Residential Home Fire Safety Products & Services
Protect your home and family with the right fire extinguisher
It is vital that you fight a fire with the right kind of fire extinguisher.
Attempting to put out a fire with the wrong type of extinguisher can quickly make a fire more dangerous. E.g. you wouldn't be wise to use a Water Fire Extinguisher on a computer or other electrical fire, nor on a cooking fire with oils or grease. That would be a mistake.
To maximize home safety, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends a fire extinguisher on every level of your home, including in garages, kitchens, basements and near exits.
First4Safety professionals can assist your family and explain the different classes of fire extinguishing agents and the types of fires each is designed to fight so you can feel confident you have the right fire extinguishers to protect your home and family.
Careless smoking is a leading cause of fires at home.
Cooking accidents is an obvious common cause of home fires too.
Have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen - at least under the sink!!!
Dryers catch fire - the lint is a flammable cause.
Did you know that washing machines and even dishwashers can also catch fire?
Five Tips for Preventing a Fire at Home
Install Smoke Detectors
Out of home ﬁres, 3 out of 5 deaths occur in homes that do not have working smoke detectors installed.
The ﬁrst step for preventing a residential ﬁre is properly installing enough smoke detectors throughout your home. Smoke detectors should be installed on every floor of your home and close to any bedrooms. To make sure that the detectors are always in working order, you'll want to test them out once a month. Batteries in smoke detectors should be replaced once a year. A good time to change your batteries is when you change the clocks. Smoke detector manufacturers suggest that they should be completely replaced every 10 years. Do not disable any smoke detectors while cooking, as this can potentially result in tragedy.
An NFPA report cites a study undertaken by Canada's Ontario Housing Corporation supporting the fact that 3% of smoke alarms will fail within one year. They also say that after 30 years, nearly all the alarms will have failed. They conclude that replacement after ten years, with roughly a 30% probability of failure, is an appropriate balance between safety and cost.
The following article backs up these findings.
Install Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors
Known as the "silent killer", Carbon Monoxide (CO) can neither be tasted nor smelt. CO is a by-product of incomplete combustion of fuel such as natural gas, propane, heating oil, kerosene, coal, charcoal, gasoline, wood, or other bio-fuels. This incomplete combustion can occur in any device that depends on burning a fuel for energy or heat. It can cause flu like symptoms, or can cause drowsiness and you to fall sleep, causing people to be unaware of other symptoms of the cause. CO poisoning can potentially be fatal.
CO detectors are now mandatory in all homes in Ontario where the following conditions exist. Existing residential occupancies that contain at least one fuel-burning appliance (e.g., gas water heater or gas furnace), fireplace or an attached garage, require the installation of a CO alarm. That will include most homes.
Install Fire Extinguishers
Once you've got CO and smoke detectors installed, it's time to make sure that you have fire extinguishers readily available throughout your residence. These will be necessary should you experience a small ﬁre. Using a ﬁre extinguisher will prevent you and your family from having to battle a bigger ﬁre. Fire extinguishers should be kept in the kitchen, garage, basements, and any workshop areas of your home. If you have a real fireplace or a wood or gas stove, it would be prudent to keep one in the vicinity. Similar to smoke detectors, ﬁre extinguishers should be checked regularly to ensure they are working properly.
Teach Kids About the Dangers of Fire
Kids are curious. This is often good but can also be a bad thing, When it comes to something life-threatening like ﬁre, curiosity can quickly turn into danger. Over 100,000 ﬁres are set every year by kids under 5 years old playing with lighters or matches. To avoid this from happening, it's essential to educate children about the potentially deadly consequences of playing with fire. Inform them to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if their clothes catch on ﬁre in an emergency. Also, teach them about what ﬁreﬁghters do, and to not hide from them when they are in sight.
Create a Plan for Escape
Having a well-thought out, organized plan is very important. Think about it -- the last thing you want to do during a ﬁre is try to think rationally about what to do next to survive. Developing a plan for escape in advance will spare you some time (which is a huge deal during a ﬁre).
Not only should you create a plan, you will also want to discuss it with your family members in detail so that everyone is on understands their role in escaping a fire. Each escape plan should include a meeting point outside the home, or business. For example end of driveway or parking lot.
The escape plan should include at least two escape routes from every bedroom. If you have a two or three storey home it is recommended that you have escape ladders and show children how to use them correctly by having a fire drill. Everyone living at home should be familiar with basic home ﬁre safety procedures. This includes checking doors for heat before opening them, keeping low on the ground to stay out of the reach of smoke, and knowing the closest way out. These little things can go a long way in saving lives during a fire!