Home Fire Prevention & Safety Tips

Fire safety and knowing what to do ahead of time can make all the difference in the world. Below you will find a handy reminder of Home Fire Prevention and Safety Tips and what you should do to help eliminate fire hazards as well as what to do in the event that a fire does breaks out:



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Wildfire Dangers: What You Can Do To Reduce The Risk

With temperatures on the rise once more, one thing becomes abundantly clear to those living in (dry, wooded, open-ridge gusty wind areas) fire-prone areas, especially in California and the other Western States —> Wildfire season isn’t limited to just summer and fall any more.  We’ve all seen in the news (even more-so over the last several years) the damage and devastation caused by wildfires – many caused by lightning strikes – but even more caused by human carelessness – including but not limited to campfires, fireworks, automotive, lawnmowers, dry timber and brush around homes and wooden structures, improper storage of flammable  substances, etc. Homeowners need to be ever vigilant and need to take simple steps to protect their homes and neighborhoods against wildfires.

Basic Steps YOU Can Take AHEAD of Time

  • Check the area around your home for any fire hazards. Place woodpiles and propane tanks at least 30 feet away from the home. Cover chimneys or stovepipe outlets with a non-flammable screen of 1/2 inch or smaller mesh.
  • Clear the space around your home. Clear brush areas from 100 to 200 feet (500 feet on sheer slopes is recommended as flames will shoot up faster). This can reduce the risk of fire by 50 percent. It will also provide room for firefighters to battle the blaze. Also be sure to remove dead leaves and brush from around your home and on the roof and gutters on a regular basis.
  • Landscape the area around your home with fire-resistant plants. For example, ice plants or citrus trees withstand high temperatures and do not support open flames when ignited. Consult a nursery or your local fire department about all types of fire-retardant plans. Also place native shrubs and trees at least 10 feet apart, and prune branches on trees taller than 18 feet within six feet of the ground.
  • Use non-combustible building materials. A non-combustible or fire-resistant shingle roof can prevent against flaming wood shingles or other debris carried by the wind. Also seal the eaves under your roof to prevent flying embers from lodging on your home. Decking should be concrete, tile or protected with fire-resistant coating. Install fire-resistant shutters or shades instead of drapes that can easily catch on fire.
  • Have an adequate water supply handy for fire fighting. You can do a number of things such as installing a water tank and water pump, buying a pool pump or storing extra trash cans filled with water. You may also consider buying a fire hose as regular garden hoses may not be enough to battle high blazes or able to withstand extreme temperatures.
  • Make sure there are accessible roads to your home. Your driveway should be at least 15 feet wide and have enough turnaround space for emergency vehicles.

Steps You Can Take To Be Fire Safe At Home


Steps You Can Take To Be Fire Safe At Home

Your first as well as most effective defense against wildfire is to create a fire safe landscape of at least 30-to-100 feet perimeter around your home. You can do this by removing flammable vegetation, spacing trees and shrubs at least 10 feet apart, clearing away dead leaves on your roof, as well as your rain gutters, and dry brush around your home.

In addition to creating a defensible space, you may want to consider the plants and trees in your garden as a type of fire defense. Junipers and eucalyptus trees, commonly used around homes, are extremely flammable. On the other hand, rose geraniums, ice plants and white rockrose withstood high temperatures for prolonged periods without igniting.

Check with your fire department or local nursery to determine which fire-resistive plants are adapted to the climate in your area. In general, fire-resistive plants grow close to the ground, have a low sap or resin content, grow without accumulating dead branches, needles or leaves and are easily maintained and pruned.

Steps You Can Take To Be Fire Safe

If a fire does threaten your home, the first few minutes are the most critical for saving it. The following steps give firefighters a better chance of finding and protecting your home.

  • Ensure that street signs and home address are clearly visible.
  • Be sure that the road access can accommodate large emergency vehicles. All roads should have turnaround areas large enough for fire equipment.
  • If you have a swimming pool, be prepared to use it as a fire-fighting tool by purchasing and learning how to use a pool pump.

Your roof is the most vulnerable part of your house because it can easily catch fire from the wind-blown sparks of a wildfire. Build or re-roof with fire resistive or noncombustible materials. Your local fire department can provide specific roofing guidelines in your area.

In addition to ensuring that the outside of your home is fire safe, it’s important to take steps inside as well. More than 50 percent of fatal residential fires occur at night when people are sleeping. Smoke detectors have saved many lives, and could save yours. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and position them on the ceiling just outside each bedroom.

