Book Review | I Survived A House Fire…I Wish My Stuff Had

Book Title: I Survived A House Fire… I Wish My Stuff Had: How to prepare for and survive a devastating event with more than memories
Author: Candace A. Quinn, MM, BS
About the Book:
In May 2002, Michael and Candace Quinn had just returned to their eighty-year old home from their whirlwind wedding and honeymoon. Exhausted, they fell into bed, wanting to sleep late into the next morning. Their home, however, had other ideas. At 3:10 am, their world changed forever as they watched a merciless fire rapidly consume their home and belongings.
Candace Quinn relies on her personal experience as a fire victim combined with a firefighter family background in order to educate others on how to prevent a fire, protect personal belongings, and create a plan of action should a home disaster occur. Quinn teaches specifically how to:

  • Inventory, document and store possessions
  • Develop a “grab-and-go” list for each room
  • Practice a fast escape and arrange a meeting location
  • Secure a fire-safe home through vigilant observations

This practical how-to-guide will help any family learn the precautionary steps required to minimize the devastation created by a personal disaster.
My Review:
I found this book to be EXTREMELY helpful and I learned so much! Candace shares her heartfelt story about the fire that took her home and I really felt for her and am just glad that no one was hurt. Stuff can be replaced, but people can’t. She shares firsthand the things she learned from going through this experience and I commend her for taking steps to teach others so that misfortune does not happen to them.
Actually, 2 weeks ago in my little town, a family of four lost their home to fire. Thankfully no one was home at the time and the pets were safely outside so no one was hurt. However, this family lost everything and it took firefighters hours to put the blaze out. Its just so scary because fire can happen to anyone and can devastate a family.
After reading this book, I feel more prepared and know what I can do if a fire should ever affect me. I have started doing the steps that author sets out in the book and am learning from her experience. They say hindsight is 20/20 and I appreciate doing what needs to be done rather than wish I had done more if tragedy ever hits. This is an extremely valuable guide that everyone should read and benefit from.
I learned that my home is made from balloon construction which goes up really quickly if there is ever a fire. My boyfriend is renovating the house and is putting fire stops in the walls. I’d feel better if this was done already, but I now have an escape route for each room in my home. I am also storing my collectibles differently so that they have a better chance of surviving a fire.
I want to thank the author for writing this book and I recommend it for everyone to read and learn from. It’s fast and easy to read and I read it in a matter of a couple of hours.
To learn more about the book, please visit Candace Quinn’s website.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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