Back in the late 80’s we had a fire in our home. I woke up to the sound of the smoke alarms and had Paul call 911 while I got the kids downstairs and out of the house. By the time I got to the front door, there was a policeman there already. He must have just been driving by. We got the kids and animals outside and the firemen got there and we couldn’t “find” the fire. Finally one of the fireman discovered it was the toaster and it had burned the oven mitts that I kept on top of it. Being they were “flame retardant,” all they did was smolder and STINK! I will never forget that smell. Nothing was really ruined but it took a lot of clean up. There had been a short in the toaster and it just turned on. Of course ever since, I never leave my toaster plugged in.
Another time we had company from out of town. I had turned the dishwasher on and we’d all gone to the grocery store and when we got back we found our kitchen floor covered in water. Down in the basement it looked like it was raining. The dishwasher had gotten stuck and didn’t turn off. Another lesson, don’t leave home with water running in any machine.
There were the other little accidents. Toby and Shane were about 4 and upstairs taking a bath when we noticed water dripping from the living room ceiling. They overflowed the bathtub! I’m sure it was all Shane’s idea (sarcasm!)!!!
Jason caught on fire once. I’d gotten home from working on the playground and was really cold so I lit a fire in the fireplace and when Jason got home from school, he sat down on the hearth and a spark must have landed “just perfect” and his shirt started it on fire. I was in the kitchen fixing supper and he called “MOM” is such a way that I knew something was wrong. I ran in and threw him to the ground and ripped his shirt right off his body. After it was over, we laughed like hyena’s. It must have just been shock but we sat there laughing.
So now I never leave my house with heat of any kind on. Not even the coffee pot plugged in and never leave my washer or dishwasher on.
How about you? Have any freak things happened to you that scared you and altered the way you do things?