I recently attended the Wildland Urban Interface Conference hosted by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and its Ready, Set, Go! Program. In addition to attending classes, I received an Award of Excellence for my agency (South Metro Fire Rescue) for its commitment to wildfire risk reduction.
We were early adopters of the Ready, Set, Go! model because of its simplicity and potential for making a solid difference. You can check it out at www.wildlandfirersg.org.
Getting ready for wildfires, whether […]
The volume of illegal fireworks getting used in my neighborhood suggests Independence Day is almost here.
Any fireworks that leave the ground or explode are illegal for private use under Colorado state law. Other states have different laws as do counties, cities and homeowners associations. Sparklers are usually legal, but they are not “safe” as the attached image indicates.
Too many people are injured while using fireworks each year. Causes of injuries include ignoring the manufacturer’s instructions or safety warnings or letting […]
Cooking is the leading cause of residential fires in the nation as a whole. Nationwide, cooking also is the leading cause of home fire injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
To prevent cooking fires, use appliances according to manufacturer’s instructions and refrain from overloading electrical outlets. Check food that is cooking regularly to verify that it is cooking uniformly and as expected. Move anything that could catch fire, such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, wrappers and towels, away […]
Lightning strikes the Earth over 25 million times each year.
Lightning, a rapid discharge of electrical energy in the atmosphere, is among the most impressive weather phenomena on the planet. It’s also quite dangerous.
The winds within a thunderstorm or similar column of rapidly rising air causes particles of ice to crash into each other. During the crashes, smaller particles lose electrons while larger ones gain electrons, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
As the cloud bottoms become charged negatively, […]
“Surviving Wildfire should be mandatory reading for anyone living in the WUI.”
– Garry Sanfacon, Fourmile Canyon Fire Recovery Manager
No one thinks their home will burn down in a wildfire. And yet every year thousands of homes do. Research shows that at least half of the people who stand in the ashes of their dreams must face the fact that they don’t have the right kind of coverage or enough insurance to rebuild and replace what they owned.
Few people know what […]
Diverse cultures separated by vast geographical distances share recurring fire-origin themes, as revealed in Origins of Fire, an entertaining collection of 29 myths and stories.
Themes such as fire’s representation of divine power, over and above its practical uses; the strong presence of animals possessing magical powers; and the need for trickery to obtain fire.
“When I was growing up I greatly enjoyed reading Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, recounting the colorful and fanciful ways various animals came to be the way […]