Fire Prevention & Safety Tips

Smoke detector failure results in a major number of fire related deaths every year in the United States. Faulty batteries or batteries being removed is the leading cause of these failures. Be sure to keep your smoke detector batteries in place and test your smoke detectors weekly. Also, be sure to change your smoke detectors batteries twice a year to ensure the batteries are good. We suggest that when you change the time on your clocks, please change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors are only good for 10 years. Any smoke detector older than 10 years, needs to be replaced. Your life and the lives of your family depend on it!!!

Fire extinguishers are a crucial part of saving your property as well as saving your life. Fire extinguishers should be kept in your house and everyone in the family should be instructed on the use of them.

Some information on fire extinguishers and how to use them.

Fire is broken down into three main classes of fire:

CLASS A: Wood, paper, trash and ordinary combustibles

CLASS B: Flammable and combustible liquids and gases combustibles

CLASS C: Energized electrical equipment

It is crucial when using an extinguisher to make sure you are using the appropriate extinguisher for whatever may be burning. The most effective and most common extinguisher is an ABC multi-purpose dry chemical extinguisher. This extinguisher will very effectively extinguish all three classes of fire.

Be sure you know how to use a fire extinguisher

Using a fire extinguisher is very simple. The easiest way to remember how to use a fire extinguisher is to remember the word PASS. PASS is an acronym where each letter stands for an instruction on how to use an extinguisher.

P - Pull the pin

A- Aim at the base of the fire

S - Squeeze the handles

S - Sweep from side to side, front to back

Make sure to stay back 8 to 12 feet from the fire when using an extinguisher. Never turn your back to the fire.
Always keep the extinguisher in an upright position.
Never let the fire get between yourself and exit from the room.
If the fire is too big for the extinguisher, get out and let the fire department handle it.

Fire extinguishers are intended to be used on smaller fires within the first thirty seconds of when a fire starts. Never try to extinguish a fire that is too large. By doing so, you put yourself into more danger than good. Always try to to stay calm and remember the simple word PASS. Instructions are placed on the front of all newer extinguisher in both verbal and pictoral form as a reminder on how to use them. Remember, extinguishers may be your first defense in the preservation of your property and the safety of your lives.