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Fence Safety Alert: Fire and Fencing

Fire and Fencing

In the last week, Paramount Fencing has run 3 fence repair estimates where wood fences caught on fire or vinyl fences melted, all of which were self-inflicted.

So be mindful. According to the NFPA, an estimated 14,070 fires occur annually from spontaneous combustion. Barbecue grills account for another 2600 home and structure fires.

Here are a few things that should never be stored next to a fence.

1. Soaked rags or towels of any type of oils, especially linseed oil: Even cooking oils. Large compost, mulch, manure, and leaf piles can spontaneously combust as well given the right conditions.

2. Any Item that contains glass. To include old windows, sliding glass doors, stained glass and glass table tops. In combination or singularly, depending on the sun's intensity, the above mention can act as a magnifying glass acting as an ignition source.

3. A wood-burning or gas operated barbeque grill. Grills next to a wood fence may result in catching the fence on fire. Place that grill next to a vinyl fence and all it takes is a temperature of 246 Fahrenheit and that vinyl fence will distort. At 500 Fahrenheit that fence will melt.

So Orlando and Central Florida - let us keep it safe and all do our part. Walk around your fence and look for items that can spontaneously combust. Keep your grills five feet off the fence line, and yes that means your neighbor too.

Helpful Hint by and and 

Oviedo, It’s Water Safety Month

It's That Time of Year, Oviedo

Hey - Florida and Oviedo, Winter Springs, and Winter Park.   Beautiful fence and relaxing pool, right?     Well, that depends.

May is National Water Safety Month. Yes. It's pool safety month too. #fencesafetytip.

Just a reminder. If you have a swimming pool, inspect your fence or pool screen enclosure. Make sure all gates and doors are self-closing and self-latching and open outward away from the pool.

Check those latches and make sure it functions and it latches correctly. That latch should be 54" higher than the bottom of the gate.

Don't be lazy. Walk that fence line or pool screen and make sure you don't have any damaged planks or pickets or loose screens. Look for gaps more significant than two inches below the fence or space wider than four inches a small child can squeeze through.

According to TC Water Features make sure to check the drain and grates in the pool too. If it's broke, get it replaced. A foot can get stuck allowing a child never to resurface.

If you have any questions or in doubt, contact us we will be more then happy to answer any questions, ship you a new latch or inspect it for you.

Remember - laziness creates statistics. So share this post with as many people as you can.  Even if you don't have a pool in your back yard.

You never know. The second it takes to share, just might save a life.

Florida Blueberry Festival

The Florida Blueberry Festival began as an economic development vehicle to bring recognition to the Florida Blueberry Industry and to provide additional funding to local civic groups that hold a 501c designation.

The 2019 Florida Blueberry Festival™ – Kissimmee will be a four-day festival with a minimal entrance fee. The festival provides free music on its amphitheater grounds. It will have a Wine Bar presented by The Island Grove Wine Company Formosa Gardens, a Beer Garden with both craft and domestic choices, a Festival Fare Food court with food concessionaires and an adjoining large picnic table dining area, adorned with colorful umbrellas.  The site will accommodate exhibitor booth spaces; retail & information exhibitors and Fine Arts and Crafts.  Artisans interested in a Juried Art Show (presented by Tampa Bay Magazine) can participate with an opportunity to win $6,000 in cash awards. There are designated areas for the sale of Fresh Florida BlueberriesFresh Blueberry PiesBlueberry Plants, and many other blueberry products, along with a special designated VIP Hospitality Pavilion. The Blueberry Patch Kids Zone will be filled with outdoor inflatable bouncers, bungee jumping, rock climbing and other fun activities for kids of all ages.

MARCH 28th- 31st

At Our New Home
So Why Did Paramount Fencing  Pick The Blueberry Festival?

Well, that is simple.    The Blueberry Festival is a not for profit organization that reinvests proceeds back into their community and local charities.   Some of our Favorite Charities happen to be the main beneficiaries.

