Pets and Fire. Stay calm....stay calm......the cats ran under the bed. PANIC! - RasZoBai
 
I have mixed emotions about fire alarms. I get that they are in place to help save you should an actual fire invade your home. But for some reason, the only 'fire alarms' I've experienced were nothing more than a routine drill.
Our apartment building has a routine fire drill quite often, making it's tenants a little less frantic about there ever being a real fire. Personally, when I hear those bells go off I want to throw my pets in a bag and run for dear life. My fiancé however knows that they are simply drills and reminds me that there's no need for urgency.
A few weeks ago we were on our way out the door when the fire alarm went off. Unlike the beloved drills, this sound wouldn't stop. This constant "BBBBBRRRRRIIIINNNNNNGGGG" was filling every single corner of our apartment. The whole thing went something like this.
Me: "I think that's an actual fire alarm"
Scott: "No. It's just a drill"
Me: "Ya....but people are leaving the building"
Scott: "It's a drill, they do it all the time"
Me: "Fine. But if I hear fire trucks, we are out of here".
Outside world: "FIRE TRUCK SOUNDS!"
Me: "Holy crap! There's a REAL fire!"
When we brought both cats home, I opted to keep a cat carrier near the patio door should we ever need to make a quick get away. As Scott and I start to scramble trying to figure out what to do, I say "The cat carrier! It's by the patio door!". Look me at go, all prepared and such for these events. Sadly, I hadn't thought about the fact that Rascal is the size of a dog, and there was no way we could fit BOTH cats in this tiny wee carrier. Rascal butt actually burst the door open, and both cats made a bee-line for under the bed.
In the past, I've always been worried about my felines' absolute love of treats. I hated that they were so obsessed with it, and would drop whatever they were doing to respond to the sound of a treat sounding bag being opened. So as were freaking out because both cats are MIA, my brains goes "SHABAM!" Treats! Turns out my cats will risk their furry little lives for some Temptations! We coax them out, throw them in the dog crate and leave immediately. The entire thing probably last less than four minutes.

Turns out someone on the fourth floor "forgot" they were cooking something, and the smoke set the fire alarms off. Thankfully, we were on the second floor and had no trouble getting out of the building (if it meant saving my pets, I'd jump off any balcony!). Aside from strongly wanting to kick the "I like to cook and leave it to burn" person in the shins, the whole things ended up being pretty funny.
So, it turns out that dog crates double VERY well as a "don't let your cats burn to a crisp" escape option. Another highlight- people asking us if Rascal was some kind of exotic cat because of his size. Thinking back, I should have said a lion or something!
Hailey's Lady
4/23/2012 09:29:43

LOL! Good thinking!

I must admit I do not miss those apartment days. We seem to set our own smoke alarm off on a regular basis (I say it is testing it), but have not had to evacuate for some time. It is a concern though that we become so passive with the alarms that we assume they are just drills. At least in this drill you now have your plan!

How big is Rascal?

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5/10/2012 00:59:11

Rascal is about 20 pounds. He and Bailey were the same size when she was about 6-8 months old. He's HUGE. He has an extremely long body. He has no idea how big he is, seeing as how he still thinks he can fit in incredibly small spaces. What a nerd!

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4/30/2012 08:23:27

We set our alarm off all the time. It's usually Randie's fault.

I too am guilty of having ignored the odd fire alarm here and there when I lived in apartment buildings.

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5/10/2012 00:59:59

I know! I hate the apartment alarms. I thought once we moved out of the student ghetto we would be free from the alarms invading the apartment. Guess not!

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5/5/2012 05:34:44

Man of man! Good plan with the crates. When we first moved into our current place- the first week- the carbon monoxide alarm went off! I didn't know what to do! I was alone, 1 dog and two stubborn cats that were hiding from the noise! Luckily it was a false alarm...... the firemen said that in a fire usually a car knows to get out on their own and to leave the door open for them!

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5/10/2012 01:01:02

That's good advice! I never thought of that. I was pleasantly surprised though at how quickly they came out from under the bed. God Bless Temptation cat treats!

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5/18/2012 05:25:02

Hahaha! At first I thought it was only a fire drill! Anyway, does the management post a notice on fire drills? ‘coz it’s bizarre when they do that a lot without informing everyone. And if they do that often, people might mistake a real fire from a drill and ignore the alarms.

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6/23/2012 00:55:14

Found this blog from Weebly's index, nice!

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7/15/2012 17:29:39

Great blog; happy I found you!

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