Summer Fire Safety
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.
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