Each year, house fires result in countless lives being lost, along with millions of dollars’ worth of homes and possessions. House fires can start at any time as well as in any part of a home, which is why it is crucial for families to ensure that they are prepared in the event of one breaking out. Here are just a few places in and around the house where extinguishers should be kept in order to promote a good sense of fire safety.
Most families use their garages for storing numerous hazardous and flammable items such as vehicle oil, paint, varnish, thinners, other solvents and chemical-based cleaning products – making this a serious hot spot in the event of a fire starting. Vehicles that are prone to developing electrical or wiring faults can also cause a garage to go up in flames within a few minutes at the most. When placing fire extinguishers in a garage, it is crucial to ensure that they are able to put out chemical-based fire as well as electrical fires. In addition to fire extinguishers, a bucket of clean sand can also help put out a smaller fire.
Although many people think a jug of water may be the best thing to extinguish a kitchen fire, this is certainly not true. In most cases, fires that start in kitchens will either be grease-based or as a result of a malfunctioning electrical appliance, both of which will spread quickly if water is thrown on them. It is important to use the correct type of extinguisher, as failure to do so will result in the fire spreading and causing even more damage. If an appliance catches alight in a kitchen, unplug it only if there is no risk of sustaining burns. However, if the fire has spread quickly and attempts at putting it out with an extinguisher are failing, it is safer to evacuate and call the fire department.
Many home owners don’t give a second thought to their basements, usually only using them as a form of overflow storage. However, this makes this part of the house a prime target for a fire to start – especially if a clothes dryer with a blocked vent is located down there. In most cases, basements will be prone to electrical fires breaking out, so installing the appropriate extinguisher down here is also essential. Appliances stores in basements should be inspected regularly for signs of wear and tear, as this can help prevent a fire from breaking out unexpectedly.
Once you have placed the appropriate fire extinguishers throughout the most vulnerable spots of your home, it is crucial to ensure that each member of the family knows how to use them. This, in conjunction with a pre-practiced fire safety and evacuation drill, will go a long way in helping to promote a sense of fire safety in your home. If you are unsure of which extinguishers to use, contact us for free advice in this regard.