Emergency Preparedness

Ad Council has released it’s newest round of Public Service announcements and the theme this season is “emergency preparedness”. Does your emergency plan sound like this? If it does, you have some planning to do! Below are a list of resources that can help you and your family prepare for the emergency of a lifetime. Ready.gov Kids Fire Safety Severe Weather Lightning Safety

Fire and Modern Homes

Surprisingly, modern homes burn much quicker than older homes. In fact, Under Writer laboratories refers to modern homes as a “perfect storm” for fires. The combination of larger homes, open floor plans, increased fuel loads, and new construction materials in cause faster fires. In their study, three legacy home configurations (comparable to homes from the 1950s-1970s) were compared to three modern homes with modern furnishings. The results are startling. The modern rooms transitioned to flashover eight times faster than the legacy rooms. Flashover is, essentially, the point at which all the contents of a room ignite simultaneously. All…