Daylight Savings Time ends for 2010 in most areas of Canada and the USA on November 7th.
Usually, in the spring when we turn the clocks ahead and in the fall when when we turn the clocks back one hour we are taught to do things like check the batteries in our smoke and carbon dioxide detectors, check the expiration date of any fire extinguishers we may have in the home and check the air filters in our central furnace, etc.
Well, what if you do not have a fire extinguisher in your home?
You should. I should. My daughter who lives away from home should.
If you don’t, you should get one. Some house insurance policies even give you a discount if you have one in your house. Of course to be sure you would need to check with your insurance broker or directly with your insurance company if any particular model would provide you with such a discount.
Which one to get?
Well, I am not a certified fire prevention professional.
However, in my average Joe knowledge, I really like the Tundra Fire Extinguishing spray for use in the home or even the office from First Alert.
According to Deborah Hanson, Director of External Affairs for First Alert, October is Fire Prevention month in the United States sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
As part of this, I was asked by First Alert to review its combination Smoke and Carbon Dioxide detector a few weeks ago. I said ‘sure’, but I also asked if they could throw in one of these because we ourselves did not have any fire extinguishers in our home.
They sent two shown on our kitchen island in the above picture. Both have an expiration date of June 2015, more than four and a half years out. We will keep one.
I am giving the other one to our daughter who lives away from us.
This product has been around for a few years now but it is the first time I had heard of it.
Key information from the packaging includes the comment “Sprays 4 times longer than traditional fire extinguishers”. When I inquired about this comment, Ms. Hanson from First Alert indicated:
“According to an independent testing study, the discharge time for Tundra™ Fire Extinguishing Spray is four times greater than 2-B:C or 5-B:C kitchen fire extinguisher; minimum of approximately 32 seconds vs. approximately eight seconds.”
The product label on the Tundra™ Fire Extinguishing Spray indicates it will work on grease, fabric, trash and electric fires.
Here is the promotional / instructional video from First Alert on this product which I found very useful:
Here is another video from You Tube by a local TV station evaluating the product vs a standard fire extinguisher with the help of a fire prevention professional:
Both are about 3 minutes long.
What struck me was the non-toxic type of residue which is left to clean up as well as the much greater directed spray for a much reduced amount to clean up.
Now, here is my critical point.
The problem I have always always had with fire extinguishers is that using them is not a natural task. Pull the pin; what pin? Use one hand to hold and point the nozzle while using your other hand to press down on the canister.
For many people the mere sight of a fire extinguisher, including young children, can be imposing.
However, in North America who has not used a spray can every now and again for every day uses. This includes such every day items as: spraying non-stick coating on a frying pan; spraying WD40 on a squeaky door hinge or rusted bolt; using a spray paint; using an underarm deodorant spray; …..the list goes on.
My point is that a spray can is not in any way imposing or unnatural. It is a physical task requiring only one hand. It is a very common and easy task.
So this will likely, in a stressful, allow the common person or child to use the Tundra fire extinguishing spray much faster than a fire extinguisher. Faster reaction time results in significantly less damage from the fire, right?
This aspect of the Tundra fire extinguishing spray, combined with the other product features, could convince you to have a few in and around your house.
And so in future springs and falls when we turn our clocks ahead and back, include checking the expiration date of your Tundra fire extinguishing spray from First Alert should you purchase this product.
When you get the Tundra product home all you have to do is to unwrap the plastic cover on top of the can and place it in an easy to access location and be sure all of your home’s occupants know where it is. In the above picture you can see that the can on the left is the one we are keeping as it now has the plastic wrapping already removed.
According to a long time visitor to our site, Vasile, this product is not certified for use in Canada.
As well, as other reviews have indicated there is no pressure gauge indicator like traditional fire extinguishers; check the expiration date twice a year in the spring and fall when you turn your clocks ahead and back an hour.
The Tundra™ Fire Extinguishing Spray can be purchased on-line from First Alert or from Select Lowe’s, Select ACE Hardware, The Home Depot, Menards, Target and Walmart locations in the USA.
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