6 kids dead in slumber party house fire

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/24/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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(CBS/AP) CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A fire tore through a two-story home that had no functioning smoke detectors Saturday in West Virginia's capital city, killing eight family members, including six children, the city's mayor said.



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Not so much a debate.



First of all this is terrible. The poor families of the children that allowed their children to sleep over for the birthday party. Something many of us do. I have never thought of this ever happening. So sad. :(



Just wondering if you have checked your smoke detectors lately, changed the batteries (if they are not hard wired) and how many do you have?



In our home, we may have gone overboard but I prefer that then not enough. We have 6 of them. We have one in our hallway outside of our bedrooms. One outside both sides of our kitchen, making two. One at our entrance. One in our laundry room. One in our rec room and one in our storage room.



We change the batteries every 6 months and test them every 6 weeks.



We have an evacuation plan. We have not practiced in years though. I think it is time we did again.



We have not replaced our fire extinguisher and it is definitely due. Time to do that as well, for us.



I don't think you can be too catious with keeping your family safe.



How many do you have in your home? How often do you check them? How often do you change the batteries? Do you have an evacuation plan, that has been worked through with all family members? Do you have an extinguisher in your kitchen?

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Stifler's - posted on 03/25/2012

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Yes they went off last night when we had a bbq. no flies on them! I have 2 fire blankets in my kitchen too and a mini fire extinguisher.

Jenni - posted on 03/25/2012

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OMG. :( How horrible. Those poor children and their families.



We have a very small, one level house. When we moved in we had 3 smoke alarms (which tbh IS a bit overkill considering our house is so small). We had to take down the one outside our bedroom in the front of the house because even though it was the furthest away from our kitchen. For some reason it would always go off; every time we cooked. There were two in the hallway outside my son's room. *scratches head* Again, 1 went off every time we cooked. The other one was just right, if something started burning (food) in the kitchen it would go off. Not just from turning on the stove or burner! So yeah, we only have the one left now. After reading this... I'm concerned! We do check it often to make sure it's working... but what if......

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