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399 Acronyms Revisited for 6/12/2015 A couple of years back I wrote a column about acronyms, specifically a few to keep in mind for safety issues About the House. If your memory is anything like mine is, it’s time for a refresher course. One acronym I wrote about was GFCI, which stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. This is an electrical device that measures the amount of electrical energy flow to a device and turns the flow off when a ground fault occurs. The fault in this case would be the energy flowing into a person’s body instead of the drill, saw, blender, or curling iron being used. It is not necessary to understand exactly what a ground fault is; you just need to know you can protect your wellbeing by having a GFCI breaker or duplex in proper working condition. These should installed be in bathrooms, kitchens, garages and the exterior of your home. About half of the GFCI duplexes I test while doing a home inspection fail to work properly and cut the power flow. Having these devices installed or checked by an electrician is a great way to know they are working properly. Another acronym is ABC. This usage refers to Ashes, Barrels, and Current. These are descriptors for the three basic types of fire we encounter in our homes: Things that leave Ashes like paper or wood; Things that come in Barrels, such as gas and oil, and finally; Fires caused by electrical Current. You will want to have an extinguisher able to fight all three types of fire. You do have fire extinguishers in your home right? They are readily accessible too, right? And everyone knows where they are and how to use them, right? Good deal! But just in case here is a reminder acronym: PASS. PASS stands for: Pull the pin; Aim at the base of the fire (not the top); Squeeze the trigger; and finally Sweep the extinguisher back and forth to put the fire out. Another acronym for fire safety is RACE; Rescue - only if it can be done immediately and safely; Alarm - as in pull the handle, break the glass, or call 911; Confine the fire - by closing the door if possible, and lastly; Extinguish using the PASS method described above. By remembering these acronyms you can eliminate this one, DEAD: Which means Doesn’t Eat Any Dinner ATH,
(About the House).
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