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Fire Safety Sheet for Babysitters
At Brunswick Fyr & Safety Accessories, we help homeowners throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick protect themselves against the threat of fire. We invite you to take a moment to browse the information on this page to learn more, or you can contact us directly with your questions.
Fire and Fire Extinguisher Classes
There are three types of common fires and two specialty classes. It is important to match the proper fire extinguisher to the size of the area you are protecting and the potential hazard. This is why fire extinguishers contain different agents and are listed for specific classes of fire. Fires are classified into five groups:
Class A fires involve common combustibles such as wood, paper, cloth, rubber, trash and plastics. They are common in typical commercial and home settings, but can occur anywhere these types of materials are found. Examples include: trash, wood, paper and cloth.
Class B fires involve flammable liquids, gases, solvents, oil, gasoline, paint, lacquers, tars and other synthetic or oil-based products. Class B fires often spread rapidly and, unless properly secured, can re-flash after the flames are extinguished. Examples include: flammable liquids, gases and solvents.
Class C fires involve energized electrical equipment, such as wiring, controls, motors, data processing panels or appliances. They can be caused by a spark, power surge or short circuit and typically occur in locations that are difficult to reach and see. Examples include: electrical equipment.
Class K fires involve combustible cooking media such as oils and grease commonly found in commercial kitchens. The new cooking media formulations used for commercial food preparation require a special wet chemical extinguishing agent that is specially suited for extinguishing and suppressing these extremely hot fires that have the ability to re-flash. Examples include: combustible cooking media.
Class D fires involve combustible metals such as magnesium and sodium. Combustible metal fires are unique industrial hazards which require special dry powder agents. Examples include: combustible metals.
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Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can happen within a matter of minutes and is responsible for more deaths than any other single poison. This odourless, colourless poison can hurt you slowly in low levels, cause permanent neurological dysfunctions in moderate levels or take lives in higher levels. Protection against this deadly poison is as easy as installing a simple carbon monoxide detector in your home or office.
Carbon monoxide is produced whenever fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood or charcoal is burned. The amount of CO produced while using fuel-burning appliances is usually not harmful. It becomes hazardous when appliances are used improperly or are not functioning adequately.
Routinely at the beginning of every heating season home owners should have their fuel burning appliances checked by a qualified technician. Appliances deteriorate with time and can be a health risk to those who live in the home.
Besides having your appliances inspected, those using fuel-burning appliances should have their homes equipped with carbon monoxide detectors to provide added peace of mind. Appliances can break down any time of year so it is important to have a back-up system in place to keep you informed when CO levels increase. A CO detector should be placed on every floor in the home to provide the best protection.
Low levels of carbon monoxide poisoning can be confused with other illness symptoms and can often go undetected. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result in long term health problems if not treated promptly. Symptoms such as nausea, headaches and light-headedness should be checked by a physician, especially when more than one person in the home is showing symptoms.
It is important to have a fire escape plan for the family. Go to www.getprepared.ca for more information on preparing your family for any type of emergency. This is a Government of Canada website where you will find practical information on how to take care of yourself and your family before, during and after an emergency. Learn how to prepare for emergencies caused by natural hazards and find specific instructions on how to protect yourself and your loved ones in case your region is affected. Read about natural hazard facts and discover where natural hazards can occur in Canada.
It is important to keep a First Aid kit handy for emergencies. Take a moment to check out this brochure of First Aid products.
Make sure you have a fire extinguisher located in or near these potential fire hazard areas:
How to Use a Fire Extinguisher
All fires can be very dangerous and life-threatening. Your safety should always be your primary concern when attempting to fight a fire! Here are some tips on using a fire extinguisher:
Any sort of fire will produce some amount of carbon monoxide, the most deadly gas produced by a fire. Materials such as wool, silk, nylon and some plastics can produce other highly toxic gases such as carbon dioxide, hydrogen cyanide, or hydrogen chloride. Beware - all of these can be fatal.
Smoke inhalation or exposure to fire itself can be life threatening so get educated about the basics in CPR and burn treatment.
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