An Ounce of Fire Prevention
The NTPA (Natonal Tractor Pullers Association) told Allen Kronebusch that they want every pull official to carry a unit of STOP-FYRE fire extinguisher in a holster for fire prevention.
“Some pullers have got $50,000, $100,000 or a quarter-million dollars tied up in their machines,” he said. “They don’t want that ammonium phosphate anywhere near their machine.”
Allen Kronebusch said most dry-chemical extinguishers on the market cost much less up-front — between $50 and $100 — but they should be checked monthly and serviced or replaced annually. The STOP-FYRE extinguisher costs about $500 but is a multi-shot unit, he said.
When it’s empty, AKE will send a shipping company to pick it up at no cost to the client. The cost to refill an empty STOP-FYRE extinguisher is about $350, he said.
“Many insurance companies are quite happy to pay for the refill,” he added.
Allen Kronebusch said his product is the only one on the market to carry an unconditional lifetime guarantee. He knows of units that have been on farms for 20 years without needing service.
“If it’s ever not working, we’ll replace it. That includes if you break it,” he said.
The extinguisher also is designed for ease of use in the event of preventing a fire from spreading.
Kronebusch said some AKE customers have only one arm.
Along with farmers, STOP-FYRE customers needing fire prevention include residential, manufacturing and restaurants.
While his bottom line hinges on fire extinguisher sales, Allen Kronebusch is equally motivated to teach people about smoke detector placement.
He said 87 percent of the people who die in fires perish in their homes during the night, and about 65 percent of fires are sparked in the kitchen.
A smoke detector should be placed in every hallway of a home and in the kitchen, he said. Detectors should be located so residents will be alerted to a fire within 30 to 60 seconds of it starting.
In every bedroom closet should be a jug of water that can be poured onto a piece of cloth and put over a person’s nose and mouth so they can escape a fire.
Families also should have a predetermined spot outside the house where they will meet in case of fire, he said.
Kronebusch recommends placing fire extinguishers throughout a home and property so that, if a fire starts, it would take no more than six seconds to grab one and be back battling a blaze.
“Your worst enemy in a fire is time,” he said.
“People think they have time, but they really don’t.”
A typical farm should have 10 to 20 fire extinguishers, including one on each piece of machinery, in the shop and in the home, he said. Fire extinguishers should be in the master bedroom and kitchen. An ounce of prevention goes a long way.
AKE offers discounts on large orders of fire extinguishers.
“When you’re properly prepared, you can have a minor inconvenience vs.
a major tragedy,” Kronebusch said.
Heidi Clausen can be reached at clausen@ amerytel.net.