Southwest FL – Lyndon Smith gave a very informative and surprising presentation on the essentials of residential fire safety. Much of the fire safety guidance we have received over the years is outdated and has failed to keep pace with changing technology and construction methods. Lyndon started by asking the audience if they had fire extinguishers in their houses. Most of the membership did but few knew that many of the basic model extinguishers are only rated for specific types of fires and that
periodically turning it upside down and shaking it can prevent the contents from settling and becoming inoperable. A few potentially lifesaving tips included:
(1) When escaping a fire, crouching is better than crawling; keep your head at doorknob height, many new construction materials emit heavy gasses that stay near the floor.
(2) Many new building materials and appliances burn faster and hotter
than in previous decades, residents in newer homes often have less than two minutes to safely escape a fire.
(3) Most basic fire alarms do not detect all types of fires, there are newer more advanced models that do, but these are more expensive.
(4) Have a readily accessible flashlight next to the bed and a pre-designated location to meet with family members after escaping a fire.
Lyndon Smith is a former US Army National Guard officer and a graduate of Yale University. He is also the retired President of the Senior Carolina Fire Advisory Company and has over thirty years of experience in residential fire safety.
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