Power Grid Down How To Prepare, Survive & Thrive After The Lights Go Out Chapter 5 Exerpt

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Chapter 5
Fire, Survival Cooking, Trash Bag Uses, Mylar Bags, and Duct Tape - Exerpt

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Brush fires, or wildfires, are one of the most dangerous types of blazes for firefighters to battle – and are especially dangerous when you can’t call the fire department. Fire preparedness is perhaps one of the most neglected aspects of preparedness. Fires can double in size approximately once every 30 seconds to a minute. Dry brush and trees will catch fire quickly. Minor wind fluctuation can take you from a point of safety straight into the path of rapidly encroaching flames in a matter of seconds.
In a power grid down scenario, calling the local fire department will likely not be a viable option. Transformers popping after a weather event, EMP attack, or solar flare takes down the fire grid will create spark hundreds of fires in the impacted region. If an EMP attack occurs and thousands of planes fall from the sky, fires will burn unchecked in both urban and rural areas alike.

Fire Preparedness·         Take stock of flammable materials around the home and auxiliary structures. Properly dispose of any necessary items in a timely manner. There are three categories of flammable materials — Class A, B, and C. Class A flammables are common combustibles such as wood, paper and plastic. Class B items include grease and flammable liquids. Class C blazes are basically electrical fires which often stem from either Class A or B flammables. Understanding what types of fire you are most likely to be faced with is extremely important from a preparedness aspect.
·         Remove tree branches extending within 10 feet of the opening of a chimney.
·         Clear branches, leaves and pine needles out of gutters and off roof surfaces on a regular basis.
·         Wet the roof and sides of the home down with a garden hose during dry periods.
·         Place a screen comprised of non-flammable material over stovepipes or chimneys. The openings in the screen should not exceed half an inch, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.                                                                                                 
·          Do not store hay bales against one another. Combustion from heat or flying embers is common. Set round hay bales at least a foot a part and do not stack more than several square bales on or next to one another. If a wildfire is near, wet the bales with a water hose and separate if time allows. Storing bales inside a barn may be convenient, but it could ultimately cost you both the barn and the livestock huddled inside. Placing the bales in the sun or separating the material after danger has passed will help prevent mold. Cows can typically eat hay with a bit of mold, but it will make a horse or donkey very ill or cause death.
   Think twice before placing pine shrubs next to the home, because they catch fire quickly when dry. Think brittle Christmas trees with the lights left on too long. Skip attractiveness in favor of fire prevention when it comes to deciding what will be planted near the home and other structures.
·         Thin out underbrush near the vicinity of the home. If you own goats (or huge land tortoises like I do) this chore can be easily taken care of without you being forced to swing a sickle.
·         Trim tree branches so they are at least 15 feet off the ground. Create a fuel break around all shelters on the property.
·         Dispose of fireplace or wood burning stove and charcoal briquettes only after they have been soaked for at least an hour in a metal bucket filled with cold water.
·         Never store gasoline near the home, and only keep the fuel in approved containers. If a fire does appear to be approaching your home, quickly move the gasoline out of its storage shed and dispose of the fuel if at all possible.

Propane tanks should also be stored far away from the home and barn. Make sure that flammable vegetation is not present near the storage location. Moving propane tanks when a fire threat is present is also advised. Make sure tank valves remain in the off position.                               

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