Think fast: where do you keep your home’s fire extinguishers? We’re hoping you’re imagining that ultra-handy, life-saving device, stowed away under the kitchen sink (or at least somewhere in your home). I think you know what we’re getting at here, right? If you don’t have fire extinguishers in your home, you need them, and you need them now! With various sizes available, and prices starting at only $15, there’s no excuse for not having at least one in your home. You also will want to know fire extinguisher safety once you have bought one.
If you’re still reading, it’s safe to say that you’re looking to purchase a fire extinguisher, and you’re also looking for our help. Use the steps below as a guide, and you’ll be good to go.
How many fire extinguishers will you need? The National Fire Protection Association recommends keeping at least one fire extinguisher in the kitchen and one in the garage. Following the same logic of smoke alarms and CO detectors, you should also store an easily accessible fire extinguisher on every level of your home. Why? Consider this: if an electrical fire occurs upstairs, there’s no time to run downstairs to retrieve the fire extinguisher you have stored under your kitchen sink. Remember: planning ahead for little emergencies like these keeps them from turning into disasters.
Now that you have an exact count of how many fire extinguishers you’ll need, it’s time to shop. Head to your local hardware or home improvement store, and check out their fire safety sections.
If you’ve never purchased a fire extinguisher before, you probably have several questions, and want to learn everything you can about the purchasing process. For even more details, read this: A Quick Guide to Buying a Fire Extinguisher.
Now that you’ve purchased your fire extinguishers, it’s time to educate yourself on the next phase of the process: inspections.
Aside from a failed gauge test, previous use, or a lapsed expiration date, there are a few additional reasons you should replace your fire extinguisher, including: