We believe in preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. While no one likes to think about their house or apartment building burning down, it’s important that you and your family know how to stay safe in an emergency.
The more prepared you are for a fire or other emergency, the faster you’ll be able to react if something goes wrong. Our fire protection contractors will be more than happy to help you choose the right fire safety products for your home.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide is a silent killer because it’s colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Fortunately, our carbon monoxide detectors give you plenty of time to evacuate your home before illness or death. We recommend installing on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.
If the CO detector goes off, you’ll need to evacuate your home and call 911. Your local fire department will then be able to find the source of the leak and make sure the carbon monoxide is able to safely leave your home.
One smoke alarm is not enough to protect your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, you should have smoke alarms on every floor of your home, including the basement. Smoke detectors should also be installed in each bedroom and outside every sleeping area. That way, you and your family will wake up at the first sign of a fire while avoiding smoke inhalation and other fire-related injuries. A fire alarm system gives you more time to safely evacuate.
The first few moments of a fire are most crucial, which is why it’s important to store a fire extinguisher on every level of your home (including the basement). Also, make sure that the garage and kitchen have their own fire extinguishers that are easily assessable.
Most garages and workshops have flammable materials like gasoline, paint, and wood. For this reason, we recommend asking our fire protection contractors for a higher rated fire extinguisher. Likewise, a kitchen fire extinguisher will be able to put out fires caused by cooking equipment. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires in the United States.
Fire extinguishers are only useful for small fires. If the flames are taller than you, evacuate the building and get a safe distance away before calling 911.
To use a fire extinguisher, remember the acronym PASS:
P – Pull the pin.
A – Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
S – Squeeze the lever slowly.
S – Sweep from side to side.
Always make sure that your home fire extinguisher is charged and pressurized. Otherwise, it won’t be able to put out the fire. Quick thinking can help save lives and prevent significant fire damage to your home.
If you have bedrooms on the second floor, you’ll want to invest in fire ladders. We offer fire ladders and other types of fire protection products so you can have peace of mind. Fire escape ladders store compactly yet can be used quickly in the event of a fire or other emergency.
You only have a few minutes to evacuate your home during a fire. If the staircase is already in flames, a fire ladder can help you safely escape. In our opinion, not enough homes have escape ladders. We recommend there be a fire ladder for each upstairs bedroom in your home. While you’ll hopefully never have to use a fire escape ladder, they’ll help you be prepared for an emergency.