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Home Depot: Choosing Fire Safety Equipment

Joe Welsh tells us the best way to choose fire safety equipment.
What do you know about choosing a fire extinguisher or a smoke alarm? Well, Joe Welsh stopped by again to tell us all about it.


Choosing Fire Extinguishers:
- They are classified by ratings of A, B and C. These ratings determine the size and type of fire that the extinguisher can put out.
- A-type fire consist of burning wood, paper or fabric.
- B-type fires consist of flammable liquids like gasoline or oil.
- C-type fires are electrical.


Choosing a Smoke Alarm:
- There are 2 basic types of smoke detectors: ionization and photolectric. Both types are effective in detecting smoke and fire, but the best smoke alarms feature both technologies.
    a) Ionization smoke alarms are more sensitive or better at detecting small particles that are produced in greater amounts in flaming fires, which quickly consume combustible materials and spread in many directions.
    b) Photoelectric smoke alarms are more sensitive or better at detecting large particles that are produced in greater amounts in smoldering fires, which may smolder for hours before bursting into flame.
- One of the most helpful technologies for smoke alarms in recent years is the lithium ion batteries - helping them to last 10 years - for a "worry free" protection for your family.
- Smoke Alarm Placement is important, because most fire fatalities occur between the hours of 2 & 6 am when most people are asleep. That's why it is important to have several working smoke alarms in your home. Place in each bedroom, in the kitchen and on every level of your home.

Choosing a Carbon Monoxide Detector:
- Because Carbon Monoxide Poisoning can be deadly it's important to install a Carbon Monoxide Detector in every bedroom, living room and basement in your home. I will teach about Carbon Monoxide Detectors and how and why they work.
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