fire suppression tools for preppers

Prepping for Fires
Preventing a fire is much easier than putting one out.

Not everyone can afford a Doomsday Castle which can
withstand the flames... the rest of us must prepare for fire!

Be prepared for fire! Seldom discussed, preppers must learn to
mitigate fire hazards and have fire suppression tools on hand to
survive uncertain times. Not all of us can afford a fire resistant
Doomsday Castle, but there are things all preppers can do to
prepare for fires...

How to Prepare for Fire at Home
October is fire protection month! Whether you live in the city, the
suburbs or on the homestead, your home is your castle and your
keeps. Here's how to keep fire from burning it up and how to get
out alive:

Seven Things to Prepare for and Prevent
Fire at Home

  • #1: Know how to use a fire extinguisher. Every prepper
    home should know how to use a fire extinguisher and have
    several fire extinguishers (the lesson for how to use them is
    at the bottom of the page) and every member of your family
    or group should know how to use them. It's the most basic
    fire suppression tool.

  • #2: Get a fire escape ladder! A Fire Escape Ladder is a
    "must have" item if you're a prepper who has a bedroom on
    the second or third story.

  • #3: Become a Smoke detector checker. Surely you know
    the importance of installing smoke detectors, but check the
    batteries on these devices twice a year! Do it at Christmas
    time and Christmas in July.

  • #4: Consider candle safety. Place candles only on stable
    platforms, away from drapes and decorations, and free from
    the pathways of children and pets.

  • #5: Don't construct your own demise. Is your home
    undergoing construction? Ensure workers clean up daily. The
    rags they leave are highly combustible and a major reason
    of fire!

  • #6: Keep your grill equipment clean. Enjoy the barbecue?
    Cleanliness is the key to preventing fires from barbecue
    equipment, particularly food and grease buildups.
    Periodically inspect the tubes leading into the burner to look
    for blockage from food, grease or bugs. Keep the drippings
    away from gas hoses, and check for gas leaks. If you find a
    leak, don't use the grill!

  • #7: Take fireplace safety seriously. Have a fireplace? A
    sturdy fireplace screen is key. Each year fireplaces cause
    14,000 house fires in the U.S. Tips for your fireplace include:
  • Keep your hearth covered with a screen or tempered
  • Clean creosote buildups
  • Check for cracks in the flue

Twelve Things You Can Do to Prepare for
It goes without saying that you must know multiple escape
routes, hold drills, and know where to meet up. Get out of harm's
way unless you own the necessary fire gear and have the training!

There are dozen things you can do to prepare for wildfires
  1. Have a wool blanket handy for every member of your group.
    Wool naturally resists flames and having wool blanket will
    help your family in an escape route.
  2. Teach kids the stop, drop and roll method should they catch
    fire, and practice with them crawling low, feeling door
    handles, etc.
  3. Learnhow to use a fire extinguisher (and discover why they
    should be placed at the exits of your property) by watching
    the tutorial at the bottom of the page.
  4. Learn to store fuels properly.
  5. Keep wood piles and propane tanks 30-feet from your home.
  6. Sweep porches and decks of pine needles and dry leaves.
  7. Ensure you have eyewash on hand as smoke will irritate
  8. Have your vehicles bugout ready during the fire season: with
    the hood of the car facing forward where no backing up is
    required, and have it geared up with car essentials)
  9. Ensure you have a 100-foot fire line around your property to
    mitigate brush fires. (Regularly rake leaves, dead branches
    and other flammable vegetation in this zone.)

    If a wildfire is imminent:
  • Turn off air conditioning and close windows.
  • Open the fireplace damper, but close the fireplace screen.
  • Make sure everyone is wearing boots and long pants.
  • Select clothing without strings (sweat shirt hoodie ties).
  • Tie up long hair into a pony tail.
  • Gather your wool blankets (one for every member of your
    group), along with an emergency escape mask, as the
    Breath of Life mask, pictured immediate right.
  • Do NOT wet the blanket as water conducts heat and
    you'll leave yourself more susceptible to burns

    Know the Dangers:
  • 50%-80% of fire deaths result from smoke inhalation!
    The most important thing to realize is that someone
    suffering from smoke inhalation is that symptoms, as hoarse
    voice, confusion, prolonged coughing and breathing
    difficulties can quickly become worse and life threatening.  
    This is when having CPR training comes in handy. Call 911 if
    the service is available, and be ready to respond. Move the
    sufferer to a safe, clean air location.

  • Chimney fires account for 36% of home fires. If you own
    a wood stove or have a chimney have a chimney fire
    suppressant handy, such as Chimfex, pictured at the top left
    hand of the page. Indispensable as the first line of defense
    for controlling chimney fires, Chimfex suppresses a chimney
    fire in an average of 22 seconds.

  • What causes house fires? The causes include grease fires
    (cooking), furnace malfunction, careless smoking, faulty
    electrical equipment and wiring, candles, flammable liquids,
    and kids playing with fire.

List of Fire Suppression and Safety Tools for Preppers

Fire Tools for Preppers #1: Shovel.
It doesn't get more basic than a shovel, but a spade will do as
What's the difference between a shovel and spade?

