Essential fire safety equpiment

November 3, 2015

It's important to own and know how to use fire safety equipment in your home. Here are two essential pieces of fire equipment that you need to keep you and your family safe at home.

Essential fire safety equpiment

1. Smoke detectors

  • The most basic fire safety device is the smoke detector. When they detect the chemicals found in smoke, they sound a piercing, pulsing alarm. They're incredibly loud in order to alert and wake people in all areas of the house, but smoke detectors need to be placed in the right areas to fully protect you and your property.
  • Install these devices in important spots in your house; detectors are a must outside each bedroom and in the kitchen, hallways, basement and garage.
  • Be sure your home is up to code by looking up the smoke detector laws for your state, province or territory.
  • Smoke detectors are usually battery-operated, so check them at least once a month to make sure they're running properly. The devices usually have a test feature which allows you to quickly and easily ensure they're working.
  • They should also be replaced every 10 years as an added safety precaution.

2. Fire extinguishers

  • Another essential component of fire safety is the fire extinguisher. There are different types of fire extinguishers suited to different kinds of fires. For a home, it is important to own a multi-purpose unit designed to extinguish all types of home fires, including oil, gas and electric fires, and to keep it in a high-risk area like the kitchen. When using the extinguisher, keep your back to the exit in case you need to quickly escape.
  • Most people have a fire extinguisher in their home, but many have never used one and do not know how to operate it. There's a simple acronym used to operate all fire extinguishers: PASS. This stands for pull, aim, squeeze and sweep.
  • First, you must pull the ring out of the head of the fire extinguisher, which will unblock airflow.
  • Second, aim the extinguisher's nozzle at the bottom of the fire.
  • Next, squeeze down the handle to release the foaming agent. Once the foaming agent is flowing, sweep the extinguisher back and forth horizontally to cover the source of the fire.
  • Owning and being familiar with your fire safety equipment could one day save your life. Make sure you and your family are protected by keeping smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in your home.
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