fire extinguisher on green backgroundThe Complete Guide to Fire Extinguishers in Your Home

One of the best ways to protect your new home is to purchase a fire extinguisher. An average of 358,500 house fires occur every year, and nearly 50% of these house fires begin in the kitchen. You can stop a fire if you catch it early with a fire extinguisher.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

The easiest way to learn how to use a fire extinguisher is to remember the word P-A-S-S.

Pull the pin (hold the extinguisher pointing away from you and release the lock)
Aim low towards the base of the fire
Squeeze slowly and evenly
Side to side motion expels fire the quickest

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If there is a severe fire that you can't immediately extinguish, it's best to call 911 and make sure that you and your loved ones evacuate the home. If the fire is small and contained, then you can take it down with your fire extinguisher.

Where Do House Fires Occur

pie chart of most common house fires

How to Find the Right Fire Extinguisher

When purchasing a fire extinguisher, there are two main factors to consider:

  1. Size: Fire extinguishers come in different sizes that are each suited for different types of fires. If you're looking to prevent home fires, a 5-pound fire extinguisher is probably your best bet. This size of fire extinguisher is excellent if you need to grab it quickly in the kitchen or laundry room.

    It's also not a bad idea to keep a small stove-top fire extinguisher mounted on the range hood over your stove to prevent stove-top fires and a larger 10-pound fire extinguisher in your garage for backup.
  2. Classification: There are different types of classifications for fire extinguishers that relate to the kind of fire they can handle.
    A Class Combustibles (e.g., Wood, Cloth)
    B Class Flammable Liquids
    C Class Electric Fires

    The letter class can be paired with a number classification to tell you how strong the extinguisher's capabilities are.

    Most home improvement stores carry fire extinguishers that have a dual capability ranging from A-C. Depending on where you are placing the extinguisher, you'll know what substance is most likely to catch fire, match the material with the classification above.

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Young Alfred