Students will be going off to their college campus in the next few weeks.
It's important to know fire safety tips for dorms and off campus apartments before an emergency happens. Knowing and practicing fire safety will save lives!
As a student, you should know where the fire extinguishers are located and how to use one. Fire extinguishers are usually located in common areas, such as hallways or stairwells. Watch this short youtube video that teaches you how to use a fire extinguisher. Smoke alarms that are located in your housing are super important to have and know that they are in working order. A monthly test on the smoke alarms is a great way to be sure they are working.
The NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) has compiled some great tips and information for college students. Click on the button to open a fire safety tips and you can even download a check list provided by the Center for Campus Fire Safety below.
Soon we will be enjoying the warm weather again in Illinois. Seriously, no one gets excited about checking their fire extinguishers. In all reality we are more excited about firing up the grill, getting our summer cottages open, airing out the RV, launching the boat, tuning up the lawn mower, lighting up the bonfires or finally getting out our favorite outdoor gear.
Fire safety may not be the first thing on our minds, but I hope this blog post helps you remember to include it in your plans of summer fun preparation.
If checking your fire extinguishers and smoke alarms is not something you regularly do and you own a Kidde fire extinguisher, the first thing you need to do is check this RECALL LIST and be sure to get a new unit. More than 4.6 Million Kidde fire extinguishers were recalled in 2015. You may have one and didn't even know about it. These Fire Extinguishers fail to discharge and that is dangerous. If you would like an industrial grade fire extinguisher that is capable of covering a larger fire, more likely to put out the fire endangering your family and any valuable property the Industrial Grade Fire Extinguishers we carry are ideal. The Kidde home extinguishers are not refillable, but ours are made to be recharged rather than disposed of after one use, contact EFR Fire & Safety and we can help you determine which extinguisher will fit your needs. The following is a basic inspection that you can do yourself, but if you feel more confident with a licensed fire extinguisher technician inspecting your fire extinguishers, we welcome you to bring it into our shop once a year and we can do a full inspection for you. Simply call or fill out a request for service form.
Be Prepared by taking the time to learn how to use your fire extinguisher and also teach your family.
Checklist for Home Fire Extinguisher Monthly
1. Ensure accessibility. Make sure the extinguisher is in its proper spot, visible and easy to access.
2. Inspect the seals. Look over the tamper and safety seals to make sure they are intact.
3. Check the pressure. If your fire extinguisher has a pressure gauge, be sure that the gauge’s needle indicates proper pressure. If the fire extinguisher has a test indicator, press it to make sure the pressure reading is within the correct range.
4. Look for damage. Visible signs of damage, such as corrosion, leakage or a clogged nozzle, may mean it’s time to replace the extinguisher.
5. Bring your fire extinguisher to a Licensed Fire Extinguisher Service Company at least 1 time per year to have it fully inspected.
There is a manufacturers expiration date on fire extinguishers.
Our New Fire Extinguishers Are Delivered With a Certification TAG For Your Business
To pass a fire inspection at your place of business your fire extinguishers need to be certified by a licensed fire equipment company. These retail stores are selling fire extinguishers for home use and are not licensed to certify them.
If you buy fire extinguishers from a retail store, you will still need to pay an additional fee to get the fire extinguisher certified by a licensed fire equipment company. Too many times we are hearing from frustrated business owners who are going to the local hardware super store to buy an extinguisher, only to find out after the fire inspector comes, that they have to now call us to inspect the fire extinguisher and certify the unit for the year.
We save you time and money when you buy your fire extinguishers from us.
Here is what you get when you purchase a Fire Extinguisher from EFR Fire & Safety...
ABC Dry Chemical is a multipurpose extinguishing agent that is suitable for use on Class A, Class B and Class C fires.
Typical Uses: For public areas such as offices, classrooms, churches, parking garages, and hotel/motel assembly halls and guest areas. For businesses such as retail stores, light manufacturing facilities, research facilities, auto dealerships, vehicle/ aircraft/marine service centers, and manufacturing processes such as painting, dipping, and coating.
