Chikungunya is spreading fast. In the last few hours news articles have started to pop up concerning a major outbreak in Colombia, and meetings are taking place to strengthen the US response to the threat along the US-Mexican border.
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Drills are all well and good, and they are an essential part of life but let me tell you bluntly that nothing, and I mean nothing, prepares you for the first time you are staring at a corpse that a short while before was a live person in your care.
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Watching the behaviour of others, and constantly being aware of the environment we are in, are two of the most important things we can do to keep one step ahead of those intent on doing harm to either us personally or to those that share the environment we happen to be in at the time.
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Think laterally and you will be surprised at things that can have uses that the designers themselves never even considered.
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If you go for a multi-fuel never burn wood and coal at the same time. Even kiln dried wood has some moisture in it. It releases that moisture when it burns. Coal releases sulphur. Add the two together and you get sulphuric acid which will eat through anything it touches, the bricks in the chimney, the flue liner and the inside of your stove.
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These items take up little space and could well save yours or someone else’s life. A lot can happen, and a lot of time can elapse between you calling for help and help arriving. It’s far better to have thought ahead and be able to get yourself out of trouble whenever possible.
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“Dad, I’m going to be a bit late, I’m at the hospital, I stabbed Frank but he’s going to be fine”
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If you need to email me please use: firstname.lastname@example.org as the site website has vanished into cyberspace. Cheers Liz 443 total views, no views today
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It’s not perfect but it’s far better than the previous arrangements and far less trouble than having to beat the staff to a pulp to get my child back.
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