Our decision became easier when the most awesome and caring person in the world, Michael Heard, set us down and painted her vision.    That is why, in a collaboration with Alumigaurd Aluminum Fence Products,  Barrette Outdoor Living, and Paramount Fencing teamed up and provided all fencing needs for the new venue.

As of current, all three companies have donated all materials and labor at raw cost, forgone all company profits, and installed over 3/4 of a mile of fence and gates.   The four reason why are listed below.

The Beneficiaries List.

  • Florida Blueberry Growers Association (Education- Research & Marketing)
    • The membership of The Florida Blueberry Growers Association is dedicated to one thing and one thing only. We provide the discriminating blueberry consumer with high-quality fresh fruit in late March, April and early May. During about half this time we are growing the only fresh blueberries in the world.

      Learn more by visiting

  • The Community Hope Center – Osceola County
    • The Community Hope Center is a program-based project that impacts the low-income, poverty level families and individuals living in and around Osceola County, Florida. The primary emphasis is to serve those living homeless or in motels and hotels along Osceola County’s 192 Corridor. This program works to restore dignity and self-sufficiency to those in need in our community through a holistic approach to case management, funds assistance, and life skills.
  • The Sunshine Foundation – Dream Village – Polk County
    • Sunshine Foundation’s sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that the child’s illness may cause.
  • Autism Society of Greater Orlando (ASGO) – Orange County
    • ASGO was founded in 1996 by a group of volunteer parents to better assist families of children and adults with autism in the Central Florida area.  The mission or goal of the ASGO is that all individuals within the autism spectrum will be provided a lifetime network of opportunities to become fully accepted, included, and actively participating members of our community, through family support, education, advocacy, and public awareness.
  • Local 501c working as part of the event staff

Autism and Fencing, In Oviedo


It is a sad in fifty-nine children born will be diagnosed with autism.  For boys, the odds increase to one in thirty-six.  According to some recent studies, if nothing changes, by the year 2024, we could see the rate of autism affecting one in two children.  A staggering figure that demonstrates that autism will soon touch everyone's lives.

Think about it. Orlando and Oviedo.

According to the CDC and U.S. Census, there were 3,952,841 babies born in 2012.   If you do the math, there are 24 hours in a day or 8,760 hours in a year.   That translates to 451 babies per hour.    Apply the autism stats and 8 new kids will be born into the autism spectrum in the next hour.

ASGO fights the good fight.  They don't just promote autism awareness, they work to bring about autism acceptance and increased support. They provide real support to families directly affected by autism.  Most importantly, ASGO provides (not provided) hope, a safe place, a network of comfort and support for families affected by autism that speaks in one common voice, "You Are Not Alone!"

If you want to make a difference in your local community or you are a parent or family member looking for support, please consider joining us on Saturday, April 20, 2019 for ASGO's 14th Annual Autism Walk & Family Fun Day inside the Orange County Convention Center's North Concourse from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Everyone is invited to become a sponsor, a vendor, or a participant.  The event is geared towards every member of the family with lots of fun activities to enjoy and information to receive.  The best part is that 100% of the funds raised stay right here in the Central Florida Community to support those living with autism today.  

Donate directly today on their website at #IAMASGO

Responsible Fencing, With Wildlife in Mind

Seminole County, Florida is one of the few places in Central Florida left that still has expansive wild lands. Across the county, you can find wetlands, pastures, farms, forests, hammocks, and many other diverse ecosystems. This natural beauty is what draws many to this region, but it is an ongoing battle to keep Seminole County natural.

One of the pressing issues that Oviedo and Geneva face is urban sprawl, which is described as the uncontrolled expansion of urban areas. Take a drive through Orlando, and you will see this. Apartments being built all along Highway 50, subdivisions popping up by the dozens. This rapid expansion is pushing more and more into Seminole County.

