Survivalists need to be prepared to deal with disasters of all kinds.
The area in which you live will determine the priority level of each possible threat.
But everyone needs to be prepared to deal with one emergency that can level an entire city.
Fire is a symbol of both life and death.
It can represent passion and birth, and also total destruction.
While fire makes our lives so much better, it has the power to raze everything to the ground.
That’s why it’s important to deal quickly with a fire that rages out of control.
Wildfires can destroy entire towns and forest regions, even with firefighters risking their lives around the clock to subdue the flames.
Wildfires can start for several reasons.
It could be as simple as a cigarette dropped in the wrong place at the wrong time, or a very dry forest area that’s essentially become a tinder box due to regulations against chopping down trees, or a lack of controlled burns.
If a forest fire breaks out in your area, be prepared to bug out immediately.
Forest fires can spread quickly and envelop an entire town before people have time to get out.
In 2018, the Camp Fire in Northern California wiped out the town of Paradise and killed at least 85 people.
Not only are the flames deadly, but the poor air quality is a killer, too.
The Survival Rule of Three states that you can only survive three minutes without air, so breathing in ash can kill you just as quickly as the fire itself.
Fires can devastate urban and suburban areas, too.
Faulty electrical wiring and buildings that have not been retrofitted to reduce the risk of fire can lead to devastating conflagrations.
Aside from being prepared to bug out immediately, understanding the various types of fire extinguishers and flammables is critical.
There are five basic types of fire extinguishers: water, foam, chemical, dry powder, and Carbon Dioxide.
Using the wrong type of extinguisher on the wrong flame could cause it to spread even quicker.
There are also five classifications:
This includes common household combustibles such as wood, paper, rubber, and trash.
This group includes flammable liquids such as gasoline, oil, and paint.
These fires can spread quickly and even reflash if not properly extinguished.
This includes electrical fires involving components such as wiring, motors, appliances, and anything else that can get overheated.
This group is comprised of combustible metals like Magnesium, Aluminum, and Potassium.
This is a special category that consists of fires caused by cooking oils and greases.
They also can reflash if not extinguished properly.
The most commonly used fire extinguisher today is the dry chemical variant, which handles Class A, B, and C fires.
Dry powder extinguishers are used to contain Class D fires.
The wet chemical extinguisher should be used on Class K fires, but if you don’t have one available, baking soda (not baking powder) or salt can put out small grease fires.
In addition to understanding the different types of flames, you can reduce the chances of fire by making sure your home infrastructure has been refitted.
Also, be mindful of extensive shrubbery and dead foliage outside your house that can act as kindling.