Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Best Places to Keep a Fire Extinguisher in Your Home

Nobody wants to think about the possibility of a fire starting in their home, but staying fire safe and protecting your family and your investments means ensuring that you have a plan and the right equipment in place to combat a house fire in the event of an emergency.

When it comes to extinguishing a house fire, time is of the essence. With this in mind, we wanted to share some tips on where homeowners in Winnipeg and the prairies should keep their fire extinguishers:

In The Kitchen

Did you know that 65% of all fires start in the kitchen? It’s true, and this staggering statistic makes your kitchen the most important place to have a fire extinguisher.

Most kitchen fires involve grease, which means they can’t be put out by throwing water on them. In this case, a Class K fire extinguisher is needed, since they’re specifically designed to put out fires which are fuelled by vegetable oils or animal fats. 

However: don’t keep the fire extinguisher right next to the stove, as you may not be able to get to it in the event of a stovetop fire. Instead, keep it approximately 30 feet away on an opposite wall or even in an adjacent room or closet that’s easily accessible from your kitchen.

On Each Floor

There should be at least one fire extinguisher on every floor of your home. Make sure to store them in a visible place so they don’t get covered with clutter, and never store them behind drapes or curtains, otherwise you may not be able to see and find them during a stressful emergency.

Make sure that every family member is aware of where the fire extinguishers are on each floor, and take the time to practice using them.

In Your Garage and Shop

Most homes in the prairies have an attached or detached garage, and this is another ideal spot to keep a fire extinguisher since other flammable materials like paints, gasoline, and solvents are often kept in these areas.

Additionally, if you have a workshop located on your property this area also requires a fire extinguisher, ad the tools you’re using generate sparks which can quickly escalate into an out-of-control fire in your workshop.

The Laundry Room

Many of us wouldn’t think of the laundry room when considering where to place a fire extinguisher, but the lint that collects in your dryer and in your dryer exhaust tube is extremely flammable and can spark when exposed to the high heat used to dry your clothes.

Other Sources of Heat

Areas like fireplaces, chimneys, wood stoves, and furnaces are all potential fire hazards, and a responsible homeowner will keep a fire extinguisher close to each of these areas in their home in order to prevent an unexpected fire from starting and spreading from this location.

If you have any questions about fire alarms, fire equipment, or more steps to protect your college or university campus from fake fire alarms, contact Bison Fire Protection by calling 866-441-3473 today. We provide top-notch fire safety services in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, and Regina.

Posted by Rob Read at 1:01 PM

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