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If Your House Were on Fire, What Would You Take?

Living 2012/08/12 22:15:12
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In his new book (titled The Burning House: What Would You Take?) Foster Huntintgon reveals what 200 of his blog readers from around the world would save during an emergency. Huntington’s decision to explore this timeless question began at a dinner party where he and his friends discussed typical online dating questions and what they reveal about people’s values and priorities. This discussion turned into a blog (which has the same title as his book) and now a book (from HarperCollins’ It Books).

The description on Hungtington’s blog reads: “If your house was burning, what would you bring with you? It’s a philosophical conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental. You’re forced to prioritize and boil down a life of accrued possessions into what you can carry out with you. What you would bring reflects your interests, background and priorities. People’s stage in life also dictates their selection. A father of five in his forties would grab very different things than he would have as a bachelor in his twenties. Think of it as a full interview condensed into one question.”

Readers are asked to send in a photo of the items they would save, along with their name, age, location, and occupation. And their selections run the gamut. They include the obvious (themselves, children, pets), the sentimental (photos, letters, irreplaceable family heirlooms), and the survivalist (flashlights, food, pocket knives).

So, what about you SodaHeads? What would you take if your house were on fire?

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  • us 2012/08/27 03:44:15
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    us
    I would want my blankets, records, candles and everything i need.
  • riley.hammond.121 2012/08/24 15:51:50
  • DemonChild 2012/08/21 00:54:20
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    DemonChild
    I would probably start hucking things out the window from my room that's like 6 feet from the ground.
  • mblack 2012/08/20 03:53:53 (edited)
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    mblack
    kid (goes without saying), laptop definitely, car depending on situation.
  • bettyboop 2012/08/16 10:37:41
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    bettyboop
    I would make sure and save my husband and dog. NOTHING I own is more important than my partner and my little shadow. After that I would turn on the hoses and try my best to fight the fire, seeing as how I live out in the country I imagine it would be sometime before any help arrived.
  • Iamfree 2012/08/15 21:13:14
    The Sentimental
    Iamfree
    My two cats and as many of my photo file disks as I could grab.
  • rereblue 2012/08/15 21:02:34
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    rereblue
    My cat and dog. I'd probably also grab my wallet and at least one of my drawing books.
  • Pam 2012/08/15 20:14:20
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    Pam
    +1
    My kids pets and wallet, the rest I can replace, its just stuff.
  • JB Lover 2012/08/15 20:13:48
  • Commander Pyle 2012/08/15 19:01:54
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    Commander Pyle
    everything i can throw out the window.
  • blackrings70 2012/08/15 18:29:57
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    blackrings70
    +1
    Family first and that includes the dogs!
  • Scott 2012/08/15 18:25:24
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    Scott
    If the house was on fire, I would take the exit.
  • Frank 2012/08/15 18:11:38
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    Frank
    My dog Whisper, providing my family was already out of the house......
  • Transquesta 2012/08/15 18:09:03
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    Transquesta
    +1
    My ass! My family's asses! :-)
  • firelooker 2012/08/15 18:07:03
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    firelooker
    it all depends, if the house were actually on fire I would grab my wife and try to get the dogs and cats out, it just depends on the circumstances. I have a healthy respect for fire since I was a FireFighter for 18 yrs and have been in a burning building a couple of times.
  • scoobydooby 2012/08/15 17:55:51
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    scoobydooby
    My cell phone, my laptop and laptop charger, and my cats.
  • Shawna 2012/08/15 16:14:36
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    Shawna
    +2
    I live in an apartment building and several months ago the fire alarm went off and I evacuated. It turned out to be very contained in one suite but this is what I did. I was not properly dressed as I was still in bed so I grabbed a pair of jeans and sweater. My dog was asleep in her kennel where she spends the night so I scooped up the cat and stuffed her into the kennel too. I grabbed my laptop and stuffed it into my purse and then I hauled all of that out with me.
  • bettyboop Shawna 2012/08/16 10:40:38
    bettyboop
    +1
    How did your dog react to having his space invaded by the cat?
  • Shawna bettyboop 2012/08/16 18:04:31
    Shawna
    +1
