Fire Extinguishers for Maintaining Home Safety in Anchorage

Posted by Dan Wolf on Monday, April 14th, 2014 at 9:09am.

A sprinkler system can save lives and maintain a home's integrity during a blaze. They're only practical to install for new construction. If you have an existing home, adding such as system is generally cost-prohibitive. However, you can still take advantage of fire-suppression technology by installing a fire extinguisher or two.

 Fire extinguishers for the home have three classifications.

  • A is for ordinary combustibles such as paper and wood.
  • B is for flammable liquids, such as cooking oil or gasoline.
  • C is for electrical fires such as from an overloaded outlet.

The letters are typically preceded by numbers such as 5-A or 30-B. In general, the higher the number, then the more effective and expensive the extinguisher is for fighting that fire. Your best bet is to buy an extinguisher that fights all three kinds of blazes.

Extinguishers come in different sizes. Put the two-pounders in the car, the five-pounders in the kitchen or laundry room, and the 10-pounders in the garage. The two heaviest can be rechargeable while the lightest is disposable. In addition, a stove-top extinguisher can go near your stove.

The best way to learn how to use these extinguishers is to check with your local fire department. Many offer homeowner training. After you use an extinguisher, you must refill or replace it right away because you want it full for the next emergency.

For more fire prevention techniques or if you want to protect your house against damage from other calamities with insurance, please contact us.

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