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Month: September 2016

Fire Extinguisher History

By K. Johnson
September 19, 2016 Category • Fire Extinguisher, Extinguisher Training

Believe it or not, not only are fire extinguishers an important part of our everyday safety, they are an important part of our history as well! If you are as curious as we are at County Fire Protection, you have probably wondered how these bright red powerhouses have come to be a staple in homes and businesses worldwide. Here are a few highlights of how fire extinguishers developed and changed throughout the decades. 200 B.C. - Ctesibius of Alexandria crafted a hand pump designed to deliver water to fires. This method replaced the cumbersome technique of passing buckets from hand to hand to transport water to fires. The Middle Ages Devices called squirts were developed which worked like bicycle pumps. These were used on the 1666 Great Fire of London. 1819 Captain George Manby invented the first version of the modern portable fire extinguisher. It was made of copper vessel which sprayed potassium carbonate solution using compressed air. 1912 An extinguisher model using carbon

Fire Pit safety

By Keren Johnson
September 14, 2016 Category • Fire Prevention

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

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