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01-smoke-detectors-01Working smoke alarms provide you and your family members with an early warning in the event of a fire. Smoke is responsible for three out of four deaths.

There are different types of smoke detectors. There are smoke detectors that are wired into your home, and there are battery power detectors. Wired smoke detectors are good, but they can also become unreliable in the event of a power failure. Be sure to install battery power smoke detectors even if you have wired ones.

How many alarms do I need?


Smoke detectors should be installed in every hallway or floor, and in every bedroom of your home.

When installing smoke detectors make sure to keep them away from things such as windows or ceiling fans. They will draw smoke away from the detectors sensor.

What do I do if my smoke detector goes off?

In the event your smoke detector goes off because there is smoke in your home, make sure that all of your family members are safe and then follow your home escape plan.



Remember PASS (Pull-Aim-Squeeze-Sweep)

Remember that fire extinguishers have limits; they are not for large fires because most last for less than 30 seconds. That being said, when used properly a portable extinguisher can save lives and property by knocking down small fires or containing one until the fire department arrives.

Installation & Proper Maintenance

Portable extinguishers should be installed in plain view. Near an escape route, away from any heating appliances, and above reach of children.

It is very important to maintain your extinguisher because you want to know that it will work if the time comes that you may need to use it. Follow the manufactures instructions for maintenance.

How Do I Use A Fire Extinguisher?


Remember to always use the manufacturer’s instructions when using a fire extinguisher.

  1. Always remember PASS. PASS stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze & Sweep.
  2. Keep a safe distance from you and the fire.
  3. Hold the extinguisher by its handle in an upright position.
  4. PULL the safety pin or lever to unlock the extinguisher.
  5. AIM the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  6. Squeeze the handle fully.
  7. Sweep from side to side.
  8. Start at the front and work your way to the back. Always back away, never turn your back on the fire.

Are There Different Types Of Fire Extinguishers?

Yes, there are four basic types of fire extinguishers.

They are:

Class A – Ordinary Combustibles (Wood, Cloth or Paper).
Class B – Flammable Liquids (Gasoline or Oil).
Class C – Energized Electrical Equipment (Wiring, Fuse Boxes, Breakers or Appliances).
Class D – Flammable Metals (Magnesium or Potassium).

Each class also has its own picture displayed right on the extinguisher, that way you know which types of fires that extinguisher is best used for.

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