Fire in Country Life


Highway vehicle fires by year

Highway vehicle fires by year

In 1980, nearly 460,000 cars burned up on highways. 30 years, later car fires have declined to 170,000 per year. Car fires are still not uncommon, but a lot less common from the days of the Ford Pinto.

"Automobile fires were involved in 10% of reported U.S. fires, 6% of U.S. fire deaths. On average, 17 automobile fires were reported per hour. These fires killed an average of four people every week. Mechanical or electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in roughly two-thirds of the automobile fires. Collisions and overturns were factors in only 4% of highway vehicle fires, but these incidents accounted for three of every five (60%) automobile fire deaths. Only 2% of automobile fires began in fuel tanks or fuel lines, but these incidents caused 15% of the automobile fire deaths."

The most likely time to be involved in a car fire is during the evening rush hour in the month of July, e.g. hottest time of the year. Not surprising, as many car fires involve a component of a car overheating.

Drive safely !!

More car fire stats: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/vehicles

Fire on the Mountain – The Atlantic

"At the Fire Lab in Missoula, Montana, researchers reverse-engineer spreading fires using wind tunnels, fire-whirl generators, and giant combustion chambers. They're finding that fire is a mysterious phenomenon, and the physics behind it is often counterintuitive."

Types of Wood to Burn in A Fireplace

Types of Wood to Burn in A Fireplace

An interesting graph from the USDA Forest Products Laboratory, that tells the benefits of burning various types of wood. Good knowledge not just for home heating, but also for camping and back-country activities.