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Old 01-07-2013, 08:08 AM   #16
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I evacuated from Tower 2 on 9/11. When I hear a fire alarm, I'm out.
Exactly. That is what needs to be remembered. Get out.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:33 AM   #17
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Totally paranoid. Fire alarm means GET OUT! You have maybe two minutes in most house fires before you're overcome with smoke. No time to sit there and agonize over the extremely unlikely possibilities. I agree that your reaction set a really bad example for your children. Ours are taught that a fire alarm means GO! Do not stop to get dressed. Do not stop for a toy, or to find the cat. Get out of the house and walk to the neighbors'. Then call 911.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:35 AM   #18
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I evacuated from Tower 2 on 9/11. When I hear a fire alarm, I'm out.
I am so glad you had the sense to get out and stay out! Nothing on earth could have made me stay/go back into those buildings, and it has always really bothered me that some people were OUT and went back in.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:48 AM   #19
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I refuse to live in fear that around every corner some type of terrorist or crazy person is waiting to kill me.

In a hotel, the fire alarm goes off, I'm outta there!
Same and I cannot fathom thinking any other way.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:16 AM   #20
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I refuse to live in fear that around every corner some type of terrorist or crazy person is waiting to kill me.
In a hotel, the fire alarm goes off, I'm outta there!


You living in fear is exactly what they want and I refuse to let them win.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:57 PM   #21
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By not evacuating you could have put the lives of your family members at risk.
You are also putting the lives of firefighters at risk if they have to come in and get you.

A fire alarm means evacuate.

It does not mean call the front desk. It does not mean sitting in your room paranoid of active shooters etc. It means get out. Period.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:45 PM   #22
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I would have been as soon as I could throw on my shoes along with my family.

Decades ago in MA was a nightclub fire (Coconut Grove) and my grandfather was an ambulance driver. He didn't talk about it much but when he did, what he said was chilling, bodies jammed in doors and IDs being made by clothing and the personal belongings. It actually bothered him more than fighting in the war. Something about it being so random and happening in normal life.

So I feel better safe than sorry if an alarm goes off.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:47 PM   #23
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I don't know if I was in a room on the fourth floor with a balcony I probably would have done what exactly what you did especially if I did not see fire, smell smoke, or see others leaving.
I agree. OP, I don't blame you and your DH one bit for reacting the way you did. Yes, it seems slightly paranoid, and several years ago maybe this response may have seemed odd. But I would have reacted exactly the way you and your DH did.
(Now, if there was any evidence of an actual fire, I would have moved my family to safety without hesitation.)
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:54 PM   #24
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I would have been as soon as I could throw on my shoes along with my family.

Decades ago in MA was a nightclub fire (Coconut Grove) and my grandfather was an ambulance driver. He didn't talk about it much but when he did, what he said was chilling, bodies jammed in doors and IDs being made by clothing and the personal belongings. It actually bothered him more than fighting in the war. Something about it being so random and happening in normal life.

So I feel better safe than sorry if an alarm goes off.
I remember learning about the Coconut Grove fire in one of my history classes. It is the reason that buildings built after a certain time are required to have doors that open out instead of in.


Next time you hear a fire alarm, please get out.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:02 PM   #25
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Fire can be in the walls, unseen, it could be in a different area, not yet to you. You have no clue how fast fire can spread. It's never something to take lightly.
Also, as someone said, a person who refuses to evacuate, in the event of an actual fire, forces a fire fighter to put themselves in (more)danger to come after you.
As the wife and sister of firefighters, I'd really prefer that people just got out.
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