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FAMILY DIES IN FLAT FIRE
A father and two children were killed by smoke inhalation according to a coroners investigation....
How many times have you seen this sort of headline in the local paper or TV news?
Of course we want to keep intruders out of our homes, but there's a right way and a wrong way to go about it!
Putting the lives of our loved ones at risk is definitely NOT the right way to do it. Yet of all the many hundreds of homes I have visited to survey for new windows and doors, the great majority have locks on the bedroom windows AND NO IDEA WHERE THE KEYS ARE.
For heavens sake! I'm sure it is done with the best of intentions, but are our valuables more important than our children's lives? Of course they aren't, but we have to give the matter some thought. It's SMOKE that's the real killer, and if it doesn't kill you it will truly spoil your day even if it doesn't maim you for life. Rising sash windows have lots of advantages over casement windows, especially in terms of fire-escape and ventilation. Do make sure that you, your family and visitors (who, by definition, may not know how to get out quickly) are not put at risk by being locked in.
Secure window locks and latches are easy to come by, these days, and SupaSash windows all offer the options of security with safety. Ask our representative to talk you through the options.
Remember, thieves manage to get into Banks, despite their elaborate security, and if they REALLY want to get in to your house, your efforts are unlikely to keep them out. They'll just do more damage getting in. Best install deterrents (alarms, lights, gravel, thorny bushes, etc) to encourage thieves to go and bother someone else.
I first discovered the dangers of continental-style multi-point door locks almost forty years ago in Mallorca, long before they became common in the UK. I was installing fitted furniture in a client's holiday flat, and the family bade me a cheery farewell and went off to the beach for the day. At lunchtime, I discovered that I WAS LOCKED IN, on the sixth floor! Of course it wasn't intentional; they simply hadn't given it any thought. Happily, they had left me a fridge full of beer, so I made the most of it, but it woke us all up to the potential for disaster.
We have these locks everywhere, now, and we always leave a key in the lock when someone is in the house, in case of fire.
When the house is empty, we take the the keys with us. If an intruder gets in through a window, he has to go out the same way. Passing a flat-screen TV through the window stands a chance of alerting the neighbours, even if a removals van is parked outside.
Keep safe, and stay out of the papers.
Twenty five years ago we bought a Victorian attic-farmhouse, and within minutes of visiting for the first time, our young daughter had 'bagged' the large attic bedroom for herself. This gave me a real headache: With no fire doors anywhere in the house, the two-storey stairwell would become a 'chimney' in the event of a fire, and escape for someone on the attic floor would be impossible. The answer proved to be a Davey Descender - a braked reel that allows a body of any weight to descend from a high place at a steady speed. It sits tidily and unobtrusively on the wall above the window until it's needed. In that event, you slip the harness over your shoulders and under the armpits, throw the other end out of the window, then follow it down yourself. As you go down, the other end comes back up, ready for the next person. A brilliant answer to allay my fears.
The main concern was whether it might become the main attraction at some wild party, one day - a sort of drunken bungey-jumping. (If it did, I never found out about it).