Reducing the Risk of House Fires: Fire-Resistant Siding

The threat of house fires has always been a grave concern for homeowners because they pose a risk not only to your property, but to you and your loved ones as well. The sad case of the recent South Toms River house fire has brought this reality home to local residents, particularly to the family and friends of the victim. Shown below is part of’s account of the tragedy:

One person was killed and a half-dozen firefighters were injured in a blaze at a single-family home in South Toms River this evening, authorities said.

The fire, which began at about 5:30 p.m., was concentrated in the basement of the ranch-style home on South Main Street, Ocean County Chief Fire Coordinator Brian Gabriel said.

Told someone appeared to be trapped, firefighters made an “aggressive entry,” rushing into the burning basement, Gabriel said. There they were met by thick smoke and walls of flame.

House fires are, unfortunately, not uncommon during days of dry and windy weather. And given the right conditions, the tiniest spark can grow into a conflagration in a matter of minutes. Fatal incidents like the South Toms River fire are always a huge blow, and preventing disasters such as this in one’s community should be a priority for homeowners, fire fighters and local authorities, even home builders.

All County Exteriors, a leading Monmouth County NJ siding contractor, is fully awake to this responsibility. As a fully certified James Hardie contractor, they are well-placed to offer clients siding options that are not only durable and aesthetically pleasing, but also fire-resistant. While it is true that very few building materials can honestly lay claim to being 100% fireproof, James Hardie siding nonetheless excels at slowing down fire spread. And when it comes to saving lives in a house fire, even seconds matter.

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