Jul 13, 2016
Should You Keep A Fire Extinguisher In Your Home?
Have you ever wondered whether or not you should keep a fire extinguisher in your home? Growing up, I never had a fire extinguisher in the home and never learned to use one either, but I think it might be time to make the leap.
Now that I live alone, I have to think of the possibility of certain things happening… like grease catching fire, falling asleep while boiling or cooking something late at night, or leaving home forgetting that I had a lit candle going on, and so forth.
When you’ve got multiple people in your home – and pets! – it’s a lot easier to rest assured that someone will have your back before anything were to go seriously wrong, but when you’re alone, it’s best to be as overly prepared as possible.
Before we continue on talking about the benefits of purchasing a fire extinguisher, I’d like to emphasize the fact that a fire extinguisher is in no way a replacement for a smoke detector. It’s just an extra layer of security that you can add to your home’s fire safety plan.
What Type Of Fire Extinguisher Should You Get?
There are various types of fire extinguishers available on the market for a variety of fires that can ignite within a home. The different types of fire extinguishers are divided by ‘class’. For example ‘grease fires’, which happen when grease and oil come into contact with heat, need Class K fire extinguishers to be put under control.
To decide on the best fire extinguisher(s) for your home, figure out which situation is most likely to occur:
- Class A: ordinary combustibles like cloth, wood, and paper
- Class B: flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, and oil
- Class C: electrical appliances and tools
- Class D: flammable metals (mostly in factories)
- Class K: vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances
When Should You Use A Fire Extinguisher?
It’s recommended that you only try to stifle a fire once everyone has safely evacuated the home and the fire department has been called. Once those two conditions have been met, ensure that the flames are small enough that you can still see and breathe in the room. From there, it’s safe to attempt to put out the flames using your fire extinguisher given that it’s the appropriate grade for the situation.
Have you ever put out a flame using your own fire extinguisher? Share your story in the comments below!