Why The Kidde Fire Extinguisher Is So Important
Fires can be very dangerous and one way to protect yourself is with a Kidde Fire Extinguisher. If there is ever a fire you should always be certain that you will not endanger yourself or others when attempting to put out a fire. Fires can happen anywhere and at any time. With proper use a portable Kidde Fire Extinguisher will be able to reduce or eliminate the degree of injury, damage and cost to your home or business in the event of a small fire. A fire extinguisher is not designed for use if the fire is out of control.
The Kidde Fire Extinguisher As Part Of Your Home Fire Safety Checklist
There are thing that you can do to make sure that your home is as safe as possible. The best way to do this is with a Fire Safety Checklist. Below is a checklist of some of the things you should do (make sure to check with your local Fire Authority for a comprehensive list).
- Always make sure you install an adequate number of suitable smoke alarms and test them regularly. If they are battery operated you should change them at least once per year.
- It is important to have a written escape plan in case there is a fire and make sure everyone in the home is aware of it and you practice it regularly.
- You need to make sure that keys to all of you locked doors are easily acessable in case you need to escape.
- Never leave cooking or any other type of open flame unattended. This also includes burners or candles.
- Have at least one Kidde Fire Extinguisher in your house.
- You need to clean the lint filter of you clothes dryer every time you use it.
- If you are a smoker it is important to never smoke in bed.
- During winter time you need to take extra care with heaters, open fires or electric blankets.
- It is important to not overload your power points and when not using appliances you should switch them off.
- Always store matches or lighters out of reach of children. Just remember it is important to educate them on the danger of playing with these items, and that they are only to be used by responsible adults.
- If you have a garage or shed it is important to always take extra care if you are storing any chemicals or flammable liquids. Be sure to refuel mowers and other equipment out in the open.
- If you have a wood electric or gas barbeque it is important to make sure that it is a safe working order before using it.
- If you live in a country area where there is the possibility of fire make sure you keep the area around your house free of any combustible material like leaves and always make sure that your guttering is kept clean and free of any debris.
I must say again this is not a comprehensive list and it is important to get in touch with your local authority who will be able to help you with your specific area.
Where To Place Your Kidde Fire Extinguisher
You should have at least one Kidde Fire Extinguisher on your premises. The overall statistics on house fires clearly shows that a little over fifty percent of these have started in the kitchen. Therefore it is recommended to locate one there, and if you decide that you want more safety and have another Kidde Fire Extinguisher you should locate this one in your garage due to the amount of flammable liquids that may be stored there. The best place to locate your Kidde Fire extinguisher is by the door. Fire Extinguishers can be installed on hangers, brackets, in cabinets, or on shelves, but the best place and easiest access is usually on a bracket.
Home Fire Escape Plan Checklist
If you have a fire in your home and you have used your Kidde Fire Extinguisher but have been unsuccessful in putting the fire out it is important that you have a fire escape plan. Without a fire escape plan you could be placing yourself and you family members at risk. Below are some tips that you could follow.
- Know two safe ways out of every room.
- Draw your escape plan on paper and discuss your escape plan with your family
- As you escape make sure you close internal doors behind you
- Decide on a safe outside meeting place e.g. Near the letterbox or front fence
- Make sure that you can quickly open any doors and windows and doors if and when required
- Install smoke alarms: test them regularly and change the batteries at least every year
- Smoke alarms can alert you to a fire, an escape plan can then help get you out alive
- Practice your escape plan regularly with all your family members / householders
- If there is a fire in your home, do not wait, EVERY SECOND COUNTS, escape immediately and then call your local emergency services from a neighbors home or once you are all out safely
- Once you get out, STAY OUT, never go back inside a burning building
- It is important to consider the needs of children, the elderly or the disabled when developing your escape plan
- If you have a chance use your Kidde Fire Extinguisher if the fire is not out of control
How to use your Kidde Fire Extinguisher
Before using your Kidde Fire Extinguisher it is very important to read and understand the instructions. Although there are many types of fire extinguisher they all operate in a similar manner. You can use the acronym PASS.
- Pull the pin – pulling the pin at the top of the fire extinguisher releases a locking mechanism allowing you to discharge the extinguisher.
- Aim the nozzle – it is important to aim the nozzle at the base of the fire not at the flames.
- Squeeze the handle – this allows the agent inside the fire extinguisher to be released. If you let go of the handle the agent will cease to be discharged.
- Sweep the base of the flames – make sure you are at the recommended distance from the flames and as the fire recedes move closer. (recommended distances will be on the fire extinguisher.)
Finally here are a few fire safety tips.
- Remember that smoke from a fire will make you confused and that you cannot see in smoke
- When asleep you will not smell smoke and it will in fact put you into a deeper sleep
- Oil, gas or wood heating units may require a yearly maintenance check
- Only ever use fuses of the recommended rating and install an electrical safety switch
- Home fire safety is important for the whole family and preparation can prevent a tragedy
- Always keep a Kidde Fire Extinguisher close by.