Strahm Sells!: October is Fire Prevention Month – But Why Wait?!?

October is Fire Prevention Month – But Why Wait?!?

Lansdale House FireToday's post is being written because of a sad fire that took place in Lansdale, PA over the weekend.  Luckily, no one was killed, but a man is in the hospital with serious burns and injuries.  One home destroyed, five homes damaged, sixteen people displaced.  While we all are greeted with fire prevention material in the fire prevention month of October -we should think about fire prevention every month of the year!

The historic borough of Lansdale, Pa. (Montgomery County) is home to many families who live in houses that are 100 years or more old.  Lansdale, with its mix of row homes, twins and singles, offers challenges for firefighters because older houses tend to have more opportunity for fires to start and spread.

Now, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with older homes!  I live in a 98 year old beauty that I love.  I'm just saying that as guardians of historic housing stock, we need to take precautions to protect our families and homes from fire. 

  • Smoke detectors, smoke detectors and more smoke detectors!  One for every floor, and one in every bedroom.  Because may historic row homes and twins have no fire wall (or any wall, for that matter) separating attic spaces where smoke and fire love to travel, consider having a hard-wired smoke and heat detector installed up there.Smoke Detector
  • Older housing may have been built before electricity.  Your electric system may still have "knob and tube" wiring.  You may have an electric system that was only designed for a few lights in every room.  But today's modern living is so electrified!  You may be overloading your electric panel without even knowing it.  For about $100, you can have a licensed electrician audit your home's electrical system and make recommendations.  Of course, this tip is only worthwhile if you make the necessary investments in your home and safety by following up on the electrician's suggestions!
  • One hundred years ago, fire retardant materials were unknown.  Look at all of the wood trim in your historic home.  Beautiful, but also a fuel source for fire.  And while the plaster walls in your home may have some natural resistance to fire, the wood lathe that they sit on does not.  Because your home may be quite combustible, it is essential that you  have regular fire drills and escape plans for your family.  Many attics that were built for storage 100 years ago have since been finished off as living space.  Can you safely get out of you third floor attic if the normal exit is blocked by fire?  In this weekend's fire, the owner injured himself by jumping out of his third floor attic window.  What a terrifying choice to have to make.  Consider purchasing a fire escape ladder - and practice how to use it!

Lansdale House FireThese are only a few ideas.  Call your local fire company and ask them about fire prevention.  They will be more than happy to help you out!

 Richard Strahm is an award winning Realtor specializing in the North Penn areas of Montgomery County -- Lansdale, Upper Gwynedd, North Wales, Towamencin, Hatfield -- and beyond!  Visit him at or call today at 215-853-2624 for a free and private consultation about all of your real estate needs.
Richard Strahm
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American Foursquare Realty - Lansdale, PA

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Lansdale, PA 19446

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Comment balloon 2 commentsRichard Strahm • March 29 2010 06:56AM


Hi Richard, Great post. That fire was so scary. I heard the man who was injured went back in for the family dog. Thanks for the good information.  ~Lisa

Posted by The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties (Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville) about 10 years ago

From what I hear, he broke both feet and is awaiting surgery.  They're having a beef and beer benefit at Marjeanne's for the family.

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) about 10 years ago