    They are friends and generally get along. I think the whole situation was so shocking to them that they didn't react until after awhile when we were standing around outside waiting to be allowed back in. There was definitely some squabbling going on between them and I'm sure the poor cat did not like being stuffed in their either. I could not let my dog out as she is very impulsive and would run into a busy street. She is still very young. If the situation had gone on for much longer I could have put one of the animals into my car.
  • bettyboop Shawna 2012/08/18 13:32:43
    bettyboop
    +1
    Well at least they were good friends, I imagine had the dog gotten out of line the cat would of shown her the business end of her paws lol.
  • Shawna bettyboop 2012/08/18 17:35:34
    Shawna
    +1
    Yes-they both know how to handle each other. They actually do wrestle and play quite wildly but the cat always lets the dog know when she isn't in the mood.
  • Lyndzz 2012/08/15 16:03:51
    All of the above!
    Lyndzz
    My photo album, my cat, my Nans wedding ring, my old childhood teddy bear. But really I just hope my house never burns down!
  • firelooker Lyndzz 2012/08/15 18:11:43
    firelooker
    If your house were actually on fire you best forget all that stuff & get your butt out of there. You don't realize how quickly flames spread and you can be overcome by noxious fumes given off by the fire in moments. Heat from a structure fire ranges from around 300 degrees to over a thousand and builds quickly. Always have an escape plan and practice it regularly.
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  • BigEyedFish 2012/08/15 15:04:04
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    BigEyedFish
    My dogs, my heart medications and a small safe box that I keep all of our important papers in.
  • firelooker BigEyed... 2012/08/15 18:14:21
    firelooker
    +1
    As long as you have those things close at hand, your survival in a fire is rated in seconds not minutes. A structure fire can go from smoldering to fully involved in less than three minutes depending on the structure. the older Mobile homes would burn to the ground in 5 minutes.
  • BigEyed... firelooker 2012/08/15 18:17:11 (edited)
    BigEyedFish
    I live in the forest and have an emergency plan in place for my family and I but, you're right...if your emergency items aren't at arm's reach ya gotta let 'em go.
    (we had a fire a few years ago in the woods where stuff was touch and go so we realized that to get my heart meds together would take too long and I cannot go without them so we now keep them in a central location in a container that can be grabbed and go. My local pharm would give me the critical ones in an emergency but if we all lost power bc of a forest fire then it'd just be more stressful.
    The lock box with our papers? That's all good if we have a head's up that a forest fire's in range but if it's a house fire, it'll sit where it's at as it's fireproof)
  • firelooker BigEyed... 2012/08/15 18:41:27
    firelooker
    I live in the middle of the worlds largest Ponderosa forest in the world so i know what you mean, plus i've been on a few wildland fires and know how fast they can grow. So yeah keep the things you need most close at hand or in a fire proof container, stuff can alawys be replaced but human life can't. I was a fire investigator for 15 of the 18 yrs I was in the fire service luckily I never had one w/ a fatality in it, came close acouple of times but everybody manged to survive.
  • BigEyed... firelooker 2012/08/15 19:02:11
    BigEyedFish
    Thank you for your service!!
  • firelooker BigEyed... 2012/08/15 19:06:59
    firelooker
    You're most welcome, retired in 02 & miss it something fierce but a mans got to know his limitations and firefighting is a young mans game.
  • BigEyed... firelooker 2012/08/15 19:24:09
    BigEyedFish
    My husband always wanted to be a fire-jumper. He got into construction tho and that has taken up his last 40+ years. He's considered joining our local fire houses but there's so much politics and bickering that he doesn't get involved.
  • John "By God" American 2012/08/15 14:58:05
    All of the above!
    John "By God" American
    +1
    My parrots, dogs and truck keys.
  • Aleksandr 2012/08/15 14:03:39
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    Aleksandr
    Family,Computer (might take a while to remove 24 monitors an PC's) and safe.
  • tatilee(: 2012/08/15 13:35:39
    The Obvious
    tatilee(:
    My puppy and my laptop and wallet
  • Cat 2012/08/15 13:01:19
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    Cat
    My laptop and ipod
  • Russian 2012/08/15 10:54:53
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    Russian
    My laptop, laptop's charger, and my laptop case.
  • Altering_Minds. 2012/08/15 10:41:39
    All of the above!
    Altering_Minds.
    +2
    And my dog! who lika da salsa...
    dog lika da salsa
    Oh, yeah...
  • bettyboop Alterin... 2012/08/16 10:42:27
    bettyboop
    +1
    totally cute!
  • Alterin... bettyboop 2012/08/16 10:44:00
    Altering_Minds.
    +1
    thanks..it took a while to find...
  • Child of light 2012/08/15 08:30:40
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    Child of light
    I really don't know

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