Plan Ahead

Also, plan and practice an escape route with all family members. Fire can spread very rapidly. Even with an early warning from smoke detectors, escaping a fire can be difficult. The following steps can help you plan your escape:

  • Draw a floor plan of your home and mark all possible escape routes.
  • Prepare a list of valuables to take with you in an emergency.
  • Remind everyone to close doors behind them as they evacuate the house to slow down the spread of fire, smoke and heat.
  • Decide on an outside meeting place to gather your family together and to make sure everyone is out and accounted for.
  • Conduct regular home fire drills. You may be blinded or hampered by smoke, so try practicing your escape plan with your eyes closed.


Be on the lookout for anything that could start a fire.

Watch out for:

  • Matches and lighters
  • Old and worn-out electrical cords
  • Too many cords in a wall socket
  • Candles burning in an empty room
  • Clothes and blankets near space heaters and on hot lamps


Here are additional posts from this site regarding FIRE SAFETY:

Fire Safety At Home – Reminder Chart

Wildfire Dangers: What You Can Do To Reduce The Risk

Songs About Boats Ships & Sailing

sailboats-bright-color-sailsThe smell of the ocean breeze reflecting off the waves, the wind feathering through your hair, the sails flapping in the wind – All reminiscent of a great way to spend a laid-back day cooling down and mellowing out – Be it on a sailboat or a houseboat. Sound like a plan? How ’bout some tunes to complement the feeling.cruise_ship

Maybe your plans are a little more formal and you’re heading out on a week or longer cruise to the islands or up to Alaska or Canada. Or for the real adventurer, even to the Caribbean or Mediterranean for an elite getaway.

In any event, music always helps make for a smoother journey. Here you will find songs from all eras and genres that mention boats, ships, cruises, sails, sailing, yachting, etc. in the title or prominently throughout the lyrics. This should help you build a pretty decent playlist for your mp3 or burn for your cd to take with you. And hey, if all else fails, at least you can put on tropical theme at your next pool party or get together on the beach, and let the music take you on a “mental journey” away from it all.

