Independence Day is here. That comes with the chances of fire hazards, accidents, and injuries resulting from putting those fires out.
Ask yourself these questions and check the following to ensure that you and your fire extinguisher are ready, in case something happens to goes wrong.
When is the last time you checked your fire extinguisher?
How old is it? You will find an expiration date at the bottom of the label. If it is more than ten years old, it should be replaced. The pressure could be gone or it simply could not work.
Check the gauge to be sure it is pointing to the green area on the gauge.
Does it have a UL listing on the label to verify that it is certified and ready to go?
After you have verified that your fire extinguisher is in working order make sure you know the location of your extinguisher in the home. Familiarize yourself with how to operate it as well.
To help you to remember, you can use the acronym P.A.S.S.
- P-Pull Pin
- A-Aim at the base of the fire
- S-Squeeze trigger
- S-Sweep from side to side
If there is more than one person in the home, have one call 911 and the other use the extinguisher. A fire can quickly become unmanageable, it is important that you leave the house as soon as possible.
TIP: Never add water to put out a grease fire. It could cause an explosion or make the fire even bigger. Try to smother with a lid, pizza pan or cookie sheet. Do not try to remove the pan from the stove. Turn the heat off and smother.
CELEBRATE OUR INDEPENDENCE BUT ABOVE ALL STAY SAFE.