Creating a safe environment in your home and workplace is critical; not only can it save your personal effects but more importantly it can save human life. When it comes to fire safety, having precautions is essential and in some cases a legal requirement. Fire safety equipment is a crucial step in your overall fire safety plan, and ensuring that all have training on how to use it correctly is critical.
Properly Using Smoke Alarms
Having a working and effective smoke alarm system is critical to ensuring that quick action occurs. Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of the home and in each bedroom as well as in high-risk rooms like kitchens, laundry rooms, and living rooms as well as areas with a large number of electrical or heat producing items. In offices, spaces like server rooms, chemical storage areas, and areas with large amounts of machines like printer rooms should all be adequately equipped with smoke alarms. These alarms should be located out of the direct flow of vents, ducts doors, and windows as air flow may deter them from detecting smoke.
Additionally, each alarm should be checked regularly as a part of routine maintenance and batteries updated based on a suggested schedule. Depending on the size and needs of your facility or home, you may need to consider different types of fire alarms. Consulting with a fire professional can help you decide what will be the right choice.
Adding a fire extinguisher to areas that have a high rate of fire, such as kitchens, can help reduce the impact and severity of fire significantly. That said, they must be used with extreme care as they can be dangerous on their own. Before attempting to use an extinguisher, make sure that everyone evacuated the building, the fire is not spreading, the room is not full of smoke, and there is an escape route, and double check someone notified the fire department.
Fire extinguishers are meant as a means to quell small fires and to help ensure everyone indoors has a chance to escape, they are not intended to put out large scale fires. Learning safe extinguisher techniques is critical for all non-disabled adults. The PASS method is preferred by most: pull out the locking pin, aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, squeeze on the lever, and sweep the nozzle from side to side.
Questions? Biles Fire Protection Services is Here to Help!
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