On Saturday, my eleven-year-old and I visited The Home Depot to attend a free fire safety workshop they were offering in recognition of October being Fire Safety Awareness Month. It was one of those experiences where I realized that I really hadn’t given this subject enough thought, since the move to our new house. We were woefully unprepared, if we ever did have a fire, and even though we have smoke detectors hard-wired throughout our home, we definitely needed to take some other precautions.
We don’t have up-to-date fire extinguishers in this house. The instructor for our workshop explained the different types and sizes available. We learned that while you can buy individual fire extinguishers to put out electrical fires, grease or oil fires and wood fires, it was recommended that a Class ABC extinguisher is best for family homes. Class ABC fire extinguishers are designed to smother wood, plastic, flammable liquid, and electrical fires, covering all possibilities in one extinguisher, which makes them a more practical option for home owners.
I also need to check the batteries in our smoke alarms. Even though they are hard-wired into our homes electrical system, it’s important to have battery back-ups in case of a power outage. I want to do a little research on what type of alarms ours are, too. At the workshop, I learned that there are two main types – photoelectric and ionization. Photoelectric detectors use a beam of light and a sensor, positioned at 90° angles to one another. So, normally, the beam of light shoots straight ahead, undisturbed. However, if smoke enters the chamber where the light is housed, the smoke particles scatter the light, allowing some of it to make contact with the sensor, which in turn, sets off the alarm. This type of alarm is good if there is a smoldering or really smoky fire. Ionization detectors generate a small amount of current, that when broken or disrupted by smoke, sets off the alarm. Fires that are mostly flames and producing small amounts of smoke are better detected with this type of alarm. The ideal detectors for homes are combination alarms that utilize both types of detectors, providing maximum pre-warning protection.
My daughter and I went home, armed with some great information to help get our home better protected and our family better prepared in the case of a fire. We had purchased the two extinguishers and had a list that included a carbon monoxide detector for the furnace room, as well as window escape ladders for the upstairs bedrooms and two more extinguishers. We couldn’t make all the purchases in one trip, but we knew exactly what we would need to budget for over the next few weeks. What a surprise to receive a package on Thursday, from Home Depot. I hadn’t realized that as part of this campaign, I would be sent some great products to review. What a blessing and quick way to cross several items off our list! I’m going to tell you about each of them in my upcoming “Home Fire Safety Makeover” post.
Follow Home Depot on Facebook and Twitter, to learn about promotions and special events, like the free fire safety workshop I attended. You will find some sort of educational workshop scheduled almost every weekend. Did you and your family do anything special for Fire Safety Month? Visit the fire station? Change the batteries in the smoke alarms? Prepare an escape plan? I’d love to hear how you prepare your home and family, first of all to prevent fires, and secondly, to be safe in the event that one does occur.
Be watching for my upcoming post, showing you how we used the info from the workshop and our new fire safety tools to make our home and family more “fire safe”.
This post is part of a compensated blogger campaign, highlighting Fire Safety Awareness Month, on behalf of The Home Depot. I was not instructed to buy an product and made the choice to purchase fire extinguishers, on my own. The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the company and products.