Poetry at the Post: Fire Safety with Joshua Mehigan & The NFPA

Fire Safety
BY JOSHUA MEHIGAN
Aluminum tank
indifferent in its place

behind a glass door
in the passageway,

fire 1

Deep Spring cleaning—ugh!

Tuesday we tackled the kitchen pantry—pulled everything out, painted the shelving,  sifted through the expired spices and dusted off the fire extinguisher.

The National Fire Protection Agency’s code says portable fire extinguishers should be inspected monthly and should undergo thorough maintenance once a year. And while the yearly maintenance should be performed by a professional, you can perform the monthly checks

Oops!  Ok—good news!  The pressure gage indicator was still in the green … but barely. Professionally inspected? Never. Seriously. This is bad.

fire 2

OK! I’ve replaced my fire extinguisher and am keeping the monthly inspection tag handy. I’m going to do better in the future.

So—when was the last time YOU checked your fire extinguisher? Do it now and tell your friends.

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I can’t resist. Here’s one more fire poem. (10 cent stamp! When was that?)*

Fire and Ice
BY ROBERT FROST

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.

*1974-75