Residential fires are a daily occurrence. According to the NFPA, seven people died a day as a result of home fires in 2014. That number could have been reduced significantly with proper fire protection products and knowing how to correctly use them. Installing and maintaining fire protection could save your life, and the lives of your loved ones. Here are the top fire protection products you need in your home:
- Fire Extinguishers – A multi-purpose extinguisher is capable of being used on all types of home fires. You’ll want to choose one large enough to put out the fire, but light enough to carry and maneuver easily. You’ll also want to learn how to properly operate a fire extinguisher. An easy way to remember how to use one correctly, remember the word PASS; Pull the pin, Aim low, Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly, and Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
- Fire Alarm/Smoke Alarm – When properly installed these alarms can save lives. They provide early detection and warning in case of fire. Alarms should be installed on every floor, inside AND outside sleeping rooms, and interconnected – so when one sounds, they all do. You should test them monthly to ensure they’re working, and replace every 10 years.
- Sprinkler Systems – Fire sprinklers have been protecting commercial and industrial properties for more than a century. What some people don’t realize is they’re available for homes – where the majority of civilian fires take place. They react quickly to reduce heat, flames, and smoke caused by a fire. Not only do automatic fire sprinkler systems reduce property damage, but they can cut the risk of dying by 80%; according to the NFPA.
Most residential fires occur because of cooking, smoking indoors, and heating equipment. Taking precautions to avoid fires, paired with protection products, can save lives! Mike Green Fire Protection has the products featured above, and more. You can view them all on our website by visiting www.mgfire.com.