When learning facts about fire, there are three things you must understand: Fuel, Heat and Oxygen. If one of these three components are missing, a fire cannot ignite or grow to any significance. Lets briefly take a look and explore each component. Fuel: Fuel for fire is any kind of combustible material. Examples of combustible materials include: paper, oil, woods, gases, fabrics, liquid, plastics, and rubbers. Fuel is characterized by its moisture content, size, shape, quality and the pattern in which it spreads. Moisture content determines how easily it will burn. Heat: A heat source is responsible for the initial ignition or start of a fire. A heat source can be generated by a cigarette, electrical current or portable heater. Heat is needed to maintain a fire and it also enables them to spread. Heat allows fire to spread by drying out and preheating nearby fuel and warming surrounding air. Oxygen: Air contains approximately 21 percent oxygen. Most fires only require
Home and business owners are increasingly adding fire pits to their outdoor spaces. Fire pits are gaining popularity as they can be used year round, in hot and cold weather, as a gathering space. If you are considering adding a fire pit to your backyard or outdoor office space, there are several things that need to be considered including location, fuel type, and most importantly, safety. Where should I place my Fire Pit? Great question! Before deciding where to place your fire pit, you will need to determine whether you will be placing a permanent fire pit, or a portable fire pit. Once you have determined whether you will have a permanent or portable fire pit, you will need to decide where the best placement is. When deciding where to place your fire pit, the most important thing to consider is safety. Fire pits should be placed at a minimum of ten feet away from your house or building and also neighbors yards. In addition to placing the fire pit a safe distance away from your
Every year fires break out in workplaces across the country resulting in serious damage to property and even injury and death. In the U.S. each year there are around 100,000 non-residential fires reported, with a significant portion of these fires occurring in the workplace. These fires account for approximately 60 deaths, 1200 injuries and more than $2.6M in structural damages each year. There are a variety of reasons why these fires break out, although many are due to negligence and could be prevented with more care and attention. One of the best ways to protect your business against fire is to educate your staff on the causes of fire and encourage them to be vigilant and report any potential fire hazards, so that they can be dealt with swiftly. Although each working environment is different, here are some common workplace fire hazards that you should look out for and how to reduce the risk of them causing a fire. Waste and combustible material In many workplaces, in particular
There is no doubt about it, a house fire is one of the most devastating and traumatic losses a homeowner can endure, both emotionally and financially. Protecting your home, property and family members is as easy as injecting a few simple procedures into your familys safety plan. Following these steps and being properly prepared for a fire can significantly reduce damages and overall loss of property and make it easy to recover in case of a fire emergency. Your home is your sanctuarya place where you can rest, relax and create long lasting memories with your friends and family. Therefore, be certain to review these tips to keep you, your home and those closest to you safe and protected. 1. ALWAYS have working smoke detectors in your home. Check them regularly (once every 3 months) and replace the batteries as needed. Smoke alarm units should be replaced every 10 years regardless of if it is functional or not as sensors go bad after several years of being unused. 2. Wheres the EXTINGUISHER?!?
No matter your business or industry, as a business owner you have a responsibility to keep the workplace environment safe for your employees. Its as great a time as any to begin to review your companys safety plan! There are many fire safety guidelines your business may already be adhering to that have been suggested by OSHA NFPA or your local municipal fire codes, but remember, compliance is key. When it comes to fire safety encourage your staff to adhere to guidelines and be diligent in updating any procedural guidelines that may change. Prevent against workplace fires with these simple tips: Place fire extinguishers in strategic locations, easily accessible to employees and in accordance to code requirements. Be sure smoke detectors are professionally installed and maintenance quarterly. Avoid overloading power outlets or power strips with electrical devices. Doing so can overload circuits and cause electrical fires. Always unplug non-essential electronics at the end
How prepared are you for a fire inspection? Your local fire marshal can stop by to inspect your business anytime, so it is of grave importance to make sure your building is up to code at all times. But what exactly does up to code mean? After all, fire codes can be very complex and while many aspects of the inspection are common sense, there are some that can really offer trouble understanding. Thats where this nifty checklist comes in handy! Staying on top of these items will ensure that not only your business stays safe from a fire, it will also ensure to keep the fire marshal off your back and those pesky fines at bay. Preparing for fire code inspections: The outside One of the things the fire marshal will inspect upon his/her arrival is how accessible your building is to the fire department should they need to be called out for an emergency. When preparing for fire safety inspections, you should make sure that: Your street address is clearly marked on the front of your building