The husband has tried to create a positive out of this terrible tragedy by creating a video series on fire safety. There are 4 videos in the Kids and Character Series and I would like to recommend that you make it a priority to review these with your family ASAP. Taking a few moments now can save your life.
I have personally been involved with extinguishing two substantial fires in my life and can attest to the ineffectiveness of a single fire extinguisher and the irrational thoughts that one has in the heat of the moment. In both my cases, I had multiple extinguishers being supplied (6 or more 20lb units) by others and was able to extinguish the blaze, but in both cases I was at risk due to the confined quarters of the blase, or in the first case, by the fact that if I had been unable to extinguish the blaze, my path of escape would have been blocked.
I have known about the power of a 9V for some time because it is a common camping fire starter using just the battery and some steel wool. I was horrified when I viewed these videos and decided to check out my own 'bag of batteries' and was very grateful I did. As you can see in the photos below, I have several 9V batteries embroiled with the other batteries in the bag. Fortunately none of them had yet shorted out, but as I would have added more batteries or placed something over top of the bag, who knows if the contact between the terminals of two of the 9V's could have occurred.
|A bag of batteries can kill. I looked at the bag of batteries I have in my own house only to discover 6 or more 9V batteries tossed in.|
I want to thank Dave for taking such a difficult step to document his personal tragedy. You just may have saved a life or property at my house.