Fire Alarm has been quite mistaken for random alarm devices, luxury goods needed by just a minority in the world, corporate organizations, and petrol stations, or where inflammable products are being sold or distributed.
From my young age till growing up, fire extinguishers a member of the fire alarm system has always been sighted at banking halls, offices, multi-internationals, etc. You can’t blame me because my educational background didn’t give a firm background about fire triangles and alarm systems etc,
It has always been common knowledge that fire outbreaks could be shut down via firefighters, water, sand, etc. This all changed with my true life story
Amaka is my name while on campus, I have always alluded to my friends and colleagues about my dream kitchen. How it will be like due to my passion and love of cooking food as well as home management. Several years after Graduation, My dream kitchen started coming together owing to the big pay received from my job and a fantastic husband. New hardwood floors were installed and cabinets were freshly hung. It was such an amazing start for my family
Until that dream went up in smoke. Amaka is well aware of the importance of fire safety due to her exposure to research, study, and first-hand experience. In the early morning of April 16, 2022, Amaka woke up to the shrill beeps of her smoke alarm blaring. Annoyed, at first what could cost her to be awake just before 5 a.m. on a Sunday
She ignorantly felt the smoke alarm was malfunctioning, she smacked it to try and get it to stop. That’s when she realized what was really happening. Her home was on fire. “It was at this moment I smelled smoke and saw a glow coming from my kitchen,” Amaka recalled. “I ran downstairs to find my gas stove and the cabinets above it on fire.”
While in panic mode, I rushed to rescue my 6year old daughter out of the burning house who had simultaneously already called the emergency number of firefighters. it took us a week to return back to gather belongings, It was at that time neighbours and well-wishers reminded me of the immense role smoke alarms played in saving my life and my daughter’s
Sharing this is to educate and enlighten everyone about the need for fire safety measures within their own homes. “After a few days I decided to share my story on social media and to remind my friends and family to check their smoke alarms because it literally saved me and my daughter’s life,” said Campbell.
“I had so many people reach out to me, including my family, letting me know that they either didn’t have batteries in their smoke alarms or only had one throughout the house. That is so concerning.”
Deputy Fire Fighting Chief Michael acknowledged that Amaka responded appropriately at the moment. “It’s important to note that smoke alarms are an early alerting system to get you and your family out of harm’s way. Not for you to focus on grabbing your personal items,” said Michael.
Michael spoke both of the ease that smoke alarms can be obtained and also of how a lack of vigilance in maintaining these alarms could result in disaster. “It’s something that’s so cheap and easy to put in place, but people just simply forget,”. “A simple battery could be the difference between life and death. It’s one of the most important things that homeowners can do for their home and for their family.”
Half of all home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are sound asleep and that roughly three out of five home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Combine these two facts, and you have deadly consequences.The National Fire Protection Association
Unfortunately, the fire didn’t spare Amaka’s new floors and cabinets, but she and her daughter are safe thanks to her quick thinking and vigilance with fire safety. For Amaka, that is the most important thing by a long shot.
“It really puts things in perspective. I worked hard for my house but, at the end of the day, it was just stuff. The only thing that matters to me is me and my daughter’s health and safety,” Amaka said. “If our ordeal helps save just one life, it’ll have been all worth it.”
Curated from Defense Visual Information Distribution Service