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What To Know When Choosing a Fire Extinguisher

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Home fire extinguishers can be a life saver. Whether you place one in the kitchen area, near exits, or just in and easy to grab spot, they can enable you to put out a small fire quickly before it spreads. It can add an extra element of safety and peace of mind for your family. 

But how do you know if you have the right fire extinguisher for your home or usage needs? 

All household fire extinguishers are classified A, B, or C (or a combination of the three).

You should be sure to check the label for the classification letter. Each letter corresponds to the type of fires they can be used on. Ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids or electrical for example. An extinguisher labeled A,B & C will give you the most versatile use since it’s classified to be used on all three types. 

Choose the proper size:

10-pound
Best for: Garage or home workshop, where a fire might grow in size before being noticed.
Look for: Rechargeable model with hose for ease of use.

5-pound
Best for: Quick grab in the kitchen or laundry room.
Look for: Rechargeable model with hose for ease of use.

2-pound
Best for: Car.
Look for: Disposable model with mounting hardware to keep it from rolling around in the trunk.

Location, location, location.

Once you’ve determined the proper type and size fire extinguisher for your application, you must decide on the best location to place the extinguisher. Easily accessible, clearly marked areas are best. Mounting the fire extinguisher on a wall by the exit door to a room, will allow you to use the extinguisher with your back to the door. This will provide a quick escape if the fire spreads within the room. 

Above all, make sure that your family’s safety is top priority. Escaping the fire unharmed is always the ultimate goal of fire safety. 

Once the fire is out and the extinguisher has done it’s job, rely on the experts at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall to clean up the fire’s lasting effects of odor, soot and dust. We offer 24 hour emergency service. Our expert team is just a phone call away at 732-577-1010.

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