Every year about this time, it seems like we start reading about the tragic fire deaths – more than 4,000 a year die in fires in the USA and about a third are home fires – most of which happen needlessly.
A disproportionate number happen because when the weather gets cold and people start bringing highly flammable Christmas trees inside, it’s just accidents waiting to happen. Not that preppers are at any more at risk than any other group, but even among our ranks we notice that “creature comforts” seem to rule in modern housing design. We overlook the reason that a barn or outbuilding was always a hundred feet (or more) from the main dwelling was so that a fire in one building would not automatically set all of the owner’s property ablaze.
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