SecurSolutionInc. takes our commitment to your safety seriously. We realize that our 24-Hour Central Monitoring Station is an extremely valuable service, but cannot replace safety education. With that in mind, we have created some Safety Tips based on NFPA and other authority recommendations. SecurSolutionInc. is pleased to send you at your request any or all of the following: McGruff Safety Kids Kit, Fire prevention at Home Children's Coloring Activity Book, Poison Control Brochure, Internet Safety Booklet, and/or Home Invasion Safety Booklet.
A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives -- but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the number one priorty for residents is to get out safely.
Use a portable fire extinguisher when:
The fire is confined to a small area such as a wastebasket and is not growing
Everyone has exited the building
The fire department has been called or is being called
The room is not filled with smoke
To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
PULL the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
AIM low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
SQUEEZE the lever slowly and evenly.
SWEEP the nozzle from side-to-side.
For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle. Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory. Read the instructions that come wtih the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out.
Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher trainings. Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape.
Items that block doors and windows in your home could keep you from escaping in the event of a home fire. And that could mean the difference between life and death. So unblock your exits today! Key to your family’s safety is planning and practicing a home fire escape plan twice a year. Start by identifying two escape routes out of each room, if possible, then make sure that each of those escape routes can be used safely by everyone. *NFPA