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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Fire Extinguisher

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

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Here Are Three Tips To Choose The Right One For Your Home

When you move into a new home in Weho, CA, you know that one of the first things you need to do is make sure that your home is fire safe. That means checking on or installing fire alarms, refreshing your escape plan, and ensuring that there is a functional fire extinguisher on each level of the house. If you've previously rented, you probably haven't had to think about choosing your own extinguisher and you might not even know that there are different types.

1. Classifications
There are three classifications for a fire extinguisher - A, B, or C. A signifies ordinary combustibles such as paper, wood, or cloth; B is for flammable liquids; and C is for electrical fires. Most extinguishers for homes are classified as A:B:C which means that they are appropriate for a home fire of any sort. If you do have to use the extinguisher in your home, always call 911 for help. Even if you think that you extinguished the fire, having professionals verify the safety of your home is important. Later, a fire damage restoration company can help you to clean up your home.

2. Size
Extinguishers come in different sizes by weight. While bigger may seem better, it's important to consider who is in your home. A 10-pound extinguisher measures only the weight of the liquid inside; the canister adds more weight. If it's not easy or impossible for someone to maneuver, it can't be an effective part of your fire preparedness plan. A 5-pound extinguisher is the most common for inside the home, as most people can manage that. There are 2-pound versions that are best for keeping in the car.

3. Types
You can choose a disposable or a rechargeable extinguisher. While the upfront cost of a rechargeable one will be more, refilling them once used is less expensive than purchasing a new disposable one.
Purchasing the right fire extinguisher for your home will help to keep your family safe in your new home.

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