Houselopnik PSA: PLEASE test your smoke detectors.

My cousin lost both her kids last week in a house fire. By the time she woke up, it was too late to save her children. Her room was on the main floor, and the stairs going up to the 2nd floor were already gone. When first responders arrived, they couldn’t even use a ladder to get to the kids windows on the 2nd floor. The house was fully engulfed. It was determined none of the smoke detectors were in working condition. She might of been able to get them out if she had been woken just 5 mins earlier by an alarm. She literally watched in horror as her house burned to the ground with her children inside. I can’t tell you how devastated she is. She will probably spend the rest of her life blaming herself for not having tested the smoke detectors. It breaks my heart to see her in so much pain, and nothing I can say or do can ease that pain. I‘m not posting this for condolences. Please, I just want everyone to test the ones in your homes. Minutes matter, seconds matter when it comes to fire. We never think this kind of tragedy will happen to us or to our family, until it does. One easy way to remember to test yours, is to make it a habit and do it twice a year when the time changes for daylight savings. Or use holidays like New Years and July 4th.

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