How to Fire Proof Your Log Cabin

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No one likes to think about the possibility of a fire occurring in their home, yet, it's smart to be prepared in the event of a fire. Quick Garden teaches you how to fire proof your log cabin, so you feel safe in your log house or cabin. Many people choose wood cabins to have as a second home for vacations and holidays. Having a log cabin in nature offers a wonderful retreat for people, a home away from home in a natural setting. Instead of having to book hotels or campgrounds, people like to have the familiarity of coming home to the same cabin for their getaways. Others live in a log cabin year round, surrounded by the forest, away from the noise of the city life. Embracing a more natural state of living and taking these breaks away from hectic everyday life is proving to reduce stress and even increase life expectancy. Scientific tests are being done to prove the beneficial effects of nature on the human psyche and on the body, and practices like forest bathing are becoming increasingly popular. Did you know that being in a forest for even just 20 minutes can reduce stress, anxiety and high blood pressure? Forest bathing is a practice that people in Japan practice often and call Shinrin-yoku, which means to take in the forest atmosphere. Wood cabins and houses appear to have a similar effect on humans and inhabiting one can produce similar results as forest bathing since the home is made out of trees.

Natural materials like wood are also known to be great for starting fires, so it's natural to assume that when wood cabins catch fire, they will burn up fairly quickly. Log cabin building is primarily done within the forest too which is highly susceptible to forest fires and wild fires that occur throughout the hot, dry months. A forest fire can be devastating leaving nothing but ashes in its path. This is why it's so important to implement some type of fireproofing to your log cabin designs. As Quick Gardens outlines in their list of fireproofing methods, having the right windows, doors, roofing, and fire retardant layers to your log house can help to protect the home. But there are also great preventative measures that you can take to ensure a fire won't spread to your home. Flammable trees like eucalyptus or juniper bushes should be planted further away from a home since they contain oils that can be extremely flammable. Also, picking up dry plant waste from around your property and in eaves troughs will help to prevent fires from sparking. Even planting succulents around your log house or cabin would help to slow a fire down because of their high water content.

There are also different ways to insulate a home with a fire retardant barrier that is a spray foam in-between walls. Structurally Insulated Panels or SIPs technology is also an innovation that is coming out on the market with an incredible resistance to fire. Some SIPs can be made to look like real wood cabins too, and there are log cabin building companies that include log cabin designs in their catalog. The main thing is to get educated on the different things you can do to fire proof your wood cabin and implement the things you can.

Getting insurance is also always a good idea no matter where you live and make sure you include fire insurance in your plan because sometimes it's an extra option that you have to add on. Following these steps may hopefully bring you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy years upon years in your log house.***

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