Please everyone make sure you have working, non expired smoke alarms!!
We had ours checked last week and they were expired and not working at all so we had new ones fitted.
THANK GOD WE DID!!!
Today I put some veggies on the stove for lunch and went outside with DD to hang up some washing and for DD to have a run around and play.
I had an alarm set on my phone to get the veggies off after 10mins.
We were not even outside long, I hadn't even hung anything up yet when I could hear smoke alarms, at first I thought it was the neighbors, then I realized it was ours!
The house was locked up as I had the air con on so I couldn't see any smoke from the clothes line but went up to the house to check.
The house was full of smoke and my stove top, upper cupboards and a tea towel were in fire.
I immediately locked dd outside and got some water, I was about to put water on it when I suddenly remembered in the induction I had for work I was told any electrical fires need to be put out with a blanket, so I searched for our fire blanket that I knew was somewhere but settled for a large towel as I was just in utter panic mode.
(Please also be up to date on fire safety and which fires need water to put it out and which ones do not, if I had followed my first instinct and put water on it, I shutter to think what could of happened)
I got the fire put out, half the kitchen is a bit damaged and I have a small burn on my hand, dd was quite upset but we are all ok and thats the utter most important thing.
I have no idea what caused the fire but I'm guessing electrical, the stove top is electric and not gass.
we have someone who will be coming to check it all out soon.
But this situation could have gotten worse very quickly.
Please get your smoke alarms checked, if I didn't hear the alarm, it could have been a horrible outcome.
Especially if something like that happens whilst we were asleep.
I'm now keeping a fire blanket in the kitchen, I would advise others to do the same.
And please get educated on different types of fires, for some unknown reason I remembered back to my induction day at work when they went trough safety and remembered (that was nearly 4 years ago now)
When hubby gets home tonight we are doing up a fire safety and evacuation plan if god forbid anything out of the blue happens like that again and it is out of our control to put out.
Please Be safe.