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What Would Be The First Item, You Would Grab If Your Office Caught On Fire?

Last week I had an appointment with a cosmetologist for a facial massage (one of my best friends gave me a gift certificate for a beauty salon for Christmas).
I was chatting with my cosmetologist about beauty products and she said about one of the creams, “You know, Arina, if this building caught on fire the first thing I would carry out of here would be this cream!”- And she pointed to a rose – colored jar. An interesting way to phrase a sentence, don’t you think?
What would I carry out if my office caught on fire? I would definitely grab my laptop and if I had enough time, the external hard disk and two-three of my most valuable books. I know, I am probably a geek, but my laptop is my business and big part of my life!
What about you? What is the most valuable object that you have in the office?
Would you grab anything on your way out in case of a fire? Or would you run for the door, feeling relieved that Heaven itself has given you a legitimate excuse to stop working and take a couple days off?
Come on, be honest! Let’s get to know each other better!
Write down your answer in the comment section below.
79 Comments
  • Rajesh Kotwani
    January 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Fire Extinguisher….

  • Siddig Ali
    January 27, 2010 at 8:12 am

    As my company is responsible for the whole building, the only things I can take out with me when there is a fire, are personal items, such as , glasses, mobile and, keys..etc. Besides that I can help others to save themselves if possible.

  • Casey
    January 27, 2010 at 8:51 am

    My companny is also responsible for the building. If I were in a building that caught on fire I would definitely grab by pictures. Pictures are memories that you can not get back.

    ~Casey <3

  • Tara
    January 27, 2010 at 9:38 am

    My company is also responsible for the building, however the first things that I would grab would be the picture that I have…along with my purse and phone…other then that it would be about getting everyone else out of the building.

  • Anna
    January 27, 2010 at 9:55 am

    For sure my external hard disk drive. It has my past, my present and my future – my entire identity!!! After that comes my purse since it has all my debit and credit cards. I need to survive after that fire!!!

  • Rina
    January 27, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    my purse

  • Jefri
    January 27, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    the first things I will grabbed is…….. just to save my life…..

  • Anuj
    January 27, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    my cell phone

  • Ghulam Ali
    January 28, 2010 at 12:23 am

    i would save myself first and then my laptop ofcourse.

  • Perwaiz Ahmed
    January 28, 2010 at 6:37 am

    My personal items only

  • Suzanne
    January 28, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Home office so I’m responsible for the whole lot….I’d take my iPhone.

  • omkar
    January 28, 2010 at 8:51 am

    fire extenguisher first ………. rest comes last

  • Nadine
    January 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Blackberry – definitely my Blackberry

  • Julie
    January 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Since I work at home, I would grab my laptop, my son and my husband.
    Ohhhhh, and my iPod Touch

    Good question

  • Jornsean
    January 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Ring the alarm….

  • Esther
    January 29, 2010 at 9:50 am

    My handbag and my USBs

  • Ron Wand
    January 29, 2010 at 10:23 am

    It Depends where the fire is. It depends if I know the building well. It depends where in the building I am. It depends what I have in my office. There is no good or bad answer, because “IT DEPENDS.”

    And, “It Depends” will dictate your priorities at that moment in time.

  • Rob McCabe
    January 29, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Without a moment’s hesitation, if I had enough time, I would grab my laptop and jump drive which has all of my work stored on it first, while grabbing my glasses to see (I don’t need my glasses to use my computer. Since my laptop is my communication tool with the outside world, I would be lost without it. I keep my cell phone and keys in my pocket at all times so I wouldn’t be scrambling around to look for those items. I’d also help the other people out of the building if i worked in a big building, but as I am self-employed, these items would be the only things I would grab. Oh, I’d let the cat out too.

  • Alex
    January 29, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    All I need to grab are my keys and wallet… Everything else should be in my portable fireproof safe so I can leave it behind and grab it later
    . I must say I’m a slightly better prepared since I have been in that situation in the past! And then just make sure everyone is out safely.

  • 'uyun
    January 30, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    i’ll surely take my cell phone and my identity card. will definietely grab my laptop as well! Run quickly without looking behind anymore!

  • Nalaka Sanjeewa
    January 31, 2010 at 9:36 am

    First thing will be my important data,it can be Files and USB or Hard Disk.If there is more time I’ll be protect others as well.other assest can recovery from insurence or other way.if something happen to data no one can give it back.it’ll be loss for company .

  • Rick
    January 31, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Easy Question…My Mistriss…..

  • Ravi
    February 1, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Well the first thing wht i will do is , I WILL ONLY SAVE MY LIFE , I remember my grandfather use to say when my father was in tension or stress & when my dad use to think that this is now end of world bcoz of stress.Then my grandpa use to say SAR SALAMAT TO PAGDI PACHAS means if ur head is safe u can wear 100’s of cap on ur head.So my priority will be just to save my life nothing else 🙂

  • Sanntay
    February 1, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I will grab my keys, cell phone, and coat. I don’t care about anything else in this office. I will hightail it to my car and drive home…

  • Angela
    February 1, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I would grab my 4 wiener dogs that go to work with me every day! Although they would most likely beat me to the door.

  • Paul Taubman
    February 1, 2010 at 11:03 am

    My first thought is similar to many – I would grab my computer. It has the data for my websites including http://www.AllAboutGratitude.com – but unlink many, I run off a Mac Pro desktop machine. This weighs close to 40 pounds so I am not sure I would grab it (depending on the severity of the fire).

    I appreciate you bringing this up because it really got me to think about my backup process. I do make daily backups, but they are all saved on-site! I am now thinking of off-site backup solutions.

    Be Well.
    Paul.
    http://www.AllAboutGratitude.com

  • Citrifolia
    February 2, 2010 at 8:04 am

    My handbag, my coat and phone….an my Coke!

  • Gulsha Fawzia
    February 2, 2010 at 8:57 am

    To be honest I would not remember anything else rather just save my life. Nothing would really matter as the fear would shut my brains of all the material stuff. I would not be in a state of mind to think about anything around or about my own self.

  • Ian R
    February 3, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Its obvious. My little notebook full of quotes and thoughts from ARINA!!

  • Alexis
    February 3, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I would grab my purse and my usb. Everything else is replaceable

  • Jacqueline
    February 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    laptop–its sad I know

  • tom rivera
    February 5, 2010 at 9:10 am

    first,i need to assess the situation and if it is very urgent i think i just run out of the building.if i assess that i could find time to save something i will take some personal belongings like my glasses,cellphone,computer and maybe the most important office files.

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