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Hotel employees: What are you asked to do in the event of a fire?

Have you or someone you know ever worked in a hotel? Or are you a firefighter? If so, I am studying fire safety and would like to know what (if anything) hotel employees are trained to do in the event of a fire? [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Feb 19, 2014 - 14 answers

1000% of the US RDA of WHOOOOOOMP.

In an attempt to be all healthy and virtuous, I tried to make kale chips in the microwave. I nuked a small plate of plain, unadorned kale. The kale WENT UP LIKE A FREAKING FIREWORK (sparks, flames, scary noises). Multiple times (hey, I learn by doing). WHY?! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Dec 24, 2013 - 16 answers

There was a small fire in my microwave and it still works. Safe to use?

A paper bag caught fire in our microwave and charred the insides while it was burning for about a minute. The microwave shut off during the fire, but now it seems to work normally. Safe to use? [more inside]
posted by Defenestrator on Oct 10, 2013 - 16 answers

How to help young child with anxiety/fear of fire

Precocious 6 y.o. daughter has suddenly developed an intense fear of fire. If the stove is on, she is sobbing or screaming or fretting. Same thing with the (outside) grill and my neighbor's fire pit. Logic, reason, discussion are all fruitless; as long as there is visible fire, she's terrified. How to help her cope? [more inside]
posted by disconnect on Oct 7, 2013 - 21 answers

Can I make Fire + Wood Deck = Safe?

We will be building a deck in a few weeks, and another aspect we would like to have with our new outdoor environment is a nice small fire to sit around for the cooler Minnesota evenings. What are our options without risking burning the deck (and/or the house) down? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips on Aug 16, 2013 - 11 answers

A Quote About Fire Or Something

What does it feel like to walk across a thick carpet of cooled ash, like after a forest fire or a house fire? I'm writing a book and I didn't think about the sensation until right now, and I'm quite clueless. Thank you!
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 on Aug 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Is my house about to burn down?

I'm scheduled to leave for a much-needed vacation in about two hours, and my dishwasher just died in a hot & smelly way -- is it about to catch fire after I drive away? Sorry - I'm paranoid and in a rush and I need you people to help me think. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jul 2, 2013 - 21 answers

My Cooker Wants To Kill Me

Why is my oven crackling and sparking at the on/off switch and will it start a fire in my wall? [more inside]
posted by fruitopia on May 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Fire in oven element - can I still use burners?

So I had a small fire in my oven... [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive on Jan 28, 2013 - 16 answers

Help make searching for a fire pit the opposite of "the pits."

Is there a cheaper alternative to a new, store-bought fire pit/bowl that I'm not thinking of? (The cheapest I've seen is about $50.) [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Aug 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Old fire extinguishers good?

Can old fire extinguishers be good or tested and refilled again? [more inside]
posted by boby on Jul 1, 2012 - 10 answers

How do dragons breathe fire?

How do dragons breathe fire? [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on May 15, 2012 - 15 answers

The Kindle Fire or the Nook Color, what's the better tablet for cartoonists??

Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet. What's better for a cartoonist? [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Apr 21, 2012 - 18 answers

Contractor set the house we're buying on fire. Now what?

We're under contract to buy a house. Two weeks before closing, a contractor performing agreed-upon presale repairs caught the house on fire. We've got a lot of questions about what happens next. [more inside]
posted by treblemaker on Apr 4, 2012 - 19 answers

No Glee in Mudville

Our new Kindle Fire is great, but it tells us we need to update our Flash Player when we want to watch Glee. If I try to DL the new file from the Adobe message, it seems to stall right after it starts. If I go to settings, it shows that Flash is " Always on". I haven't tried any other shows on FOX, but it seems to work fine for NBC stuff. Any Ideas?
posted by lobstah on Mar 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Preoccupied with the problems of his kingdom, Peagood accidentally let the cakes burn.

So, now that the oven fire is out, what do I do now?! [more inside]
posted by peagood on Nov 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Should I be coming down with the flue?

Our new apartment (in Oakland, CA, if that matters) has a functional fireplace. Yay! Every other fireplace I've ever been around had a chain or handle of some kind to pull to open the flue. There's nothing of the sort here. Boo! Is this some kind of strange California fireplace without a flue? How can I tell? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha on Nov 11, 2011 - 22 answers

Boston to Fire Island?

I am attending a bachelorette party next weekend on Fire Island, NY and live in Boston, MA. I've been unable to find an efficient route that doesn't include 2 ferry rides and would appreciate any suggestions that allow me to take my car as far as possible.
posted by dagnyduquette on Aug 4, 2011 - 11 answers

How much to worry?

Burning hunk filter: How long can you let salt dough sit in an oven at 200 degrees before it burns or becomes a problem? Do we need to wake people up or call 911? Or can it stay in until morning? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Jul 19, 2011 - 7 answers

Can my employer fire me because I am unable to work due to a motor vechicle accident?

Can my employer fire me because I am unable to work due to a motor vechicle accident? [more inside]
posted by isopropyl on May 18, 2011 - 23 answers

What do I do after my automatic sprinkler goes off?

