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Fire Extinguishers In Your Home

How many fire extinguishers should you have in your home? Where should you place them in your home? Common sense answers to these and other questions regarding home fire extinguishers.


Kidde 21005779 Pro 210 Fire Extinguisher

Kidde 21005779 Pro 210


Where To Place Fire Extinguishers In Your Home

Place a fire extinguisher at the following locations.

  1. In your kitchen.

  2. In your garage.

  3. In your bedroom.

  4. In the hallway.

  5. At the doorway between the kitchen and garage.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  1. 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.

  2. Don't put them behind curtains or drapes.

  3. Don't put them behind in closets. Most people do, but it's not a good idea.

  4. Don't put them near the stove of potential source of fire.

  5. Don't put them near any heat sources.

  6. Don't put them within the reach of small children or pets.

  7. Don't get fire extinguishers that are too big for you to handle.


Fire Extinguisher Location - DO's

  1. 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.

  2. Use the decals that come with the extinguishers.

  3. Keep one in your car.

  4. Use some thought as to how many to purchase and where to place them.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 door.



Authored By Mike Coviello (Tanner)


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