Fire extinguishers in the home are an important element of fire prevention and safety. Unfortunately, many homeowners make mistakes on where the place the extinguisher and which extinguishers they buy. Here, you will learn how to choose the right type of extinguishers and where to place them in your home.
Type of Extinguisher
Fire extinguishers are categorized in four main groups.
- Class A : for ordinary combustible fires
- Class B: for flammable liquid fires
- Class C: for electrical fires
- Class D: for combustible metal fires
These categories are grouped together to create a fire extinguisher that will put out all sorts of fires. In the home, you are best to look for a fire extinguisher rated A, B and C. However, if you have a metal working shop in your garage, you should also have a Class D fire extinguisher on hand.
Placement of Extinguishers
Many homeowners make the same mistake of placing their one and only fire extinguisher in the cabinet closet to the stove thinking that they will have easy access to it if they should have a stove fire. Unfortunately, stove fires can spread rapidly and prevent you from being able to access the one tool that could put the fire out.
Instead of placing your extinguisher directly beside the stove, place it at the doorway so that you can easily grab it as you enter the kitchen.
Other places you should have a fire extinguisher in your home include:
- The garage
- Your bedroom
- The basement
- The hallway
- Any room that has a fireplace or wood burning stove
- Rooms that share walls with chimneys
Fire extinguishers need to be easy to reach, but should be high enough that small children cannot reach them. You have the option of installing fire extinguisher boxes with glass fronts that need to be broken to gain access or using simple brackets that the extinguisher will hang on and can be freely grabbed when needed.
Fire extinguishers should never be placed directly near anything that produces heat. Avoid placing them above heating vents or beside fireplaces or wood burning stoves. The heat could cause the pressurized contents to expand and potentially explode.
Fire extinguishers could save your home if you have the right type and have them in locations where you can easily access them in an emergency situation. If you have further questions about what extinguishers you need for your home or where to place them, contact your local Fire Extinguisher Service Center.