In a fire is it better to try and rescue my child or get out and wait for the fire department?
May 3, 2011 10:50 AM Subscribe
Fire Safety: I have a 16 month old son. If there is a house fire while I'm sleeping is it better to try and rescue him or get out of the house and wait for the fire department to rescue him?
posted by bingwah to Home & Garden (32 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Some more details: I live in a raised ranch style house so our main living space is on the 2nd story. My son's bedroom is right across the hall from mine. My bedroom has a window that opens onto our deck so escaping would be pretty easy. It's about a 15 foot drop from my son's bedroom window to the ground.
My plan right now: My wife would try to get our dog out our bedroom window and then evacuate herself. I would wrap a wet blanket around my face and try to cross the hallway into my son's bedroom. If the smoke doesn't seem too bad I would try to run back to my bedroom and go out the window onto the deck. If the smoke is bad I would use strap my son into a baby carrier and use an escape ladder to get out my son's bedroom window (or jump if I didn't think I had enough time to set up the ladder).
I know how fast a fire can spread and how bad smoke can be so is this a stupid plan? Would it be safer to just get out and hope the fire department comes quickly after calling 911? I don't think I could bare to evacuate knowing my son is still in the house. And yes, I will be contacting my local fire department to see what they recommend.