A bit of a serious one.
My OH has asked me to post this...he was a Fire Safety officer.
There has been a lot of news coverage about the terrible loss of life in a Queensland house fire.
Smoke alarms should have prevented this. Although not the case here, it's common at this time of year for the batteries to be removed and put into kids toys.
Please take the time to check the batteries (or replace them) in your smoke alarms. Smoke alarms only last for 10 years so maybe they need replacing.
At the same time...do you have a garden hose connected to a tap...and does it reach everywhere in your house? I was doing some repairs at my rental house in Christies 4 weeks ago when I heard sirens. When I went outside there was smoke billowing from the back of the house accross the road. The crowd in the street informed me that my OH had just run accross the road and was behind the house. Anyway...there was a hose in the back garden and he prevented the burning shed from spreading to the caravan in the driveway. I don't recommend getting involved if it's dangerous to do so but a garden hose can save thousands of dollars before the fire service arrives.
At this time of year it's critical to have a hose connected to a tap in case of bush fires and flying embers.
Just a couple of things that hopefully you never need to call upon.