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(San Bernardino Sun)   Your house is on fire. You have time to save one thing. What would it be?   (sbsun.com) divider line 288
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2012-10-08 12:28:00 AM
Unopened bottle of Sam Adams Utopias
 
2012-10-08 12:31:25 AM
The Staff i used to break my Window, The two computers Blocking my way out of the window, and my small box of unknown items... GET AWAY FROM ME!!!!!! ...attached to my ass
 
2012-10-08 12:33:59 AM
Odd to see how many material possessions people cling to while considering this situation...
Which is fine, humans are weird with their quirky selfish possessions, such as I am too.
But as the Headline asked, to pick only one, which is difficult.

Rational me: Cell phone to call 911 to save as much crap as possible.

Scared "Oh shiat, the house is on fire" me: Probably the beer or some water...
 
2012-10-08 12:34:52 AM
My kitteh of course. I have insurance, everything else is easily replaceable.

Plus any documents/data/etc that I care at all about are in a fireproof safe (they are cheap).
 
2012-10-08 12:35:50 AM
oh yeah, and my rifle in the corner...
 
2012-10-08 12:46:20 AM
Stop telling the internet where you keep your bug out bag.

/get off my lawn
 
2012-10-08 12:46:32 AM
My laptop...no,
my kids...no,
My laptop.
 
2012-10-08 01:03:11 AM
Having been in two very smoky apartment fires in NYC in the last 15 years, I can pretty confidently say that any of you farkwits talking about saving your guns are FULL OF SHIAT. Personally, I'd prioritize my lappy over anything non-living. But here's the thing; one good gulp of smoke and you are farking in survival mode. And house smoke is not like any other kind of smoke, not campfire, not a tire fire; it is the smell of death and destruction; paint, wires, plastic, plaster, all the shiat you NEVER want to smell burn in closed quarters. And when you open a door and a blast of heat and choking smoke smashes you in the face and that is what is between you and the front door a couple stories down, you do not give a shiat about 'stuff'.

Both times I spent a few minutes trying to see if I could put it out, fire extinguishers, water buckets. Then the smoke hits and the most cogent thought I could get was FIND SHOES AND COAT AND RUN OR CRAWL TO NEAREST EXIT (both were in winter).
 
2012-10-08 01:16:02 AM
My cat and tortoise
 
2012-10-08 01:39:18 AM

Publikwerks: wingedkat: Hack Patooey: My ass

yup.

and the pets, if they aren't out already.

Dude, insurance will replace the pets. Are you going to file a claim for your porn collection?


My entire computer is backed up off site. everything else can be replaced.
 
2012-10-08 01:46:16 AM
The Fire
 
2012-10-08 02:01:21 AM
assuming all family and pets are out, my go bag.
 
2012-10-08 02:11:54 AM
My keys.

I keep a 3-day/BoB in my car, along with a change of clothes, small shaving kit, seasonal clothes, two blank checks (from the back of the checkbook) and $200 cash. (About 1 cubic foot.) All of my important info is digitized and stored on an encrypted disk. I keep a redundant disk in a safe deposit box with all the hard copies of important documents. I rotate the disks into the box once a month, so I am only ever without 1-month's worth of data.

The BoB/car stash doubles as my base hiking kit, minus the tent/sleeping bag. So it is constantly updated and used.

Cell phone would be nice. But I remember pre-cell phone and pre-computer days. So they're really just a convenience.
 
2012-10-08 02:18:43 AM

Satan's Dumptruck Driver: My keys.

I keep a 3-day/BoB in my car, along with a change of clothes, small shaving kit, seasonal clothes, two blank checks (from the back of the checkbook) and $200 cash. (About 1 cubic foot.) All of my important info is digitized and stored on an encrypted disk. I keep a redundant disk in a safe deposit box with all the hard copies of important documents. I rotate the disks into the box once a month, so I am only ever without 1-month's worth of data.

The BoB/car stash doubles as my base hiking kit, minus the tent/sleeping bag. So it is constantly updated and used.

Cell phone would be nice. But I remember pre-cell phone and pre-computer days. So they're really just a convenience.


I just keep a spare set of keys in my bag. But I live in memphis, best not to leave anything of value in your car. (I have an emergency kit in the trunk though)
 
2012-10-08 02:31:56 AM
My Midget porn.
 
2012-10-08 03:42:40 AM
My house is on fire, and I can only save one thing?

Sounds like somebody's been eating weird berries in the woods.

/nothing is obscure on Fark.
 
2012-10-08 04:20:06 AM
I'd say my cat, but he'd probably already have alerted me to the fire before any alarm went off. He's a little hero. But that is what I'd save. Everything else is just "stuff".
 
2012-10-08 05:45:57 AM
My dogs.
 
2012-10-08 07:27:37 AM

Twilight Farkle: brantgoose: Number one: the contents of my pockets.

The contents of my pockets.

Since the last fire, I've resolved to work on speed. Seeing the flames roar up one wall and down the other convinced me that the key thing to consider in a house fire is speed, promptness of action, speed and speed.

This.

