There was just a story on the news where a pregnant mom, and her 7 kids died in a fire.

        "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow"
        ~ Anon
        Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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          #5
          A fireman relative told me to call the local firehouse and let them know my son is paralyzed so that they will know right where we live to save time in an emergency. I called and they did come out to the house but they said there was no way to know who would be on duty and no way to let them all know where we were.
          I try to keep the chair charged and by the bed. It will be the fasted transfer in history. I never leave for more than an hour to do the grocery shopping. I have gone over the scene so many times, it is my biggest fear in life.
          I get gas in the van when Chris is not in it. I have a fire extinguisher very handy. I never leave the appliances running when I go to the store.

          "Never ask directions from the two headed clown" Ernie
          "A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner"

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            #6
            When we modified our house, I made sure we added a second door so we have two exits to our deck with the ramp. The only other usable exit was in the kitchen, not a good thing since fires often start in kitchens. I also called the fire department to let them know there was a para living here, all they wanted to know was the location of the bedroom. The lady said it would come up on their computer if a call came in for our address.

            Shaun, my husband will probably also be out the door naked...I'll have to remember to grab a blanket or something on the way out so we don't scare the wimmin... [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]

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            AB wife of T8 complete para
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            AB wife of T8 complete para

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              #7
              Call your local fire department Emi, and let them know of your concerns and limitations in case of fire. As well, that you have a young child that you care for in the home.

              Let ambulance and police know ahead as well.

              The computer dispatch programs these people probably use will let them 'flag' the address so the information will pop up into the screen if they should ever have to enter your address ... we have that and we're a small service.

              Let dispatch know - but try and speak to someone in administration at the police, fire, ambulance level. In fact, putting it in writing would be a good idea.
              Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

              T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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                #8
                ADT Security system for fire and police.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Shaun:

                  If im up,the door clothed.If im in bed and theres time,the door naked, if there isnt time a plastic bag and a large elastic band and hopefully im unconscious before i feel the heat...

                  ~~If you cant beat em,arrange to have em beatin~~
                  MONEY, right there...



                  Building a house; check it out

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                    #10
                    I have smoke detectors in every room and they are very sensitive, sometimes my cooking even sets them off [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img] Also have those sprinkler things in every room on the ceiling. Naturally I keep my w/c beside my bed at night so if there is a fire I'll just jump out of bed, grab my dog, and proceed....

                    Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyways--Mary Kay Ash
                    Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn't know that, so it goes on flying anyways--Mary Kay Ash

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Shaun:

                      If im up,the door clothed.If im in bed and theres time,the door naked, if there isnt time a plastic bag and a large elastic band and hopefully im unconscious before i feel the heat...

                      ~~If you cant beat em,arrange to have em beatin~~
                      LOL, Shaun, that is the best and most succinct response that I have ever heard!

                      Actually, this is a serious matter and the method that we advocate in our laboratory is a buddy system. We have several people with spinal cord injury working in the laboratory and, even though they don't know it, we have an informal "buddy" system set up. When the W. M. Keck Center was built, we asked the architects and the contractors to make sure that we have a space that is fire-protected (the stairwell) that can withstand fierce heat for several hours until the fire department can arrive. We gave some thought to purchasing special devices that can be used to transport paralyzed people down stairs but decided that (because we frequently have dozens of people in wheelchairs in our laboratory) that this is not cost-effective or sufficient.

                      Emi, thank you for bringing this subject up. It is important and will save lives.

                      Wise.

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                        #12
                        I have a fire extinguisher in my room.

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                          #13
                          We have a fire extenguisher in the kitchen. I don't know if I could operate it or not, or even if it works. It's old and has never been used.

                          We have smoke detectors that voc. rehab gave us, but they're still in the box on the shelf. How am I supposed to install a smoke detector?

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                          Learn from the mistakes of others, you won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.
                          Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by jimnms:

                            We have smoke detectors that voc. rehab gave us, but they're still in the box on the shelf. How am I supposed to install a smoke detector?
                            Jim, don't know your level, can you at least insert the batteries in the detectors? Shoot, having them working and laying on a counter somewhere is better than nothing.

                            For us, we have an extinguisher in the kitchen entrance, and 2 smoke detectors. We also have a door out the bedroom to the patio for a secondary exit. Also have a cat and dog door so hopefully the "kids" will make it out too.

                            McD

                            "Rather be ridin' than rollin'"
                            "a T10, who'd Rather be ridin'; than rollin'"

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                              #15
                              I don't really know what the answer to this is, but in our district, there was a bad fire recently with a quad and his elderly mother in the house. She could not get him in his wheelchair so she put a blanket on the floor and pulled him off the bed onto it, and dragged him out to the sundeck. This was after calling 911 of course. Luckily the firefighters rescued them both from the sundeck. She was proclaimed a 'hero' but she said anyone would have done it for their family. Anyway, they were both very lucky, thanks to her quick thinking and acting.

                              Good thinking about the batteries in the fire alarm. I guess there's no reason it wouldn't work just as well on a table.......except it would be lower of course, making it a little later.

                              Darlene

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