When fires spark unexpectedly, it’s crucial that your home is prepared with the necessary tools you need to keep your family safe. Among these tools, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and sprinkler systems are key resources with proven success. Fire extinguishers are easy to use and provide effective protection against common household fires. However, it is essential that you fully understand how the device operates in order to ensure that you’re prepared for any emergency.
Fire Extinguisher Classes
Fire extinguishers are categorized into four distinct classes, A, B, C and D. Each class is designed to extinguish a distinct type of fire. For example, fire extinguishers that are placed under class A will put out fires from wood or paper. Class B includes devices that can extinguish fires that are started from flammable liquids such as oil or gasoline. The C class extinguishers are only used for electrical fires, and class D is made for flammable metals.
There are also multipurpose devices that incorporate more than one class. These fire extinguishers are incredibly versatile resources and equipped for almost any scenario.
Directions for Use
Don’t wait until an emergency arises. Make sure your family knows how to use the fire extinguisher and where to access it. Lack of preparation could cause stress and put your family in danger.
“P. A. S. S. “ is a mnemonic device that represents the set of steps one must follow when using a fire extinguisher. There are four steps total, and each must be followed in order to successfully extinguish the fire. First, pull the pin to break the seal. Next, aim the nozzle towards the bottom of the fire. Third, squeeze the handle to allow the extinguishing agent to flow freely. Finally, sweep the nozzle back and forth along the base of the fire until it is completely extinguished.
Where to Put Your Fire Extinguisher
In case of emergency, you will need to be able to reach your extinguisher with ease. Place at least one fire extinguisher on each floor of your home to ensure maximum accessibility. Focus on the rooms that are most vulnerable, such as the kitchen or even the garage.
Commercial and Residential Fire Protection from Biles Fire Protection
Biles Fire Protection can help with all of your residential or commercial fire safety needs. We have the equipment and expertise to install wet sprinkler systems or dry sprinkler systems at affordable prices. We are well known for our top-notch customer service, quick response times, and reliable support and maintenance. To get a quote for your sprinkler system, fill out our online request form. For more information and to chat about how we can help meet your fire safety needs, visit us online or give us a call at (443) 701-8330. To get more fire safety tips and information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.