The Many Works of Pat Hatt
June 1, 2015
I decided to give the question a run this month since I have lived through it. And the question is:
If your house caught on fire, what’s the one thing you’d grab before running out?
I was coming home from work when my apartment building caught fire. They wouldn’t let anyone in, so I say screw them. I went around to the back while they were fighting the fire up front, snuck in and grabbed the cat. Only had Cassie at the time. The fire was at the front of the building, so just smoke was near us. It was either that or break the window and get her out. So the long answer is, the cat.
Now if it caught fire, and I was home, what would I grab? Everything I need, after the two cats. If I can get them easy I have everything set up and ready should the place burn down. A plan is in my head to grab everything I need from wallet, to passport, to laptop and move quickly out.
Live through it once and you get a whole new perspective. Of course that depends on how easy it is to catch the cats. If they make it tough and the fire is too near, too hot, too much smoke, etc. I’d grab them and jump from the balcony. It’s only a ten foot drop, might break my leg at most.
I’m not materialistic, so everything can burn. As long as the cats and I got out, I’d walk away whistling a tune, collect my insurance check and get a new place with new stuff. Easy as can be. Would rather get license, passport and stuff though if I can, as it would be a big headache to get them again.
Also as long as you don’t panic and keep a clear head, in most fires, you have time to get what you need and get out with no harm to you. Unless the oil tank blows up or you wake up with flames consuming your bed. Then you might want to just run.
So, yep, there is a plan. Yep, I’d grab the cats first. Yep, I think too much. Yep, experience does help. Nope, I wouldn’t panic, proved that. And nope, don’t want to live through a fire again. But if I do, oh well.
Has your place ever caught fire? Would you panic?
Enjoy life, forget the strife.