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Can Fire Safety Be Fashionable?

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Jessica
05.16.12

Traditionally, fire safety equipment has been red, round and not something you would choose to have front and center in your living room. It doesn’t have to be that way. Increasingly, designers are creating fire-fighting apparatus that is both functional and beautiful.

Photo Credit: Fire Design

Photo Credit: Chick-a-Dee

Whether it’s a plain jane smoke detector or a chick-a-dee detector that chirps, fire safety equipment is critical for saving your property and life. We could remind you of the statistics – like the fact that fires cause around $11.2 billion in property damage. Even better, here is a true story of how a $15 fire extinguisher can make all the difference.

Conor - a BrightNest user since early March - reached out to us after he discovered the importance of having multiple fire extinguishers handy in and around the home.

Conor’s Story:

 

“I joined your site and realized I didn't have a fire extinguisher. It has been something I had been meaning to pickup. But, when I was prompted by your site, I figured I should just go on Amazon and order one have it shipped and be done with it. The fire extinguisher arrived a few days later and I set it up on the basement stairs.

Two days later I was watching a movie with my wife and we started to smell smoke. I ran downstairs as the fire alarm started to go off grabbed the fire extinguisher and saw my fluorescent lights for my garden sprouts had ignited, I put the fire out quickly.

Thank goodness we were home and had a fire extinguisher ready. So thank you once again for your push to get me to buy a fire extinguisher. I have since bought five more!”

HERE ARE 3 BASIC FIRE SAFETY TIPS:

1) Keep at least one fire extinguisher in your kitchen and one in your garage (if you have one). Ideally, you should keep one on every level of your home. Why? An electrical fire in an upstairs bedroom may not give you enough time to retrieve a fire extinguisher from the kitchen. To learn more, read: Purchase Fire Extinguishers.

2) If you have a fire extinguisher, check the pressure gauge. If the pressure gauge is green, you’re ready to roll in an emergency. If the gauge falls anywhere else, please service or replace the extinguisher immediately. To learn more about inspecting your fire extinguisher, read: Inspect Your Fire Extinguisher.

3) Check your smoke alarms twice a year to ensure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. For step-by-step instructions, read: Test Smoke and CO Detectors.

Photo Credit: Fire Design

Photo Credit: Chick-a-Dee

Photo Credit: Fire Design

Photo Credit: Chick-a-Dee

 

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