Welcome to our third and final installment of our overview on residential fire extinguishers. If you haven’t yet read parts one and two of our series, you’ll want to check the archives to learn about the types of fires and choosing the right fire extinguisher for the job. Once you’re all caught up, join us back here to learn how to choose a residential fire extinguisher and how to use it.
Everything You Need to Know About Residential Fire Extinguishers: Part 3
Now that you’ve learned about the different types of fires and the extinguishers that are meant to put them out, you’re ready to dive into choosing the right fire extinguisher for your residential needs.
Most residential fire extinguishers are classified to fight class A, B, and C fires, making them suitable for just about any residential fire so when you are out shopping be sure to double-check that the model you are looking at is multipurpose. The main decision you will need to make is the right size for your home. Many people believe bigger is always better, but you’ll want to be sure that you choose a model that you can comfortably handle: You’ll need to be able to easily lift and maneuver your extinguisher in order to effectively put out a fire. 10-pound models are best for workshops and garages where there is a significant risk of the fire growing, whereas 5-pound types are best for small extinguishing jobs in laundry rooms and kitchens. 2-pound models are really only suitable for car use.
You can also choose between rechargeable and disposable extinguishers. While rechargeable models are more expensive right off the bat, refilling them is cheaper than buying a new disposable extinguisher so they may be a worthwhile investment.
Fire protection officials recommend one extinguisher per floor in your home so be sure that you are adequately protected in the case of a fire. It’s important to be prepared for a fire by knowing how to use your extinguisher properly and the best way to remember how is to memorize the acronym PASS.
Pull the pin from your extinguisher
Aim your extinguisher at the base of the flames. Do not aim at the flames themselves but instead focus on the source of the fire. Be sure to stand at least 6′ away or as directed on the label of your extinguishers.
Squeeze the trigger while holding the extinguisher upright
Sweep until the contents of the extinguisher run out.
Biles Fire Protection Services is Here to Help
No matter your needs, Biles Fire Protection Services can design and install a system that will work for you. We are proud to offer top-notch customer service including fast response times, reliable support, and affordable prices. We are certified through the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies and have the knowledge and experience to create the right fire protection system for your home or business. To learn more about what we have to offer, give us a call at 443-701-8330, send us an email, or request a quote online.
You can also keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, GooglePlus, and Pinterest.