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Men who challenge men to stop violence

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 2:24am

BLAST! I did it again. I wrote in response to Daniel's home fires and calculated increase of US population and the decrease of home fires. Then I looked for some other information and in the process, I deleted my comment. It is late, and I don't want to recalculate it. I have to get up at 4:00 AM to get ready for my right-hand surgery. 

I know that will go well; the doctor is a pro and a prince!! He is so young! 

Goodnight everyone. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 1:23am

Ruth, you have had enough experiences with fire. I assume you have a smoke alarm in your bedroom and that it is loud. I'm glad you were able to awaken your husband. Did you have any permanent lung damage? 

When dad came to live with me after he broke his hip, my greatest fear was fire. He was 79s when he came; his weak muscles wouldn't hold him. He had to walk with a walker.

I had an alarm system installed that tied in with the smoke alarm business, and it had contact with the fire department. 

Dad had many falls the seven years he lived here. I was still working the first few years and then had to stop because he needed constant attention.  

When he fell, I could not get him up; he weighed over 200 pounds. So I called the fire department and told them I needed help picking Dad off the floor. I assured them they need not come as fast as they usually came. Dad was OK, and I could not lift him. The Alarm company and the fire department became friends, on a first name basis. 

We had an alarm that he wore in case he needed attention. He got along fine with it until he got lonesome if I wasn't home. I never locked the doors while he lived with me, the firefighters knew it. When Dad got lonesome, he pushed the button, and the firefighters would come in through the front door and find him happy to see them and ready for a chat. We had to take the alarm away from him.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 12, 2016 at 12:53am

Carl, what is the protocol in such an incident? Have you ever been in a flight accident during your career? Is there a safest part of the plane to fly? How would you manage such an incident?

I learned Transcendental Meditation (TM) at Whitworth 37 years ago and used the techniques when I started having heart problems, cancer,a blocked bowel, and carpel tunnel surgery. Doctors and nurses have been surprised at how well I endure the procedures. I explained to them that I have 37 years of daily practice of TM. 

I wonder if that training would work so well in a plane crash. Would I be able to be calm and focused when everyone around me was chaotic?

What do you think. 

Comment by Daniel W on September 11, 2016 at 11:10pm
Kathy, I bet you are right. I've set mine off a couple of times with smoky cooking.

As long as we are on the topic of fire hazard, it appears that fabric softener makes clothes more flammable.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/fabric-softener-suspected-...

there are multiple other articles about increased flammability of clothing treated with fabric softener. I don't know if that translates to dryer lint in the dryer exhaust, maybe? Fabric softener also interferes with wicking properties of some sport clothes, and damages microfabrics.
Comment by k.h. ky on September 11, 2016 at 11:18am
I would venture smoke detectors have contributed to fewer fires.
Comment by Plinius on September 11, 2016 at 4:24am

Many textiles for the home take longer to catch fire, due to new regulations.

Comment by Daniel W on September 11, 2016 at 3:30am
More data, again reassuring that despite flimsy furniture, home fires have decreased significantly in the past 15 years. Cooking is largest cause - frying maybe? - although that's only half.

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/
Comment by Daniel W on September 11, 2016 at 3:21am
house fires and deaths from them are much lower than 1977. Fewer smokers?

http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/f...
Comment by Daniel W on September 11, 2016 at 3:16am
I guess there's an advantage to hlving in an older home, and antique, or just old, furniture, minimal clutter, solid floors. i wonder if they had to discontinue old fire retardant upholstery due to carcinogens. I have driven 30 miles to check on whether I left coffee pot turned on - I did - and did it have auto shut-off - it didn't. Some think to think about when doing home improvements. We changed from carpet to bamboo due to easier to clean, fewer allergy, less flea hiding places - but bamboo might burn faster, I don't know.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 11, 2016 at 2:02am

I'm up in the middle of the night, thinking about what it means to have to leave 3 to 4 minutes after a fire starts. When our smoke alarm goes off, the two cats head to the basement. We would die if we tried to save them. We had an apartment fire decades ago. We were at ground level in a garden apartment, so had easy escape through the sliding patio door. Still, it took us a long time to evacuate. No pets yet. I had a terrible time waking my husband up. We both got some smoke inhalation, and left shoeless in our bed clothes. I'm sure our belongings today would produce toxic smoke.

Given my state, I'm not going to watch the passenger video. I'll have enough trouble getting to sleep again.

Yes, Plinius. In an emergency we operate from our primitive brains, not our higher brains. That's why fire escape doors can't have door knobs.

 

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