In Advice From A Risk Detective, we discuss the need for smoke and carbon dioxide detectors and recommend that, if you live in a multi-story home, you have a fire extinguisher on each floor as well as a rope ladder and an escape route.
This New York Times article follows up on the terrible Christmas Day fire that killed three children and their grandparents. There has been speculation about the cause of the fire in a home that was undergoing renovation; but here the suggestion is that fireplace coals were removed while still warm so that [shiver] Santa could come safely down the chimney.
There are plenty of lessons that could be learned from this story. If your home does not already have detectors installed, please consider doing so as soon as possible. I may have mentioned in an earlier blog that our neighborhood disaster preparedness team is working to get a maintenance company to come and service all the fire extinguishers in the neighborhood on a single date. This article has strengthened my determination to get this done in the first quarter of this year.