ONE is the loneliest number                                                                                                         

            I am the only smoke alarm in the licensed 24-hour daycare. I’m in the attic. Tonight a fire will start in a frayed electrical cord downstairs.  Everyone will be asleep; I’m too far away to detect the smoke. 

            Five children will die, firefighters can’t save them. The state inspector did not check me or say more were needed.  I don’t know if the families who bring their children here have smoke alarms in their homes.  I don’t remember any firefighters coming here to check on me.

            Tomorrow, like many times before, the headline will read

Not Enough Smoke Alarms…Children Killed


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