Do you have fire extinguishers in your house? Do you know where they are located? If you don’t have fire extinguishers you should get one (or more) immediately. There are many sources of fire and combustibles in the average home and fires can rage out of control in a matter of minutes. Having easily accessible fire extinguishers is the best way to control a small fire before it becomes a large fire. Fires that spread beyond the room of origin are the cause of four out of five home fire deaths and almost half of all house fire injuries. There are particularly good locations to install a fire extinguisher. Read on to learn about four key areas to keep fire extinguishers in your house!
Kitchens are the most important location for a home fire extinguisher and it is easy to understand why. Cooking equipment is the top cause of all reported home fires and fire injuries. Kitchen fire extinguishers should be installed near stoves and other cooking appliances, but not so close to impede access in the event of a fire. If you have a smaller kitchen, you might need to mount the kitchen extinguisher on a wall in a closet, as long as it is accessible from the kitchen.
Near Heat Sources
One-fifth of all house fires are caused by heating equipment. Whether it is your chimney and fireplace, a room heater, or pellet stove, make sure you know exactly where the closest extinguisher is to each heat source. Just like cooking equipment, do not keep the extinguishers right next to the heat source, but at a safe distance away.
Garages, workshops, and sheds are usually full of different combustible materials, especially things like oils, cleaning products, and gas canisters. It’s vitally important to have a fire extinguisher located in your garage. Make sure your garage fire extinguisher is the correct type and size for flammable liquids.
Most fires occur at night, so each bedroom in your home should have easy access to fire extinguishers. A fire protection company can help you figure out a safe and secure spot in, or adjacent to bedrooms to locate and install fire extinguishers.
Fire Protection Services from Fireline
Whether you need smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or an automatic sprinkler system installed at your commercial property, Fireline has you covered. We have been protecting people and property from fire damage since 1947—and our experience shows in our excellent work! We are known for our superb customer service, our expertise, and our reliability. For more information on how we can help your residential or commercial property, visit us online or give us a call at (800) 553-3405. We are located in Baltimore, MD, with a second office in Leesburg, VA. For more fire safety tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.