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Toddler Dies in Fire, Fire Codes Violated, Electronic Fire Extinguisher Monitoring and Annual Inspections Could have helped

Posted by Brendan McSheffrey on 9/28/11, 12:49 PM

A very sad story.  In Albuquerque, NM a 1 year old toddler was killed in a fire that was started when her 4 year old sister was playing with a lighter.  Unfortunately, it is possible that this tragedy did not need to happen.

According to KOB.com, the website of Channel 4 news in Albuquerque:city_of_albuquerque

The city found 30 units without working smoke detectors in the complex located near Topke and San Mateo in Northeast Albuquerque.

Officials say that while all units were equipped with a fire extinguisher,every one had expired tags.

The new apartment managers have assured the city that they are working to get all extinguishers checked.

Mitchell’s mother Tataneisha told KOB Eyewitness News 4 that she had tried to put the fire out using the extinguisher but she couldn’t get it to work.

These types of stories are all too common.  When a fire is in its early stages, we rely on fire extinguishers to be available and functional.  When they don't work, the ability to manage the fire is greatly compromised, sometimes with tragic consequences. 

Fire extinguishers must be monitored, maintained and accessible in order to ensure this type of terrible story doesn't keep repeating itself.

Topics: Fire Safety, Fire Suppression, Home Fire, Fire Extinguisher, Codes and Standards, Compliance, Uninspected Fire Extinguishers, Non-functional Fire Extinguisher, NFPA 10 Code Compliance, Apartment