For a good time, crank the alarm clock to a random setting in the wee hours of the morning. Starting the instant the alarm goes off, you have 120 seconds to exit the building with your stuff. Including the 10-20 seconds you'll spend ripping plugs out of the back of the computer (or the 5-10 seconds you'll spend grabbing the backup drive from the rack). The 15 seconds you spend putting your pants on. The 10 seconds you spend fumbling for your wallet, cellphone, and/or keys. The 2-3 seconds you spend feeling each door between wherever you are and your exit, to make sure that you're not leaving a smoky room for an inferno, and making a go/no-go decision at each point.

For a really good time, do it blindfolded while on your knees. Fark is not your personal erotica site; I'm talking about trying to simulate the effects of trying to exit a house that's rapidly filling with smoke. Get out in 60 seconds, not 120, because you already used up the first 60 seconds of that 120-second limit sleeping while the place filled up with smoke. If you're still in the building when the alarm stops beeping, you're dead! (But congratulations, because this was only a simulation, you get to play again!)

It's an easy game to play if you don't mind spending ten seconds on your front porch in your pyjamas declaring victory. It's a lot harder if you're trying to get out with your paperwork, hardware, and dignity intact.

Time flies when you're having fun.


A friend of my father lost his house due to a fire.
He said he was on the living room when the candle fell on the carpet, and the time it took him to run to grab his fire extinguisher on the other room and come back the flames were already up to the ceiling and the heat was too high to stay on the room. It took less than 40 seconds for the fire to be out of control.
His story scares me.
 
2012-10-08 07:58:57 AM
My computer - everything else is replaceable
 
2012-10-08 08:45:27 AM
My Guns
 
2012-10-08 08:46:50 AM
Always a good idea to have the irreplaceable family photos being backed up offsite through backblaze or carbonite or mozy. You shouldn't have to worry about them in a fire.

And then every month or so you should make a copy of the files to an external hard drive in case the service you pick goes belly up.
 
2012-10-08 09:12:37 AM
The original 1874 Sharps rifle with double set triggers and vernier tang sight.

And the wife, if she already has the rifle.
 
2012-10-08 11:17:33 AM
I'd just get the weasels. Can't think of any "stuff" anywhere near as important.

/scary thought
 
2012-10-08 11:26:35 AM
My roommate. Unless she's out, in which case my cat. Unless she's fled, in which case my roommate's cats. If they've also escaped, then my laptop.
 
2012-10-08 11:49:43 AM

dv-ous: My roommate. Unless she's out, in which case my cat. Unless she's fled, in which case my roommate's cats. If they've also escaped, then my laptop.


the sad part is, most pets wont flee a burning house... they'll just hide under the furniture :(
 
2012-10-08 12:11:15 PM
I read that as "your spouse is on fire"! I got excited
 
2012-10-08 12:36:30 PM

greenwald: A friend of my father lost his house due to a fire.
He said he was on the living room when the candle fell on the carpet, and the time it took him to run to grab his fire extinguisher on the other room and come back the flames were already up to the ceiling and the heat was too high to stay on the room. It took less than 40 seconds for the fire to be out of control.
His story scares me.


Jesus, was it a former meth lab or something?! Scary!
I'm suddenly MUCH happier with our complete lack of carpet in this house.

We have a firebox with some things in it, but are not anywhere NEAR prepared enough... dropbox has a lot of good stuff saved for us, but yeah, not everything... /shudder
 
2012-10-08 12:37:19 PM
When my house *was* on fire, it went a little something like this:

1. Grab nearest cat, run outside, and fling into car.
2. Run back inside for other cat, run outside, fling into car.
3. Run back inside for guitars, run outside, place carefully in car.
4. Run back inside to call 911.
5. Explain to 911 operator that phone is right next to fire, thus I cannot remain on the line until the fire department arrives.
6. Run back outside.
7. Knock on door of elderly neighbor on other side of duplex to warn her.

/if you have a floor furnace and a cat, you too can have a fire started by an unlit candle!
 
2012-10-08 02:09:41 PM
1) Wife
2) Cats

There's honestly nothing else. All of our digital photos and PC images are backed up offsite. We don't really have any non-digital photos to speak of. I guess I might try to grab wallets to avoid the inconvenience of have no ID but I could live without them as well.
 
2012-10-08 03:37:28 PM
Can't choose single cat (there are 10). If we each grabbed one, we could still lose 8. But if we prop door open, all might get out (highly desired result).
 
2012-10-08 04:06:27 PM

laulaja: Can't choose single cat (there are 10). If we each grabbed one, we could still lose 8. But if we prop door open, all might get out (highly desired result).


api.ning.com
 
2012-10-08 05:11:10 PM
My House
 
2012-10-08 06:20:46 PM
Isn't gold and silver to damn heavy to carry much of?
 
2012-10-08 06:31:32 PM

KingZombie: I read that as "your spouse is on fire"! I got excited



Your spouse- your spouse- your spouse is on fire


i105.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-08 06:35:26 PM

WeenerGord: Isn't gold and silver to damn heavy to carry much of?


Other hand I heard it said
it's just as hard with the weight of lead
 
2012-10-08 08:47:39 PM

taurusowner: Molavian: taurusowner: some silver or gold rounds (might not be able to afford gold but silver is easy)

Where can you pick that kind of stuff up?

http://www.jmbullion.com/

That's what I use.


Thanks!
 
2012-10-08 11:10:11 PM
I'd pull my 69 Daytona out of the garage.
 
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