Each year the Lebanon Fire Department responds to multiple residential or commercial structure fires. In some cases, these fires, if noticed early enough, could have been extinguished with a portable fire extinguisher.
Portable fire extinguishers are part of a Home Fire Response Plan which should include:
🔥 Primary goal is to EXIT THE HOME, get out and stay out!
🔥 Create and practice an escape plan with two ways out of every room.
🔥 Establish an easy to remember meeting place outside your home.
🔥 Fire extinguishers on every level of your home placed near exits and exit paths down or up the stairs. Never place the fire between you and the way out.
🔥 Working smoke detectors on every level of your home. Including a smoke detector inside and just outside all sleep rooms
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.
Only attempt to extinguish small fires. Remember the primary goal is to GET OUT and STAY OUT! Small fires when can sometimes be extinguished safely with a portable fire extinguisher when discovered early enough. 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.
🔥 Only attempt to extinguish small fires which are 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, only 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!
If you live or work in the City of Lebanon, free fire extinguisher training is available. Contact Fire Chief Sam Schneider or Inspector Andy Jordan at (417) 532-2104 for details.