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Fire In High-Rises: Things to Look For While Buying an Extinguisher

Updated: June 14, 2017, 2:34 PM IST
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Fire In High-Rises: Things to Look For While Buying an Extinguisher
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New Delhi: The fire at 27-storey high-rise in London on Wednesday morning once again puts the focus on importance of fire safety equipment. The issue is certainly pertinent in India where towering buildings often lack fire-fighting measures and flout norms. Twenty years ago, on June 13, 59 people lost their lives on June 13 during a blaze in Uphaar Cinema, Delhi.

A fire extinguisher is a handy device, just make sure you know how to use it because you won’t have the time to read the instruction manual in case of a fire.

Choose the right size

Depending on the size of your house, you can choose the size of the extinguisher you want to install

It should be checked regularly

Frequent checks should be done one or twice the month, just to make sure the extinguisher is working properly

Know how to use it

All fire extinguishers have instructions printed. Read the instruction carefully before it is installed in the house

Know where the extinguisher is placed in the house

Everyone in your family, including children, should be aware of the location of the extinguisher

If possible, place it near the entrance

If it is placed near the door, everyone knows that the house actually has an extinguisher

Look for extinguishers with more features

There are only few options available with local retailers, look online for more features

Cover it up, for longevity

Use a cover, easily available in the market, to add more life to an extinguisher

Vehicle fire extinguishers also available

Select the size of the extinguisher based on the size of the car. It is essential as most cars run on CNG nowadays
First Published: June 14, 2017, 2:28 PM IST
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