Know Your Exit Plan

DizzyBlue

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Right my lovelies this is a knew one and a bit of a thought....

Know your exit.... fire exit that is....

With christmas just around the corner all the extra lights and things going into homes as decorations all the extra work people will be doing having their minds pre-occupied with this that an the other....

What have you got in place if the worst was to happen and you had to get you and your flock out pronto...i know i wouldn't be leaving mine inside and there aint a fireman alive that would be able to stop me bringing my birdies out..!!!

Travel cages take time to put together etc so not an option when your panicking...me I have a pillow case under each cage. Yes you read that right a pillow case!! Its the fastest way to get them out in one go and be safe.  Yes perhaps the shock of being grabbed and popped in would be a nightmare and I'd deal with that issue that I would have cause later because there would be a later for all of us to deal with it.

Each of the pillow cases has simple holes around the open edge with a ribbon through it to tie it closed so no escaping once in.

Do any of the rest of you have something in place?
 

dianaT

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Good post Tascha. :thumbsup:

I have often thought about this - usually at night when I cannot sleep.  I agree no time for travel or smaller cages & have wondered how to  roll the cages out of the doors quickly, shoving the dogs out too.   Luckily the cages do go through the doorways but it the time involved, so your idea of pillowcases is an excellent one.

I just hope our smoke alarms work - they do when I'm grilling  bacon  !  even had one of the neighbours come running down a few years ago to see if all was okay - most embarrassing that was, but we had a good laugh.
 

Julie

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Being in a flat and on the first floor, we only have one way out, I do have a smoke alarms that are checked regularly, I also have one travel cage always set up and the others are all under the cages, I also have pillow cases too, so depending on what time we have will depend on what we use
 

Michael Reynolds

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I have a drawer full of old pillow cases and a bird net and towels standing by in the bird room plus a large net I made that can act as a emergency aviary put up in a short time plus a small outside aviary and that is full of old cages. and even one three roomed tent that I can use but with all this the time it would take to get my babies away from a fire could take so long I just would hate a disaster like this to happen.
 

DizzyBlue

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in a multiple bird household the travel cages are one thing do you have time....will they let you back in for the next set...who do you decide to leave and come back for....the logistics of carrying all of them out in one go and the cage doors staying closed etc....and do you risk throwing a few birds in together.....a pure nightmare hence the pillow cases. bird in case top tied grab a handful of material tops and all out the door together
 
We've got the travel cage set up and Mike has put a top on it so that we use it as a table. The top just lifts off easily. We've also got another version of a Blue and Gold in there!

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DizzyBlue

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ok huge picture err larger than the others i think :laugh:

love the B&G in the cage  :thumbsup:
 

gavell

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The pillow cases are great idea, I've always kept the travel cage handy but I wouldn't like to be in the position of trying to put panicked birds in tthere if we were trying to get out of the house quickly.
 

Bradders

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Loving the pillowcase idea. Have worried about this. What worries me too is that our home is mainly open plan. Do you think the smoke would get to her before the smoke alarm is triggered? Though saying that, they are quite sensitive and she's not harmed when it occasionally goes off when we are cooking.
 

Bob

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Great thread, certainly makes you think, love the pillow case idea  :thumbsup:
 

Lou

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love the pillow case idea, I too have travel cages set up and ready but like you say Tasch would you actually have enough time? prob not so thanks for that, will implement this right away :thumbsup:
 

Scarlett

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2 travel cages set up, harley and Lucas would be easy to grab and throw into one, matilda would be easy to get into another.

We too have old pillow cases around, and have also thought if worst came to it, we have loads of boxes around the place made up so could pop birds easily into those, tape gun to hand to tape up the top.

Not sure anything would be quick, catching them out the cages would be difficult even with a towel, but it is something we think of.

Good thread.
 

DizzyBlue

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Been a while since this one was posted up and we have lots of new members on forum so a good time to remind people to have something in place so you can get all of your family out of the house fast and safe should the need ever arise.
 

Nigalius

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Living in a mobile home/caravan I suppose there is a remote risk of it tipping though it would have to be a hurricane to turn this I am sure. If there was a fire or the place tipped I have 6 windows plus a glass door and am confident I could get birds, dog and myself out within 2 minutes. If it happened when dark I have a torch here that is always on charge. Brighter than a police torch and with the adaptor its equivilent to a 40w bulb at least. So long as I could get Birds, dog and my mobile out I suppose they would be the main things.
 

MarkT

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It's something I'm a bit 'paranoid' about, and getting worse the older I get and the more 'plugged in gadgets' that seem to be constantly and necessarily switched on 24/7. Putting Christmas aside, there doesn't seem to be a day goes by that there isn't some report of a phone charger or dishwasher or tumble dryer that has burned a house down...  Cheapo Chinese import electricals seem to often be the culprit of fires, and no doubt worse at Christmas time! Whilst we are pretty careful about the type and make of stuff we buy, just looking at what is plugged in and on constantly in our lounge where the boys live is quite astonishing. Internet and home network stuff, TV recorder, hi-fi, DAB, a couple of chargers, air con unit ..... 


We originally had 2 smoke alarms in the hallway which I upgraded and put one in the garage and a CO alarm in the utility room, but the paranoia has got the better of me and I've just installed these new NEST alarms with one in the lounge to cover the boys ... But the nice thing with these (apart from the fact that the battery ones can be put anywhere) is that they detect very small levels of smoke or CO and 'pre-warn' there is a problem AND are linked to a smartphone app.


i don't know in all honesty whether if there was a small fire or smoke in the boys room whether they'd expire before we got to them. It's not something I want to think about other than doing absolutely everything possible to keep them (and us) safe. We also have some 'proper' fire extinguishers too ... Having had experience of having to fight a real fire at work many many years ago (Back in the 1980's) it sort of sticks with you just how important these things are for the one time you may need it. It always amuses me whenever I see the Fawlty Towers sketch of the fire drill where Manuel sets the kitchen alight and Basil grabs the extinguisher to put out the fire ... The comment "what's the bloody point of this, it sits there for years and when you need it, it explodes in your face!"


Jude has also put a couple of old pillowcases in the lounge as apparently that's the best way to get them 'rescued'- grab and stuff and get out. Not sure whether that would work for Charlie though as he's 'slippery and squirmy' at the best of times.
 

sunnyring

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sophie, straight inside dressing gown, dogs lead sits by her bed and I am afraid I wouldn't have a hope in hell of getting the little guys out of bedroom as they are all very fast, not very tame and take forever to catch up. but do have 2 smoke alarms, and a fire extinguisher .  outdoor gangs are all in seperate housing majority of year and when a lot of fireworks expected and it hasn't rained I go round early evening with hose pipe and damp aviary roof, chicken house roofs etc so if any stray firework lands less chance of them going up.
 

DizzyBlue

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also time to remind ourselves of our exit plan :) please ensure you have this sorted so you never need to use it and can chunter about what a waste of time it was learning it all :thumbsup:
 

Kendra

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I suppose I am lucky that way, all windows are easy exit and close enough to the ground outside. Never have enough pillow cases, think someone sneaks into the house at night and steals them but have an ample sheets, towels, blankets etc. etc. and everyone would be bunged into the aviary, what does concern me is how close the aviary is to the house. It would take at least 1/2 an hour for a fire truck to reach us, if I have time most of the cages are of a size that enables easy wheeling out, what the heck would I do with Oscar because his cage is hemmed in? just hope he is sleepy if the time ever arises.
 
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