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Fire Safety Tips April 16, 2012

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Household Fire Safety Tips:

You should have a fire extinguisher.  Make sure it is an ABC type- this covers all three types of fires.  You can find them for about $40.  These have a 6 year shelf life.  Then they need to be checked, and they can be refilled if necessary.

A fire extinguisher is designed for the beginning stages of a fire, so if it is out of control or you have used up the fire extinguisher but the fire is not out- call 911 and get out!

Baking soda also works well to extinguish kitchen and grease fires.  NEVER use water or flour on a grease/kitchen fire it will only make it worse.  If you cover a pot that is on fire on the stove, DO NOT REMOVE THE LID for a long time.  The fire can re ignite when the lids comes off.

Fire Extinguisher

  • Class A extinguishers are for ordinary combustible materials such as paper, wood, cardboard, and most plastics. The numerical rating on these types of extinguishers indicates the amount of water it holds and the amount of fire it can extinguish. Geometric symbol (green triangle)
  • Class B fires involve flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, grease and oil. The numerical rating for class B extinguishers indicates the approximate number of square feet of fire it can extinguish. Geometric symbol (red square)
  • Class C fires involve electrical equipment, such as appliances, wiring, circuit breakers and outlets. Never use water to extinguish class C fires – the risk of electrical shock is far too great! Class C extinguishers do not have a numerical rating. The C classification means the extinguishing agent is non-conductive. Geometric symbol (blue circle)
  • Class D fire extinguishers are commonly found in a chemical laboratory. They are for fires that involve combustible metals, such as magnesium, titanium, potassium and sodium. These types of extinguishers also have no numerical rating, nor are they given a multi-purpose rating – they are designed for class D fires only. Geometric symbol (Yellow Decagon)
  • Class K fire extinguishers are for fires that involve cooking oils, trans-fats, or fats in cooking appliances and are typically found in restaurant and cafeteria kitchens. Geometric symbol (black hexagon)

I also got to thinking about disaster readiness after the tornadoes that came through Texas 2 weeks ago.  I looked up FEMA’s website and found some useful information.  Are you prepared?  I know I will be at Home Depot this week assembling my kit!

The following items are recommended for inclusion in your basic disaster supplies kit:

• Three-day supply of non-perishable food.

• Three-day supply of water – one gallon of water per person, per day.

• Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.

• Flashlight and extra batteries.

• First aid kit and manual.

• Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).

• Matches and waterproof container.

• Whistle.

• Extra clothing

Manual can opener

Mess kits or paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils

Signal flare Household liquid bleach to treat drinking water

Matches in a waterproof container

Shut-off wrench, pliers, shovel,and other tools

Aluminum foil and plastic wrap

Duct tape and scissors Resealable plastic bags

Small canister, ABC-type fi re extinguisher

Comfort Items

• Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, utility knife

• Photocopies of credit and identification cards.

• Cash and coins.

• Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens

solutions, and hearing aid batteries.

• Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.

• Other items to meet your unique family needs.

If you live in a cold climate, you must think about warmth. It is possible that you will not have heat. Think about your clothing and bedding supplies. Be sure to include one complete change of clothing and shoes per person, including:

• Jacket or coat.

• Long pants.

• Long sleeve shirt.

• Sturdy shoes.

• Hat, mittens, and scarf.

• Sleeping bag or warm blanket (per person).

Be sure to account for growing children and other family changes.  You may want to add some of the items

listed to your basic disaster supplies kit depending on the specific needs of your family.



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