This week I’ve been reading VARIETY FAIR, a tattered little household digest that graced my mother’s kitchen for as long as I can remember. Published in 1948 by the Altar Guild of St. James Catholic Church in Searcy, it contains recipes and lots of homemaking tips, some still useful. Others, not so advisable. Much has changed in 66 years.
Found under the heading of Safety in the Home
A few fire crackers placed at each corner of the basement and attic will improve your chances of being awakened in case of a fire at night.
If we replace our smoke alarm batteries as suggested when we change our clocks for Day Light Saving Time, we can feel pretty secure. After a close call at our house last year, I want to suggest that you add another item to your check list: Your Fire Extinguisher.
Lithium batteries are powerful, but safe as long as handled properly. Occasionally one gets damaged if a plane crashes or has a hard landing. For safety, they store and transport those batteries in special fireproof pouches and keep an eye on them during charging. That’s the reason they were on the kitchen counter. Our kitchen and den are connected and open enough for Terry to monitor it.
Good thing—because there we were, watching a NCIS rerun in the den, when I heard a loud whoosh behind me. Looking around, I saw two-foot-high flames leaping from the batteries.
My quick-witted husband grabbed long-nosed pliers from a drawer, pulled the wires away from the charger and dropped the burning battery on the tile floor. Regrouping fast, he picked it up again and carried it to the patio while I filled a bucket with water. Finally, we dumped the smoldering mass into the water and left it outside for a couple of days before he disposed of it.
Here’s my favorite plane.
You can bet from now on, we’ll check that fire extinguisher on a regular basis because we know we were very fortunate, and we are extremely grateful.
Don’t put it off. It could save your home or your very life.