ABC Dry Chemical is not recommended for use on sensitive electronic equipment or aircraft structure. We carry other extinguishers for this use.
know windchill hazards Facts
Do you wonder whether it’s safe to go to work when the wind chill index shows “feels like-50”? If you don’t know the answer to this question, this guide is for you! The following will show you how to brave the elements safely and when to just stay home.
be sure to keep some of These things in your car If you get stuck out on the road with below zero temperatures.
buying Fire Extinguishers to Pass a Building Inspection
If you are looking to buy Fire Extinguishers in order pass your yearly fire inspection or open your business you will spend more money if you buy them from a local store or an online store/catalog. Plus you will be getting a much lower quality fire extinguisher from these types of stores. EFR Fire & Safety only sells industrial grade fire extinguishers.
Because you will still need to call your local fire safety company to come to your building in order to certify & tag that fire extinguisher you bought. You will not pass your fire inspection if you do not have a certification tag. Now on top of the time you spent shopping for a fire extinguisher and the cost of the fire extinguisher you bought elsewhere, you now have to pay an additional fee for certification.
Instead, save time & money by calling EFR Fire & Safety we will deliver and install certified industrial grade fire extinguishers at your place of business.
We look forward to serving your business and saving you time & money.
Mini First Aid Kit contains a handy supply of minor first aid items and is packed in a convenient nylon pouch that can fit easily into a purse, briefcase, or backpack.
a first aid kit is something you may not think of to send off with your college kids.
I was helping my daughter move her stuff into her dorm room and things were going great! We were on her last item, the mini refrigerator, when half way through the long hallway, she felt liquid running down her leg. We set the min fridge down in her room and to our surprise, what she felt running down her leg was blood. Some component on the bottom of the fridge had sliced her finger open. We had no first aid supplies on hand or in my van. The only thing we could do was wash it off and wrap it with toilet paper from the dorm bathrooms. I felt really helpless not being able to dress the wound the right way, I didn't even have a bandaid. The nurse's office is way across campus, of course every campus has a nurse office, but when your student needs to have quick access to some first aid supplies on or off campus, this mini kit is perfect for them to have in their backpacks! Take advantage of this SPECIAL OFFER and EQUIP your college student with a First Aid Kit to have on hand.
Annual Inspections by the fire department are performed to assess and mitigate potential fire- and life-safety hazards in buildings.
Most fire departments provide you with a written report of any corrections that are necessary. These inspections vary in type and frequency, depending on the jurisdiction, city, and state. How the fire inspectors perform these inspections also varies dramatically from area to area.
While many people look at the fire and life safety inspection process negatively, these inspections benefit the building/business owners, as well as those who use the building, by offering:
A safer working/living environment for employees/residents.
Business and job security. Up to 80 percent of all small businesses that experience a large fire never reopen; this not only affects the building/business owner, but also results in the loss of jobs. Of the businesses that do reopen, mainly lose much of their customer base due to prolonged absence of production or service.
A better-maintained building for improved resale value. It is commonplace for buyers to hire a company to inspect the building prior to purchase to identify potential hidden costs related to fire and life safety.
A possible reduction in insurance premiums. Some items may be required by both the fire department and your insurance carrier, such as annual fire-sprinkler and fire-alarm inspections verifying proper system maintenance. Many insurance carriers give businesses premium reductions for properly installed and maintained fire-protection systems.
If you need Fire Extinguisher Service or Emergency Exit Lighting Service call EFR FIRE & SAFETY (708) 479-1889
or put in a request form for service HERE
83.3% of highway vehicle fires are passenger vehicles
66% of those fires occurred in standard passenger vehicles. Causes of vehicle fires unintentional actions accounted for 38 percent of highway vehicle fires. These fires may be the result of either careless behavior or accidental actions. Fires caused by intentional actions constituted only 5 percent of highway vehicle fires. The NFIRS no longer collects information on suspicious fires that may have been intentionally set. As a result, fires caused by intentional actions may be undercounted. Moreover, due to the volume of fires, many automobile fires are not investigated for possible arson. Determining the cause of vehicle fires is often challenging. As a result, in 23 percent of highway vehicle fires, no cause was determined after an investigation. The failure of equipment or the heat source was the cause in an additional 21 percent of highway vehicle fires. These fires are generally a result of mechanical problems, ranging from a faulty design in the vehicle to an improperly installed device.
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