A residential fire occurs somewhere in the United States every 74 seconds. Having a fully charged, multi-purpose fire extinguisher can protect your home and family from a small, unexpected fire. However, knowing how and when to use a fire extinguisher is just as important as having one in your home.
Fire Extinguisher Training
The fire department provides training for businesses and civic groups in the City. This training combines lecture, video training and actual hands-on use of an extinguisher. In addition, brochures are available at any of the three Liberty Fire Stations. These brochures describe the selection and use of a fire extinguisher.
Fire Extinguisher Use and Safety Tips
- Children under the age of 10 should not use a fire extinguisher.
- Fire extinguishers can be dangerous if not properly maintained and used.
- Once a fire extinguisher has been discharged, it must be recharged by an extinguisher company before being used again.
- DO NOT test the extinguisher by squeezing the handle to see if anything comes out.
- You should follow the directions on the extinguisher for proper usage.
Fire Extinguisher Servicing
Fire extinguishers in businesses and multi-family residences require annual servicing by a qualified service company. The phone book lists several area companies who will service your extinguisher at your home or place of business.
Although the Liberty Fire Department recommends that each residence have at least one 2.5-pound extinguisher, the City of Liberty has adopted ordinances regarding the number, size and location of fire extinguishers in all businesses and multi-family residences. For information that is applicable to your specific residence or place of business, please contact the Liberty Fire Department at 816.439.4310.
For more information on fire extinguishers or to inquire into training contact the Liberty Fire Department at 816.439.4310.