Category Archives: Fire prevention

Fast Moving Wildfires Destroys Preppers Homes

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After TEOTWAWKI these fireman may not be there to help you.

I am sure by now you are all aware of the fast moving wildfires that are burning across Northern California. What you may not know is that quite a few preppers live in the areas that are burning. Many of these areas are quite remote and have been attractive areas for homesteading.  I know that many preppers live in these areas and with over five hundred homes burned down I am sure some preppers have been affected.

Having spent time in the fire service and having fought this type of fast moving wildfires, I can tell you that unless you have large fire breaks around your home you will not be able to defend it against this type of fire without fire department help.…

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Wildfire Protection and How it Effects you

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The 49er fire in which 62 homes were destroyed

Well I am back on my soapbox again, every year about this time I write a post on wildfire protection.  Because I spent many in arson investigation, I have gotten to see more than my share of fires and the damage they can cause.  We all work hard for everything that we have.  It would be a shame to watch all that effort go up in flames because we are careless.

Here in California, we are in the middle of a drought and I know many other western states are also in similar circumstances. …

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Starting Campfires Safely, Without Starting a Wildland Fire

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Don’t be responsible for one of these

Every summer we see major wildland fires that are started by campers.  Often these are people from the city with no experience in the backcountry.  They set up a ring of rocks like those that they see in the movies and light a campfire and let it burn out.  In the morning, they leave thinking the fire is extinguished.

The problem is that they don’t understand what duff is.  Duff is the layer of decomposing organic materials lying below the litter layer of freshly fallen twigs, needles, and leaves and immediately above the mineral soil. …

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Fire Protection for the Homestead.

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A truck mount unit that can be used to put out fire.

Over the years I have often wrote about having fire extinguishers around the house and practicing good fire prevention.  Here is a post that was sent to me that gives some idea of how you can provide yourself fire protection and help your local volunteer fire department.  There are some good ideas in it.

Howard.

We have a fire safety company in our town.  They have supplied us with old but still full fire extinguishers that were taken out of service, that would have otherwise been dismantled and thrown out.…

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Electric Panels and How to Turn Off the Power.

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A typical newer electric panel

It seems that whenever I talk to a group of people, I find someone who does not know how to turn of the electric panel to their house.  This is something that everyone should know how to do, even your older children.  In case of earthquake, storm damage, fire or even an accidental electrocution you may have to turn the power off.

Most homes today have circuit breakers which are a simple switch, it is just a matter of knowing where they are and which one to turn off.  Some of your older homes may still have screw type fuses, how ever they are fast disappearing.…

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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors after TEOTWAWKI

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A combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector

First, let me explain a little about my background.  I have served in both the fire service and law enforcement and am retired from them.  During my working life I have seen people die from lack of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

During cold periods I have helped carry out the bodies of people who died as a result of improvised heating systems.  Some died from carbon monoxide poisoning and some from smoke inhalation or burns.  The majority of these people could have survived if they had had a smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.…

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Fire Fighting Tools and Information for Preppers

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From left to right a Pulaski, A McLeod, a shovel and a grubber

The King Fire continues to burn and people are losing homes not to many miles from where I live.  This has me thinking about what information I can give you, to help prevent you from being a fire victim. There are a few basic things that you need to understand about wildland fires in order to save your home.

When they become large, they give off burning embers that are carried on the wind.  On some fires, these have started small fires as far as 3 miles ahead of the main fire.…

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Using Controlled Burns and Backfiring to Fight Wildland Fires

backfiringToday I am sitting in my home and you can smell the smoke from the King Fire in Northern California.  The smoke is thick enough that the sun has a red halo around it and the amount of light it produces is reduced.  Since I have written about the dangers of wild fires, today I am going to write about how controlled burns and backfiring may help you save your home in a real emergency.

Controlled burns are normally done well before a fire, when the weather and other conditions are optimum.  The whole idea is to use small controllable fires to lessen the fuel load and prevent larger fires that are more dangerous. …

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Major Wildfires Can be the Biggest Dangers to You and Your Preps

major wildfireEvery year I write a post on wildfires and try to warn people about their dangers.  Yet every year I see people who I know and have talked to about this problem ignore what I say.  Many of my friends who have been in the fire service feel the same way.  Until you have seen an out of control  major wildfire, you can’t understand the force they can generate.

A few years ago, 60 some odd houses burned down near me in an area most people felt could never have a major wildfire.  This can also occur in the cities. Go back in history and look at the fires that destroyed large areas of major cities like the Great Chicago fire. …

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Droughts and Wildfires

wildfiresSummer is fast approaching and due to the drought, the grass is dry and ready to burn early this year.  Now I know this does not affect everyone, but I am sure that many of you live in fire prone areas.  Wildfires occur in every state.

Having been involved with the fire service for so many years I get concerned when I see people ignoring the dangers around them.  A while back, I saw a prepper building a cabin in the mountains and to conceal it he tied the brush back with ropes while he built the house.  His idea was that he could then let the brush snap back into place and it would make his cabin harder to see. …

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