Why Is Something So Important So Easy To Forget?

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"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest

appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live them."

---John F. Kennedy



For the November Challenge by Debe Maxwell, CRS on the topic of Gratitude, something I wanted to write about was my gratitude for Firefighters. For those who have read many of my previous posts from years past or comments to individuals who wrote about fires, may recall I am a survivor of many fires (more than two) lucky enough to only suffer from smoke inhalation while pregnant and some scrapes and bruises while being carried out of a hotel window by a fireman, and years later my house and possessions burned. But I changed my mind this morning when I read a comment on my blog post Check Your Smoke Detectors because long-time and valuable ActiveRainer/Counsel Wayne Martin made a comment "Why is something so important so easy to forget?" I decided to dedicate this post to Wayne who inspired me to write this blog post today. 


Important things people forget

Babies left inside a car - how does this happen? The tragedy of babies suffocating inside a hot car all alone due to negligence is something I can't find any rational excuse for except to say the parent didn't care about their child but felt remorse when caught to save their own skin. 


Replacing batteries and/or old Smoke Detectors - Neglecting to change and/or replace old smoke alarms or worse not having any installed may be a criminal offense. Be sure to check what the law is and what your Property Insurance Policy states regarding smoke detectors and fires. 


Keys, important papers, valuables, etc. - I can tell you for sure that in case of an emergency you don't have time to hunt for things, or you may not even be home when fire starts. For example, when it's time to report an inventory list of things you lost to the Insurance Company trying to remember is the hardest thing to do when you're left in ashes. Things I wish I knew but didn't when fire destroyed includes: 1) Serial Numbers, 2) Spare keys left with someone I could trust, 3) A Safety Deposit Box with contents, receipts, photographs, and list of things of high priority and valuable.


Pets - Make sure pets are wearing a collar with correct contact information and that their microchip is current. 


Why Do People Forget

  • We take things for granted
  • We lose focus
  • We are addicted to interruptions
  • We think we'll get to things later
  • We think we have time but we don't
  • We shift priorities
  • We are too busy
  • We have a zillion excuses without thinking of consequences


 This is a page I salvaged from a book I had from a fire.

May you never have to experience tragedy or fire.

Patricia Feager 


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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Patricia. This is an excellent reminder of something really important from someone who knows about fire.

Nov 07, 2019 08:12 AM #1
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Wow gracious I had no idea about your fire experiences.  Too often we forget about firefighters, EMS workers, police officers, etc who risk their lives daily to help save people just like you and me.  Excellent blog, thanks so much for sharing!

Nov 07, 2019 08:12 AM #2
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sheila Anderson - Life experiences, good and not so good teaches valuable lessons. I guess I had and still have a lot more to learn! Hopefully, this message will do good for others. Thanks, Sheila.

Nov 07, 2019 08:17 AM #3
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I hear a lot of reminders for the smoke detector battery replacements for the twice a year time change.

Carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors seem so small but they play an important role of keeping us safe.

One thing I need to pursue, is how to alert a fire department that I have a furbaby inside. If I"m not home, I want to get him out!

Nov 07, 2019 08:22 AM #4
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Norma J. Elkins - Firefighters, EMS workers, police officers, etc. are life savers that many forget and pay no attention to when sirens go off. As a spouse of a deceased Paramedic (who became one after our experience in the hotel fire) I can attest they put their lives in harms way to save and rescue. He wasn't alive when I went through the other fires. 

I am really grateful for Wayne Martin who made me sit down in my chair this morning and ponder that question, "Why is something so important so easy to forget." May you all be safe and please hug your loved ones. 

Nov 07, 2019 08:22 AM #5
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

faye schubert - There are a lot of new laws in cities and states pertaining to smoke alarms/detectors. Check your state and local ordinances. That piercing sound does its job when there is a fire but we can't depend on it to work if we don't test and know what we don't know. I listed a house last year and the owners had a sticker inside the glass window next to the door stating their home had pets and they told me they registered their pets with the Flower Mound Police/Fire Departments. 

Never put off today what you can do now.

Nov 07, 2019 08:30 AM #6
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

So sorry that you had to experience the fire but hopefully you have saved others with your message and especially this post!

Nov 07, 2019 08:33 AM #7
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - I am grateful to have learned so much more about life and taking preventions that I have no regrets. There is no replacement for human life. I do hope my message motivates others to take action and pay attention to things that are so often taken for granted. Have a nice day and be safe. 

Nov 07, 2019 08:56 AM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Another fabulous post to help us remember the important things. We are human and do make mistakes but that is what double and triple checks are for to help us. You have given us some great tips for follow-up.  Thank you.

the one I cannot get my head around is babies or children left in cars. We hear all too often another tragedy here in Arizona.

Nov 07, 2019 01:12 PM #9
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia we take the simplest but very important things for granted, until something happens and then it is to late to do something about it.

Nov 07, 2019 01:23 PM #10
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - I don't recall reading about your connection to "fire". It's not likely I would forget but it's yet another example of how things that are so important have a habit of being misplaced, misfiled or otherwise turn up "missing".  I enjoy it when posts are inspired by others.  Those "connections" are important. 

Nov 07, 2019 01:30 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Patricia- our extended family in South Florida had their home burn several years ago. Thankfully everyone got out safely.  We remember so many things that aren't as important but why not something that can save lives. BTW- on a different note, I remember after Hurricane Katrina, a gentleman had to wait on his roof to be rescued. In his rush and panic he forgot something very basic...his wallet that had all of his ID information. 

Nov 07, 2019 07:17 PM #12
Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Love this quote, Patricia. 

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest

appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live them."

---John F. Kennedy


Nov 07, 2019 11:59 PM #13
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I love the page you saved from the book. I do believe we should all live our best lives, take risks, do things that make us fulfilled. 

Good reminder to prepare for disaster by making sure we know where everything is, what inventory we have, etc. 

Have a great day Patricia!

Nov 08, 2019 06:48 AM #14
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

In Arizona, we have wildfires every year, so I am also very thankful for the firefighters that put them out and keep our communities safe from destruction.

Nov 08, 2019 07:48 AM #15
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Hi Patricia, what  a great reminder to be better prepared to emergencies and to be grateful for firefighters, those people who show up then. When things are in a list, it is somehow easier to fit them in in our busy every day schedules. Well-thought post.

Nov 08, 2019 09:11 AM #16
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a wonderful tribute to firefighters. It is easy to see why they are one of the most beloved members of our society. Thanks for sharing your experiences too. This is the time of year when senseless fires claim lives and property. 

Nov 08, 2019 09:29 AM #17
Raymond Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I am so sorry that you have had to go through so many fires.  Thank you for giving us perspective to keep focused on the important things in life.

Nov 09, 2019 08:42 AM #18
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh my gosh, what a devastating event, Patricia. As you say, prevention is so easy to forget. I used to give 9-volt batteries with a small card to remind the recipient to replace their battery in their smoke detector.

It is something that we set and forget...but, should never forget.

Nov 14, 2019 06:18 AM #19
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