Monthly Archives: October 2018
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Fire protection starts with fire prevention. The best protection we have against fires is to minimize the chances of a fire occuring. There are several simple but very effective fire prevention measures that can be used in the home.
1. Do not smoke when tired, in bed or on medication. This might appear to be a very basic suggestion but, in reality, the number of fires caused by lighted cigarettes is on the increase every year. Medication can dull the senses as can tiredness. The risk of a dropped cigarette on bed linen or furniture is greatly increased in this situation.
2. Get in the habit of performing a routine bedtime check. Develop the habit of ensuring that all electrical appliances are unplugged. Extinguish or block all open fires. Empty ashtrays. Close all doors in order to impede the possible spread of smoke and fire. Performing a routine safety check every night before going to bed could be the difference between life and death.
3. Smoke alarms should be placed in all rooms except for bathrooms and kitchen areas. Install heat sensors in food preparation areas. Smoke alarms should be checked regularly and the batteries changed every year. Check that appropriate fire extinguishers and fire blankets are easily accessible. The fire extinguishers should be serviced yearly.
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A fire extinguisher that’s not properly charged is just as dangerous, if not MORE dangerous, than not having a fire extinguisher at all. One thing many people don’t know is that fire extinguishers that have been used at all should be considered empty and should be either recharged or replaced – regardless of how much extinguishant was actually sprayed out! So now that you know when your fire extinguishers need to be serviced, the question remains: should they be recharged or replaced?
A good fire extinguisher should last you up to 12 years or more, provided you keep up with proper maintenance. What this means as long as the shell holds up, you should be fine with just having your fire extinguisher refilled and letting it live its life. However, if you want the best (and most economical) fire protection, you’re usually better off letting your fire protection company replace the extinguishers! Fire extinguishers are generally not expensive (refilling them is often the same cost as replacing!) and getting brand new fire extinguishers is the easiest way to guarantee that you’ll be completely protected from fires.
Note: the above applies only to fire extinguishers that have been used. If your fire extinguisher is slowly losing charge even though you haven’t touched it in a while, you may have a leak or a small crack in the shell – both things that would require fire extinguisher replacement.
When else should you have your fire extinguishers replaced?