Holiday Fire Safety Tips
Unfortunately the holiday season is a high-risk time for home fires. With overloaded circuits from strings of lights and electric decor, dry Christmas trees loaded with hot incandescent holiday lights and candles burning regularly, we’ve created a recipe for a fire disaster. Stay safe this season with these holiday fire safety tips for using a fire extinguisher properly.
A fire extinguisher in the home could be the difference between a small holiday interruption and a total home loss. If a fire starts in your home, you have no time to waste reading directions on a fire extinguisher.
Learn how to use it now, so you’re ready in case of an emergency. The acronym PASS is an easy way to remember how to use a fire extinguisher. Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep.
The steps to extinguishing the fire are: 1) Pull the pin from the handle, 2) Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, not the top of the flames, 3) Squeeze the handle, and 4) Sweep the stream from side-to-side, while still squeezing the handle until the fire is out.
If the fire is spreading despite your efforts, get everyone to safety and call 911. Keep your escape route open when using the extinguisher. Don’t stand with the fire between you and the exit.
Keep at least one fire extinguisher in the garage, kitchen and on each floor of your home. Check the expiration date on your fire extinguishers and replace them regularly. When an extinguisher is nearing its expiration it’s a good time for everyone in the family to use it to practice the PASS steps.
Visit your neighborhood Ace Hardware store for information on the correct extinguisher for different types of fires including grease and electrical related.