Protect your home from a sudden wildfire with FireIce - fast and easy protection

by Admin 12. May 2014 05:48

Wildfires are an unpredictable phenomenon that a large percentage of homeowners could face sometime in their lifetime. In many instances homeowners have little or no time to prepare their personal items or property so it is imperative they have a plan in place. To protect yourself from a wildfire you must first analyze the potential risks within your local area and what ways you can protect your property.

Wildfires are caused by a host of factors including manmade and natural with the majority coming from lightning strikes and accidental manmade fires. Homeowners who live in or around natural woodlands are the highest risk factor, but area on the edge of suburbia are at risk as well. Wild fires don’t know boundaries and will spread wherever there is fuel and the wind pushes it.   Weather patterns make wildfires so unpredictable that they can change course several times an hour leaving homeowner will little time to react.

There are steps homeowners can take to be prepared if they are faced with sudden wild fire risk. Assess the fuel available for fires on and near your property and work to reduce it as much as possible. Create a fire break on the edge of your property with a non-fuel material such as rocks or dirt. Having your property in prepared condition allows you more time for other measures such as applying a fire retardant to your structure.  Protect your home from wildfire with FireIce a flame retardant that is easily applied to your home within a short time period and ideal for sudden fire risks. FireIce, a product that when mixed with water creates a fire retardant gel is quickly applied to all vulnerable surfaces. A homeowner can leave with confidence that their preparation and fire retardant gives them the best chance at avoiding a loss.

If you would like more information on products that could save your house from a wildfire, please contact us.

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Protect home from wildfire with FireIce - Wildland Urban Threat

by Admin 22. April 2014 06:12

The new home market over the last two decades has turned to new outlying areas for building locations to take advantage of the privacy and scenery. These wildland-urban areas, as they are referred to by fire professionals, have a significantly increased fire threat. The threat not only comes from direct fire, but from wind-carried embers.

According to Ready, Set, Go!, a national fire prevention program managed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Wildland Urban Interface fire threat is steep due to continued development and exposure. These areas are found throughout the country and are not recognized by how they look, but by the conditions they contain. A wildland urban interface is often where cities meet rural areas which are typically state or federally owned lands. These areas contain multiple fuel sources for wildfires, such as dead trees and decaying materials that are not typically managed properly.

Homeowners in these areas are at an elevated risk due to the wildfire threat in the landscape adjacent to their home. Many of these areas prohibit landowners from altering the this land because of state and federal land use restrictions. Homes within these areas are typically damaged by the wind-blown embers from nearby fires. These embers can ignite the structure or local area on fire, which then reach the home.  Homeowners can protect their home from wildfire with FireIce; when applied, it protects structures such as home and outbuildings from embers. When mixed with water, FireIce creates a gel that adheres to almost any surface--creating a fire-retardant barrier. This is critical in preventing the wind-blown embers from igniting flammable, exposed surfaces such as roofing, siding and deck materials.

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Protect your home from wildfire with FireIce - Be ready for fire season!

by Admin 17. March 2014 05:58

Wildfires have become a common addition to most news outlets over the past few years as the frequency of these disasters continue to increase. According to a recent article by USA Today “Western lawmakers push legislation to prevent wildfires” wildfires in the last decade have burned more land than the previous four combined. This increased threat means all homeowners in fire threat areas need to be prepared.

Western legislators are rallying to change the way designated fire suppression funds are used. In recent years, large fires or “mega-fires”, eat a large percentage of this budget which is meant for forest maintenance to reduce the risk of fires.  As more and more of this budget gets used for fighting fires the more forests are becoming even more at-risk of a fire. This poses a great risk for homeowners, especially those at the edge of the wilderness.

Homeowners need to have a fire plan, perform property fire prevention maintenance and have fire protection products on-hand to fully protect their property from being decimated from a fire. It is critical that homeowners and families have a plan in place so they can evacuate quickly. Preventative maintenance on landscaping and all structures such as preventing debris buildup, removing dead branches from trees and creating a fire buffer greatly reduces the spread of fire. An often overlooked piece of the puzzle is a flame retardant product to protect structures in case fire does reach them. Protecting your home from wildfire with FireIce by Geltech is an ideal solution that can be quickly applied to your home before you evacuate. The flame retardant gel creates a fire-proof barrier on your home that can withstand the high temperatures of a wildfire. If you would like more information on products to help save your home in case of a wild fire, please contact us.

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Protect your home from wildfire with defensive zones, fire resistant roofs, and most importantly, an application of FireIce

by Admin 14. February 2014 04:38

Living in wildfire prone area has its own special dangers. A few simple steps can protect your home from wildfire and make one less likely to lose one’s home when the next conflagration occurs.

