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EvaJ
Fri Aug 09 2019, 12:58AM Email Thread Print View
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When I retired, San Bernardino County Fire was starting to use Thermo Gel. My department did not have it. The extent of my knowledge on gel was what I learned from reps at the annual trade show. Having lost a home to the Panorama Fire (I was a teenager), I know it’s a miserable situation. My Dad who is also a retired firefighter was off duty that day but fought to save our house by ripping off the shake shingles as they caught fire. He couldn’t keep up and as he drove away to go to work he saw our house burning. If gel had existed in those days, he would have used it in a heartbeat. The question for mountain dwellers is whether you have time to apply it and still get safely off the hill. That depends on a number of variables. Here’s an old Facebook post about SBCO gel task force. If the link gets deleted, do a search for San Bernardino County Fire gel task force. [Click Here]
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Fri Aug 09 2019, 05:02AM

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I have several gallons of home Phos-Chek with a backpack sprayer, just in case. We keep our home cleared of the "usual" brush, needles, branches, etc. If I even think that there is a chance that we will have to evacuate, I will use the Phos-Chek and get off the hill. We are not ones to stick it out, although I do not fault anyone that feels that they must.

I started out with nothing and I still have most of it!
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Also remember that houses routinely burn from the inside out- even in wildfires. Are your eaves boxed? are your vents covered in fine screen or do they have a solid cover that can be easily placed? What kind of window coverings do you have? Heat radiating through windows can catch interior possessions on fire.
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All four vents have screens and eves are boxed with fascia board. Windows are standard.

I started out with nothing and I still have most of it!
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If you have time when evacuating, remove window coverings. Curtains can ignite from exterior heat during a fire. Close doggie doors. Embers can enter the house through them.

I was told to do whatever may assist firefighters. Store away umbrellas and lawn chairs. Fasten down trash cans (in Baldwin Lake, mine have gone airborne in windy conditions - maybe 100 feet into the air and landed a block away). Leave outdoor lights on. Put up a ladder so they can more quickly reach the roof.
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We have dogs, so getting a cat is off the board. Last night was crazy with 60-80 (maybe 20 for each of the 5 prior nights). The dust buster supplements the soap water trap. (Also good for catching flies & mosquitos too!)

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Benny ⭐
Jun 01 : 09:44pm
Mary if you save me some I'll take them off your hands!
My cat loves to hunt them down as I have none here.

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Jun 01 : 09:34pm
Moths - I am also tired of the moths! No cats, so that doesn't help me. I have been using essential oils. Young Living Cedarwood and Orange. Several drops of each in a diffuser. They don't like the smell, but it is a mix of cedar and citrus and smells pleasant. Also, DoTerra Terra Shield has helped (natural bug repellent). Good Luck!

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My cat loves them, gobbles them up! But ive only seen maybe 8 moths in the past month. Weird!!

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sned We have cats. They love them for a moment or two. Then it becomes CAT CACK HEAVEN! (indoor cats)

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Mc toddy, I was told not a darn thing we can do by professionals today. No bird seed lamps and soapy water. Start a fire in the fireplace my own circumstances. We have pets so no bombs. My vacuum is about to die but so are the moths! I might be considered a dish soap hoarder. Stay Strong!


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