Fire Extinguishers In Your Home
should you have in your
home? Where should you place them in your home? Common
sense answers to these and other questions regarding home
Where To Place Fire Extinguishers In Your Home
Place a fire extinguisher at the following locations.
In your kitchen.
In your garage.
In your bedroom.
In the hallway.
At the doorway between
the kitchen and garage.
In the vicinity of any
room where there is a potential source of fire. For example if you
have a room that you work on a hobby that involves a source of heat
such a soldering or machines.
In your vehicle.
General Rules For
Proper Extinguisher Placement
They should be mounted or placed in a
highly visible location 3.5 to 5 feet above the floor, out of the reach
of small children. They should not be too close to potential fire
locations such as stoves or trashcans or a fire may prevent you from
getting to the extinguisher. In addition, fire extinguishers are under
pressure and should not be located near any heat sources such as
radiators or vents. In case of fire, you do not want to move away from
avenues of escape in order to reach the extinguisher, so place it near or en route to an exit. Entrances and exits are great
places to have them. Place them in
locations where you can see them often. Seeing them often will remind
you where it is when you need it.
Fire Extinguisher Location - DON'TS
Do not hide them. Make there
location obvious. In the home, most extinguishers clash with
the decor and people have a tendency to hide them and keep them out
of sight. They think by just having one in their
home they are being safe and prepared for a fire.
Don't put them behind curtains or
Don't put them behind in closets.
Most people do, but it's not a good idea.
Don't put them near the stove of
potential source of fire.
Don't put them near any heat
Don't put them within the reach of
small children or pets.
Don't get fire extinguishers that are too big
for you to handle.
Fire Extinguisher Location - DO's
Make the locations obvious and visible to strangers and visitors in your house. They
won't do much good if your are the only one who knows where they are
and your are incapacitated or not around at the time.
Use the decals that come with the extinguishers.
Keep one in your car.
Use some thought as to how many to purchase and where to place them.
Check often to see that your extinguishers
are still charged. Sometimes they develop slow leaks and may
discharge over time. Check them every time you
replace the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Whenever possible, placethem near
the entrances/exits of rooms.
Fire Extinguishers In The Bedroom
Should you have a fire extinguisher in your bedroom?
Yes, having one in your bedroom makes sense. If a fire
starts up during the nighttime you don't want to be trapped in your
bedroom with no way of fighting the fire or to clear a path for your
exit. It may also be a good idea to keep an axe in your bedroom closet
or behind the door to smash out bedroom windows for escaping fires.
Fire Extinguishers In The Kitchen
Most fires in the home start in the kitchen. The
stove is the obvious reason why. Do not put the extinguisher near
the stove or over the stove. The best place to put one
in the kitchen is by the door.
Fire Extinguishers In The Garage
It's always a good idea to have one
in your garage. Garages are often used to store flammable items and then
again you have your car which is a source of ignition and flammable liquid
(gasoline). The best location to mount it is by the
Authored By Mike Coviello (Tanner)
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