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article imageMost U.S. firearms aren't protected from fire

By Michael Essany     Jun 26, 2014 in Lifestyle
According to the latest data published by the National Fire Protection Association, there are now more than 365,000 home fires in the U.S. every year, causing upwards of $5.7 billion in damages, to say nothing of lost life.
Astonishingly, the NFPA confirms, one home structure fire is reported every 85 seconds.
There are by various estimates coalesced by the Pew Research Center, somewhere between 270 million and 310 million guns in the United States. And, every year, thousands of these weapons - many of which are valuable antiques - are lost or irreparably damaged in household fires.
Although the majority of responsible gun owners take efforts to ensure that their weapons are out of reach from minors, a staggering number of owners fail to protect their firearms from an even bigger threat than theft - and that's fire.
Correspondingly, a growing number of gun safety and responsible firearm ownership advocates are encouraging gun owners and handlers to secure their guns, rifles, and other weapons in a fire-proof safe or vault.
It's one of the main reasons why more Americans than ever are now investing in flame-resistant gun vaults, like those made by Fort Knox, a maker of gun storage and preservation solutions that has begun addressing the growing threat of firearm fire hazards.
"Limiting the thermal conductivity by lining the inside of our vaults with a proprietary blend of a hydrogen bond fireboard and locking it in place using a stud weld process allows Fort Knox to provide the industry’s leading fire protection," explains Fort Knox on its website.
Experts say that the average household now has a one in four chance of experiencing a fire large enough to be reported to a fire department. Consequently, American homeowners are encouraged to not only ensure that their smoke and fire detection equipment is working and functioning properly, but that all valuables and weapons that should be protected and safeguarded from falling into unsavory hands are locked up and shielded from a potential domestic inferno.
For the latest safety and fire prevention information from the NFPA, click here.
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