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According to the National Fire Protection Association, 20% of all reported fires occur in a motor vehicle. This alone is a good reason to carry one yourself. Here’s some of the typical ways fires happen to vehicles. Collisions. Accidents are notorious for starting car fires. That’s because in an accident, gas and oil often leaks out and combine that with heat from friction you have a fire. Having an extinguisher handy can save lives and property. Electrical Systems. One of the top causes of […]

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14 October 2014 In Las Cruses, New Mexico, there has been three different apartment fires in as many weeks that were all put out by built-in sprinkler systems. They occurred on September 26th, October 3rd, and October 7, all in apartments. Residents were home in two cases, when the fire started, but had no idea until the system sounded the alarm and put out the fires. In all three fires, a single sprinkler head completely put out fires that started from unattended cooking, according […]

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20 Sept 2014. Today, there was a fire in Springfield, Massachusetts apartment building that may well have been stopped by a tennant. But unfortunately, the building’s fire extinguisher didn’t work. The result was extensive damage to the building and 9 people left homeless. Thankfully, there were no injuries this time. Last month, Charles Garretson of Greenville, South Carolina saw a man on fire. He ran into the apartment building office, grabbed a fire extinguisher, ran back to the man and put out the flames. […]

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Building a facility in accordance with the version of the local building code Maintaining a facility and conducting yourself in accordance with the provisions of the fire code. This is based on the occupants and operators of the building being aware of the applicable regulations and advice. Examples of these include: 1.    Not exceeding the maximum occupancy within any part of the building. 2.    Maintaining proper fire exits and proper exit signage (e.g., exit signs pointing to them that can function in a power […]

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Every family should have a home fire escape plan.  But prior to creating one, there are some points you should review.  All windows and doors should be easy to open. If you have children, you should practice with them opening all windows and doors.  If there are no adults with them should a fire take place, kids need to know how to open them by themselves. You should have smoke alarms in or outside every sleeping room, and on every level of the home. […]

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Automatic fire sprinklers have been used in the U.S. since 1874. Fire sprinklers are widely recognized as the single most effective method for fighting the spread of fires in their early stages. Fire can become deadly in three minutes, which make the elderly and disabled particularly at risk of injury or death. Fire sprinklers allow them more time to evacuate. Sprinklers reduce the average property loss by 71% per fire.   In some popular movies, a character may escape a bad situation by putting […]

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Here are some interesting facts about fire sprinkler systems. Automatic fire sprinklers have been in use in the U.S. since 1874. Fire sprinklers are widely recognized as the single most effective method for fighting the spread of fires in their early stages. When one fire sprinkler head goes off to fight a fire the entire sprinkler system does NOT activate.  Sprinklers react to temperature in individual rooms. Fire sprinklers do not set off all at the same time, no matter what you see in […]

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Before buying or using a fire extinguisher, here are some important things to consider. 1. What type of fire extinguisher should I use? Different types of fires require different types of extinguishers. Basically, there are five different types of extinguishing agents. Most fire extinguishers have symbols to show the kind of fire on which they should be used. Types of Fire Extinguishers A Class A extinguishers are for ordinary combustible materials such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics. B Class B extinguishers […]

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Fast Facts Between 2000 – 2004 an estimated 20,900 home fires were caused by candles, claiming 200 lives, injuring 1,790 people, and resulting in $459 million in property damage. 38 percent of home candle fires start in bedrooms, and cause 35 percent of associated deaths. More than half of all candle home fires start because the candle was too close to a combustible material. Candle fires often start when items like mattresses, bedding, curtains, cabinetry, or furniture are ignited. In 12 percent of home […]

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A report on smoke alarms, shown last year on NBC’s Dateline, has triggered debates about which type of alarm works best: photoelectric or ionization. If you’re familiar with the Consumer Reports’ smoke alarm tests, you know that the answer is … neither. We recommend both technologies to ensure maximum protection from fire. Here’s why: Tests of a dozen smoke alarms from BRK Electronics, First Alert and Kidde found clear strengths among the two technologies. Smoke alarms that use ionization technology were great at detecting […]

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