National Farm Safety Association notes that the best fire
safety system is a person! The best smoke detector is
the human nose but that is only true if the person is alert,
awake, and responsible. Since this is not the case 24 hours
a day, a reliable automatic system should be used.
are good early warning devices, providing more time to
get out in the event of a fire. Both heat and smoke detectors
are available and you should have some of each type. When
using these devices, you should take the following precautions:
the devices frequently and make sure battery operated detectors
have new batteries installed at least once a year.
place a detector in front of a wall or ceiling air duct
sure they are installed properly and that you have one
on every level of you home, including your basement and
attic. Even more detectors should be installed if you
have a large home.
to heat and smoke detectors, fire extinguishers are an
important device to have on hand. Although they shouldn't
be used on large-spreading fires, they are useful in putting
out small, contained fires. Note the following tips about
the fire extinguisher only after people have left the house
and the fire department has been called.
extinguishers come in many sizes and types. When choosing
one, be sure you know what kind of fires you expect to
put out with it.
NFPA recommends buying only fire extinguishers tested in
accordance with the American National Standards Institute
guidelines. Testing information is included on the label.
sure you learn how to use a fire extinguisher properly,
and be sure that all family members have read the operating
instructions and understand them.
extinguishers where they are readily available and easily
accessible to all family members.
your fire extinguishers frequently and refill if
sure everyone has exited the house.
the fire department.
the fire extinguisher only after steps a and b.
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