The Mulberry Fire Department wants everyone to be safe. The following are some general fire safety precautions recommended for our community. We encourage you to review the steps to help you create a safer environment for yourself, your family, and your friends.
Regularly Check Smoke and Fire Detectors
Ensuring that your smoke and fire detectors are in proper working condition is crucial. These detectors are often the first indication of a fire and are critical in providing early warning to building occupants.
- Early Detection: Smoke and fire detectors are designed to detect the presence of smoke or fire at an early stage, allowing for prompt evacuation and emergency response.
- Life-Saving: Properly functioning smoke and fire detectors can alert residents in the event of a fire, providing precious time to evacuate the building safely.
- Fire Prevention: By detecting smoke or fire early, smoke and fire detectors can help prevent a small fire from becoming more extensive and destructive.
- Compliance with Laws and Regulations: Many local and state laws require smoke and fire detectors in buildings. Ensuring that they are working properly is essential to comply with these laws.
- Peace of Mind: Knowing that your smoke and fire detectors are working correctly can give you peace of mind and a sense of security.
Create an Escape Plan
Fires can happen in any building. You need an escape plan to get you and your loved ones out of the building within the first few minutes after the fire starts.
When creating an escape plan, you should:
- Ensure all escape plans include at least two exits from each room
- Establish a designated meeting spot outside the building
- Ensure that smoke alarms are installed and functioning to provide early warning of a fire
- Ensure that doors along the evacuation route can be easily opened from the inside, regardless of lighting conditions
- Ensure that doors along the evacuation route can be opened without a key from the inside
- Plan to evacuate any disabled or elderly ones who may require assistance
- Conduct a roll call to confirm that everyone has safely evacuated the building
- Prevent anyone from re-entering the building until instructed by the fire department
- Regularly practice and review your emergency plan
Fire extinguishers should be located throughout your home, apartment, or office. The acronym PASS is the easiest way to remember how to use a handheld fire extinguisher. It stands for:
- Pull the pin
- Aim the hose or nozzle
- Squeeze the lever
- Sweep from side to side
How do you know what fire extinguisher to use? The following information will help:
- Type A fires involve ordinary combustible materials, such as wood, cloth, paper, and plastics.
- Type B fires involve combustible or flammable liquids like gasoline, kerosene, and oils.
- Type C fires involve energized electrical equipment, such as appliances, motors, and computers.
- Type D fires involve combustible metals like sodium, lithium, titanium, and magnesium.
Do not attempt to be a hero in the event of a fire. If you see or suspect a fire, immediately call 911 for help.
If the fire is too large to be put out with a handheld extinguisher, evacuate the building immediately and let the firefighters handle it.
Check out the Mulberry Fire Department blog for more tips and information on fire safety.