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Ask the Patch Pro: Experts Answer Your Fire Safety, Prevention Questions

Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer your questions about fire safety in the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.

It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions.

This week we're talking about fire safety. What regulations should you follow if you're having a bonfire? How often should you change or check your smoke detectors? What basic fire safety tips should your children know and when? 

Patch wants to help you get your questions answered, but we needed some help.

We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts:

If you consider yourself a local expert and would like to be added to the list, let us know! jordan.lanham@patch.com

Dennis October 12, 2012 at 04:58 AM
I have fire extinguishers on my upper level two on the main level and one in the basement two in my detached garage/shop and one in my garden shed. My garden shed isn't heated or cooled will the extreme heat and cold affect the fire extingushers in my garden shed? Also can my local fire departmet test my fire extinguishers? Oh yes the extingusihers are about 3 years old and the gauges read good. I also have electrical somke detectors with carbon dioxide dection, they also have battery back up.
Steve Brown October 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM
The Red Cross provides disaster assistance to any family suffering a loss due to fire or other natural disaster. Locally, the St. Peters Wesleyan Church also provides assistance to those in our community after a fire.
Steve Brown October 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Any smoke detector that is UL approved is recommended. It is best to have a detector that is hard wired into your electrical system with a battery backup in case the power goes off.
Steve Brown October 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM
An ABC rated fire extinguisher has very little to no moisture inside of it so it is not susceptible to the extreme heat or cold. You should check to make sure the gauge on the extinguisher read in the good range and every once in a while take the extinguisher off of the wall and turn it upside down a couple of time to make sure the powder is loose and ready to go. I do not know of any fire departments in the metro area that service or inspect fire extinguishers. You can look in the Yellow Pages or on-line for a local company to perform the service.
Elena Sabin October 12, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Jordan, If people have items they wish to donate, you can always call United Way's 2-1-1 and they can help you figure out where those items can go.

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