Home Fire Safety Tips

We all do dumb things. This can range from something we can laugh off to ourselves being hurt. Adding fire to an already bad situation will only make things worse. The following items are things you should avoid doing if you value your home, hands, possessions, or body being not being on fire at the moment.

Common Cause of House Fire

Cigarettes

We could give a hundred reasons why you shouldn’t smoke but we’ll only give you one right now. Smoking is a fire hazard. In fact, smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States. If you were looking for another reason to quit, you found it.

Playing with flammable liquids

Lighting alcohol, gasoline, or any other flammable liquid on fire is something many people are guilty of. You can watch hundreds of youtube videos where someone pours a flammable liquid on something and lights it on fire. This almost always ends poorly. Either the person’s clothes catch on fire, the fire spreads, or they used way too much of the liquid and it explodes. It’s upsetting that we even have to say this but don’t play with flammable liquids.

Unattended cooking

You need to keep an eye on what you are cooking when you are in the kitchen. This is so what you are cooking doesn’t burst into flames and incase your potential meal does light on fire; you can act quickly to put it out. Obviously, if you aren’t around to see the fire start you wont be there to stop it.

Fireworks

Everyone loves a good firework display. However, just playing with fireworks is bad idea. You may think of them as just a pretty toy but you are wrong. Fireworks are dangerous explosives. The firework displays you see at amusement parks or on the Fourth of July are all planned and have various safety measures in place. They would never launch them at a person or thing because they understand how dangerous they are.

Ways You Can Prevent Fires In Your Home

We don’t manufacture our state-of-the-art smoke detectors in the hope that they see heavy use. In fact, we hope that you never have to hear the sound of one of our Crossfire Alarms smoke detectors going off in an emergency situation. Because of this, we thought we’d share some simple steps you can take to prevent a fire from ever taking place in your home:

  1. – If you’re a smoker, then make sure you’re doing all of your smoking outdoors, and that you have a receptacle fit to handle all of the ash and butts. Better yet: why not quit?
  2. – Keep your gasoline outside, where it belongs. Gas fumes can build up in an enclosed area, creating a dangerous situation. For this reason, also make sure that you’re adequately sealing off gas canisters after use.
  3. – Don’t use candles near flammable objects; one simple accident can create a hazardous situation. Also, make sure that you properly extinguish candles after you’re done using them, and never leave them burning while you’re asleep.
  4. – Keep flammable objects away from anything that provides heat to your home. It’s amazing how little it can take some fabrics to catch fire, and this is something that you don’t ever want to find out firsthand.
  5. – Don’t leave cooking food unattended. Anytime you have an open fire in your home, even if it’s just on a gas range, it requires your vigilance. You never know what can happen in the kitchen once you leave the room and your food is unattended.
  6. – Devise a fire escape plan with your family. In the event that the worst comes to pass, you want to make sure that every member of your family knows what to do and where to go in the event of an emergency. This may not prevent a fire; but it will prevent injury and loss of life in the event of one.

Home Fire Sprinklers: What You Need To Know

Home fire sprinkler systems activate in the presence of smoke or heat and release water to essential drown out the flames. In most cases, this will help save your property by controlling the fire until the fire department gets there. In some cases, these can completely extinguish the flames. When a fire occurs, only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, ensuring the only damaged property is in the immediate area. According to the National Fire Protection Association, roughly 84% of home fires that occurred in the presence of a sprinkler system only activated one sprinkler.

Installing one of these systems in your home can be relatively costly, averaging at $1.35 per square foot. However, just as Crossfire Alarms emphasizes, you can’t put a price on peace of mind and the safety of your family. Having a smoke detector present cuts your risk of dying by approximately 33%, while a sprinkler system can effectively lower your risk by 80%. In homes with sprinklers installed, property damage is cut by close to 70% when compared to fires without sprinklers.

If fire safety is a concern of yours, home sprinkler systems are a simple, effective way to gain peace of mind and know you will be safer if a fire occurs. Contact your local fire department to learn their thoughts and look into your options to find the right system for you to keep your home and family safe.

How To Camp Like A Champ

There’s this famous bear who has a saying that is something along the lines of, “Exclusively you can avert wild fires.” That’s not exactly the saying but you can probably figure out what is being referenced here. When you go camping the fire becomes the central location of the camp site. It’s your source of warmth and light, it’s where you cook, and it’s the place where Steve breaks out his guitar and plays “Wonderwall” for the hundredth time. It’s truly one of the most important things you have when you camp and it’s extremely important that you keep it safe. When you are setting up your fire pit here are a few things to keep in mind.

Survey the area

Most campsites you will go to have premade fire pits ready for your usage. If not, check the area and make sure there are no low branches, brushes, or bushes nearby. When you’ve got that nice crackling fire things can sometime pop out of it. It’s best to keep those things away from other flammable objects.

Prep your site

It’s important to clean up the area around where you are going to start your fire. Many fire pits have a metal ring to keep the fire contained but if you are hitting a fresh campsite you may not have this option. Be sure to line your pit with a ring of rocks. Not pebbles. Rocks. Also, make sure you keep your tents and gear a safe distance away from the pit. Think 10 feet more or less.

Water and a shovel

These are key elements to have near your fire at all times and can help control a fire if it starts to spread. Water (preferably in a bucket) obviously puts out fire but you can also cover the flames with dirt to extinguish any rogue flames. You know what’s great for picking up dirt? A shovel.

Watch it

It’s extremely important to always have someone watching the fire. Fire spreads quickly and taking your eye off of it for a second can lead to a bigger fire than you can handle. This is extremely important when camping with children or pets due to their sometimes unpredictable behaviors.

Put out before bed

This goes hand and hand with the last tip. You need to put the fire out and make sure it’s out before going to bed. This is best done by using that trusty water bucket or the shovel to cover the pit in water or dirt. Make sure the coals are out by stirring them and once they are cold or wet or a combination of the two you are done.