Category Archives: Fire prevention

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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Fire Safety and Children

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For the last seventeen years of my career in law enforcement, I was involved in arson and bomb investigation, prior to that I was on a fire department.  This resulted in being involved in investigating a number of fires that turned out to be started by children, often accidentally.  In addition, I raised several children of my own, so I feel like I have some knowledge of fire safety and children.

Here are a few facts about children and fire safety

  • Children ages 0-14 and under make up 15% of all fire deaths.
  • Fifty-four percent of all child fire deaths occur to those under age 5.
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30 Year Old Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher Still Works.

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A thirty Year old 5 lb 2A 10Bc dry chemical fire extinguisher prior to use.

For some time I have been wanting to train my wife on the use of dry chemical fire extinguishers.  I have a never used dry chemical fire extinguisher that is dated 1984.  First, I want to explain a bit about dry chemical fire extinguishers.

They normally consist of monoammonium phosphate powder inside a pressurized container.  You merely pull the pin, point the hose at the base of the flames and squeeze the handle.  They work well, but they do have a few things that you should watch for.…

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More on the Use of Fire Extinguishers After TEOTWAWEKI

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A small kitchen fire like this can easily be extinguished if you keep your head and smother the flames.

Fires are extinguished by removing one of the three sides of the fire triangle. The fire triangle consists of fuel, oxygen and heat. These are required for a fire to burn. To extinguish fires you merely remove one side of the fire triangle. For example, adding water, removes heat, smothering the fire removes oxygen.

So how does this knowledge help you? It helps you to understand the principals of extinguishing a fire and lets you be a bit creative in your extinguishing methods.…

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Indian Back Pumps a Simple Solution for Fire Suppression

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A good well used Indian Back Pump. When buying a used one always check for leaks

Fires are and always will be a danger, whether wildland or structure fires.  When you cannot depend on the fire department what do can you do?  One possible solution is the Indian Back Pump.  This is a simple five-gallon pack that fits on your back.  It has a short hose and a pump that will put out a decent stream of water for 20 feet or so.  They come in several configurations, with either metal (galvanizes or stainless steel) or vinyl backpacks.  They all hold 5 gallons of water.…

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Wildfires can Cost You, Your Home and Your Life

This is a subject that I have written on before and many of you may have read about it.   Not too far from where I live there are two major wildfires, both have destroyed structures.  Some of these structures have belonged to preppers.

As I watch the wild fires in Idaho and other states, I am sure that the same has happened there.  Now imagine what these fires would be like after TEOTWAWKI without fire suppression.  The fires would be bigger and totally out of control.  If you live in an area that is likely to have wildfires, make your plans now. …

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