Urban Survival Day 47 – Make Your Home Fire-Safe

Posted: April 9, 2013 in Survival/Self Defense
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If you’ve been following these updates you know that yesterday I said I was going to get my smoke detectors working again.  Well I did it, so no need to worry about that now.  One less thing on my to-do list.

47)  Make Your Home Fire-Safe

“Home fires are scary stuff, but they’re largely preventable.  Follow these guidelines and fret no more”:

Watch Appliances – Keep appliances that get hot (your toaster, coffeemaker, space heater, etc) away from flammable objects and sources of water like the sink or tub.  Unplug them when not in use.  Anything that has a filter or vent should be checked and cleaned frequently as well.

Beware The Gas – If you use natural gas in your home, make sure all of your fittings are tight.  Check the pilot light often and as always, if you smell the slightest hint of gas, get your system checked by a professional immediately.  Leaks can become deadly if not repaired.

Keep A Tidy Hearth – If you use a fireplace (like we do) to heat your home, have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year before winter starts.  Be sure to keep glass doors or mesh screens in front of hearths that don’t have enclosed stoves to keep sparks in with the fire and not on your rug.

Cook Smart – “Never leave a stove burner unattended”.  Period.  It only takes a second for a fire to start and if you’re not close by to put it out things can quickly get out of hand.  “Most house fires are started by unattended stovetops”.  Don’t become just another statistic.

The book also has a quote from Rich Johnson that I’d like to share:  “A basic rule of combustion:  If it can burn, it will.  Try not to get cremated until you’re already dead”.  I thought that was a humorous way to discuss a serious matter.

Fires are very dangerous and extremely destructive.  My friend lost everything he had a while back when his house burnt down.  Insurance helps rebuild, but it doesn’t prevent, and it can never replace what’s lost.  A little bit of extra caution goes a long way.

This post is a combination of my own knowledge and opinions as well as information provided in Urban Survival Guide by Rich Johnson.  Always use your better judgement and act safely at all times.  Your home is your castle; it protects you a whole lot more than any tent ever could, so make sure you take care of it.

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