Charles Stebbins, Owner
Extinguisher Training- This program
provides the basics of fire extinguisher operation. Discussed are proper
scenarios in which to use the extinguisher, proper extinguisher technique,
and a simple inspection.
NOTE: CFR 1910.157
requires training for individuals expected to operate a fire extinguisher.
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1) When do I need to replace my smoke and fire alarms?
Smoke & Fire alarms need to be replaced every ten years. The life of an AC powered alarm is 8-10 years.
There are two types of smoke alarms: ionization and photoelectric. Ionization units are best at detecting fast flaming fires that give off little smoke. Photoelectric are the fastest at responding to slow smoldering, smoky fires and are less prone to cooking false alarms, than ionization models. Ionization units are better in humidity areas such as a hallway outside a bathroom. Photoelectric are the best type for a kitchen.
They should be tested monthly or per the manufacturer's instructions. If you can't reach the test button, use a broom handle. The batteries should be replaced twice a year, or sooner if the low battery indicator chirps. A good rule-of-thumb is to replace the batteries at the same time you change your clocks for daylight savings time.Clean the alarm by removing from the mounting bracket, and vacuum using the soft brush attachment, or wipe with a clean, dry cloth. After cleaning, reinstall and test, using the test button.
For minimum coverage, a smoke & fire alarm should be installed on every level of the home, and in each sleeping area. For maximum protection, an alarm should be installed on every level, including basements and finished attics, every bedroom, in the hallway outside of every sleeping area, at the top and bottom of stairways and in rooms that are frequently used.
The following ratings are
applicable to fire extinguishers:
The National Fire Protection Association recommends you have at least one extinguisher for every 600 square feet of living area. Fire extinguishers should be installed on every level of the home and in the kitchen, garage and basement. Locate in plain sight, but out of the reach of small children. Place near an escape route, and away from stoves and heating appliances. They should also be installed in your car, boat and RV.
Check the pressure gauge and inspect the extinguisher once a month, or more frequently, if exposed to weather, or possible tampering. The pointer on the gauge must be in the green area to work properly.
Fire extinguishers can limit
property damage if used properly. Using the PASS method of fire
extinguisher operation helps effectively extinguish a fire before it
spreads. When using the following procedure make sure your back is to an
exit, and stand six to eight feet away from the fire.
Fire escape ladders should be in every occupied room with a window, on each floor above the main level.
They should be installed according to the manufacturer's instructions to fit the window. Escape ladders come packed in an easy to store box that fits neatly under a bed. They should be kept close to the window.