Fire is a deadly threat to any household. It can strike anywhere, at any time. You must be prepared by using the tools for fire protection.
Smoke alarms provide a warning of fire. Smoke alarms are the easiest, most cost-efficient way to alert your family of a developing fire. The more smoke alarms you have installed in your home, the more your chances increase that you will be alerted to a fire.
Fire extinguishers provide a tool to fight small fires. Having a fire extinguisher in your home can increase your chances of keeping a small fire from getting out of control and becoming a deadly rage.
Using both smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in your home, along with knowing what to do in case of fire, can help save your life!
No, several smoke alarms and fire extinguishers must be installed and maintained for proper fire protection. The NFPA recommends smoke alarms be installed on every level of the home, and inside every bedroom and sleeping area. Smoke alarms should also be installed in the main corridor outside each bedroom area. Fire extinguishers should be installed on each living level, as well as in rooms that pose potential fire hazards (i.e., kitchen, garage, workshop).
Installing and maintaining smoke alarms and fire extinguishers dramatically increases your family's chances of surviving a fire.
Fire extinguishers are categorized by ratings. These ratings determine the size and type of fire that the extinguisher can successfully put out. Fire can be divided into three categories: A, B, or C. An "A" type fire is primarily wood, paper and fabric. "B" type fires are primarily flammable liquids (such as gasoline) and oil based. Finally, "C" type fires are electrical in nature.
The number preceding the A, B, or C rating determines how big of a professionally set fire the extinguisher can put out. For example, a 10-B:C extinguisher would be able to handle a 25 foot square fire of either flammable liquid or electrical origin. A 5-B:C extinguisher could handle a 12.5 square foot fire that is flammable liquid or electrical based.
NEVER IGNORE THE SOUND OF A SMOKE ALARM. If the smoke alarm is sounding its alarm, there is a reason. You and your family must be able to escape quickly and safely. Here are several steps your family can learn and rehearse for an emergency:
If you follow these basic fire safety tips, you will increase your family's chances for survival in a fire.
The following is a fire safety checklist to lower the chances that a fire may start in your home:
The National Fire Protection Association recommends testing your smoke alarms at least once a month.
Each year in October, the Pearl River Fire Department goes to all the Elementary Schools in Pearl River to teach kids about fire safety. With the help of "Sparky" we teach kids the proper technique for Stop, Drop and Shake, as well as teaching the kids to always have an escape plan and meeting spot.