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Posted on: August 20, 2019

RELEASE: 19-078 - Fire department offers fire extinguisher usage tips

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CITY OF LEBANON COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE

POINT OF CONTACT: Derek Gean

RELEASE: 19-078

VOICE: 417.991.2310

EMAIL: dgean@lebanonmo.org


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Fire department offers fire extinguisher usage tips

Each year the Lebanon Fire Department responds to dozens of residential or commercial structure fires. Many of these fires, if noticed early enough, could have been extinguished with a portable fire extinguisher.

Portable fire extinguishers are only part of a fire response plan which should include:

• Escape plan with two ways out of every room

• Established and easy-to-remember meeting place outside your home

• Fire extinguishers on every level of your home

• Working smoke detectors on every level and in all sleep rooms

The primary goal of every fire response plan should be GET OUT AND STAY OUT!!

The most common fire extinguisher for a home or small business is a Class A – ABC Dry Powder extinguisher. These can be purchased at most retail home stores. However, some homes or businesses may require a more specialized portable fire extinguisher, such as a K-Type for grease fires or Class-D for metals.

You may contact the City of Lebanon Fire Department for assistance in determining if your home or business needs these types of fire extinguishers.

Small fires, when noticed early enough, can be extinguished safely with a portable fire extinguisher. Follow these recommendations when using a portable fire extinguisher:

  • Make sure to get everyone out of the building or area first. GET OUT AND STAY OUT.
  • Only attempt to extinguish a fire with a portable fire extinguisher if you can do so safely.
  • Fire should be small and in a confined space such as a wastebasket, and not growing rapidly.
  • If the room or area fills with smoke, get out!
  • Never place the fire between you and the exit. Always have a safe and quick way out.
  • Never let children attempt to extinguish a fire.
  • For your home, purchase an extinguisher that you can easily carry and safely use.
  • Read the instructions for safe and proper use of your extinguisher.
  • Place extinguishers near the exits of your home. Remember the primary goal is to get out!

To receive free training on fire extinguisher, use within the City of Lebanon please contact Fire Chief Sam Schneider or Inspector Andy Jordan at 417.532.2104.

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