Roadway Wildfires

Due to consecutive days with high heat and zero rain, the dry grass surrounding the roadways can flame up quickly.   Human carelessness is the #1 cause of these roadside wildfires.   Sparks from chainsaws, dragging trailer chains, tossed cigarettes, fireworks, unshielded OHV mufflers and discharging a firearm can ignite a nearby dry patch of grass. …

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Undercharged Fire extinguisher

Check the Gauge: If the extinguisher is properly charged, the dial of the pressure gauge will be in the green section. A reading below 185 p.s.i. is considered undercharged which may be an indication that the extinguisher was discharged or leaking. Call A&A Fire and Safety Company to schedule your yearly fire extinguisher inspections. 510-834-5353…

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Air Pollution from Burning Trash

Trash fires pollute the air with the harmful chemicals released through the smoke and ash. Trash containing plastics, polystyrene (such as foam cups), CCA pressure-treated wood and bleached or colored papers can produce harmful chemicals when burned. For example, when CCA pressure-treated wood (which contains arsenic) is burned, arsenic can be released in the smoke…

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Burning Household Waste

Trash Burning: Arkansas Law prohibits the burning of household wastes to protect residents and visitors from hazardous emissions.  The release of the hazardous ash into the air can cause an increase in the risk of heart disease, aggravate respiratory systems, and cause rashes, nausea, or headaches.  Protect the air you breathe by utilizing the curbside…

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Business Fires

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, as many as one in four businesses that suffer some kind of major disaster do not reopen.  According to the NFPA, the  #1 cause is cooking equipment. The #2 cause is electrical.  With 90% of business fires being large enough to activate sprinklers, every business owner should ensure…

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Summer Fire Watch

Summer thunderstorms spread lightning throughout the skies.  The dangers from summer lightning are compounded with the dry conditions and high temperatures that contribute to the rapid spread of wildfires during the summer.   Safety Tip: Avoid family activities or travel in heavily wooded or dry areas during thunderstorms.
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Don’t forget the Fire Extinguishers

To support a safe work environment, OSHA regulations monitor every aspect of a commercial business including fire protection.  Under 29 CFR 1910.157 fire extinguishers are to be visually inspected monthly.   29 CFR 1910.157 also requires the fire extinguishers to receive an annual maintenance check by a certified fire protection company.  Failure to comply with…

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Do Fire Extinguishers Expire?

The contents of fire extinguishers expire after a few years whether the extinguisher has been used or not. Most fire extinguishers depend on a propellant to push their contents out of the hose and onto a fire. Much like a can of whipped cream will go “flat”, it is the propellant in extinguishers that tends…

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