Tips for Choosing a Fire Extinguisher for Your Home
Choosing The Right Tool For Your Home
It is incredibly important for every home to have at least one fire extinguisher. A tipped candle, a grease fire, or an electrical spark can all start as small flames that can do real damage. Did you know that not all extinguishers are the same? They are primarily differentiated by size but they also have different classifications based on the type of home fire that they're able to extinguish. Here are some tips for choosing the right tool for your home.
A fire extinguisher can weigh two, five, or ten pounds. A five-pound extinguisher is the most common for a house fire because the size is easily managed by most people. A larger ten-pound extinguisher is better for a garage or other out building because a fire could burn there for a longer time before it is noticed. A two-pound extinguisher is portable and can be kept in the car for roadside emergencies.
Each extinguisher has a category of A, B, or C. Category C fights electrical fires as the contents won't conduct electricity. B is for liquids such as cooking oil, while A is for all other types of flammable material. Each letter is combined with a number. The higher the number, the more effective the extinguishing power for that type of material. A 4-A is better than a 2-A. Most extinguishers do fight all three types of fires.
Despite having a fire preparedness plan, sometimes an extinguisher isn't enough. Be wise with how long you try to fight the fire on your own and always prioritize getting your family to safety. Call 911 from a safe place. Once the danger is over, you can call a fire remediation company to help restore your home and valuables.
The right fire extinguisher—and probably multiple of them—in your home will give you peace of mind that you can protect your family.