A couple of weeks ago, in a house on the street behind us, the family was cooking dinner.  They had chicken out on the grill on their patio.  They went inside to check on something, and when they came back out, there were flames shooting from their propane tank to their house.  They quickly got everyone out of the house and made sure they were safe.  The fire department came and put out the fire, but they will be out of their house for 4 months while they get a whole new roof, new carpet, and wall board (from the water).  In a matter of minutes their lives changed drastically.

I came way too close to that 15 minutes ago. 

I was blow drying my hair when my dryer stopped for a few seconds then started going again.  I thought the power had flickered.  It did it again and I pulled it away from hair to look at it.  And then it sparked.  From the base of the blow dryer, a huge orange spark shot out and I heard it sizzle. 

Now, if I had been smart, I would have just dropped it.  No, I threw it…into the hall…onto the carpet.  Fortunately, nothing happened.  I quickly unplugged it and sat and stared at it while smelling the acrid smell of burnt wires.  My kids saw the spark and were freaked out as well.  After I was sure nothing was going to happen, I took the hair dryer and quickly threw it away. 

What would I have done if the carpet had caught fire?  I am seriously freaked out, thinking about all the “what if’s".  But for today, I am so grateful that nothing happened. 

Now I just have to figure out what to do with my wet hair!


Kristen said... Reply To This Comment

Fires are the scariest things. I thought about all the what if's when oil exploded in my kitchen a while back. They destroy things so fast. Maybe we shouldn't build our houses with the same thing that we put in our fireplaces. ;)

Tia said... Reply To This Comment

Scary! I'm glad your house didn't burn down!

Angie said... Reply To This Comment

How scary! I'm glad everything is ok. Yikes!

Mindy said... Reply To This Comment

Ah! That is so scary! I could make myself sick with what-if's. I might tend to be a worrier, it's true, but that is scary!

Mindy said... Reply To This Comment

That is so scary! I'm glad nothing terrible happened! I could make myself sick thinking about "what-if's"

Debbie said... Reply To This Comment

That is so scary. I'm happy you all were OK. I've had that sort of thing happen and it always freaks me out.
So sad about your neighbors' house.

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