Here we go again. Another maine winter and house fires abound. Another year of snowmobiles going through the ice and deadly home fires continue in the news. I realize at the beginning of the snow season some people can't wait to take their sleds out and be the first to plow through the virgin snow and inevidably some wonder onto unsafe ice and plummet through thin ice and some into open water to their death. Whether alcohol or under the influence of other substances or totally sober this happens every winter in maine.
Another terrible tragedy are home fires and many, many times a wood stove, and or a creosote covered chimney is too blame. Every time a fire chief or captain, fire marshall steer the blame to combustibles in or around the wood burning appliance and the lack of smoke detectors or detectors without batteries are blamed for these deaths. There are those that happen due to personal smoking habits etc. but there is a spike in fires when the cold moves in! I am amazed at the indirect advertisement for chimney sweeps ( for lack of a better term ) when it is decided that poorly maintained chimney is blamed! I say decided because I believe this is too common a problem in the out lying areas where poverty is the norm and folks don't have any options to stay warm. House fires happen in the city's as well and people desparate to stay warm may overload electrical circuits and cause this as well.
My quiry is this, never and with out thought, alternative heating such as coal and coal appliances are spoken of in the same light as safety and comfort for many of our kind. There is literally millions of dollars spent on efficiency and weatherproofing homes, some are desparately needed but I feel plastic on windows and caulking around doors will not stop desparate people from burning down their home due to an unsafe condiion.
I know the Administration is anti coal, but this goes back further than the present Socialist regime! Why are we the minority,( burning coal and staying warm for the most part) safely and economically. Why isn't this brought to the forefront to folks on the fringe of devistation as an option so they won't become another winter, trying to stay warm stastistic.
...please all post your thoughts as I am off to work and won't return until late tonight, thank you!