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Fire Extinguishers and Smoke Detectors
Protecting you, your family and your property is why we are here. All properties, whether residential, farm or business related should be equipped with proper fire extinguishers. As a service to our customers we sell Fire Extinguishers at cost and we will also refill your discharged fire extinguishers, or old fire extinguishers at no charge to you.
|2.5 lb. ABC||$45.00|
|5 lb. ABC||$65.00|
|10 lb. ABC||$95.00|
CHOOSE THE RIGHT EXTINGUISHER FOR THE JOB
Fire extinguishers are labeled according to the type of fire they are designed to extinguish.
- CLASS ‘A’ Combustibles: wood, paper, cloth.
- CLASS ‘B’ Flammable liquids: gasoline, oil, grease, tar, oil-based paint, lacquer and flammable gas.
- CLASS ‘C’ Electrical equipment: wiring, fuse boxes, circuit breakers, machinery and appliances.
- We recommend an ABC type fire extinguisher. It can be safely used on all types of fires.
- NEVER use a class ‘A’ extinguisher on a grease or electrical fire.
PROPER MAINTENANCE IS IMPORTANT
- All fire extinguishers require hydrostatic pressure testing once they reach a certain age. CO2 and pressure water extinguishers should be checked every 5 years, dry chemical every 12 years.
- Inspect your extinguisher annually and service according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Never ‘try out’ an extinguisher. It will lose pressure and won’t be dependable when you really need it. Recharge your extinguisher after every use. Replace disposable models after use.
- Ensure your extinguisher is easily accessible. It’s best near an escape route exit. Attach it to a wall at waist height.
- When extinguishing a fire, direct the spray at the base of the fire, not further than 12 feet away. Spray in a side-to-side motion.
- Remember the PASS word: Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep
- You extinguisher must be ULC certified.
WHEN IS IT SAFE TO FIGHT A FIRE?
- After everyone has left the building.
- After you have called the fire department.
- Be sure you have your back to an accessible exit so you won’t be trapped.
- Be sure you know how to use your extinguisher and it’s in working order.
WHY INSTALL SMOKE ALARMS?
- Effective March 2008, it became mandatory that a smoke detector be installed in each floor of your dwelling
- Smoke alarms are your first line of defense. They provide an early warning in the event of fire and may allow you and your family precious time to reach safety.
- According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 75% to 80% of all deaths by fire happen in the home!
- Did you know 1/3 of all smoke alarms are not operating because of dead or missing batteries?
- While many people have good intentions to replace their batteries, they often become busy and forget to do so.
DIFFERENT SMOKE ALARMS FOR DIFFERENT KINDS OF FIRE
Not all fires are the same. A flaming fire devours combustibles quickly, spreads rapidly, and generates considerable heat with little smoke. Ionization type smoke alarms respond more quickly to fast flaming fires.
A smoldering fire generates large amounts of thick, black smoke with little heat and may smolder for hours before bursting into flames. Photo electric type smoke alarms respond more quickly to slow smoldering fires and are less prone to nuisance alarms in the kitchen area.
HOW TO CHOOSE A SMOKE ALARM
Look for the features that best meet your needs. Photo electronic models are best suited for living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens. Large pieces of furniture, such as sofas, chairs, mattresses, counter tops, etc. will burn slowly and create more smoldering smoke than flames.
Ionization models are best suited for rooms, which contain highly combustible materials. Cooking fat/grease, flammable liquids, newspapers, paint, cleaning solutions, etc. will burn very rapidly and create more flames than smoke.
WHERE TO INSTALL YOUR SMOKE ALARMS
The National Fire Protection Association recommends that smoke alarms be installed in every room and area of your home or building for complete protection. For maximum protection, install one ionization and one photo electronic smoke alarm on each level of your home. There are new smoke alarms available that combine the ionization and photo electric alarms in one unit. These models provide the best overall protection for you and your family.
TIP: Routinely test and clean your smoke alarms to keep them in good working order, and replace your batteries according to the instructions provided with each unit. It is recommended that smoke alarms be replaced every 10 years and that they be tested regularly.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
WHAT IS CARBON MONOXIDE?
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that can be deadly if breathed in sufficient quantities.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a by-product of incomplete combustion and is produced when natural gas, propane, heating oil, kerosene, coal, charcoal, gasoline or wood burn with insufficient air.
Potential sources of carbon monoxide in your home:
GAS OR OIL FURNACE
- Leaky pipe or flue
- Cracked heat exchanger
GAS OR KEROSENE SPACE HEATER WOOD STOVE FIREPLACE
- Blocked or clogged chimney
- Running car
- Operating barbeque
GAS WATER HEATER
- Corroded / disconnected vent pipe
- Stove, clothes dryer, refrigerator
It doesn’t matter if your home is old or new, if you heat with a fossil fuel or if you have an attached garage, your home has a potential source of carbon monoxide. Older homes may be susceptible due to deterioration of the chimney or older malfunctioning appliances. However, today’s energy-wise, tightly sealed homes may be at even more risk. Newer homes are built so that there are few air leaks, possibly leading to a greater likelihood of disaster if a carbon monoxide problem occurs.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU BREATHE IN CO?
When you breathe air containing carbon monoxide, the gas is absorbed into your bloodstream, where it displaces and replaces the oxygen molecules that your cells need to function. As the level of carbon monoxide in your blood rises, vital organs such as your heart and brain become deprived of oxygen. To compensate, your heart rate increases, breathing may become difficult and cardiac trauma, brain damage, coma and even death may result.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CO POISONING?
Symptoms: Headaches, Dizziness, Nausea, Fatigue, Flu-like symptoms
Many people confuse these symptoms with those of the flu or the start of a cold. When you are asleep you may be unaware of the effects of a carbon monoxide leak. Because victims of carbon monoxide poisoning slip deeper into unconsciousness as their carbon monoxide exposure worsens, we recommend that you install a carbon monoxide detector in or near each sleeping area in your home.
PREVENTION IS YOUR BEST PROTECTION
- Have your furnace and fuel-burning appliances inspected annually by a qualified technician.
- Have your chimney and flue pipes professionally cleaned annually.
- Never run an automobile or gasoline engine in an enclosed space such as a garage.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector in or near each sleeping area in your home.
- Never use a natural gas or propane barbeque in an attached garage or in the house.
- Be sure to read and understand the instructions that come with your carbon monoxide detector. Follow all installation instructions carefully.
WHERE TO INSTALL YOUR CO ALARM
The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that every home be equipped with at least one carbon monoxide detector near the primary sleeping area of the home. For extra protection, place one carbon monoxide detector on each level of your home.
Because carbon monoxide mixes freely with air, the detector doesn’t need to be mounted near the ceiling. Unlike smoke alarms, carbon monoxide can be placed at any height in your home from the floor to the ceiling.