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Who is Life Safety?

Knowing who is behind a company is just as important as the product or service that it provides. We want you to be confident that there is experience and knowledge behind everything we do here at Life Safety Service and Supply

Drew Marchetti, founder and president of Life Safety Service & Supply, has more than 30 years of experience in this business. Prior to starting his company in 1997, Drew worked in sales and service with two leading emergency lighting equipment manufacturers.

 

Our field servwho-we-areice technicians also offer customers years of experience—a total of more than 60 years of service and expertise in this specialized and critical life safety equipment business.

 

 

“Our knowledgeable staff is available to answer calls promptly and work closely with clients in commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities. We are ready to visit your facility to assess your emergency lighting, fire extinguishers and recommend solutions to insure maximum safety with optimal cost effectiveness.” - Drew Marchetti

Making Fire Safety Your New Year’s Resolution

new-years-resolutionThe New Year is a good time to focus on improving fire safety in your home.

The New Year is upon us, which means people will be making New Year’s resolutions. Why not make improved fire safety one of your resolutions? After all, this is the sort of resolution that will benefit you and your family.

Being better at fire safety sounds great but what does it really mean? You need to be organized in how you approach your resolution to improve fire safety.

  • Have a game plan. Your plan of action needs to include a fire escape plan. Make sure everyone in your household knows where the proper exits are in case of fire. There should also be a designated place to meet outside the home, in a safe area.
  • Make sure all fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working. Smoke detectors should be throughout the house. There should be at least one working smoke detector and carbon detector on every floor of the home.
  • At minimum, mount a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and garage. If you have a workshop in an area like the basement, mount a fire extinguisher there as well. The National Fire Protection Association actually recommends mounting a fire extinguisher on every floor of your home. Any rechargeable fire extinguisher should be serviced every six years. Fire extinguishers with dry chemicals should be shaken periodically to keep chemicals from compacting.
  • Keep battery-powered flashlights in designated areas. Everyone in the home should know where those flashlights are located.
  • Cooking remains the leading cause of fires in homes. Make sure to clean your stove top, oven and the inside of your microwave. Never leave the kitchen will cooking.
  • If you smoke, quitting smoking is always a great new year’s resolution. Smoking is the leading cause of home fire deaths in the U.S. Check ashtrays for burning cigarette butts and never smoke in bed.

Holiday Safety

Fire safety is very important during the holiday season.

Tree christmas and FireplaceFire safety becomes very important around the holiday season. We tend to use many more lights and candles for decorations and to set the holiday mood. It’s also important to remember that the Christmas tree must be handled with care.

Here are some facts from the U.S. Fire Administration:

  • One out of every three Christmas tree fires is cause by electrical problems.
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. This is the month where eleven percent of home candle fires begin with decorations, compared to four percent the rest of the year.
  • More than half of those home candle fires occur when something that can catch fire is too close to the candle.

So how you make your home a little safer this holiday season? Here are some tips.

  • Make sure you have a working fire extinguisher in your home.
  • Be certain to have working smoke detectors in your home. Check the batteries on all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • When choosing an artificial Christmas tree, be sure it is labeled, certified or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
  • When choosing a natural tree, choose a fresh tree. This will reduce the chances of those green needles falling off every time the tree is touched.
  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut one to two inches from the base of the trunk.
  • Add water to the tree stand and make sure to water the tree on a daily basis.
  • Keep the tree at least three feet away from any heat sources, like radiators, heating vents, fireplaces, wood stoves or candles.
  • Use the right lights. Some holiday lights are made specifically for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. Make sure the lights have the label of an independent testing laboratory.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving the house or going to bed.

What Are AED’s

aedAED’s (automated external defibrillators) are life-saving devices that can be used in a home or business.

An automated external defibrillator (AED) can be the difference between life and death. An AED is a portable device that checks the rhythm of the heart and can send an electronic shock to the heart in an attempt to restore a normal heart rhythm.

This is why AED’s are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest. This is a condition where the heart suddenly stops beating. When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. Time is of the essence to save the person’s life. Sudden cardiac arrest is often fatal if it is not treated within minutes. Using an AED on a person in sudden cardiac arrest can save that person’s life.

Automated external defibrillators are lightweight, battery-powered portable devices that are easy to use. Each AED unit comes with instructions and the unit will deliver voice prompts to let the operator know how and when to send a shock to the heart.

It’s always a good idea to take a CPR course and learn how to use an AED. However, it’s still possible for an untrained person to use an AED to save a person’s life. It’s also critical that someone call 911, even when an AED is used.

Police and ambulance crews now carry AED’s. These devices are also commonly available in many public places such as schools, health clubs, office buildings, sports arenas, casinos, golf courses, cruise ships, airports and airplanes.

AED’s can also be placed in private homes.

If you are in Connecticut and want to learn more about AED’s, contact Life Safety Service & Supply. We are an authorized dealer of Defibtech AED’s. We offer training in CPR and AED use. Our technician has American Heart Association certification and is a trained instructor in CPR.

Life Safety Service & Supply also handles all warranty and repair services.