When wildlands are sold for developments, wildlife needs to find new homes, which is often the properties of residents in Oviedo and Geneva, those homeowners who have large pieces of land. It is not unusual for a landowner to want to keep deer, wild hogs, or other wildlife off their properties, but sometimes a land barrier can be dangerous to animals, including your own. This article will cover how to choose the best fence for your needs that will be safe for wildlife.

Many agricultural fences are constructed using high-tensile wire or barbed wire, which is usually safe for livestock, but can be deadly for wildlife attempting to clear a fence line. Many times, deer trying to jump a fence will get tangled in woven wire or snagged and caught on barbed wire. This results not only in a slow death for the animal, but a messy clean up and costly repair for the homeowner. Unfortunately, this scenario is extremely common.

The Ideal Wildlife-Friendly Fence

The ideal wildlife-friendly fence is highly visible, allows wildlife to jump over or pass under, and allows wildlife with access to important habitats.

Researchers at Utah State University completed a wildlife mortality study along 600+ miles of fence in both Utah and Colorado and studied which fence type is the most problematic for wildlife.

The findings were that on average, one ungulate per year was found for every 2.5 miles of fence due to being snared and entangled. Most animals (69% of juveniles and 77% of adults) died from getting caught in the top two wires while drying to jump over a fence. They also concluded that juveniles are 8 times more likely to die in a fence than adults, and that woven wire fences with a top wire made of barbed wire was the most lethal fence type.

There are simple steps to avoid these issues, including using a smooth top and bottom wire on fences, allowing at least 12 inches between the top two wires and 16 inches between the bottom wire and the ground, and keeping the top rail at 42 inches or shorter.

Another issue that researchers found with fences is that they often blocked wildlife from crossing and left many young ungulates blocked and stranded. 90% of carcasses found dead next to, but not in fence, were fawns whom were most likely separated from their mothers due to their inability to cross a woven wire fence. Had there been a 16-inch space between the bottom wire and the ground, they would have been able to slip under. It is important to use a smooth wire on the bottom wire so that wildlife who crawl under do not get snagged. A cut from barbed wire can become infected and be lethal to wildlife.

Fence posts were also found to be an issue. Many land owners use open vertical pipes for line and gate posts and have earned the name “death pipes”. This is because open vertical pipes have been found to be silent killers of birds, reptiles, and small mammals whom are looking for a safe nesting area. Once in the pipe, it is almost impossible to escape up the smooth sides. To prevent this, fill pipes with concrete or use caps to cover any open pipes.

Another safety concern is the visibility of the fence. This is especially important if you live near grasslands or marshlands. Many times, low flying birds will not see a wire fence and become entangled and unable to escape. Seminole county is home to a handful of endangered species, including two large low-flying birds, the Sandhill Crane and the Wood Stork. These are federally protected birds that face danger if they cannot see your fence lines. A ranch rail style fence is visible, but wire fencing is not always.

To fix this, add a top board to your fence line (just make sure the fence is still shorter than 42 inches!) or, for a more affordable option, run the wire through a PVC pipe for a highly visible line, or simply flag the fence line.

You may be thinking, “do I really need a fence? Or can I just use boundary markers?”. Many times, using boundary markers can be less expensive to install and maintain long term. They can be as simple as short posts in the ground with no wire between, or hedge rows. If you choose to do a hedge row, make sure that the species you choose is not an invasive species. Invasive species will often over grow and become difficult to handle.

If you need to use an exclusion fence, be sure to not fence in large areas that include wildlife habitats. For any fence type, place gates in the corners of the fence lines. Trapped animals are more likely to find the exit if it is in a corner. Deer exclusion fences should be a minimum of 7 feet tall, made with woven wire. Add a top rail for added visibility.

Making some of these minor changes will not only benefit wildlife, but landowners as well. Visible or covered wire lowers the chance of an animal to get caught in the fence, damaging sections at a time. The guidelines don’t just apply to wildlife, livestock often get stuck in fencing as well. Remember that a wildlife friendly fence is often low cost, and saves money long term by reducing future fence repair. Consider your options today.

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