Colorado State University suggests creating what it calls “defensible zones” around the house. This means clearing foliage and other ignitable materials from around the home, denying a wildfire fuel to feed it and channel it to the home. Some plants can be treated to make them less apt to ignite when a wildfire encroaches. How one sets up these zones depends on a number of factors, including size and shape of the home, the slope of the ground, topography, the home’s building materials, and what type of plants one has around the home.

One thing a homeowner might do is to make sure his or her roof is fire resistant. According to the Insurance Institute for Home and Business Safety, various roofing materials are graded by how much they are fire resistant, with Class A being the most fire resistant. Any homeowner living in an area prone to wildfires should seriously consider getting his or her roof upgraded.

Generally a Class A roofing material would include asphalt fiberglass composition shingles and  concrete or clay tiles. Some Class A material is classified “as assembled” which means that extra material is placed between the covering and sheathing, such as aluminum, fire retardant wood, or plastic and rubber.

If one is uncertain what class one’s roof is, especially in an older home, it is probably a good idea to get the roof replaced if one is in a wildfire area.

Finally, an application of FireIce, an environmentally friendly product that is safe for children, pets, and plants, will provide an extra protection for one's home in case of wildfire.

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Prepping your home for a wildfire is critical

by Admin 23. January 2014 07:49

Wildfires are a common problem throughout the Unites States, but especially in the western states where drought is a yearly occurrence.  A recent article by the Arizona Daily Star "Arizona residents file claims in fatal wildfire" describes the aftermath of a wildfire when properties were not fully protected.

Ninety-one residents of Yarnell, Arizona and the llah subdivision that were affected by a wildfire in 2013 filed claims against the state and local agencies that fought the fire. They are claiming the fire plan was wrong and that more could have been done and sooner to protect their homes. The wildfire destroyed most of the areas homes with only a small percentage surviving with no or minor damage. Pacific Biodiversity Institute studied the area from aerial images taken previous to the fire and found that the majority of area homes lack a proper buffer zone and the one that did have it mostly survived unscathed.

This article highlights the importance of prepping your home and property for the threat of a wildfire. Homeowners cannot rely on fire services alone to protect their home as they need to their part as well. A safe buffer zone around each structure is critical to prevent a wild fire from spreading to your home or outbuildings. Homeowners can also benefit from using a fire retardant such as FireIce from Geltech. It is an environmentally friendly product that when mixed with water creates a fire retardent gel that sticks to nearly any surface protecting it from fire and extreme heat. It is an extra level of protection for homeowners in case a fire jumps their buffer zone and fire services is not there to stop the fire. If you would like more information on how to protect your home from wildfire threats, please contact us.

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FireIce Academy - Hydrants

by Admin 28. September 2012 10:15

One of the tasks assigned to your fire company is the annual inspection of fire hydrants in your district. All the hydrants that you have tested are dry-barrel hydrants. You replace all the hydrant caps except one. As you are closing the stem on one hydrant, you shut it completely, open it a quarter turn, and place the palm of your hand over an open discharge. You feel a slight suction on your hand. You close the hydrant stem completely, replace the discharge cap, and complete the inspection.
What is the purpose of dry-barrel hydrants?
Answer: Dry-barrel hydrants are used in areas that experience prolonged periods of subfreezing weather. The control valve is located below the frost line underground and prevents water from entering the hydrant barrel and freezing, making the hydrant inoperable.
What causes the slight suction on your hand?
Answer: It is an indication that the water is draining out of the dry barrel through the drain hole at the bottom of the hydrant.
What conditions should you look for during a hydrant inspection?
Among the items listed in the text, you should inspect the hydrants for:
Obstructions, such as sign posts, utility poles, weeds, bushes, or fences that might interfere with pumper-to-hydrant connections or with opening the hydrant valve.
Outlets that face the wrong direction for pumper-to-hydrant connections.
Insufficient clearance between outlets and the ground.
Damage to the hydrant.
Rusting or corrosion.
Outlet caps missing or stuck in place with paint.
Stem nut that cannot be turned or turns feely with no visible result.
Obstructions (bottles, cans, rocks) inside the hydrant outlets.
Damp ground surrounding the hydrant or erosion indicating a drain valve leak.
Hydrants painted by property owners (caps adhered to threads by paint).

