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Preventing Holiday Fires

Tips for a Safer Holiday this Year Festive celebrations end in tragedy when holiday fires erupt. Following a few simple, sensible precautions can keep your holiday revels safe, merry— and fire free. Holiday Fire Facts Before you peruse our holiday safety tips, let’s look at a few serious statistics on holiday fires: Structural fires increase dramatically over the winter months. Of the five most dangerous days of the year for fire, four are over the end-of-the-year holidays: Christmas Eve, Christmas… Read More

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Steel Buildings in Maine

Three Reasons Mainers Build Metal Buildings Pre-engineered steel buildings in Maine make perfect sense to the down-to-earth, practical Yankee logic of Down Easters. Steel buildings offer many advantages, but three benefits in particular appeal to residents of the Pine Tree State: Increased fire-resistance Exceptional durability and Energy efficiency The Great Maine Fires of 1947 Along with the Great Chicago Fire and Peshtigo Fires of 1871, the Great Maine Fires of 1947 claim a place on the list of the most… Read More

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WOOD versus STEEL Buildings- Part 2

Natural Challenges Facing Wood and Steel Buildings Part 1 of this series on wood versus steel buildings covered some of the basic material differences between the two building methods. Now let’s look at how wood and steel performance. When considering a building system, it is important to think long term. How safe is the structure? How will it hold up against earthquakes, fire, violent storms, and termites? TERMITES WOOD-framed structures invite termites, wood ants, and vermin in for a snack.… Read More

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The Peshtigo Fire: America’s Deadliest Blaze

When Wood, Wind, and Weather Created the Perfect Firestorm The conflagration now known as the Peshtigo Fire claimed more lives than any other blaze in U.S. history. Starting on October 8, 1871, the fire destroyed Peshtigo, Wisconsin and other nearby communities, killing an estimated 1,200 to 2,500 souls. Most people have never even heard about the Peshtigo disaster— in spite of the fact that it happened on the same day as the infamous Great Chicago Fire. At the same time, a… Read More

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10 Fire Prevention Tips- Part 2

How to Protect Your Family and Business by Preventing a Fire We need to know not only what to do in the event of a fire, but also fire prevention tips to stop a fire before it starts. Check out these recommendations from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Following these simple fire prevention tips helps to avoid fires and protects lives and property: 1. Stay Alert! Stay focused on what you are doing, especially when near heating equipment and… Read More

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7 Fire Safety Tips- Part 1

How to Protect Your Family by from a Fire The 144th anniversary if the Great Chicago Fire seems the perfect time to examine fire prevention safety tips for home and business. National Fire Prevention Week Rather than marking the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 with memorial festivities, the Fire Marshalls Association of North America (now known as the International Fire Marshalls Association) chose to commemorate it by reminding the public of the importance of fire prevention.… Read More

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The Great Chicago Fire Led to Steel Buildings

How Chicago Rose from the Ashes to Build a Stronger, Safer City Today steel buildings and skyscrapers define the silhouettes of great cities. In the 1870s, no one even dreamed of massive, multi-story monoliths soaring toward the clouds— until the Great Chicago Fire changed commercial construction practices forever. The Chicago Conflagration On Sunday, October 8, 1871, a fire began in or near the barn owned by Patrick and Catherine O’Leary. Contrary to popular myths about the O’Leary’s cow kicking over… Read More

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Every Second Counts in a Building Fire

Facing the Facts About Building Fires in the U.S. Every day building fires kill, maim, and destroy. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), every day in the U.S. there is an average of: • 1,353 structural fires • 43 people injured in building fires • 9 fatalities in structural fires • $26.8 million dollars in structural property losses caused by fires Underestimating the Danger of Building Fires Too many people blindly assume they will never be caught in a… Read More

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Structural Fires Devour Property and Ravage Lives

Facing the Heartbreaking Facts about Building Fires in the U.S. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), structural fires accounted for 38% of all the 1,298,000 reported fires in the United States in 2014. Structural fires disrupt and devastate, stealing livelihoods, possessions, and sometimes lives. Home Fires Residential fires account for 72% of all building fires, yet home fires cause 92% of all fire causalities. Not surprisingly, the number one spot in the home for fire ignition is the… Read More

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Are We Losing the Battle with Wildfires?

Wildfires Continue to Burn Up Resources and Tax Dollars At this moment, there are 68 wildfires burning across the Northwestern U.S. The scope of these devastating conflagrations in recent years boggles the mind. Although local and federal firefighters alike valiantly battle the blazes, the sheer number of wildfires seems overwhelming. The Basics of Wildfires Fire is the most destructive natural force known to man. Wildfires are unplanned burns. Small grass fires, brush fires, and forest fires become wildfires when they… Read More

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