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In his recently released autobiography, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, Chris Hadfield writes: “In my experience, fear comes from not knowing what to expect and not feeling you have any control over what’s about to happen. . . . Nothing boosts confidence like simulating a disaster, engaging with can buy cheap canada goose jacket on sale fully, both physically and intellectually, and realizing you have the ability to work the problem.”

It was similar reasoning that guided my husband and me when we began thinking about teaching our kids about fire safety. We didn’t want to alarm our three children, but at the same time, we knew we were behind the ball. Our eldest was already seven years old, yet we had never taught our kids the fire-escape skills that could save their lives.1

It’s time to do it, we decided, time to have our first family fire drill. Once our kids learn what to do in the event of fire, can buy cheap canada goose jacket on sale will inspire confidence and help put worries to rest.

In truth though, the inspiring confidence and calm part was meant to reassure my husband and me more than the kids. Our children were blithely unaware of Canada’s fire safety statistics, but we weren’t.

According to Fire Prevention Canada, eight Canadians die in fires every week. An alarming 78 per cent of those deaths are from fires in the home, with most deaths occurring in the wee hours of the morning. Fire Prevention Canada also warns that families have only three minutes to escape a house fire before deadly conditions can develop.

Unfortunately our family fire drill didn’t go as well as we had hoped. Looking back, it’s one of our family’s funniest memories, but at the time our fire drill was judged a sad and sorry failure.

Here’s how my husband and I discovered the weakness in our fire escape plan:

Our three kids, plus my husband and I, exited our house swiftly, then gathered at the appointed meeting place on our front lawn. My husband had just begun to congratulate the kids on a great job, when he was interrupted by a loud wail from my daughter.

“Spirit! We left Spirit in the fire!”

In that moment, solely within Joanna’s imagination, the pet hamster she had given the grandiose name Spirit Adventure Wilson certainly was having an adventure, but a none-too-pleasant one.

“This is just pretend,” my husband reasoned. “We’re only practicing.” But Joanna wouldn’t be comforted. Her screams of woe grew louder and louder until we had our very own emergency siren standing right there on our front lawn, going full blast!

There you have it: the success of our first fire drill was hampered by a forgotten hamster!

Our family’s story is a somewhat frivolous example, but it does help illustrate another great point Chris Hadfield makes about practicing for emergencies. In a fascinating chapter entitled “The Power of Negative Thinking” Hadfield writes:

“Sometimes a sim[ulation] is . . . a crucible where you identify gaps in your knowledge and encounter domino effects that simply never occurred to you before.”

In our family’s case, my husband and I never considered the pets. Most importantly, we neglected to instruct the kids not to rescue them. Although we recall the incident today with a smile, the lesson we learned at the time was sobering. If the fire had been real, Joanna might have wasted precious minutes trying to scoop up her hamster. (The hamster lived in an old fish aquarium which was much too heavy for her to carry.)

Can I urge you to practice your family’s fire escape plan soon? How about today? Talking about safety with your kids is good, but actually practicing safety plans is far more effective. That’s what truly helps identify problems and cement survival skills that might one day make all the difference.

Do you practice fire safety drills with your family? What about other basic emergency procedures? Take a peek at this our “short list” and see how many safety steps you’ve already got covered!

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