Enjoy! – Bon Voyage! 🙂


Songs About Boats Ships & Sailing

  1. Banana Boat (Day-O) – Harry Belafontehouseboat
  2. Big Boat – Peter Paul & Mary
  3. Boat Drinks – Jimmy Buffett
  4. Boats Against The Current – Eric Carmen
  5. Boats To Build – Guy Clark
  6. Boats To Build – Alan Jackson
  7. Beyond The Sea – Bobby Darin
  8. Brandy – The Looking Glass
  9. Calypso – John Denver
  10. Closer To Home/I’m You’re Captain – Grand Funk Railroad
  11. Come On Down To My Boat – Every Mother’s Son
  12. Come Sail Away – Styx
  13. Crystal Ship – The Doors
  14. Dock of The Bay – Otis Redding
  15. Downeaster Alexa – Billy Joel
  16. Drive (For Daddy Gene) – Alan Jackson
  17. Dreamboat Annie – Heart
  18. Ghosts of Cape Horn – Gordon Lightfoot
  19. Gilligan’s Island Theme – TV Theme
  20. Harbor Lights – Sammy Kaye & His Orchestraviking-ship2
  21. Harbor Lights – Bing Crosby
  22. Harbor Lights – The Platters
  23. If I Had A Boat – Lyle Lovett
  24. I’m On A Boat – Lonely Island
  25. Key Largo – Bertie Higgins
  26. The Last Farewell – Roger Whittaker
  27. Longer Boats – Cat Stevens
  28. Lost Sailor – Grateful Dead
  29. Love Boat – TV Theme
  30. Michael (Row Your Boat Ashore) – Highwaymen
  31. Night Boat To Cairo – Madness
  32. On A Slow Boat To China – Kay Kyser & His Orchestra
  33. On The Good Ship Lollipop – Shirley Temple
  34. One Particular Harbor – Jimmy Buffett
  35. Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) – Enya
  36. Pirate Looks At Forty – Jimmy Buffett
  37. PT 109 – Jimmy Deanyacht-002
  38. The River – Garth Brooks
  39. Rock The Boat – Hues Corporation
  40. Red Sails In The Sunset – Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra
  41. Red Sails In The Sunset – Bing Crosby
  42. Red Sails In The Sunset – The Platters
  43. Redneck Yacht Club – Craig Morgan
  44. Ride Captain Ride – Blues Image
  45. Row Row Row Your Boat – (traditional folk song)
  46. Sail Along Silvery Moon – Bing Crosby
  47. Sail Along Silvery Moon – Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra
  48. Sail Away – Randy Newman
  49. Sail Away – Oak Ridge Boys
  50. Sail Boat In The Sky – Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra
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  52. Sail On – The Commodores
  53. Sail On – Tom Grant
  54. Sail On Sailor – Beach Boys
  55. Sailboat In The Moonlight – Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra
  56. Sailboat In The Moonlight – Billie Holiday
  57. Sailin’ Around – John Prine
  58. Sailin’ Away On The Henry Clay – American QuartetSchooner
  59. Sailin’ Shoes – Little Feat
  60. Sailing – Rod Stewart
  61. Sailing – Christopher Cross
  62. Sailing Away – Chris DeBurgh
  63. Sailing Down The Chesapeake Bay – Henry Burr & Albert Campbell
  64. Sailing On The Robert E. Lee – Ray Noble
  65. Sailing On The Seven Seas – Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark (OMD)
  66. Sailing To Paradise – Pablo Cruise
  67. Sailor (Your Home Is The Sea) – Lolita
  68. Sailor Man – Johnnie & Jack
  69. Sea Cruise – Frankie Ford
  70. Ship In The Bottle – Stonewall Jackson
  71. Ship of Fools – The Doors
  72. Ship of Fools – Robert Plantsailing_under_golden_gate
  73. Ship of Fools – Erasure
  74. Ship of Fools (Save Me From Tomorrow) – World Party
  75. Ship To Shore – Chris DeBurgh
  76. Ship Without A Sail – Ella Fitzgerald
  77. Shipbuilding – Elvis Costello
  78. Ships – Barry Manilow
  79. Ships That Don’t Come In – Joe Diffie
  80. Sink The Bismarck – Johnny Horton
  81. Sinking of The Reuben James – Woodie Guthrie
  82. Sinking of The Reuben James – Kingston Trio
  83. Six Months In A Leaky Boat – Split Enz
  84. Shrimp Boats – Jo Stafford
  85. Sloop John B – Beach Boys
  86. Sloop John B – Kingston Trio
  87. Smooth Sailin’ – TG Sheppardsport-fishing-boat-super-yacht
  88. Son of A Son of A Sailor – Jimmy Buffett
  89. Southern Cross – Crosby Stills & Nash
  90. Trains & Boats & Planes – Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas
  91. Two Pina Coladas – Garth Brooks
  92. When My Dreamboat Comes Home – Fats Domino
  93. When My Ship Comes In – Clint Black
  94. When The Ship Comes In – Bob Dylan
  95. When The Ship Hit The Sand – Little Jimmie Dickens
  96. Wooden Ships – Crosby Stills Nash & Young
  97. Wooden Ships – Jefferson Airplane
  98. Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
  99. Yellow Submarine – The Beatles


Here are a few more song posts with related travel themes on this site:

Islands In The Sun – Songs With A Tropical Theme

Songs About Airplanes & Flying

Songs About Trains – All Aboard!

Songs About Sun & Sunshine

You Know You’re Over The Hill If…

over-the-hill-clipartYou know, it seems as we grow older, our own perception of being “over the hill” appears to increase as well. But, it never fails that younger members of your family and/or society tend to remind you about that “age” thingy from time to time (how thoughtful of them!). It’s been said many times that age is nothing more than a number. For the most part, that’s true, however, the amount of activity you do, how active you are, the things you’re involved with, the family around you, and your health all determine just how old you really feel.old-folks-with-cane

The list here is referenced from a few sources around the net. Some are probably repetitive. But you just gotta take some things with a grain of salt.

So ……. Here goes!

You know you’re over the hill if….

