The Fire Extinguisher, What is that all about?

Each year property manages distribute fire safety information to their residents in compliance with Local Law 10 of 1999. The mailing contains building specific details and basic instructions on fire emergencies.

The goal of these notices is to make sure discharge your obligation by notifying your residents on what to do in the event of a fire and to shield you from hungry lawyers who will try to paint you as incompetent and irresponsible.

The key distinguisher is whether the building material are combustible or non-combustible. The difference is of critical importance in determining if residents should evacuate immediately or remain in their apartments while firefighters do their job.

Common Causes for Fire

Kitchen grease, extension wires and candles/smoking.

Protection is Easy

Regardless of how the fire started a resident needs to have the tools to help themselves .

An early warning device is a working smoke detectors /Carbon monoxide detectors are the first line of defense. Everyone should have them and batteries should be replaced annually. The second line of defense is a working 10lb fire extinguisher. A 10lbs fire extinguisher costs $125.00 and many people too cheap to buy them and end up getting a small less expensive unit that simple does not have sufficient content to snuff out a fire.

Lets imagine a scenario the stove is on fire. What do you do? Look for a pot and fill it with water? It takes too long, how may times ca you fill the pot? Having a 10lb fire extinguisher on every floor landing is key.

The resident runs to the location grabs it and the fire is snuffed out. No hotel bills, water damage etc. Everyone should learn how to use a fire extinguisher. A lot of disasters are avoidable by implementing simple effective solutions.

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