Check smoke, carbon monoxide and fire extinguishers
Safety is key this holiday season and throughout the year
The folks with Templeton Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind everyone to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers this holiday season.
Replace the batteries in each smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detector and then vacuum detectors with a soft brush attachment. Test the detectors by pressing the test button or holding a smoke source such as a blown-out candle near the unit. Install a smoke detector in every bedroom and on every floor of the home.
Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher rated for all fire types; look for an A-B-C rating on the label. At a minimum, keep one near the kitchen and have one on each floor of the house. Annually, check the indicator on the pressure gauge to make sure the extinguisher is charged. Make certain that the lock pin is intact and firmly in place, and check that the discharge nozzle is not clogged. Clean the extinguisher and check it for dents, scratches, and corrosion. Replace if the damage seems severe. Note: Fire extinguishers that are more than six years old should be replaced. Mark the date of purchase on the new unit with a permanent marker.
An extinguisher must be replaced or recharged immediately if it has been used to put out a fire. Replacement or recharge is also required at once if an inspection of the pressure gauge or indicator shows that pressure is below proper levels. An immediate change is called for if the safety seals are broken or missing, there is no tag stating when the extinguisher was last inspected and serviced, the unit is less than full, or when there is evidence of corrosion, other damage, or discharge.
Templeton Fire and Emergency Services would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!