This morning at 6:12 a.m. I get a phone call from my alarm company telling me that our smoke alarm is going off at the grooming shop is everything okay? I don't know because I'm still at home in bed but not for very long let me tell you!! She dispatched the fire department to our location and they were here within 5 minutes of the alarm going off. I live 20 minutes away but I managed to make it here in 15.
My son who lives just a few blocks away got here before I did.
Fortunately for us it was a false alarm but our fire department is fantastic and has a system in place so that they know every business location. They know what happens in each business they know the point of emergency contacts and in our case they know that we board dogs and where they are located in the building.
They actually drew a map and it's in their database of our location. They have written permission to break Windows if they feel the need to. For example if they got here and saw smoke they could break my Windows come in and get the dogs because again they know exactly where they are.
Needless to say I'm in my nightgown standing at my grooming shop right now and I'm still shaking a little bit because that's a nerve wracking experience. Thinking that your grooming shop might be on fire will scare The Living Daylights out of you. But it also got me thinking.
How many of you have fire alarms? How many of you have just safety alarms? Should you consider adding heat or fire alarms? How many of your fire departments know that you may have dogs overnight if you are a kennel or a boarding facility? How many of your fire departments have an emergency plan in place like ours does?
Also how many of you have insurance that will cover you in case there is a fire or loss of animals due to a fire? If you do have insurance will it cover your entire cost of replacing everything in your building? Again that was going through my head while I'm barreling up here in my car. I know I have enough insurance but at the same point I was worried about it.
Something to think about on this Monday morning. and now I'm going home to go back to bed. If I can stop shaking. Psychological. I am barefoot and in my nightgown.... probably should put on at least my workout clothes before I go because I have to stop and get gas. Lol