Monthly Archives: September 2011

How To Prevent An Electrical Fire

Electrical fires account for a large number of deaths each year and cause millions of dollars in property damage. There are a number of simple things that can be done by any homeowner to help prevent this.

One of the most important things would be to never overload an outlet. By connecting multiple extension cords and adapters to one another, a fire can easily be started. If you must plug in multiple items, a power strip is recommended. This is certainly true when it come to hooking up an entertainment center or computer devices.

Cords should only be used in Read more »

The Three Different Types Of Fire

In order to know what type of fire extinguisher to purchase, one must know the kind of fire that he or she will be trying to put out. There are three basic types of fires. The first kind of fire is an ordinary combustible fire. Fires like this include things such as plastics, woods, cloth, rubber, and many of the items found in the household garbage. This type of fire is fairly easy to manage and usually just requires the oxygen to be removed to stop it.

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How To Use A Fire Extinguisher

In the unfortunate event of a fire in your home, having an appropriate fire extinguisher and knowing how to use it is essential. There are four basic steps when it comes to properly putting out a fire.

The first step is to remove the metal pin from the handle. The pin prevents the extinguisher from accidentally being discharged. In some cases, there may be a plastic tie or cord also holding the pin in place. There Read more »

Understanding The Fire Triangle And Its Parts

The first thing you need to understand about the fire triangle is that all three parts are required for a fire to exist. If you take away any of the three and the fire goes out.

The first part is Fuel. That can be a solid fuel like wood or paper; a liquid fuel like gasoline or cooking oil; or a flammable metal like magnesium. However, unless you work in a a lab you probably won-t Read more »