Using a Fire Extinguisher

You have undoubtedly seen a fire extinguisher before. It’s the large red canister sitting under your kitchen sink. Or perhaps you’ve seen one hanging in a classroom or a warehouse. Considering how common they are, it’s surprising to find out that many people haven’t had to use them. Knowing how to properly use a fire extinguisher can be a very valuable step in keeping a small emergency fire from burning down a building or injuring people.

Using an extinguisher is easy. The acronym PASS is recommended:

P. Pull the metal pin out of the extinguisher. You might have to break a plastic band that attaches a tag to the extinguisher.
A. Aim the extinguisher hose at the fire. Remember to point it at the base because shooting the flames won’t help. The fire will come back again if you don’t aim for the base.

S. Squeeze the trigger to make the extinguisher shoot its contents at the fire.

S. Sweep your spray across the fire in a calm, controlled manner. A panicked spray is ineffective.

Don’t forget to call the fire department if the fire cannot be put out. Many people start fighting a small fire and forget to call for help. The common recommendation is to call the fire department if a fire has flames that exceed your height.

**These tips come from Labenco LLC, a company that sells the 5lb Buckeye ABC fire extinguisher.**

You Can Customize Anything

Our culture seems to have moved to the age of customization with the invention of the Ipod.  Ever since people could create their own list of music and carry it with them everywhere, things have become customizable.  Phones and Facebook offer individual pages and social media that each person can make their own.  They even work for completely unique self-identification and self-promotion.  

While these are some of the latest versions of technology to show off individuality, older ways of self expression still work quite well.

Take, for example, clothing.  T-shirts have long been a way to let others know what brand you support or what motto you live by.  But an increase in personalization means custom T-shirts are a great way to have something no one else has.  This has crossed over into Greek culture on college campuses.  Shirts are used for fraternity or sorority members to show off which group they belong to and students further customize their clothing to show off their Greek letters in a way that is unique even from their fellow brothers or sisters.  Certain companies located near a university look to cater to their client base of college students and offer complete lines of customizable attire, including hoodies, polos, jackets, hats, and pants.  One such example is UTS Promos, a business that sells T-shirts in Columbia, MO.  They cater to the Greek system for the University of Missouri but also sell corporate attire and offer engraving services.

Customizable Humor

Some of the most memorable advertisements are delivered with humor.  From Superbowl ads that we enjoy more than the game to T-shirts with messages that we repeat to friends, being funny is one of the better ways to have someone share a message.  While television and clothing are some of the older methods to sport humor, customizeable items are now receiving the same benefits.  One such item that now adds comedy to our daily lives is custom coasters.  


A coaster that specifically refers to the drink that it will bear says “wine is cheaper than therapy.”  It specifically denotes that the wine-drinker is drinking on purpose and it humorously excuses the drinking as a realistic way of dealing with stress.  A variation of this joke is “a good friend is cheaper than therapy.”  The premise is the same but the first quote would naturally work much better on a coaster.   


In addition to custom coasters, the sleeves used on hot drinks such as coffee have started to become customizable.  One of the more humorous messages to read on a coffee sleeve is “only 8 more hours to go.”  The quote makes light of someone hating their job.  It is common to hear someone say there are only a few more hours to go in the workday, but someone optimistically looking forward to the end of day at the very start is unusual.  The interest in stopping work before it has even begun (when someone has coffee in the morning) is why this quote works so well on the outside of a coffee cup.