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How to Perform a Monthly Fire Extinguisher Inspection

This is a guest post by Nick at Guardian Fire Protection. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.

There’s nothing more important than having well-maintained fire extinguishers in your building – the keyword being “well-maintained”! It’s important to have your fire extinguishers professionally inspected once a year, but it’s arguably MORE important to inspect them yourself every month! Fortunately, it’s hard to go wrong with your monthly fire extinguisher inspection – it’s actually pretty easy.

Monthly Fire Extinguisher Self-Inspection

Monthly fire extinguisher inspections don’t need to be exhaustive – just a quick check over should be fine. And while they should not take the place of professional fire extinguisher inspections, they should definitely supplement them. The important things to check during your monthly fire extinguisher inspections are:

  • Accessibility – make sure your fire extinguishers are where they are supposed to be and are easily visible and accessible during a fire. Make sure they are kept within 25 ft of an exit and are not located in corners.
  • Physical condition – make sure that the pin in the extinguisher head is intact and the tamper seal is not broken. Also check the condition of the extinguisher shell, hose and nozzle for signs of obvious physical damage, corrosion or leakage.
  • Pressure gauge – make sure the needle on the pressure gauge is in the green –this will let you know that the extinguisher pressure is good. Also, lift the fire extinguisher to make sure it’s full, just in case.
  • Sign off – when you finish your fire extinguisher inspection, initial and date the back of the tag to state that you performed your fire extinguisher inspection. If you have any more fire extinguishers in your building, make sure you do the same thing for all of them.
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    Fire Safety During Home Renovation

    This is a guest post by Chuck Lorrell. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.

    Are you having your home renovated? Here are 10 things you should consider to make your home fire-resistant.

    1. Fire Extinguishers – Make sure that there is a portable fire extinguisher on the worksite. Depending on the size of the project, you may want to have more than one. Even a small fire can create major damage if it isn’t taken care of immediately. Multi-purpose models (Type ABC) are best for a construction site.

    2. Existing Alarms – Never disconnect your fire and burglar alarms during a home renovation project. If sanding or plaster work is being done, you may want to consider putting a plastic bag over them during the day, but don’t forget to take them off when work is finished.

    3. Sprinklers – For a larger project, you may want to consider installing a residential sprinkler system, which can provide protection against a major fire.

    4. Clean Up – Make sure that scrap materials and debris are cleaned up from the site daily, as they can be highly combustible. Even materials like cardboard, rags, and solvents are extremely flammable, and so it is important that these are picked up as well.

    5. Doors – Doors made of solid wood or metal will resist fires much more than hollow ones.

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    Fire Protection During Construction

    This is a guest post by Heather McPhearson. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.

    Fires are rarely sympathetic to any environment and can quickly destroy weeks, if not months of workmanship during a construction project. It is therefore crucially important that some often simple steps are taken to ensure your project takes the necessary precautions to prevent fire.

    Keeping the construction area as clear as possible, particularly when left unattended, should be a key consideration on every foreman’s list. Reducing the amount of debris and combustible materials both within the build site and around its immediate boundaries can prevent a fire starting from a loose spark. Clearing the site of these materials should be carried out as often as practicable.

    Many fires are started within the roof space of a build therefore it is important to prevent such an occurrence as much as possible. Do this by selecting materials that are fire resistant or do not combust such as Class A asphalt shingles, metal, cement or concrete products.

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    Fire Protection Techniques – Things You Should Learn to Stay Calm in Cases of Fire

    This is a guest post by Brian Ayling. If you would like to Guest Post, check out the Guidelines here.

    We do certain things in order to protect ourselves. We will never know when danger will come. Sometimes, we obtain special trainings to ready ourselves further in the event that it will happen. Others just plainly read about them and apply it to their daily lives. It is good that people are taking chances to improve their knowledge in increasing their chances of surviving emergencies.

    People face various emergencies daily. Everyday, people are being rushed into the hospitals to be treated for serious injuries. Some are rushed for revival from loss of consciousness. However, there are things that we can actually do, in order for us to avoid the worst conditions that a person could undergo. Sometimes, other people get the worse because of getting into an accident while finding a way to survive in the middle of the emergency.

    An example of this kind of situation is in the event of fire. Some people panic when they hear that the building is on fire. Once they panic, they run around like crazy. In turn, what happens is that, they can trigger stampede or they fall off the stairs from running. Some people do not know where to go, instead of using the fire exits; they use the elevator thinking that they could reach the ground floor sooner. Only to find them trapped when the power is cut off.

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