  • Your back goes out but you stay home
  • You and your teeth don’t sleep together
  • You try to straighten out the wrinkles in your socks and discover you’re not wearing any
  • At the breakfast table you hear snap,crakle,pop and you’re not eating cereal
  • When you wake up looking like your drivers license picture
  • It takes two tries to get up from the couch
  • When you yell at your kids to “turn that darn music down”
  • When your idea of a night out is sitting on the patio
  • When happy hour is a nap
  • When you’re on vacation and your energy runs out before your money does
  • When you say something to your kids that your mother said to you and you always hated it
  • When all you want for your birthday is to not be reminded of your age
  • You go to step off a curb and look down one more time to make sure the street is still there
  • Your idea of weight lifting is standing up
  • It takes longer to rest than it did to get tired
  • Your memory is shorter and your complaining lasts longer
  • Your address book has mostly names that start with Dr.
  • You sit in a rocking chair and can’t get it going
  • The pharmacist has become your new best friend
  • Getting lucky means you found your car in the parking lot
  • The twinkle in your eye is only a reflection from the sun on your bifocals
  • The iron in your blood turns to lead in your pants
  • It takes twice as long to look half as good
  • If everything hurts and what doesn’t hurt doesn’t work
  • If your house catches fire and the first thing you grab is your metamucil
  • You look for your glasses for half an hour and they were on your head the whole time
  • You get two invitations to go out on the same night and you pick the one that gets you home the earliest
  • You sink your teeth into a steak and they stay there
  • You give up all your bad habits and still don’t feel good
  • You get to the check out line,see how long it is,and decide what you have in your buggy isn’t worth the wait
  • You have more patience,but actually it’s just that you don’t care anymore
  • Rocking in a rocking chair feels like a roller coaster ride
  • You confuse having a ‘clear conscience’ with a bad memory
  • You finally ‘get your head together’ and your body starts falling apart
  • You turn off the lights for economic reasons instead of romantic reasons
  • You wonder how you could be over the hill when you don’t even remember being on top of it
  • Getting a little action means your prune juice kicked in
  • You have too much room in your house and not enough room in your medicine chest
  • You wonder why everyone has started mumbling
  • You don’t care where your spouse goes as long as you don’t have to go along
  • Caution is the only thing you excercise
  • You wake up with that morning after feeling and you didn’t go anywhere the night before
  • You’re not worried about losing your looks, only your glasses
  • You find yourself beginning to like accordion music.
  • You’re sitting on a park bench and a Boy Scout comes up and helps you cross your legs.
  • Lawn care has become a big highlight of your life.
  • You tune into the easy listening station… on purpose.
  • You discover that your measurements are now small, medium and large. In that order.
  • You light the candles on your birthday cake and a group of campers form a circle and start singing Kumbaya.
  • Someone compliments you on your layered look… and you’re wearing a bikini.
  • You keep repeating yourself.
  • You start video taping daytime game shows.
  • At the airport, they ask to check your bags… and you’re not carrying any luggage.
  • You wonder why you waited so long to take up macramé.
  • Your Insurance Company has started sending you their free calendar… A month at a time.
  • At cafeterias, you complain that the gelatin is too tough.
  • Your new easy chair has more options than your car.
  • When you do the “Hokey Pokey” you put your left hip out… and it stays out.
  • One of the throw pillows on your bed is a hot water bottle.
  • Conversations with people your own age often turn into “dueling ailments”.
  • You keep repeating yourself.
  • It takes a couple of tries to get over a speed bump.
  • You discover the words, “whippersnapper”, “scalawag” and “by-cracky” creeping into your vocabulary.
  • You’re on a TV game show and you decide to risk it all and go for the rocker.
  • You begin every other sentence with, “Nowadays…”
  • You run out of breath walking DOWN a flight of stairs.
  • You look both ways before crossing a room.
  • Your social security number only has three digits.
  • You keep repeating yourself.
  • You come to the conclusion that your worst enemy is gravity.
  • You go to a Garden Party and you’re mainly interested in the garden.
  • You find your mouth making promises your body can’t keep.
  • The waiter asks how you’d like your steak…and you say “pureed”.
  • You start beating everyone else at trivia games.
  • You frequently find yourself telling people what a loaf of bread used to cost.
  • Your back goes out more than you do.
  • You keep repeating yourself.
  • Cafeteria food starts tasting GOOD.
  • You refer to your $2500 stereo system as “The Hi-Fi.”
  • You make it a point to attend all the RV shows that come to town.
  • You realize that a stamp today costs more than a picture show did when you were growing up.
  • Your childhood toys are now in a museum.
  • Many of your co- workers were born the same year that you got your last promotion.
  • The clothes you’ve put away until they come back in style… come back in style.
  • All of your favorite movies are now revised in color.
  • The car that you bought brand new becomes an antique.
  • You keep repeating yourself.
  • You find this list tasteless and insensitive.


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