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Fire safety organizations traditionally conduct fire prevention awareness campaigns in October, coinciding with the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Though its origin is disputed, the deadly fire burned from October 8 to 10 that year, killing about 300 people, destroying more than 3 square miles of the city and leaving 100,000 people homeless.

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When a house is still standing after a wildfire destroys neighboring homes, observers often wonder how the home survived.

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You’ve taken the precautions to make your home resistant to wildfire by installing non-combustible siding and roofing, removing all wood attachments, managing vegetation and landscaping and providing adequate defensible space, yet you may still be at risk.

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In an emergency, first responders need immediate access to the affected property. While perimeter walls, gates and fences do a great job of maintaining privacy, these physical barriers could delay help from police, paramedics or fire departments.

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One of your annual gardening tasks might involve applying a new layer of mulch to help control weed growth, reduce soil erosion and add nutrients to the soil. While your fruits, vegetables or ornamentals might benefit, mulch is a combustible material, and care must be taken to avoid the possibility of it igniting.

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Fire Protection

A fire doubles in size every minute. This rapid escalation means that early detection and prompt fire department response are critical to saving lives and property. Practice fire safety and live with confidence that if a fire occurs, you have prepared your family.

Preventative Measures:

  • Central Station Monitored Fire Alarm System – A centrally monitored fire alarm system provides early warning of a fire 24 hours a day. Your system should include a combination of smoke and heat detectors located throughout the home. Place heat detectors in the garage, attic and mechanical areas.
  • Residential Sprinkler System – A residential sprinkler system provides additional protection in the event of a fire. This system can help contain and potentially extinguish a fire. Water flow alarms will notify connected monitoring alarm companies of the fire should one occur.
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