This 2 Year Old Texas Baby Saved His Family From Burning In A Fire
If it wasn't for the heroics of a two-year-old Texas baby, the outcome of this story would be much worse.
Here's What Happened
Two weeks ago in Alvord, Texas Nathan and Kayla Dahl's 2-year-old son, Brandon, saved their lives.
WFAA reports that around 4:30 am January 15th, their 2-year-old baby, Brandon Dahl woke his mom by saying “momma hot, momma hot”.
Brandon‘s mom woke up, and according to Nathan, had mere moments to grab their kids and get out safely.
"We had seconds, it’s nothing short of a miracle”, he told WFAA.
What A Coincidence!
Nathan Dahl, who along with his wife has four other children, is a volunteer firefighter for the Alvord Fire Department, which is an hour northwest of Fort Worth.
Dahl practices drills with his kids on what to do in case there is a fire.
He said they had a plan!
Reportedly, the couple was recovering from COVID-19 and couldn’t smell smoke in their house because of them losing their sense of smell due to contracting the virus. To make things worse, the smoke alarms didn’t go off until the fire fully engulfed the house.
How Did The Fire Start?
The fire likely started from the gas heater located in the living room where Brandon slept, WFAA reports.
Very Close Call
Kayla, baby Brandon‘s mom, says that he was sleeping in the living room where the fire is believed to have started because she wanted to be "able to easily check on him throughout the night".
He woke her up by coughing and saying it was hot.
She also says this is normal because he usually wakes her up when he’s too hot or uncomfortable, but this time seemed much different.
Everyone Escaped Safely
Nathan Dahl told WFAA that already having a plan in place made it easy for him to get their entire family out of the house within a minute. He also notes that if Brandon would’ve woken them up any later, or moved any slower, things would have been worse.
Outside of some hairs on Brandon‘s head singed, all of the other kids were fine and no one sustained any burns or smoke inhalation
This kid deserves ice cream for life!
Remember A Similar Story Here in Central Texas?
Earlier this month, 10-year-old Marley Salas of Chilton woke up to her house ablaze. She acted quickly, grabbing her 8-year-old brother and covering his face to protect him from smoke. Then she guided him outside to safety.
Marley's dad was roused from sleep by the smell of smoke and was able to get out safely as well. Their home was a total loss, but they're grateful to be alive, and Marley's quick thinking saved her brother's life.
Have Working Smoke Detectors And Make A Plan
These stories could have ended in tragedy, but one family had a plan and one little girl was quick on her feet.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you likely have about 2 minutes to escape your home after smoke detectors alert you to a fire. Those 2 minutes can pass by quickly, especially if you factor in being sluggish getting up if the alarms go off in the middle of the night.
You should absolutely have working smoke detectors in your house, but you should also have an escape plan in place and educate your kids on what to do if there's a fire.
The NFPA has an entire page full of resources to help you plan your family's escape in case of a fire, and activities that can help you relay the plan to your kids in a fun what that they'll remember.
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