Portland Fire & Rescue encourages every household to have a home safety plan that focuses on both preventing fires and responding to a fire should one occur. Fire extinguishers are an important part of this plan. Fire extinguishers are your second line of defense behind a smoke detector and can be the difference between a small inconvenience and a life-changing event.
“Quick Check” Your Home Fire Extinguisher
It is important to not just hang your extinguisher on the wall or in the cupboard. Plan ahead, read the instruction manual and know your extinguisher’s capabilities before use. Portable extinguishers are useful for putting out small fires, but recognize your limits and the limits of the extinguisher.
Assistant Public Information Officer and Portland Fire Lieutenant Rich Tyler reminds citizens that, "Fire extinguishers do not have an indefinite life, even if they are never actually used." He goes on to say, "This is why it is important to inspect or conduct a “quick check” each month on your home fire extinguisher."
A “quick check” is a brief inspection to determine that a fire extinguisher is available and will operate, when and if it is needed. The purpose is to give you reasonable assurance that the fire extinguisher is fully charged and operable. This is done by verifying that the fire extinguisher is in its designated place, that it has not been discharged or tampered with, and that there is no obvious physical damage or condition to prevent its operation.
For a simple one-page directional sheet on how to ensure your fire extinguisher is ready for use if needed, click here.
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
October 3, 2011