Portable Fire Extinguishers
Be sure to remember the PASS operating technique for portable fire extinguishers. PASS stands for:
P - Pull the pin. Pulling the pin unlocks the operating lever or button so you can discharge the extinguisher. Stand at least 6 to 8 feet from the fire.
A - Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle or hose at the base of the fire.
S - Squeeze the lever below the handle. Squeezing the lever discharges the contents of the extinguisher. When you release the lever, the discharge stops. Some models have a button to press rather than a lever.
S - Moving carefully toward the fire, keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire and sweep from side to side until the flames appear to be out. Watch the area. If the fire starts up again, repeat the PASS technique.
Did you Know...
About every three hours, a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the U.S.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Railroad Administration have launched a new railroad crossing safety ad campaign. Its message is simple: Stop. Trains can’t.
- Slow down, look both ways and listen
- Do not enter the crossing unless you are sure you can make it completely across
- Never race a train
- Never stop on tracks
To learn more about how you can improve rail safety as a motorist or pedestrian visit FRA’s interactive graphic.
For more information about “Stop. Trains Can’t.” visit the campaign webpage.
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Home Safety Resources
A fire can double in size every couple of seconds. That makes every second crucial for you and your family if there is a fire in your home. Following these quick tips can help you in that critical time during a fire or in any emergency.
Make an Escape Plan
You never know when you will have a fire at your home. Because of this, having an Escape Plan prepared in advance can help you and your family. Make sure to keep it simple but effective, have two routes just in case one route is blocked, make sure everyone knows your meeting place, and practice this plan to ensure its effectiveness.
Have Smoke Alarms
After making an escape plan, you should make sure that the inside and outside of all bedrooms and sleeping areas have Smoke Alarms. You should also make sure to have an alarm on every floor of your house. These alarms are crucial in warning you and your family of fires during day or night. It is best to have interconnected smoke alarms so if one sounds, they all sound, and make sure to test them at least once a month.
Have Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Fires aren't the only emergency that can happen at home. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is gas that has no odor. It is poisonous and causes a person to feel sick and if exposed for a long period of time, can be deadly. Having Carbon Monoxide Detectors outside of every sleeping area can warn you and your family of CO inside your home.
Have a Household Emergency Supply Kit
In any emergency, having supplies to wait it out is essential. Having a Household Emergency Supply Kit is the easiest way to ensure that you have what you need to wait out a severe storm, power outage, and many other emergencies at your home.
Last updated Oct 24, 2016