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Be Safe Rather Than Sorry

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Industry Observer

Inspired by Karen Hurst's recent post "What Is Your Thing", at http://activerain.com/blogs/research22 , I thought I would select a subject that would take my thing "Firefighting" and consolidate it with "Real Estate".  Initially I thought it might be difficult to merge sort of one career with another like saving lives and selling homes.  These sort of feel like completely different things.  But, what the heck, I thought I might give it a try.  I assume that if you think it's not working I won't get any comments.  So here goes.

Piercing Sound - If you're previewing a home with your clients and you hear a smoke detector or fire alarm going off and smell smoke, leave the house immediately and call 911.   If , on the other hand, you just hear the beeping or chirping noise that smoke detector's make when you're previewing a home, please let the listing agent know so that it can be taken care of.  More importantly, don't wait for your personal smoke detector(s) to start making that irritating beeping sound, change the batteries in ALL your detectors twice a year (like the first week in January and June). Arvada Fire & Rescue out of Colorado has more information about checking those detectors http://www.arvadafire.com/detectors.htm

House fire

New Years Party - This is the time of the year when we find ourselves often invited to nice office parties to let our hair down and greet the New Year.  If you're a drinker, drink responsibly, with moderation  and please consider taking another realtor with you that can be your designated driver.  Don't let me or one of my fire & rescue buddies be the one to pull you out of a wreckage this holiday season.

Extrication

Child Safety - Let's just say you just previewed a home with your clients, jumped in your van and decided it's time to start the engine and back out of the seller's driveway.  You are not familiar with the neighborhood, you are distracted by the questions being asked by your clients and you are anxious because you are late for your next appointment.  You put the car in gear, look back, everything looks clear and you back up.   As you roll back you feel a bump. 

Cameron

The child you see in this picture is Cameron.  He was run over, not by a realtor, but his mom who happens to be a physician.  Here's how her story goes:

"Suddenly I noted a small bump with the front wheel and wasn't sure what it could have been. I knew I was too far from the curb to have hit that; and that there was no newspaper in the driveway. Quickly I jumped from the vehicle and saw the most devastating scene of my life. My little Cameron was lying down with his blanket in his hand while bleeding profusely from his head.

As a physician I knew it was the end. I did everything I could do and so did the paramedics. Cameron had died a sudden and horrible death because he was too small for me to see him behind my vehicle. "

Unfortunately 50 young children are killed this way per week in the United States.   Make sure the rear of your vehicle is clear before you back up even if you need to honk the horn every time you reverse your car.  If there's an extra person in the car, send them out to look while you reverse your automobile.  For the entire story on Cameron, sign on to http://www.kidsandcars.org/ .

I hope this is somewhat related to what we do as realtors and that you find this helpful.

Ken

Ken Spencer
Buckeye, AZ
for Verrado, Buckeye, Sundance

Suzanne:

Very nice to hear.  A life is so precious and one saved is a great thing.

Ken

Dec 31, 2006 04:41 AM
Ken Spencer
Buckeye, AZ
for Verrado, Buckeye, Sundance

Leslie:

I am so very sorry to hear that Leslie. This is a painful time of year for so many because of just what you experienced.  There is no question in my mind that you do things differently now because of what happened and let's hope others will get this message to be extra careful with our loving children and grand children.

Dec 31, 2006 04:45 AM
Ken Spencer
Buckeye, AZ
for Verrado, Buckeye, Sundance

Karen:

Thanks for looking and for your feedback.  Ever hear the song "You're My Inspiration".  You go girl.

Have a super wonderful New Year (I mean the entire year) 

Ken

 

Dec 31, 2006 04:48 AM
Anonymous
Audrey

Very touching and informative suggestions.  Also, this are good reminders for all.

 Audrey

 

Dec 31, 2006 07:54 AM
#9
Ken Spencer
Buckeye, AZ
for Verrado, Buckeye, Sundance
Thanks Audrey.  Appreciate your feedback.
Dec 31, 2006 12:37 PM
Ken Spencer
Buckeye, AZ
for Verrado, Buckeye, Sundance

Scott:

Thanks for your input Scott.  Appreciate you reading the blog.  Glad you found the information useful.

Ken 

 

 

Dec 31, 2006 12:54 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Thanks for some great information, Ken. I have to wonder if the number of childhood accidents is because we're always rushing in today's society. Most times I park in the street, but even so, I'll have to remember to be a little more cautious.

Dec 31, 2006 05:32 PM
Ken Spencer
Buckeye, AZ
for Verrado, Buckeye, Sundance

John :

I'm glad you found the information useful.  I think you're right about the hustle and bustle of today's world.  We rarely stop to think about the more important things in life like life itself.  Hopefully Cameron's story is one of those stories that make us sit up and think before we move that car, bus or truck.

