Monthly archive for October 2020

Using A Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher Safety tips Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke. To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS: Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism. Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire. Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly. Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side. For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but

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Home Fire Drills

Why Do I Need a Home Fire Drill? Close to 50% of people who die in home fires were trying to escape when they died. A developed exit plan, and practice of a home fire drill, might have saved their lives. Here is what it is like to be in a fire. “You can’t see anything in front of you.” “You can t breathe.” “It’s hot. It s dark. It s hostile.” “You don t know what to expect.” “You have to go by feel.” “A 15-foot hallway seems 50 miles long.” “You can easily become unraveled.” “It’s not a place where humans are ever expected to go.” Make an Escape Plan It is important to have a plan when there are children in your

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Make a Home Escape Plan in Case of Fire

Did you know 50% of homeowners in the U.S. don’t have an emergency escape plan? In the event of a home safety emergency, every second counts. According to the National Fire Protection Association, you may have less than two minutes to escape after your smoke alarms sound. That’s why it’s important to be prepared by planning and practicing an escape route with the entire family for safe evacuation. By planning, practicing, and repeating your emergency escape plan, you can help ensure a safe escape. Make an Emergency Escape Plan (Download a Plan Sheet Now) Walk through your home with your family and identify multiple exits out of each room in the house. If windows or doors are blocked, clear them so they can be easily

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Smoke & Carbon Monoxide – Early Detection Matters

Fire Safety – Why Early Detection Matters Did You Know? Fire Prevention Week is the perfect time to talk with your whole family about fire safety – include testing alarms, changing the batteries or upgrading to 10-year sealed battery alarms, how to use a fire extinguisher, and escape route planning. *  3 of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms *  Less than 50% of homeowners have an escape plan *  Carbon monoxide (CO) is the #1 cause of accidental death *  60% of consumers do not test their smoke and CO alarms monthly* *  Only 47% of people report having CO alarms in their home *  Just 43% of homeowners have an escape plan* *  Unattended

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