Fire Extinguishers 101

The first safety precaution every homeowner should take is to make a commitment to make responsible decisions that will not jeopardize the safety of the property or its occupants.Next, every homeowner should take the time to install a home fire alarm system. Lastly, every home should have a readily available fire extinguisher. Fire experts will recommend that you keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen; we at central-alarm concur. Below is everything you need to know about fire extinguishers, and protecting your home from an unfortunate disaster.

Different Types of Fire Extinguishers

There are basically four types of fire extinguishers designated by the National Fire Protection Association. First, is the class A. This fire extinguisher is the most typical, and it can be used to extinguish wood, paper, rubber, cloth, and trash fires. Also, a class B extinguisher can be used to extinguish solvents, oils, gasoline, and paints. This is useful to have handy on construction projects. Class C extinguishers put out electrical fires. Every warehouse must have a class C extinguisher readily available. Lastly, class K extinguishers put out cooking oils, and grease fires. These are helpful in the kitchen.

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The National fire protection association offers a simple acronym to help guide fire extinguisher users. It wouldn’t hurt to familiarize yourself with this easy to remember mnemonic device. It might save your property or even your life.

Pull the pin.

Aim low.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

As a side note, keep in mind that you should only take on fires that are contained in a small area, like a trashcan. If your home burst into flames, the fire extinguisher is essentially useless. Grab your valuables and flee the premises as soon as possible.

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