Tag Archives: fire safety

Electrical Fires

21 Dec

I started this post a couple of years ago when we still had the house in town. I decided it might not be a good idea to post this in case my insurance agent stumbled across it so I just saved it in drafts, but now it is ready. I think fire safety is especially important this time of year due to fires caused by Christmas lights and electric heaters so I am posting it now.


This is a building on the corner of downtown which burned recently. The downstairs were office buildings and upstairs was a residential apartment. A fire started from a faulty space heater; fortunately no one was injured. They are tearing it down and cleaning it up. I sure could use some of that rubble to fill in some of the gully behind the house.



We were in the process of cleaning out the last of our stuff from the old house in town. We went in recently and noticed the pump for the aquarium was not running. When I checked it out I found this sight above. This cheap electrical strip shorted out and we were very, very lucky the house didn’t catch on fire! When I saw this my stomach did a flip flop let me tell you! I’m thanking my lucky stars everything turned out OK. Do you have fire extinguishers handy? We do and so should you. Keep prepping everyone.


Tragic Fire Fatality

10 Feb


I found out one of my former clients died in a tragic house fire last week. The man was semi-bed-ridden at home and used oxygen full-time. The electricity was out due to the winter ice storm and the family was using a kerosene heater and a kerosene lamp. The details of the event are a bit unclear to the person relating this tale to me, but somehow the man caught on fire from the kerosene. As the man’s wife and son were attempting to get the man out of the house, the oxygen tank exploded. The son and the wife escaped, but both are still hospitalized with severe burns and the man died in the house. So once again let’s remind ourselves to be careful with open flames such as kerosene and be doubly careful to avoid flames around oxygen. Be safe out there!

Winter Storm Boreas

25 Nov

The big winter storm front blew through here two days ago and gave us temps in the 30’s for highs and near 20 for lows. That is a substantial cool down for us in this part of the country. Then this morning the weatherman surprised us with a forecast of freezing precipitation, including freezing rain. Not good! I had to take some packages to the UPS store for shipping so I decided as long as I was out I would go to the grocery store and watch the panicked horde hit the shelves. I like to watch the panic for entertainment value, I always just chuckle and shake my head and wonder, what would these people do if there really was some type of emergency? How can you not keep the basic supplies needed to withstand a few days of isolation due to a short-term weather event such as an ice storm? It’s not like it has never happened before, the potential is there for us every year. Every few years we actually get a storm that knocks out the power for a few days, and I am always amazed at the people who are totally unprepared. After all, usually the weatherman predicts the storm for several days before it gets here and still people get caught unaware, “I really didn’t think it would be this bad.” Some people just never learn.



As I write this we have had just a light coating of sleet, hopefully we won’t get much more. Anyway I looked at this as a test run for my preps. I came home and checked my fuel supply. Gasoline, Diesel, Kerosene, Lantern fuel, all OK.

Flashlights, batteries, candles, matches, radios, all OK. I even brought up another FEL bucket full of firewood and stacked it on the back porch just in case. Again, I am amazed at how much wood we have burned in just the few evenings we have enjoyed using our fireplace. If I had to burn wood everyday, then wood cutting would become a serious chore on the homestead. Thank Heaven for central heat!


And just a quick safety note for you. If you use a shop vac to clean out the ashes in your fireplace, make absolutely certain all the embers are out. That’s all I have to say about that! Keep prepping everyone! And keep warm.Confused smile

Fire Safety

4 Jan


When I did my last post on fire safety, someone commented on the fact I didn’t have an extinguisher in the kitchen. It reminded me to go get one. This is a special extinguisher for kitchens, that is why the tank is white instead of red. It has a special formula for grease and electrical fires; thus especially suited for kitchens. If it was up to me I would leave it sitting on the counter where it could be reached in an instant. But, I know that will not suit Sweet Thing so underneath the counter it will go. Well, at least it will be close to where it is needed if I can just remember which cabinet it is in. Be prepared!

Fire Safety

22 Dec

Last month I bought three fire extinguishers for our new home. I put one of them upstairs in the attic by the heating unit. I put one in the garage and I put the third one beside the fireplace. What better place to have an extinguisher than right beside an open, live fire, right?


So there it sits, right beside the fireplace for anyone to grab and use if something bad happens and the fire gets out of control. Well, Sweet Thing says “I’m not going to have that ugly, red extinguisher sitting out in the open like that.” I told her it is supposed to be out in the open so everyone can see it and be able to find it in an emergency. Now we have to camouflage it so it can’t be seen, but she says both of us will know where it is. So, she comes up with this big, heavy, ceramic Urn for me to lug into the house.


It looks like it will fit OK.


So there it sits, ready for instant use, but with all that glaring red ugliness hidden away inside a beautiful decorative Urn. Be safe everyone.

Fire Safety

14 Dec


Sweet Thing and I decided to do a little Christmas shopping in Memphis last weekend where we encountered this. I know a lot of people say to carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle in case of fire. You know I am all about being prepared and safety, but I don’t carry an extinguisher in my vehicle. I have them in our home and in the barn, but I don’t carry one in the vehicles, I guess I should. But I will tell you why I don’t, it is just a safety issue. A vehicle contains a large amount of gasoline, and gasoline and fire don’t mix! I don’t want to be standing around trying to get my extinguisher out of the vehicle, or using it to put out the fire and have that gas tank burst into flames! A vehicle is not worth getting burned or even killed trying to put it out. That is one of the reasons to carry insurance, to replace the vehicle if it burns, so for my own safety, I am going to stand back away from all that gasoline while the fire is burning. Leave that job to the professionals folks! Be Safe!