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Smoke Alarms Saves Lives

By Leilani      
I took this photo a few days ago and it's not of my usual pretty trees or fluffy stuff. I am putting it up today to try and raise as much awareness as I possibly can, because this fire was very personal to me.

It was my next door neighbours doll, what was left of the home she once had. An elderly disabled lady was trapped inside her blazing flat and if it wasn't for her smoke alarm, I would never have known there was a problem. Fortunately, I did hear it and saved her life, literally, by kicking the door down and dragging her out.

I am not putting this up to get recognition or praise, I have had that from her family. I just want people to realise that if you haven't got smoke alarms in your home, people like myself, may not be able to help.

Lastly, this was the result of candles, not unattended, but knocked over. Please if you know of folks who really shouldn't have these in their home, make them get rid of them. There are pretty battery operated ones now that are just as atmospheric.

I hope it will invoke a sense of what happens in the aftermath of losing your home to fire, and possibly your life for the sake of an inexpensive gadget.

I don't know if this will work, but if you have an Facebook account, and care to raise awareness, then please do share this link We put up lovely quotes and pretty pictures, but the really important stuff gets left out, awareness.

Be safe peeps Smile

Tags: Photo journalism Fire damage Portraits and people Life situations

Voters: mrswoolybill, barbarahirst, Jasper87 and 11 more

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 11:28AM
Powerful, personal PJ. The image and your story speak for themselves, I just hope that I would be able to cope in such a situation.

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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 11:30AM
thankyou for putting this up ....
Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
27 Jan 2013 11:45AM
Frightening, evocative and a powerful reminder, Loren.

widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
27 Jan 2013 12:43PM
Pretty graphic illustration of a nightmare situation , well done you for being a great neighbour Smile

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 12:50PM
Hard hitting and personal..

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
27 Jan 2013 4:42PM
Your a good Neighbour,verry frightening image
DixClix 9 2 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 5:39PM
Frightening story and scary image but it just proves that you can't be too careful!
Thank you for this salutary image and message; glad that you are such a caring neighbour!
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 6:29PM
Perfect idea to use the image as a warning to other, wonderful that it had a happy ending with a life saved. Thank you for sharing.
Test your smoke alarms on the first weekend of each month!
Source 7
27 Jan 2013 11:46PM
A very powerful and dramatic image.
Great that you are using this to spread awareness.

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