When I was young, I learned the basic principles of fire called the fire triangle. You must have a heat source, oxygen, and fuel. So one day, I decided to test my new found skills at camp. After a few tries with flint and steel and a little coaching from my dad, I had some nice dry kindling burning bright. Soon after, we added larger pieces of wood, then logs to make a warm, long lasting camp fire.
The fire triangle holds true to this day with one added principle called the chemical reaction. Why is this important? With chemical reaction, the right combination of heat, oxygen, and fuel will produce fire.
Two issues come to mind: Natural fires and House Fires.
Natural fires: Now that spring has arrived there are many areas of the country that have not seen much rain and moisture making our environment a breeding ground for wild fires. Our grass and vegetation hasn’t “greened up” as one meteorologist pointed, and until then we are more susceptible to wild fires.
House fires: In 2013 there were more than 369 thousand house fires resulting in 2,755 deaths and $6.8 billion in damage in the United States. (See supporting documentation: http://www.nfpa.org/research/reports-and-statistics/fires-by-property-type/residential/home-fires ) While the leading causes of residential fires in the United States are cooking equipment, heating equipment and electrical equipment, these fires are preventable.
AS with all things related to safety, be aware, and be prepared.
Always have a plan such as a fire prevention plan, and a plan for fire emergencies. Listed below are a few websites that have great information on fire planning. Please spend a few minutes with your family reviewing your plan. It could save your life.
Awareness saves lives.