Fire Tools for Preppers #2: Pulaski Axe.
Chop roots and get the ground down to soil to make fireline so
nothing will burn. It's hard work to make a fireline 10 to 20 feet,
but if it protects your homestead it's well worth the effort! It's
ideal for grubbing and for chopping.

Fire Tools for Preppers #3: McCloed Rake.
Forest Service approved, fire tool for residential or commercial
use, the rake will help you clear fire-prone debris

Fire Tools for Preppers #4: Fire resistant blanket.
A fire-resistant wool blanket for first aid during fire emergencies
is a valuable prep to own.

Fire Tools for Preppers #5: Fire extinguishers (one in
every room).
You may have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, but to plan for
an earthquake you'll need as many extinguishers on your property
as you have rooms. Learn how to use a fire extinguisher. Know
how to open the extinguisher case, pull the pin and aim to avoid
wasting precious time. Right, is an aerosol fire extinguisher that
will help stop fires fast because it operates in a familiar way. The
Tundra aerosol can, pictured immediate left is easy enough to
instruct a child how to use. Do whatever you can to stop fires

Watch the video at the bottom of the page so you know how to
use a fire extinguisher if the time ever comes.

Fire Tools for Preppers #6: Gas Shutoff Valve Tool.
After an earthquake the biggest danger is from fire when gas
lines rupture and burst into flames, which is why it's important to
have a gas shutoff valve tool for quakes, but for wildfires it's
also important in Gas Valve Emergency Shutoff Tool easily
accessible near your gas valves and know how to use the tool to
help prevent an explosion.

Fire Tools for Preppers #7: Metal Locking Fire cabinet.
Having a fire cabinet is important to store fuels and other
hazardous materials properly to avoid starting a fire in the first

Get a locking metal cabinet will help you mind your hazardous
materials. Store pesticides and gas cans in sealed containers
away from possible ignition sources.

how to store fuel safely.

Fire Tools for Preppers #8: Fireproof Safe.
Keep your important documents fire safe! For starters, have a list
ready of things to grab, including copies of important documents,
pictures and sentimental items.

Having photographs and important documents in a safe deposit
box is another good idea. Beyond the ordinary measures of
having these things and a 72-hour kit, preppers.

A fireproof safe offers protection from both fire and water for your
important documents, including passports and birth certificates.
A continuous 360 degree jamb and waterproof seal completely
insulates the interior from the threat of water invasion of the
fireproof safe pictured right.

Fire Tools for Preppers #9: Water bucket and ash
Back to basics, get a galvanized metal bucket (one sturdy
enough to last you years hauling water) and another bucket other
to contain the ashes of your wood burning cook stove or
cooking equipment.

Fire Tools for Preppers: #10: Boric Acid is a Flame
Boric acid has flame retardant properties, so it's good to keep
some on hand. Learn more about
how preppers use boric acid.

Fire Tools for Preppers #12: CLASS-A Foam.
Learn how to use CLASS-A Foam to provide deeper penetration,
slower evaporation and greater fire extinguishing power than
plain water. FOAM-FAST Wildfire Pre-Treatment Kit is the
simplest and effective method of deploying foam onto a fire
scene.  Extends the effectiveness of plain water by 500%! Best
of all, the FOAM-FAST Wildfire Pre-Treatment Kit  is 100%
biodegradable and non-toxic, and works with a standard 3/4”
garden hose. Each cartridge produces foam for up to an hour.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Fire extinguishers carry symbols on the
    labels: read them! Using the wrong type could actually
    spread a fire.

What are the best fire extinguishers?
The best fire extinguisher are multipurpose ABC:
  • Class A is for paper, fabric plastic, rubber and wood
  • Class B is for gasoline, grease, oil, paints and cleaning
    solvents (petroleum based products)
  • Class C is for electrical equipment.

Preppers know it takes only three things to get a fire going:
oxygen, fuel and an ignition source. While preppers often talk of
the various
firestarting methods and building fires for survival,
rarely do they discuss fire suppression tools in preparedness for a
wildfire or other disaster.  Seldom discussed, but preppers must
learn to mitigate fire hazards and have fire suppression tools on
hand if they want to survive uncertain times. Now you know the
fire suppression tools every prepper should own!

Weird way to put out the fire:

  • Did you know that baking soda can put out fire? Baking
    soda cuts the oxygen and can keep the flames down. Keep a
    jar of baking soda next to your stove! Also, consider having
    a cookie sheet handy to place on top of the flames to keep
    the fire at bay.

Happy endings...
Make your great escape the one that saves your life! Check to
see that you have adequate fire extinguishers stashed
throughout your home and that you know how to use one.

Here's how to be comfortable with a fire extinguisher:

Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher?
Remember pass:
  • P- pull the pin
  • A - Aim at the base of the flame
  • S - Squeeze the handle
  • S- Sweep from side to side.

Happy endings...
When you recognize fire dangers immediately you will have the
best chance for survival. Never under estimate a fire alarm. Take
immediate action to evacuate a building. It's those who hesitate
who face peril.

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