How To Use A Fire Extinguisher
Fire extinguishers are required to be in every home, building and business to ensure our safety.
Fire Extinguishers are everywhere, but do we actually know how to use them. The majority of Americans admit to not knowing how to use a fire extinguisher even if they have one in their home. That is scary to think about considering a fire doubles every 60 seconds. You don’t want to be fumbling around reading instructions while your home is going up in flames. Follow the steps below to properly extinguish a fire.
Use the P.A.S.S. Technique
1. PULL → Pull the pin, breaking the tamper seal.
2. AIM → Aim low, point the nozzle of the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire.
3. SQUEEZE → Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
4. SWEEP → Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until the fire appears to be out. Carefully watch the area. If the fire reignites itself, repeat steps 2 through 4.
How To Prevent Kitchen Fires In Your Home
Getting the right information, customers can prevent kitchen fires in their own homes, keeping their families and homes safe.
Did you know that cooking fires are one of the main causes of home fires! Even though you can’t prevent every source of a kitchen fire, you can minimize fire risks with knowing the right information. Follow these fire prevention tips to reduce your chances of a kitchen fire and keep you and your kitchen safe.
- Make sure your appliances are always serviced, clean, and in good repair. Wipe down the microwave. Clean the oven. Dump and clean the crumb tray in toasters and toaster ovens. Unplug appliances that start acting strange, and then have them repaired or replaced.
- Unplug any electric appliances that are not in use. Toasters, blenders, coffee makers, and any other appliances continue to draw electricity to them, even if they are not turned on. If the wiring is old or faulty, a fire could break out.
- Install a smoke detector near the kitchen. A small amount of smoke will constantly trigger the alarm if the smoke detector is directly in the kitchen. Installing the smoke detector near the kitchen will pick up the heavy smoke when needed.
- Use caution when lighting a burner on a gas stove. Make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Don’t put metal in the microwave. Metal can cause sparks that could then turn into a fire or do heavy damage to your microwave.
- Don’t overfill pots and pans with oil or grease. Hot oil or grease can splatter causing a fire.
- Wipe up any spills and never cook on a dirty stove. Grease buildup is very flammable. Having a clean stove is a fire free stove.
- Roll up your sleeves and tie back your hair when cooking. Baggy clothing and long hair can easily get in the way while cooking, causing you to get hurt.
- Don’t take your eye off of cooking food. Always stay in the kitchen when you are cooking, especially if you are cooking grease or if the oven is at a very high temperature. If you need to leave the house, make sure to turn off the oven and any burners you had on.
- Keep all dishtowels, potholders, and paper towels away from the stove. If you leave a burner on, the built up heat can ignite combustible near the stove area.
If you experience unexpected fire damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus at (614) 261-6666.
Worthington Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Worthington Home.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of NW Columbus will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and RubberLow heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and WoodFast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fireVirtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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