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  •  First recommend! (4.00)
    No, no questions, I'm still following up on your series.
    •  Thanks, RunawayRose (none)
      If you have a moment, and are so inclined, please share what you've done to prepare vs. what you plan to do in the future.

      -AG

      You are so evolved it boggles my fragile little mind. Now give me a 4, fucker. (Bill In Portland Maine, to Meteor Blades)

      by AlphaGeek on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 11:17:46 AM PDT

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      •  I've followed up some (4.00)
        Finally dug out the buried fire extinguisher and ensured it's still charged up.  Now have to test it.  You'd think my husband and kids would be chomping at the bit to go outside and shoot that thing, but noooo.  It sits and I remind.  I want the kids involved to see how to use it.  But we did have a family conversation about how to get out windows and where to meet in an emergency.  I ordered first aid kits from REI as AlphaGeek suggested, and I think I know where I'm going to put them (main floor in a closet that's in a highly reinforced area).  I have scoped out my food supply and have assured myself that we could get along quite awhile.  I passed on buying additional water just this morning, but I'll do it.  I have made a note to buy more Coleman fuel (and look up AG's advice for how to get power from the car battery).  I am aiming toward assembling go bags -- have anti-viral masks, travel TP, lots of similar things left over from a trip to China.  Medication has me stumped.  I don't want to have to change out meds periodically, but I don't want to have to gather them in an emergency, either.  I'm going to follow up on the rolling garbage can for bug-out movement of supplies.  You get the idea -- I'm on it, but there's lots more to do.  Thanks for the inspiration, AG!
        •  *One* fire extinguisher? (4.00)
          You have a minimum of 4 people -- how big is the house? If it isn't a postage stamp, you need 3-4. (Outside or in garage for fires outside, one each floor, one in kitchen.)

          Do you guys "exercise" it? Despite the "charge", it could be all the dust is compacted at the bottom. How old is it? By exercise I mean inverting gently, or rolling around a bit -- monthly.

          Why not go to Costco or similar, spend $40 on a two-pack of good-sized extinguishers? Then do the same thing again in 3-6 months. Then you'll be set. You really can double how far your money goes by shopping in the right place.

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          by AllisonInSeattle on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 12:43:31 PM PDT

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        •  Don't test it (none)
          Once you break the internal seal, the extinguisher should either be professionally recharged or discarded.  If yours does not have a dial-type gauge indicating internal pressure, and it's more than a few years old, you should not be relying on it as your sole means of fighting a fire.

          Fire departments frequently host training sessions on the proper use of a fire extinguisher.  If yours does, you should go -- and take the old extinguisher with you.

          As another poster mentioned, you should have more than one ancient fire extinguisher around.  I have two 3lb 1A/10BC units (one upstairs, one in the kitchen), a 10lb 1A/10BC unit hanging just outside the door into the garage, and a 1lb 2BC unit in each vehicle.

          -AG

          You are so evolved it boggles my fragile little mind. Now give me a 4, fucker. (Bill In Portland Maine, to Meteor Blades)

          by AlphaGeek on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 01:12:01 PM PDT

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          •  Great admonitions, Allison and AG! (none)
            Dial-equipped extinguisher, showing "charged" in green zone, easily 12 years old.  I won't test it, I'll take it to the FD for info/advice.  I'll buy more extinguishers, too.  Four people, 3,000 sq. feet.
            •  Why to be suspicious (none)
              Even if the pressure is still good, the fire-retardant powder in that type of extinguisher can settle to the bottom and cake up over time.  This reduces (but doesn't negate) the effectiveness of the fire extinguisher.

              Part of your yearly review of your preparedness should include checking all of your fire extinguishers -- and also, turning them upside down and giving them a good 10-20 seconds of shaking.  This will help somewhat with the caking problem.

              -AG

              You are so evolved it boggles my fragile little mind. Now give me a 4, fucker. (Bill In Portland Maine, to Meteor Blades)

              by AlphaGeek on Mon Oct 03, 2005 at 01:52:44 PM PDT

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