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Fire Safety During Home Renovation

This is a guest post by Chuck Lorrell. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.

Are you having your home renovated? Here are 10 things you should consider to make your home fire-resistant.

1. Fire Extinguishers – Make sure that there is a portable fire extinguisher on the worksite. Depending on the size of the project, you may want to have more than one. Even a small fire can create major damage if it isn’t taken care of immediately. Multi-purpose models (Type ABC) are best for a construction site.

2. Existing Alarms – Never disconnect your fire and burglar alarms during a home renovation project. If sanding or plaster work is being done, you may want to consider putting a plastic bag over them during the day, but don’t forget to take them off when work is finished.

3. Sprinklers – For a larger project, you may want to consider installing a residential sprinkler system, which can provide protection against a major fire.

4. Clean Up – Make sure that scrap materials and debris are cleaned up from the site daily, as they can be highly combustible. Even materials like cardboard, rags, and solvents are extremely flammable, and so it is important that these are picked up as well.

5. Doors – Doors made of solid wood or metal will resist fires much more than hollow ones.

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Fire Protection During Construction

This is a guest post by Heather McPhearson. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.

Fires are rarely sympathetic to any environment and can quickly destroy weeks, if not months of workmanship during a construction project. It is therefore crucially important that some often simple steps are taken to ensure your project takes the necessary precautions to prevent fire.

Keeping the construction area as clear as possible, particularly when left unattended, should be a key consideration on every foreman’s list. Reducing the amount of debris and combustible materials both within the build site and around its immediate boundaries can prevent a fire starting from a loose spark. Clearing the site of these materials should be carried out as often as practicable.

Many fires are started within the roof space of a build therefore it is important to prevent such an occurrence as much as possible. Do this by selecting materials that are fire resistant or do not combust such as Class A asphalt shingles, metal, cement or concrete products.

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Fire Protection Techniques – Things You Should Learn to Stay Calm in Cases of Fire

This is a guest post by Brian Ayling. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.

We do certain things in order to protect ourselves. We will never know when danger will come. Sometimes, we obtain special trainings to ready ourselves further in the event that it will happen. Others just plainly read about them and apply it to their daily lives. It is good that people are taking chances to improve their knowledge in increasing their chances of surviving emergencies.

People face various emergencies daily. Everyday, people are being rushed into the hospitals to be treated for serious injuries. Some are rushed for revival from loss of consciousness. However, there are things that we can actually do, in order for us to avoid the worst conditions that a person could undergo. Sometimes, other people get the worse because of getting into an accident while finding a way to survive in the middle of the emergency.

An example of this kind of situation is in the event of fire. Some people panic when they hear that the building is on fire. Once they panic, they run around like crazy. In turn, what happens is that, they can trigger stampede or they fall off the stairs from running. Some people do not know where to go, instead of using the fire exits; they use the elevator thinking that they could reach the ground floor sooner. Only to find them trapped when the power is cut off.

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Fire Pit Safety During the Winter Season

This is a guest post by Karen Ho Fatt. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.

Not everyone hunkers down and hibernates during the winter. In fact, with backyard fire pit usage growing in popularity, more and more people are enjoying crisp winter evenings outdoors, in the comfort of their patio paradise. Along with this trend is the need for an increased awareness of residential fire safety in addition to the common sense steps taken when having a wintertime fire. Let’s take a moment to review fire pit safety during the winter season.

As with any outdoor fire, whether at a campground or in your backyard, careful attention should be paid to the surrounding foliage. During autumn, dried leaves and plant material can accumulate around the fire pit, providing quick burning fuel for a stray ember to ignite. Clear any dead vegetation to at least 10 feet from around the fire pit. This way, if you burn soft woods to create that wonderful crackle we all love, the popping embers won’t have anything to start a fire with.

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