By Rob Rosovich, Fire Protection Engineer

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FireIce Academy - Search and Rescue

by Admin 14. September 2012 08:25

Your company responds to a fire in a one story, single family residential structure. It is a ranch style structure. The time is 6:00 am on a Sunday morning. While responding, you hear the first arriving officer report that there is fire coming from a bedroom window on the B-C corner of the house with smoke also coming from the open front door.
When you arrive, the incident commander directs your officer to perform a primary search of the structure. Other companies have been directed to ventilate the structure and to do an interior attack on the fire.
What other operations, if any, must be coordinated with your primary search?
Answer: There are several other operations that must be conducted nearly simultaneously with the beginning of the primary search. Of course, it may be necessary to force entry into the structure. In this case it appears the front door is open and that is the most appropriate point to enter the structure. Also, ventilation must occur prior to entering the structure to reduce the heat and improve visibility. Finally, fire attack will also begin immediately following ventilation. Your search team may actually follow the attack team into the structure.
What fire conditions can be expected inside the structure?
Answer: It is apparent from the conditions observed outside of the structure that at least the bedroom is involved in fire. Smoke is moving throughout the structure as evidenced by the smoke coming from the open front door. The quantity of fire and smoke indicates that the fire is intense which means it is going to be hot. Also, the fire may have extended to other rooms and areas. In this type of scenario it is crucial that you maintain situational awareness - both individually and as a team. Even after ventilation has been completed fire conditions may remain extreme until the fire is extinguished. Flashover may be possible in other rooms until the hot smoke and gases have been ventilated and the fire is extinguished.
How should the primary search be conducted?
Answer: The primary search is a rapid but thorough search of the house. The search should begin in an area most likely to have someone needing rescue. At this time of day that would be the bedroom area. The search would start with the bedrooms closest to the room of origin and then work away from the fire area. If the fire is controlled quickly, the primary search may actually begin in that room. During the search common hiding places should be checked. As a room is searched the door should be marked indicating the primary search has been completed. When the primary search has been completed the officer will give an 'All Clear' to the incident commander.

 

By Rob Rosovich, Fire Protection Engineer

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FireIce Q& A - Positive Pressure Ventilation(PPV)

by Admin 9. August 2012 08:12

Hey FireIce Bloggers!  Check out todays question and answer below:

PPV FanDescribe this operation. How must the blower be placed at the open entry point?

ANSWER:

Positive Pressure Ventilation or PPV is defined as: “A method of ventilating a confined space by mechanically blowing fresh air into the space in sufficient volume to create a slight positive pressure within and thereby forcing the contaminated out the exit opening”.PPV Procedures

The fan or blower is placed 4’ to 10’ from the entry point you must ensure the fan cone completely covers the entry point. An exit point MUST be created opposite the entry point to push the smoke out of the exit opening.  This exit opening should be the same size or slightly smaller than the entry opening.  The entire goal is to create postive pressure an it is important that no other exterior doors or windows are opened during this operation.

Once the structure is stabilized you can open and close interior doors and exterior windows to pressurize one area at a time. Opening and closing interior doors at the proper time can accelerate the removal from heat and smoke. Also removing cold smoke from a building after the fire is extinguished is achieved by placing a negative pressure fan at the exit opening. Source: Chapter 11 Ventilation, Essentials of Fire Fighting 5th Edition. (See Illustrations)

If deployed properly PPV can prove to be a useful tool on the fire ground Proper Training and Practice on this operation is essential to ensure “Everyone Goes Home”. Stay Safe!
By Rob Rosovich, Fire Protection Engineer

Everyone Goes Home

by Admin 25. July 2012 07:31

Hey FireIce Blog Readers!! It appears this past month has been busy for many departments around the world and with that being said the LODD list grew as did firefighter injuries… Our job is hard enough and we take many risks, but most injuries are preventable!

Make everyday a training day So Everyone Goes Home… Stay Safe!

 

By Rob Rosovich, Fire Protection Engineer

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FireIce Academy is back in session...

by Admin 20. July 2012 06:33

Hey FireIceBloggers!! FireIce Academy is back in session...



You have responded to a fire in a single family dwelling. Upon arrival your company officer orders your hose team to don full PPE and advance a 1 3/4 inch attack line to the front door. The door is open and you can see the fire at the back of the living room. The smoke that is rolling out of the doorway is black and the heat is intense at the opening.

What method of attack, direct, indirect, or combination, do you use?

Answer: The combination attack uses the fog nozzle to its best advantages.

What are the advantages of this method?

Answer: The wide fog pattern cools the room and provides protection to the nozzle operator.

Why did you select this method?

Answer: The fog nozzle also creates small water droplets that absorb the heat and generates steam to smother the fire. The straight stream can penetrate the burning combustibles from a distance and complete the extinguishment process.

Stay Safe!


By Rob Rosovich, Fire Protection Engineer

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