Controlling Small Fires Safely
Fire Damage In Pompano Beach
Fire damage is one of the most common forms of homeowner’s insurance claims in Pompano Beach. By far the best way to deal with small fires is to use a fire extinguisher early to douse the flames.
Using an Extinguisher Is Easy If You Know How
The simplest method of handling an extinguisher is to use PASS:
Pull the safety pin out.
Aim low – at the base of the flame.
Squeeze the handle.
Sweep from side to side
Keep going back and forth until all the flames are out. Carefully watch the area, since flames can reappear even hours after a fire in some conditions. If your fire extinguisher is low on pressure, grab another one if it’s nearby to be ready for another round.
Fires Are Incredibly Dangerous
Fires are incredibly dangerous events and are one of the most common types of emergency. Home fires kill an average of seven people in the U.S. every day. Besides the heat, smoke and toxic gases are released and can quickly overcome even healthy adults. Once a room gets warm enough, an event called a flashover will instantly ignite all flammable surfaces, and even professional fire fighters in full protective gear are occasionally killed by this.
If you have the slightest doubt about a fire, if it’s growing rapidly or if the extinguisher isn’t having much impact, get out immediately and call 911. Kitchen fires are especially dangerous, since the oils and grease can be highly resistant to fire-fighting methods and can be accidentally spread around by the wrong type of suppression methods.
Using a fire extinguisher on small fires is an excellent way to avoid expensive fire damage cleanup in Pompano Beach. It's important to use common sense and let trained fire fighters handle the more dangerous situations.
SERVPRO of Pompano Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
If you have questions about fire damage give us a call today (954) 970-4942.