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[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Safety check this key fire fighting tool

Mar 15,2003
Everybody knows that stopping a fire when it starts can minimize damage. A fire extinguisher used during the start of a fire is much more efficient than calling a fire engine after the blaze has run wild. We all know this fact, but we fail to recognize the importance of keeping a fire extinguisher close at hand.
While the highly pressurized fire extinguisher is a lifesaver, it can turn into a dangerous tool if not maintained properly. Here are some tips to help you maintain this device safely.
Check to see if there are any external damage in the casing and the pin. Weigh the canister and shake it to check if the chemicals inside have not leaked. Make sure you check the pressure pin. It should be pointing to the green. Check for cracks in the hose. Finally, once a month, turn the extinguisher upside down to mix the chemicals inside.
In the right place at the right time, this safety tool can save your property and your life.


by Baek Jong-hi


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