Hopefully, you'll never find yourself in a situation where you need to use a fire extinguisher. However, if you have a portable fire extinguisher in your home or place of business, it's always in your best interest to know how to use it. This way, in the event that there is a fire, you'll have the knowledge and resources available to extinguish the fire or keep it from spreading until help arrives.
DO Consider Alternatives
When a fire breaks out, it can be difficult to think straight. However, try to remember that going for the fire extinguisher may not always be the best option. For example, if you're cooking and a fire begins in a stove top pan, the best way to put it out (so long as it hasn't spread outside the pan) is to simply cover the pan with a lid. Just be sure to put an oven mitt on before placing the lid on the pan so as to avoid burning your hand and forearm. Using a fire extinguisher in this situation could actually splash burning grease onto nearby cabinets and fabrics, causing the fire to spread.
DO Keep the Extinguisher In An Accessible Place
Furthermore, when selecting a place for a portable fire extinguisher in your home, be sure to choose a place that's easily accessible. If you have a home that's more than one story, consider adding a fire extinguisher on each floor of the house. Also, because many house fires start in the kitchen, it's also a good idea to keep an extinguisher underneath your kitchen sink or in a nearby pantry. Be sure that your extinguisher is ABC-rated; this means it's designed to put out small electrical fires, combustible fires, and ignitable liquid fires.
DON'T Try to Be a Hero
Fires can spread surprisingly quickly. There's only so much a portable fire extinguisher can do before the help of a fire department will be needed. Never put your own life on the line in order to be a hero. If in doubt, contact the fire department and get everybody out of the building as quickly as possible. After all, material possessions can always be replaced, but you cannot.
Keep these fire extinguisher safety tips in mind, and talk to professional like Echo Fire Protection for more home safety ideas. Even though you hope you'll never need to use them, it's important that you're aware of them. This could be the difference between saving your home or watching it become engulfed in flames.Share
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