Firefighters Train on Keeping Homes Safe from Fire - WSPA.com

Firefighters Train on Keeping Homes Safe from Fire

Firefighters Train on Keeping Homes Safe from Fire

Posted: Updated:
Firefighters work with homeowners and developers to make homes less likely to burn. Firefighters work with homeowners and developers to make homes less likely to burn.

Firefighters and leaders at the South Carolina Forestry Commission urged homeowners to take steps to keep their homes safe from fire. The SC Forestry Commission said during the first few months of the year, wildfires are more likely to happen. They explain that doing all you can to prevent your home from catching on fire or damaging others is especially important now.

Fire departments, like Glassy Mountain Fire Department near Landrum, work with both developers and homeowners to take steps to keep safe. Fire Commissioner Dennis Geagin explained why the professionals are worried about the wildfire equation. He said there are three components of the fire environment that determine fire behavior; weather, topography and fuel. The only one people can control though, is the fuel.

That means taking steps like keeping your shrubs shorter and farther away from your home. Geagin suggests stationing your home at least 30 feet from the tree line. You can also look for flame retardant materials for your siding or roof.

"Fire spreads faster up a hill and in the direction of prevailing winds," said Geagin. He suggests building near rocks or a creek and having a cement driveway and avowing living at a cul de sac or at a dead end.

"There needs to be a way for us as firefighters to get to the fire and get away from it," he said.

Deciduous trees are desirable because their leaves fall off quicker. Pine trees are the least desirable according to the SC Forestry Commission and firefighters.

For more information visit your local fire department or the SC Forestry Commission web site.

  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • Hendersonville Crews Battling Flames At W. Allen St. Apartments

    Hendersonville Crews Battling Flames At W. Allen St. Apartments

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:31 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:31:42 GMT
    Crews battle flames at Hendersonville apartment complex.Crews battle flames at Hendersonville apartment complex.
    Firefighters in Hendersonville are on the scene Friday morning of an apartment fire on West Allen Street.When crews arrived at the Ivy Terrace Apt. several units were fully engulfed in flames. All the residents were able to make it out safely but 3 people suffered minor injuries. They were taken to the hospital. none of injuries were life threatening.
    Firefighters in Hendersonville are on the scene Friday morning of an apartment fire on West Allen Street.When crews arrived at the Ivy Terrace Apt. several units were fully engulfed in flames. All the residents were able to make it out safely but 3 people suffered minor injuries. They were taken to the hospital. none of injuries were life threatening.
  • Pickens Azalea Festival Kicks Off Friday

    Pickens Azalea Festival Kicks Off Friday

    Pickens Azalea Festival Kicks Off Friday

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:53 AM EDT2014-04-18 08:53:22 GMT
    Azalea Festival kicks off Friday.Azalea Festival kicks off Friday.
    The Pickens Azalea Festival celebrates 30 years this weekend.It's one of the most popular festivals in the Upstate and is free and open to the public.This year the festival will feature entertainment on the main stage, and the new Pickens Amphitheater.7 On Your Side is a proud sponsor of the 2014 event.The fun begins Friday 10am as Your Carolina with Jack and Megan kicks off the festival with an hour long live show on main street in downtown Pickens followed by Carolina Now.
    The Pickens Azalea Festival celebrates 30 years this weekend.It's one of the most popular festivals in the Upstate and is free and open to the public.This year the festival will feature entertainment on the main stage, and the new Pickens Amphitheater.7 On Your Side is a proud sponsor of the 2014 event.The fun begins Friday 10am as Your Carolina with Jack and Megan kicks off the festival with an hour long live show on main street in downtown Pickens followed by Carolina Now.
  • Shots Fired After Armed Robbery At Anderson Store

    Shots Fired After Armed Robbery At Anderson Store

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:29 AM EDT2014-04-18 04:29:11 GMT
    Anderson police are searching for an armed robbery suspect.Anderson police are searching for an armed robbery suspect.
    Anderson police are searching for an armed robbery suspect. According to Lt. David Creamer, the call came in just after 9 p.m. Thursday for shots fired inside and outside the Thomas Food Mart on Tribble Street. Lt. Creamer says the suspect fled on foot.
    Anderson police are searching for an armed robbery suspect. According to Lt. David Creamer, the call came in just after 9 p.m. Thursday for shots fired inside and outside the Thomas Food Mart on Tribble Street. Lt. Creamer says the suspect fled on foot.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.