Different Fires, Different Solutions

Were you aware that there are different types of fires? There are five different types to be exact. Were you also aware that water doesn’t extinguish all of these fires? Weird, I know but not all fires are created equal and in some cases you may be making the fire you are trying to put out worse. Let’s explore these different types of fires and the proper extinguisher to use.

Class A
The most common type of fire is from Class A and is fueled by ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, cloth, trash, and plastics. Your best bet on this type of fire is water but you can also use a foam, dry powder, wet chemical, or vanishing liquid extinguisher as well.

Class B
This class of fire is fueled by flammable liquids and gasses such as gasoline, petroleum oil, paint, propane, and butane. These liquids and gasses might fall in the same category but it is important to know the difference in what can be used to put them out. With the flammable liquids you can use a foam, dry powder, or carbon dioxide extinguisher but with flammable gasses the only option is to use dry powder.

Class C
Class C is composed of energized electrical equipment such as motors, transformers, and appliances. It’s important to unplug or de-energize these fires as soon as possible. The best type of extinguishers to use are foam, dry powder, or vaporizing liquid.

Class D
This is the most uncommon type of fire and is made up of combustible metals such as potassium, sodium, aluminum, and magnesium. The only type of extinguisher that works to put out a Class D fire is dry powder.

Class K
When you think of Class K think of the kitchen. This is because this class of fire is caused by cooking oils and greases such as animal and vegetable fats. CO2, wet chemical, and dry powder are the best options for extinguishing this type of fire.

Spring Cleaning: The Forgotten Places

Spring is approaching and it’s a good time to start thinking about your spring cleaning. Yes, you can and should clean all the places you are thinking of but there are also spots around the home you may have forgotten about that need your attention.

Refrigerator
Your fridge is the best. It’s where all your food lives. Considering that’s where your food is you should consider cleaning it. Not just spraying window cleaner on the front and wiping it off you need to get in there. The crisper drawers are something that you may have never cleaned. Get in there. You know that rubber seal that goes around the door of the fridge? It keeps the cold air in and it’s begging you to clean it. You might not be able to see this but the top of the fridge really needs a good scrubbing as well. Finally, the coils. The coils are what generate the cold air for the fridge and if you don’t clean them your fridge wont be as cold.

Cleaning Utensils
You would think that since these items are used to clean other things that they would be clean. Well, that’s where you’d be wrong. Mops, brooms, sponges, vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, and washing machines all need to be cleaned.

Tooth brush cup
This one will take you no time at all but it’s easy to overlook. The cup that you put your toothbrush in is gross and you should clean it. Seriously, have you looked in it.

Basement, attic, and garage
You typically store things in here but when was the last time you actually cleaned them? It’s probably been a long time (if ever). We suggest you take a look at these areas. Garbage and lose items tend to accumulate in these areas and its worth your time to clean them. It can also be a fire hazard depending on what garbage gets built up. It’s best to get rid of old paper and potentially flammable items.

Small Electronics
Your small electronics are begging to be cleaned. Your remotes have been sitting there patiently waiting for you to give them a quick spray. You should check out all the smaller electronics in your house including your fire alarms. You should also check the batteries in these items. If you had a crossfire alarm system you would have the piece of mind knowing that all alarms come with a 20 year LiMn sealed battery.

Ways To Keep Your Car Looking Fire Without BEING On Fire

During your lifetime you spend about 4.3 years in your car. Crazy, right? At some point while your driving you may have seen a car on the side of the road with flames pouring out of the hood. We don’t want you to be that person. However, it’s important to know that certain types of fires may be completely out of your hands. With these tips you should have a better understanding of what to do with your car, what to look out for, and what to do incase a fire happens.

Regular Maintenance
This seems like a no brainer but regular maintenance can prevent most future problems. Most car fires happen because of either low oil, fuel leaks, broken catalytic converter, spilled fluids, or electrical problems. With regular maintenance it’s possible to find these issues before they turn into things like, I don’t know, car fires.

Smells
You know the saying, “where there’s smoke there’s fire?” It’s cliché but there’s a reason why that saying is still with us. It’s typically accurate. If you turn your car on and you smell smoke or an acrid smell of burning wires, it’s a pretty good indicator that something is wrong with your car.

Overheating
On your dashboard there is a little gauge that tells you the temperature of the engine. These differ in style based on car manufacturer but they all have one thing in common. Red is bad. If you are driving and your gauge is in the red, it means you car is hotter than it should be. This means you should stop the car as soon as possible.

Human Error
Car fires can happen because of design flaws, accidents, or simple human error. Unfortunately, things like this are hard to predict and can happen to cars that seem perfectly functional. If your car happens to burst into flames: turn the car off and GET OUT! Don’t be a hero.

Make a Resolution to Prevent Fires

It’s the new year! That means it’s time to think of what you will do to make this year better than the last. Whether you choose to work on your physical health, improve your career, or just keep doing things the same way, you should also make a resolution to be safe. It is important to put focus on safety, especially fire safety, and make efforts to make the new year safe for your and your family.

Update Your Alarms
Make an investment to keep your home safe with updated smoke, heat and CO alarms, like the ones developed by Crossfire. Having alarms that are proven to be more effective and advanced gives you and your family a better chance to be safe in the new year.

Make a Fire Escape Plan
If you have a fire escape plan in place, review it with your family so safety is fresh on everyone’s minds as you start the new year. If you do not have a fire safety plan in place, get with your family to come up with a plan on what to do if there is a fire in your home. Have your family run through drills where each person uses different exits so if a fire does occur, your family knows exactly what to do to be safe.

Take Action
Read up on safety precautions you can take in your home to keep each room safe. Start in the kitchen and work your way through every room, doing whatever you can to ensure a fire will not start in that room.

Say No to Open Flames
Candles, cigarettes and incense are so last year. Things that bring an open flame into your home always come with added danger that can result in a devastating fire. Make sure you say goodbye to obnoxious candles and incense in 2016. And seriously, stop smoking.

Teach Your Kids
Once you have made your home safe, take time to teach your children what they can to do prevent fires. Show them the dangers fire presents, what they can do to avoid it, and how to keep themselves fire-free in each room of the house. The more informed children are, the less likely they are to be hurt.

Get Ready For a Great Year
If you focus just a little bit of time on safety precautions, it makes it easier for you to enjoy the upcoming year. Keep safety in mind all year long and you will be in for a great 2016!