What do you do after an automatic sprinkler in your home gets activated? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF on Apr 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Bonfire of the Vanitizzle [rap-filter]

Seeking urban bonfire imagery in rap videos. Usually the fire is just in the background and/or a crowd is gathered around it, while the rapper does his (usually his) thing. I feel I've seen plenty but am blanking on specific examples. Not thinking of scenes where the rapper is walking away in triumph from some scene of vengeful or simply spectacular explosion, however. (Sorry for horrid pun in title.)
posted by taramosalata on Apr 1, 2011 - 17 answers

What on Earth is this?

What is this? I've had it hanging on my wall for a year or two. It was found on the sand below the water line at the Fire Island National Seashore/Wilderness. It's lightweight and friable, like a sea creature. It's 24 cm (9.4 inches) long by 11 cm (4.3 inches) wide. 24 cm is 1.7 monkey skulls, if that helps.
posted by jcrcarter on Feb 17, 2011 - 11 answers

Identify the music in this trailer

Does anyone know if the music in the English trailer for The Girl Who Played With Fire is original to the film, or if it was pilfered from somewhere else? SLYT
posted by New England Cultist on Dec 21, 2010 - 3 answers

quest for fire

Any know how to manually light an old Whirlpool Cleantop oven? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on Nov 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Calling all pro/amateur fire investigators

What caused this strange candle behavior? [more inside]
posted by citywolf on Nov 4, 2010 - 11 answers

What can be salvaged from a contaminated apartment

Contaminated apartment/building due to fire - can my friend expect to get anything out eventually? [more inside]
posted by Disco Moo on Nov 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Dude, You're Throwing HEAT!

How fast would you have to throw a baseball in order for it to catch fire? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Mar 11, 2010 - 19 answers

Personality Change after a life altering event?

Has anyone ever experienced a personality change after a life-endangering experience? [more inside]
posted by dortmunder on Feb 2, 2010 - 27 answers

Does anyone remember this old game that came bundled with windows 95 (or possibly 98)?

Does anyone remember this old game that came bundled with windows 95 (or possibly 98)? It involved walking around collecting different boots that let you walk across fire, ice, ect. I think it may have been called something like sim's sims or something like that. Pardon my lack of usable description of the game - I was 6 when I played it, so my memory is a bit fuzzy. Thanks! -Charlie
posted by AZNsupermarket on Jan 11, 2010 - 6 answers

How did I not start an electrical fire?

How did I not burn down my house? I realized I had run close to 5000 watts on a 15-amp line, where 1500 watts would be considered the most to put on the line. [more inside]
posted by dragonsi55 on Jan 6, 2010 - 9 answers

Explosive listening?

Would spraying a stick-on (paper) CD label with artists' fixative make the disc unsafe to play? [more inside]
posted by katje on Dec 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Emergency help with a Viking funeral for a small bird.

I need to build a small bonfire in Oakland,Ca. Tonight. Something campfire sized at largest. Want to be both safe and within the law. Emergency mourning. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Dec 6, 2009 - 13 answers

Where's the fire?

Seeking fire department incident response websites from anywhere in the world – updated on the fly (e.g. Toronto) or whenever they get the chance (Shropshire), it doesn't matter. Does your area's fire service do this?
posted by avocet on Dec 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Outside Air Filter

We want to add a wood stove to my wife's studio, currently under construction. Is outside combustion air a must or a maybe? [more inside]
posted by ulotrichous on Oct 7, 2009 - 8 answers

How to save our skillets

Our cast iron skillets caught fire. Can they ever be used again? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Aug 22, 2009 - 20 answers

Kids floating outside the kitchen window

how to empty the fire escape as quickly as possible in the event of NOT a fire [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Aug 2, 2009 - 18 answers

Where can I find this old Flash animation with hopping bunnies and the head of Margaret Thatcher?

Does anyone remember and know where I can find an old Flash animation that I saw on the internet years ago, which featured hopping bunnies, the floating head of Margaret Thatcher, and a jaunty song containing the word 'ja!'? [more inside]
posted by chrismear on Jun 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Can unplugged irons cause fires?

Can unplugged irons cause fires? One of my housemates (Housemate A) observed that my other housemate (Housemate B) put the clothes iron back into the cupboard without letting it cool down. How dangerous is this? [more inside]
posted by tomargue on May 16, 2009 - 16 answers

Examples of fire and water/ice as religious symbols?

I’m looking for examples of fire, water, and/or ice being used as religious symbols or in religious practice in some way shape or form. Help? [more inside]
posted by CitrusFreak12 on Nov 29, 2008 - 21 answers

Killed Me Some Ants!

I set fire to a colony of tiny red ants. Now they have gone away. Why/how did this work? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Aug 13, 2008 - 11 answers

What have we lost forever?

What significant items have been irretrievably lost? [more inside]
posted by MrBCID on Jan 8, 2008 - 86 answers

Where to find a dingbat of a flame?

Looking for a dingbat. [m.i.] [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Apr 7, 2004 - 3 answers

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