Does Your Home Have a Fire Extinguisher?

Does Your Home Have a Fire Extinguisher?

It’s easy to think that when it comes to house fires, your home will always be safe. But at a moment’s notice, you might find yourself facing a house fire completely unprepared. It’s important that you and your family take the necessary steps in order to give yourself peace of mind.

Fire extinguishers and aerosol extinguishing sprays are important products to help ensure your home is prepared. While the first step in fire safety should always be preparation by installing smoke alarms and establishing a fire evacuation plan with your family, having an accessible fire extinguisher can be helpful in putting out small fires or suppressing them until the fire department gets there.

When to Use a Fire Extinguisher

If a fire starts in your home, first and foremost, call the fire department immediately to report the fire. Then, make sure everyone else has evacuated the house before using the fire extinguisher. Once these two conditions have been met, you can try picking up the extinguisher and attacking the fire, always making sure your back is to an exit, so you can escape if need be.

If the fire begins to spread to other areas, take that as a cue to exit immediately. This is a sign that the fire could surround you, making it impossible to escape. Also, beware of kitchen grease fires, as they can have your entire kitchen up in flames in a matter of minutes.

Aerosol Extinguishing Spray

There is a plethora of fire extinguishers on the market, which might make it hard to choose which one to have on hand. Aerosol extinguishing spray discharges four times longer than traditional fire extinguishers. They’re also light, easy to hold, carry and use making them perfect for storage in your kitchen, garage, RV or boat. These cans are ideal for use in extinguishing smaller paper, fabric, wood, grease and electrical fires. These small cans are affordable and could end up saving your life.

If you have questions about traditional or aerosol fire extinguishers, First Alert is happy to assist you, so you and your family feel prepared to handle any fire safety scenario.