I could be all negative and say that our New Year hasn’t started out well since we almost had a fire New Year’s Eve and our new house may have some electrical problems, but instead I will focus on the positive. Our 2010 started off very well because our new house DID NOT BURN DOWN.
New Year’s Eve began as a pretty typical night. I was in the family room with Colin and Noah while Christian was having a battle of wills with Zoe at the dinner table because she would not sit still and eat. I had started some laundry a while earlier, and we were waiting for some friends to arrive with their kids.
Suddenly I started to smell a horrid burning odor. We tracked down the stench and found that the electrical outlet where our dryer was plugged in was probably about 30 seconds from bursting into flames. Fun times. I guess the wiring in the receptacle was loose. LUCKILY, we were home and awake when it happened. Scary stuff.
Ironically, the man we bought the house from was a firefighter, but we realized we did not have a single fire extinguisher here. We had them at our old house because we purchased them in order to pass our home study visit with the social worker before we adopted Zoe. We left them though because they were mounted on the walls.
New Year’s Day involved a trip to the hardware store to buy fire extinguishers for each level of our house, and a resolution to test our smoke detectors monthly.