EVERY HOUSE SHOULD HAVE ONE

KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE and YOUR HOME INTACT

The cold air has moved in and now a part of daily life here in the Pocono Mountains, northeastern USA. November’s unexpected 12” snowfall was yet another humble reminder of what the upcoming winter months have in store for us.

Along with the colder temps, comes our need for warmth – an unforgiving reality. Inside our homes the thermostats are dialed up, firewood is burning hot, and space heaters are working around the clock meeting our demands for heat.

But with our heat sources working overtime, we need to prepare for the unexpected…

YOUR HOME SHOULD HAVE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER…maybe two

 

LET’S GET STARTED WITH SOME

BASIC FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS

1. All homes should have at least one smoke detector on each living space level. They should be mounted on the ceiling or on a wall within 12” from the ceiling. Check them regularly.

2. Be sure to have at least one or more UL listed fire extinguishers in your home. Verify that they are functional and in an accessible location. Make sure everyone in your home knows where they are and how to use them.

3. Talk to your kids to make sure they are knowledgeable about fire and smoke (smoke can be as lethal as fire). Have an escape plan for your family in case of a fire.

4. Call or stop by your local fire company station. They would be happy to provide information on keeping your home safe from fire.

 

ALL FIRE EXTINGUISERS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL

Using the wrong type of fire extinguisher can make a fire spread!

 

The list below explains the various types of fire extinguishers and their best use:

Type A: Use on fires involving combustible materials like wood, cloth and paper.

Type B: Use on flammable liquid fires, like kitchen grease. Do not use water on this type of fire!

Type C: Use on electrical equipment.

Type ABC: Use this on all types of fires

Type D: Combustible Metals

Type E: Flammable Gases

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HERE’S A TIP

An ABC-type, dry chemical extinguisher is a good multi-purpose choice for most homes. They are ideal for putting out many types of fires. You can purchase online or at your local department and hardware stores.

Be warm. Be safe.

BZ

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Brian Zebertavage

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