Helpful Fire Extinguisher Tips for Your Home
When you take steps to prevent a fire from occurring in your home, it’s often important to have the appropriate tools, including a fire extinguisher. However, knowing what extinguisher to purchase can seem confusing.
There are several pieces of information that can help you pick the right extinguisher(s) for your home.
Tips to consider when purchasing a Fire Extinguisher
What Type of Extinguisher Should You Purchase?
There are various types of extinguishers, all of which are used to put out different types of fires. It’s often important to make sure you are using the right type of extinguisher on a fire.
Some of the most common types of extinguishers include:
• Type A, which puts out fires started with items such as wood or paper
• Type B, which extinguishes fires started with oil or grease
• Type C, which should only be used to put out electrical fires
• Combination, which may be labeled as AB, BC, ABC, etc.
Where Should You Place Extinguishers?
Often, it’s helpful to strategically place a fire extinguisher in locations in your home where a fire is most likely to occur. The following are places that could be useful places to put an extinguisher:
• In kitchens, as a kitchen fire is a common type of fire to occur in homes
• In the garage, where a grease or electrical fire could occur
• Near your laundry machine, where an electrical fire could occur
How Do You Use an Extinguisher?
• Pull the pin on the top of the extinguisher back
• From a safe distance, aim toward the fire
• Tightly squeeze the handle
• Use a sweeping motion to ensure the fire is fully extinguished
A fire extinguisher can prevent a fire from becoming uncontrollable and can protect you and your home. Knowing the difference between types of extinguishers and understanding how to use an extinguisher can help you be more prepared for a fire. If your home has been affected by fire damage, it could help to contact fire restoration experts.