Have a great New Year,

Ken 

 

Jan 01, 2007 03:19 AM
Suzanne Marriott
Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Anthem, AZ
Associate Broker, CLHMS, e-PRO
Well - we stayed home last night and have not bothered to look at the news today - so hopefully all went well on the roads for everyone.
Jan 01, 2007 03:43 AM
Ken Spencer
Buckeye, AZ
for Verrado, Buckeye, Sundance

We did as well Suzanne.  Our kids (and grandkids now), accuse us of being party poopers.  We much rather go to sleep at 9:00 PM, call it a night and wake up to a new day and new year. 

Just listening to our fire dispatch center send out alarms on New Years eve and New Years day to our fire department and adjoining rescue units is enough to keep me away from the highways and the extremely crazy people looking for someone to run in to.

You and Tony have a great day (and New Years). 

Ken

Jan 01, 2007 04:20 AM
Anonymous
Cindy
Wow, this blog is so touching with heartfelt realities in our daily life.  These are great reminders for all for the New Year and it doesn't hurt to tell them over and over again.   Your volunteer service for the fire department is quite the dedication, as well as your desire in real estate.  Keep up the great job to the community.
Jan 03, 2007 02:34 AM
#16
Anonymous
Braven Sakauye

Ken:

Many Mahalos for your "Be Safe Rather Than Sorry" blog.  GREAT SAFETY REMINDERS FOR ALL!  I am sure we all heard that chirping noise from smoke detectors while showing property.  I will make it a point to inform the listor ASAP.  Twice-a-year battery change in my smoke detectors is a good idea that I will start using this week.

While talking to my clients re their likes & dislikes of a property and trying to keep on a showing schedule, I can vividly remember many times while reversing, I did NOT pay enough attention of what could be behind my car and out of my cursory view.  Fortunately, nothing has happened so far; but now I will give it my full attention!

Braven

Jan 03, 2007 06:57 AM
#17
Ken Spencer
Buckeye, AZ
for Verrado, Buckeye, Sundance

Thanks Cindy:

Appreciate your input.  The touchy feely part of working with people both in time of need when they are not always at their best and in the real estate business when I can satisfy their every desire to find that perfect home is what keeps me doing this stuff.

Your complimentary remarks are appreciated

Ken  

 

Jan 03, 2007 07:34 AM
Ken Spencer
Buckeye, AZ
for Verrado, Buckeye, Sundance

Braven:

Very kind comments Braven.  Makes me feel good coming from someone that has been in the business as long as you have and with the experience of a professional in our business.  THanks a bunch and keep yourself warm in Hawaii.  Arizona is a little cooler but not as nice and tropical as where you are at.  Give our best to Claire.

Ken

Jan 03, 2007 07:38 AM
Anonymous
Jen
Great variety of stories and crucial reminders for our fast paced society.  As an emergency dispatcher for one fire department and a volunteer firefighter on another, thank you for spreading good information.  In addition, I worked as a real estate assistant for 3 1/2 years, so I've seen it from the hustle bustle side of a realtor.  Keep up the good work!  Thanks, Jen
Jan 10, 2007 08:21 AM
#20
Ken Spencer
Buckeye, AZ
for Verrado, Buckeye, Sundance

Jen:

Always remember you as a firefighter and an emergency dispatcher.  I forgot that you were in real estate.  This is great feedback coming from you.  That's wonderful.  Please feel free to use any of my stuff for the Foothills Fire newsletter "The Firefly".  I would be honored.

Ken 

 

Jan 10, 2007 12:43 PM
Curt Swearengin
Restoration Construction Team - Tampa, FL

Thank You Ken

And to everyone that posted. Awarness is something we all take for granted from time to time. A shirt tail releative a few years back lost 6 children to a Christmas Tree Fire in their home on Christmas Eve. I have to tell you that Christmas Eve has never been the same for me since that day. Great post Ken Thank You and come and Post again Thanks Curt

Jan 11, 2007 08:43 AM
Ken Spencer
Buckeye, AZ
for Verrado, Buckeye, Sundance

Curt:

Thanks for sharing your personal experience.  It's tough when it hits close to home.  I am very sorry to hear of your particular loss.  Holidays are particularly memorable in a positive sense but when trajedy strikes, its very hard to retain that memory until a long time has past.  Your story will touch others that read it and learn that we can never be too safe.

Ken

Jan 12, 2007 03:36 PM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

I've seen a lot of things as a Realtor, but I can't begin to imagine what you have seen as a fire fighter. We do need to remind people that life is fragile and the smallest amount of time even going 1 mph can change lives forever.

Jul 20, 2007 06:02 AM
Ken Spencer
Buckeye, AZ
for Verrado, Buckeye, Sundance

Todd:

Thanks for the nice comments.  It's really a feeling of great satisfaction helping your fellow man and those that can use it.  I wouldn't trade any of it.  Unfortunately I have two months left before I retire but am somewhat ready for it.

Ken 

 

Jul 20, 2007 12:35 PM