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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Smoke Detectors and Fire Extinguishers

There is at least one Brentwood family that can attest to the fact that working smoke detectors can mean the difference between replacing a sofa and replacing a home. Recently Brentwood Fire and Rescue received a call for a residential fire alarm due to activation of a smoke detector. This is not an uncommon occurrence in Brentwood as firefighters are often called out to these types of calls, which are frequently false alarms.

In this case, however, the alarm activated as intended and alerted the family to a small fire in their home. An unattended candle on an end table ignited a lamp and the nearby sofa. An adult in the home heard the smoke detector and went to investigate the cause. Finding the fire still in the incipient stage, they acted quickly and appropriately by retrieving a nearby fire extinguisher and extinguishing the small fire.

One fire engine responded to the scene to assist with removing the damaged furniture from the home before setting up their specialized fans to help remove the remaining smoke from the structure. Because the homeowner made the decision to maintain working smoke detectors and keep an extinguisher on hand, they were able to keep the damage to their home relatively minor.  

Thanks to the combination of smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and a home owner who knew how to use them, a scorched couch, a burned pillow and a ruined lamp were the extent of a small house fire.

Brentwood Fire and Rescue would like to remind you to check the batteries in your smoke detectors and keep a fire extinguisher in your home. You may never need them, but if you ever do, you’ll be grateful to have them on hand.