4 Easy Steps To Use a Fire Extinguisher
How Do You Use A Fire Extinguisher?
If you’re a responsible homeowner, you probably have at least one fire extinguisher in your house. Ideally, you should have one within easy access to all fire hazards (kitchens, furnace rooms and laundry rooms are all great places to keep them). While owning at least one extinguisher is an important step toward protecting your home from fire damage, it’s equally important to make sure you know how to use it when you need it. Here are four easy steps you should follow when using an extinguisher to put out a fire in your home.
1. Call the Fire Department
When there’s a fire in your home, your first reaction may be to pull out the closest fire extinguisher and put it out. However, if the fire is large, it’s important to call the fire department first. Then, if it’s safe to do so, you can attempt to put the fire out yourself while the fire truck is on the way.
2. Identify Your Evacuation Path
The next step you should take before pulling out the extinguisher is identifying a safe evacuation path. The last thing you want to do is focus so much on putting out the fire that you become trapped in the blaze. Take a moment to look around you and ensure you have a safe escape route to use as needed before pulling out the extinguisher.
3. Follow Instructions on Extinguisher
Fortunately, most extinguishers come with easy-to-read instructions printed directly on them. Follow the instructions and make sure you discharge the extinguisher within the effective range listed on the container.
4. Back Away From the Fire
It’s possible for a kitchen fire to flare up again even after you’ve put parts of it out, so make sure you back away from extinguished flames instead of moving toward them.
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Fire, Smoke, AND Water Damages? Now What?
The progression of damages after a structure fire can happen very quickly and be very overwhelming for a property owner. During the fire, the flames spread across flammable materials, damaging nearly everything in their path. Along with the flames come soot residues and smoke odor, which spread even further than the flames, and linger long after the fire is extinguished. With extinguishing the fire often comes water, and large amounts of it, which saturates your structure and contents. Now you have fire, smoke, and water damage! Where do you go from here?
Call SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande for Help!
Our team has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to handle both fire/smoke and water losses of all sizes. We offer 24/7/365 emergency response to begin the remediation process as soon as possible, reducing the total amount of damage sustained by your property. We also work with your insurance company, to help alleviate the stress of the claims process. SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande is your “one stop shop” for property damage restoration, offering multiple services lines for both structure and contents, removing the need to deal with multiple companies for your loss. Finally, SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/ Arroyo Grande also has a reconstruction division, so after the remediation process has been completed, we can help you to rebuild “Like it never even happened.”
When it comes to companies offering clean up and restoration services in the Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande area, consumers have a variety of options to choose from, so why SERVPRO? As a locally owned and operated organization, with the backing of over 1,700 franchises nationwide, SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande has the ability to respond to your property damage emergency quickly, no matter the size of the loss:
- We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Our technicians are highly trained restoration specialists, with multiple certifications from the IICRC.
- We work with a variety of insurance companies
- We offer a wide array of clean up and restoration services for both commercial and residential properties, including water, fire, mold, storm, and biohazard related damages.
- Our technicians utilize industry leading technology and equipment to provide the most efficient solution for your damages.
When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande is Here to Help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. To learn more about the services we offer, please give us a call at 805-473-0772
Commercial Property Cleaning & Restoration Services
SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/ Arroyo Grande offers a variety of cleaning and restoration services for businesses both large and small. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond to your emergency business damages, including sewage backups, water damages, and flooding occurrences.
When disaster strikes, our team responds as quickly as possible, working to mitigate the severity of damages, lessen the amount of time your business flow is interrupted, and begin getting your building back to its preloss condition. Our top priority is to deliver the highest caliber of service, not only providing a full line of water, fire and mold damage remediation options, but also working with your insurance company to help alleviate the stress of the damage situation.
SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/ Arroyo Grande Large Loss Response Team, along with the backing of over 1,700 franchises nationwide, has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle any size commercial loss. We have worked with a variety of local business owners, from small restaurants to multi-unit condominiums, and are Here to Help you and your business in your time of need.
Downtime = Lost Money
At SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande, our team understands that a quick and efficient response during a water damage emergency is extremely important. During emergencies like these, not only must the building be back up and functioning, but the information, materials and equipment inside that are used daily need to be taken care of and restored.
SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande can save and restore nearly any office component, including sensitive information and paperwork, with our Document Restoration service. Our team always attempts to salvage anything damaged because we understand that it can keep the cost down for you and the insurance company as well the value it has to your company. If an item can be saved or restored it is worth the time to do so. SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande works tirelessly to treat each of your items with special care as if they were our own. Our team is professionally trained to keep your items from damage while we do the work.
You can trust that SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande keeps in mind that time down for your business equals money lost. Our team will work around the clock to make sure your commercial damage seems “Like it never even happened,” and your business is back up and running as soon as possible.
Fire Extinguisher FAQs
It is widely known that having an in-date fire extinguisher on your property is imperative to fire safety, but did you know that there are different kinds of fire extinguishers, as well as a proper way in which to use one? Keeping yourself, your family, and your property protected in the event of a structure fire is paramount, and the below information can help facilitate that process.
Q: What are the different kinds of fire extinguishers, and what is each used for?
A: The U.S. Fire Administration defines five primary types of fire extinguishers used to put out different kinds of fires:
- A – used for ordinary material fires, such as wood, cloth, or paper.
- B – for use with combustible or flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, or oil.
- C – for use with electrical equipment like appliances and tools.
- D – for use with flammable metals.
- K – for use with animal oils, vegetable oils, and fats in cooking appliances.
Many fire extinguishers may also be multipurpose, in that they carry multiple letter definitions and can put out a variety of material fires.
Q: What is the proper way to use a fire extinguisher?
A: The U.S. Fire Administration suggests the acronym “PASS” as a means of properly discharging a fire extinguisher:
P - Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
A - Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
S - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly
S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side
To keep yourself safe, it is important to use extreme caution within a fire damaged structure, and always follow the guidance of local fire authorities. SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande offers a full line of fire clean up and restoration services, and we are Here to Help when you need.
Fire Safety Tips
Make sure you and your family are safe from a fire by following these Fire Safety tips:
1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home or business. Be sure they are inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
- Be sure to test your smoke alarms every month. If they are not working, make sure to change the batteries and test them again.
- Put together a fire escape plan and practice with your family members twice each year so you are all prepared in the event of a fire.
- If a fire occurs in your home or business, get out of your home, stay out of the building, and call for help.
Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care.
Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water and fire damage. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost.
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Power Outage Preparation
The conditions created by thunderstorms or hurricanes, such as damaging winds or flooding, can result in loss of power for your home or business. Preparing for the possibility of a power outage before it occurs can help ensure safety for both you and your property. Ready.gov suggests the following preparation strategies:
- Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
- Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
- Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
- Be sure to read and follow all manufacturer directions if using a generator for electricity.
- Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
- Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
- Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
- Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
As with hurricane or flood preparation, power outage preparation is essential to take care of your home, business, and loved ones in the event of an emergency. If recent storms have caused damage to your home or business, the professionals at SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/ Arroyo Grande are Here to Help. Give us a call at 805-473-0772, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!
We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists
As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande has advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.
From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:
- IICRC Training
- Employee Certification Training
- Initial Franchise Training
- Continuing Education Classes
Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.
We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.
Reducing the Risk of Residential Water Damages
Residential water damages can occur at any time of the day, and on any day of the week, potentially causing both heightened stress and a financial burden for Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande homeowners. Although completely avoiding or eliminating the chance for water damages is impossible, there are strategies that can be following to help reduce the risk of experiencing a water damage in your home:
Clean Out Your Gutters Regularly:
Clogged rain gutters on the exterior of your home can prevent rainwater from flowing down. This can result in standing water on your roof, increasing the risk of a leak. Cleaning out your rain gutters on a regular basis reduces the possibility of water damages.
Regularly Check Appliances for Cracked or Leaking Hoses:
One of the leading causes of residential water damages is faulty appliance water supply lines. Whether your dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine, or other water-utilizing appliance, be sure to regularly check for any damages to your supply lines. Water from these lines can often go unnoticed for longer periods of time, leading to more extensive damages to you home.
Know the Signs of Water Damage:
Water damages are often accompanied by staining on walls or ceilings, a musty odor, or standing water in unusual areas of your home. If you notice any of these signs, thoroughly check your home for water intrusion. The longer water has to soak into porous materials, the more extensive damages may become: limit your risk by recognizing water damages early!
If your property has sustained a water damage, trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande to help. Our team holds multiple industry certifications and has the experience and equipment to take care of damages of all sizes. SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande is locally owned and operated, and offers 24 hour a day, 7 day a week emergency response. To learn more or request service, give us a call at 805-473-0772!