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Respect Your Fire Extinguisher

Jul 18, 2008
Most people fortunately never need to use a fire extinguisher. With that in mind I have to suggest that most people don't respect those first line of defense tools. For those who have put a fire extinguisher to use, are well aware what may have happened if one were not available or malfunctioned. Make sure that the fire you are trying to put out is small and contained, don't be a hero fires that are rapidly spreading are best left to the fire department. If this situation arises get everyone evacuated and call 911.

There are many fire extinguishers available for purchase. ABC Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers are the best for a household environment because they are useful on most fires. ABC Fire Extinguishers are rated to extinguish most paper, wood, burning liquid, and electrical fires. They are the least expensive and most effective fire extinguishers. The only drawback is that they make a dusty, powdery mess that permeates the home. Fortunately, ABC Dry Chemical powder is non-toxic and is classified only as an irritant. The powder residue, if left on sensitive electrical equipment such as computers, can cause damage. For computers or servers, Halotron 1 Clean Agent Fire Extinguisher are an ideal solution.

Using a fire extinguisher is easy. Regardless, you should review the procedures for proper operation every six months. Regular practice will save precious seconds in an actual fire emergency. Every fire extinguisher has written and pictographic instruction labeling on the front. Do not pull the pin or discharge the fire extinguisher during practice as this will render it useless. The proper procedure for using a fire extinguisher is to stand 8 - 10 feet from the fire and use the P.A.S.S. system, PULL the pin, AIM the hose, SQUEEZE the handle, and SWEEP side to side. Once you have used the fire extinguisher, either have it recharged by a qualified service facility or dispose of it properly.

Most inexpensive fire extinguishers are constructed with plastic parts and may not be reliable when needed. Your best bet is getting a quality commercial grade extinguisher such as an Amerex Fire Extinguisher. Amerex constructs their extinguishers with durable components made with brass and aluminum. These fire extinguishers can be recharged multiple times and can last many years. Normal maintenance include inspections every 6 years with a pressure test at 12 years. With proper maintenance Amerex Fire Extinguishes can provide a lifetime of service.

So next time you come across your home fire extinguisher, give it some respect. Check the date it was manufactured, check the pressure gauge to ensure it is in the operable range, and weigh it to make sure it the weight matches or exceeds the minimum weight on the manufacturers label. Most important, make sure you have a fire extinguisher in a visible and accessible place on each level of your home and in your garage. If you follow these guidelines, you're first defense in a fire will be ready for action!
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