Whistler Firewood Fire Safety

A small fire can grow very rapidly and the biggest difference can be made within the first few seconds. To help prevent a tragedy, take some time to consider the fire safety risks in your homes and eleiminate potential hazards. Teach your family about the dangers of fire and how to escape should they ever need to evacuate.

Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms should be placed outside every sleeping area and every bedroom in your house. Every level of your home should be eqipped with smoke alarms and the batteries should be checked regularly to insure they are functioning.

Potential Hazards

Keep gasonline, lighters and matches locked away and out of reach from childred. Also be sure to have a good fire screen on your fireplace and teach children to stay at least 3 feet back.

Any space heaters should be placed at least 3 feet from anything that may be flammable such as couches, drapes and cothes on the floor. Also be sure to turn space heaters off before falling asleep at night.

Firewood burning fireplace

Firewood burning fireplace

 

Fire Extinguishers

Proper use of a fire extinguisher by a trained adult can save lives. Do you know how to use your fire extinguisher? Have you had yours maintained lately? The majority of adults have never used or had instruction how to operate their fire extuisher. Call your local fire department non-emergency number for great information about your fire extinguisher.

Types of fire extinguishers

There are different fire extinguishers for different jobs. Each uses a different agent to kill fires and is classed as A, B, C, D or K.

Class A fire extinguishers are made to put out regular fires made up of materials that are combustible like wood, rubber, paper or plastic.

Class B fire extinguishers are designed to put our flammable liquids like gasoline, oil, oil paint and grease.

Class C fire extinguishers are designed to extinguish appliance and tool fires involving electricity.

Class D fire extinguishers are designed for putting out metals that are flammable and are generally made specifically for the metal in question.

Class K fire extinguishers a designed to put out fires involving animal oils, vegetable oil and fats. These are an absolute necessity for any kitchen or restaurant.

Also available are fire extinguishers designed to put out a variety of fire types.