The season of Christmas lights and candles is upon us. This Best Shot Monday is Manic Monday — my confusion about fire safety. Of course, once you start lifting rocks to find out what’s underneath, you find things you had not expected.
First, let me say that I love Safety Town. Last summer, when we were in the throes of Safety Town Bliss, my child was a miniature safety patrol officer himself; hunting through my house to find any violations. “Mom, when was the last time you changed the smoke alarm batteries?” “Mom, we have to stop, look and listen at every railroad crossing,” and once, when I asked him to put some folded towels away on a shelf, he responded, “Mom, I’m not supposed to touch things I’m not familiar with.”
Then there is this issue, “Mom, we have to get a fire safety ladder right away.”
The fire safety ladder. The topic came in a special memo, direct from the Fire Safety Education Coordinator (FSEC), warning us to buy the ladder right away. Before rushing out to buy the ladder, I pause. My children are climbers. You can see them here. There is no mountain too treacherous or fearful for them to climb. If there is no way up there, they’ll make their own path.
The thought of them alone in their room with a ladder makes me feel uneasy. However, this portion from the FSEC letter makes me even more nervous:
Explain to (your child) that if they have to use the window because the bedroom door is blocked or too hot, and they don’t have an escape ladder or a porch or roof to climb onto, they should open the window, wave a pillow case or sheet or blanket out the window, and scream for help. They should stay low by the window in case smoke enters their room. By doing this, the fire department will be able to see and hear them, or a neighbor might be able to help before the fire department arrives.”
Quite a horrifying image. There is no roof outside of their window for them to climb onto. So, I began researching the fire safety ladder. I found quite a can of worms in that industry. Kiddie is a mass producer of fire safety ladders. They actually ripped off their ladder design from two starving college students, who created the safest, strongest, smallest and easiest- to-use X-IT Ladder. Due to Kiddie’s presence in the marketplace, their ladders are sold everywhere. But buyer beware. Their “knocked-off version” actually melts during a fire. According to Lawyers USA:
Despite the verdict, Kidde has never recalled the thousands of ladders sold to American households. As far as we know, there are 16,606 flammable fire escape ladders that are still out there and haven’t been recalled.”
Maybe we should just all sleep together in the same room. But, according to this, even the mattress isn’t safe. So, do you have a fire safety ladder for your child? If you are interested, find out about the awesome X-IT Ladder on their home page. Despite the legal battle, the Kiddie is still sold everywhere, but the X-IT, original is thankfully still available and you can read about it on their web site.