“Mom!! The toaster’s on fire!!!”
Those would be them. 5 words you never want to wake up to. Unfortunately for me, I woke up to my 10 year old yelling those exact words in my face this morning.
My kids are pretty independent – when they wake up in the morning, they are able to make their own breakfast. If my little one wants something that needs to go in the toaster, her brother will make it for her. That is, until today.
This is what became of the toast he was making for breakfast.
Now to be fair, the actual toaster didn’t go on fire – it was the toast. But for being inside a toaster, it was pretty big. I tried blowing out the flames – didn’t work. Every warning I’ve ever heard about fires came running through my head as I panicked. I was afraid to throw water on it and didn’t even think about unplugging the whole toaster. For about one second, I did think about calling the fire department but figured that in the time it would take for me to call them and for them to get here, the whole house could go on fire. Plus, I really did not want a whole slew of fire trucks storming down my block and all of my neighbors coming outside for a toaster piece of toast on fire.
I finally pulled the piece of toast that was on fire out of the toaster and ended its misery. Really right now, I don’t even remember how I did it.
Anyway, the fire is out and crisis averted. Aaron is no longer allowed to use the toaster unless a grown-up is downstairs. And I’ll research today on the best ways to put out small fires so I don’t panic next time.
On the bright side, my day can only get better from here, right?
How do you do in a panic filled situation? Do you keep a cool head or totally flip out?