We all fear fire, but many of us think home fires happen only to other people. Until it happens to you, you may not realize some of the easy precautions you can take to make your home safer.
At noon on June 21, 2006, I was three months pregnant and had just returned from a morning out with my two-year-old son when we heard a smoke alarm in the apartment below ours. I was trying to call my neighbor when she banged on the door and yelled “Grab the baby and get out! There’s a fire!”