Weber Fire and Safety Offers Tips to Keep Your Home Safe
We’ve already said it, and I’m sure you can relate, summer is the best time to do small maintenance on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Before you set your smoke detector off, make sure it’s tuned up to a frequency. Most people who have detectors know they should go off when the temperature reaches twenty-one degrees Fahrenheit or higher. However, if you live in the southern United States, you may need to set yours to a lower temperature, such as the recommended minimum of fourteen degrees. What does this mean? A good suggestion is to run the hallway in your house, any hallway, outside when it’s cold and rain. If it’s nice and dry outside, you can install a fence around your home to prevent smoke and carbon monoxide from jumping into your home. Alternatively, you can run the smoke detector outside your home. Covid-19 has shown us it’s far more important to protect the environment than ourselves and must require a fire alarm systems service to protect the environment and yourself.
If your carbon monoxide detector is on continuous watch at all times, or you have manually set it to go off, ensure it has battery power prior to going outside. Smoking is one of the worst ways to waste battery power and it’s also known to deplete the batteries faster.
If you have one of these detectors that is manually set to go off at the start of the winter, ensure that it is charged to a low voltage. External charging is best as smoke and carbon monoxide can travel to the battery faster than an internal battery. If you are paranoid, you can still place the sensor on external power for an hour before going out for the night. Keep in mind, a good detector will not only warn you, but it will also deactivate itself, if it is continually charged to a high voltage.
You should also remember that smoke and carbon monoxide can travel very quickly when it is cold. You can put your smoke and carbon monoxide detector outside when it’s warmer. However, if you live in a place with below-freezing temperatures, this won’t help. If your area is under a snow cover, don’t set your smoke and carbon monoxide dead on a hillside, as it will not give it much power to stay energized. Instead, walk downhill to an area with a fresh snowfall.
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· Store your fire shovel and fire extinguisher right beside each other in your home. This will save lives and keep both of these essential tools handy at all times.
· Do not bring a fire outside unless you have a fire extinguisher, extinguishing pans or pans with hoses, and all the other pieces you will need.
· Raise the ash tray out of the fire pit and put it about six inches away from the coals on the fire pit. This reduces splash back as the hot ash falls into the fire pit.
· When you put your fire out during cold weather, place the 2X4 or 4X8 wood blocks on top of the ashes to provide better coverage of the fire.
· Watch out for candles which often burn too close to the coals. If they are left burning, they can ignite. Since you are only allowed to light one candle per adult at one time outside, try not to light several at once. If the flame is about to start to go out, put the end in or around the coals and extinguish it immediately. If the flames are getting really hot, put out the candle yourself first, ensuring it doesn’t damage the surrounding structure.
· If you are going to add extra fuel to what is already burning, be sure that it is of a type that won’t blow back or catch fire.
St. Louis, Missouri (December 2018) — From November to April, St. Louis sees around 300 to 500 wildfires start up. Make sure you are keeping an eye on this fire danger in St. Louis, and any surrounding areas by following these hot tips.
· Keep a rubber hose in your home so you can throw cold water on a brush fire.
· Do not use cans and bottles to start a fire. If you must use them, pre-heat empty plastic bottles or cans by placing them on a burner and adding hot water first.
· Use all the extinguishers you have. There are extinguishers that have a can inside designed to be placed directly on water.
· Check all your chimneys. Make sure they are clean and running smoothly. Use a metal or paper flake that can catch a fire. These small pine cones or small rocks can catch fire easily and burn down quickly.
· Look out for any unusual smells in the air such as barbecue smoke, smoke from cooking food or cigarettes, or stale smoke.
Staying warm this winter does not have to be laborious or complicated, with a little proactive effort, you can indeed adopt some simple and no doubt immensely helpful management techniques. Here are some tips:
First, checking fire safety in your home or building will make sure your neighbors, and even yourself, stay healthy. Even areas with sprinklers often don’t fully protect occupants from intrusion events, such as electric shocks. Learn more here about proper fire safety advice in your building.
When traveling for business, it is always a good idea to carry the following essential items with you:
If you are attending a trade show or convention, you will want to insure that you can safely leave your mobile home during the exhibition itself. Check with your local convention staff of whether your location has local fire bans or restrictions regarding entry to the space. In our area, at the Missouri Convention Center or the Midway Expo, we often see areas with an attendance limit of 20 or 40 people. While it is good to be safe and prepared, fire marshals can be strict in enforcing this rule. It is always best to ask in advance if your location is going to have a fire ban or not.
In many situations, especially a tourist attraction, they have strict entrance requirements to ensure the safety of the visitors themselves. Unfortunately, most hotels don’t usually have fire bans, so you are talking about potentially traveling a long way to get to the conference, and that alone does not guarantee your safety.
Check with your local hotel or convention center, as they usually have fire bans and restrictions for their center, which can ‘override’ other rules or regulations from other areas. The same applies to most conference and trade show hotels. Some local business establishments will require members of their organization to take a mandatory hazmat training course. All individuals and groups working together, whether viewed in a public or private setting, ought to be safe and protected.
While you cannot eliminate all risk entirely, you can considerably reduce your chances of injury or even death by doing a good amount of personal checking. The return fire of an improperly placed or ignited match can result in both injuries and severe property damage, as well as severely obstruct visibility. The property damage caused by fire is often known as “tampering”, either to your home or to neighboring structures and make sure you have a your fire extinguisher recharge service to ensure up-kept safety precautions.
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