How Important Are Fire Extinguishers for Your Home?
Ask yourself, how safe is my house in case of fire?
Do you keep a working and properly maintained fire extinguisher inside your house? Do you know how to use it? Are you ready in case of a fire emergency?
So many questions, right? It seems like you’re bombarded with questions that you don’t immediately have the answers too, it’s confusing and it could cause you to panic in the event of a real fire. But it’s nothing compared to the confusion and panic that you will feel when a fire breaks out inside your house.
So please, it pays to be ready.
There are no laws that will require homes to keep fire extinguishers at home, but it is for the best of the homeowners (yes, that’s you!) to keep one at home, in case of a fire breakout.
But no one wishes to be a victim of a fire emergency, right? In fact, it is the opposite that everyone wishes. It is our ultimate goal and prayer that our families and homes will be safe from any disaster, be it fire, flood or hail storm. Natural disasters – that, we can’t control. But we can find ways to prevent fire in our homes.
How Can We Prevent Fire at Home?
Here are some steps on how you can prevent the fire from breaking out inside your home. Knowing this will be useful for you and your family’s safety.
- Fire Alarms. It may be costly, but installing a fire alarm system inside your home will surely keep you away from the danger of fire engulfing your entire house or hurting any of your loved ones. Remember to change the batteries of your fire alarm at least once a year. It would also be good to keep extra batteries at home, so whenever your alarm notifies the need for new batteries, you can just easily replace them without having to turn it off for a whole day or until when you have bought new batteries.
- Separation. Separate flammable items inside your house from combustible items or items that easily catches fire. For example, do not leave pot holders, paper towels, rag clothes or kitchen towels on top or near your stove. If afire breaks out from the stove, these materials would catch fire and help it spread out easily inside the house.
- Unplug and Unload. One of the many causes of fire is short circuits or sparks that come from unplugged electronics or overloaded extension cords and outlets. It could be cell phones that were overcharged which in turn overheat causing combustion. It would do so good to make sure that your electronics are properly monitored to prevent overheating. Also turn off heaters when going out of your room or your house as a precautionary measure.
- Keep Away from Children. There are certain items on the market that require being kept away from the grasp of children. And for good reason! Imagine a box of a match or a lighter in the hands of your 3-year-old. Everything can go wrong after a few lights from the matchsticks or a single blast of fire from the lighter. It would not only endanger your house from fire, it would also endanger your child. I know this is already something you all are practicing these days, so this is an old-school rule for you.
- Ten-feet apart. For open fire grills or deep fryers, it would be best to do it 10 feet away from your house. This goes the same when you’re burning dried leaves that you’ve swept from your backyard. Be mindful of the trees around your house as well. Make sure that you trim the trees so that they do not touch your roof to prevent the fire from spreading through the trees.
As the cliché’ goes, “Prevention is always better than a thousand cure”. It’s a cliché for a reason – it’s true, it’s old, it has always been said, but seldom used. That’s why it’s a cliché.
But as you can see, fire safety measures are not difficult. All you have to do is think ahead for the future and safety of your family.
Using Fire Extinguishers in Case of Fire
Now, in case you’ve done everything but still, your house caught fire accidentally, this is where the use of fire extinguisher comes in.
Before we discuss the use of fire extinguishers, you should also remember that the most important thing in case of fire is a fire escape plan. It would be good to orient the family once in a while what to do in case of a fire accident and where to go. It would also be good to tag your fire escape areas as well as the area or areas where you keep your fire extinguishers. This is a great help when tackling afire in the house.
Let’s proceed to the part where you “blow off” your fire extinguisher for safety. Here is a guide on how to use your fire extinguisher during fire breakouts.
- Make sure your extinguisher is charged. The needle of the gauge should be in the green zone for it to work properly. This is something that you should always keep in mind before a fire breaks out in your house.
- When keeping out the fire using an extinguisher, face the fire with an exit behind your back. Never put yourself in a position where you have no exit to run to.
- Remember the P.A.S.S system when using the fire extinguisher.
Firing an Extinguisher at a Fire
- Pull-Pull the safety pin from the handle of the extinguisher.
- Aim – Aim the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze –Squeeze the handle to activate the fire extinguisher.
- Sweep–Sweep the spray of the fire extinguisher back and forth across the target. Continue the motion until the fire is out.
- If you think this is not enough to put the fire out, then call for help. Immediately call 911 once you see that you cannot put out the fire on your own and run to safety.
With these in mind, we hope that you will keep these tips and apply it to your homes to live a safe and happy life away from the fire. You can print this out and put it anywhere in your house to remind yourself and your family members how to PASS and be safe before, during and after a fire incident.
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