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ATP E017: Home Fire Protection

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Welcome back to the Across The Peak Podcast! After a four-year silence we are re-releasing the ATP archive. Here it is, folks, Across The Peak Episode 016: Travel Like a Boss! This show was originally released on 10/17/2018.

Fire Protection Planning


Since Rich bragged about my ability to create an outline during this episode (I think he called me an “outline savant,” I posted the original outline below, completely intact.

What did you do this week:
– Vehicle PM
– EDC Bag Hike

What are you drinking?
Rich’s drink: Gotta Get Up to Get Down
Justin’s Drink: Cali Creamin’ from Mother Earth Brewing

This show is a listener request.


Step 1: Prevent a Fire from Happening

Home fires are the single most common disaster across the nation

Electrical Appliances
– Ensure you’re aren’t overloading your home’s electrical capacity (appliance specific surge protectors)
– Replace any frayed electrical cords or ones with the ground pin removed
– Don’t cover electrical cords with rugs that can hide frays in the insulation

– Keep a kitchen fire extinguisher handy
– Keep your stove top and range hood clean
– Never leave the stove unattended (my experience with grease fires)

– Clean out the vent regularly (my experience venting into crawlspace)
– Clean out the lint filter EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
– Clean out under and behind your dryer.
– Justin’s Policy: never leave home with the dryer running

Fire places/wood heat
– Make sure fireplaces/wood heaters/wood pellet stoves are installed IAW manufacturer recommendations and local code
– Make sure your chimney is in good shape and clean
– Have chimney inspected annually
– Don’t burn green (and go easy on the pine) wood

If you live in wildfire country…
– clear brush and combustibles from around your house
– cut your grass and clear debris
– don’t store firewood where it can catch (like against your house)
– Use non-flammable landscaping like rocks
– Secure your home’s eaves and vent openings
– Protect your home’s roof, and siding
– Tile and steel are better than asphalt shingles
– concrete and stucco siding are better than wood
– put in heat-resistant blinds/curtains and non-combustible shutters
– windows break easily in a fire
– blinds and shutters can protect these vulnerable openings


Step 2: Protect Your Life If a Fire Does Happen

Have a Plan

– EVERYONE MUST KNOW THE PLAN!(Only 26 percent of families have actually
developed and practiced a home fire escape
– Do you know your exits?
– Have you tested your exits lately?
– Does your family know how to get out?(Children and older adults are twice as likely to die in a home fire as the American population at large)
– If the exit might require tools (such as a glass break) is one nearby?
– Does your family know where to meet up when they get out?
– If a fire starts, you may have just two minutes to get to safety. So time your fire drills and find out: what’s your escape time?

Smoke Detectors

Having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half
2/3 of US house fire deaths are the result of no smoke detectors or smoke detectors with old/missing batteries
– Types https://www.itstactical.com/intellicom/mindset/can-certain-types-of-smoke-detectors-actually-fail-to-alert-you/
– Photoelectric
– Ionization
– Combination (BEST – $25)
– Test monthly
– Changing the Batteries (recommend 10 year lithium)
– Biannually (Daylight savings time)

Fire Extinguishers: http://femalifesafety.org/

Types of fires
– Class A: ordinary combustibles (paper, wood, etc.)
– Class B: flammable liquids (gasoline, etc.)
– Class C: Energized electric equipment (computers, etc.)
– Class D: combustible metals
– Class K: Cooking oils

Types of extinguishers
– Water/Foam: class A fires ONLY
– Carbon Dioxide: class B/C, usually ineffective on Class A
– Dry Chemical: Modern dry chemical usually good on A/B/C but CHECK THE LABEL!
– How to use a fire extinguisher (PASS)
– Pull the pin
– Aim low at the base of the fire
– Squeeze lever
– Sweep side-to-side
– Always keep your back to a safe exit
– Where to put them
– Maintaining/Testing
– If the extinguisher has been used at all, replace
– Ensure lever is clean/not rusty
– Check the pressure gauge


Step 3: Protect Your Stuff

– Invest in a safe – 350 Degrees
– waterproof
– ETL-Intertek Ratings
– Impact
– UL Ratings
– Manufacturer Ratings
– Consider where you put the safe
– Basement is best
– Ground floor is second best
– Media Coolers

– Insurance
– Home/Renter’s
– Valuable Personal Property
– Offsite backups for data
– EDC Bag

Book of the Week: How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan

Outro Music

Episode Outline: Justin
Show Notes: Justin


Featured Image was originally posted to Flickr by Tony Webster at https://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/43402923661, used with permission under Creative Commons 2.0 license.

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