Where to Keep Fire Extinguisher at House?
To keep your family safe, it is important to understand where fire extinguishers should be placed in the home. The first thing you need to consider is where fires are more likely to start. For example, if you have a gas stove or oven that has not been properly maintained, then its proximity could cause a significant issue when attempting this type of extinguisher. Similarly, if there is an area with electrical appliances such as televisions and computers then again the risk of fire increases significantly here too.
So, you need to identify your most likely hotspots and then make sure the extinguisher is near enough for someone in the household or a bystander to access. Important considerations are that it should not be stored on high shelves where children can reach it as this could lead to serious injury if they accidentally activate the nozzle. Similarly, do not store them too close to an area at risk of fire such as cooking equipment so that there’s no chance of knocking them over during any kind of emergency which would only cause more problems rather than helping get rid of a potential disaster. The best place might also be somewhere away from kitchen areas but still easily accessible – outside, for example under stairs or even up against exterior walls with quick access through back door and this would be the best place if you need to get somebody outside quickly in an emergency.
What should I do when a fire extinguisher is discharged?
When a fire extinguisher has been used, don’t take it back inside – this could lead to people being exposed to toxic fumes and also cause damage on entry. Store them away from the building or property of any kind so that they are no longer accessible by anyone who might accidentally re-enter after use. It’s important not simply leave the container out there empty as someone may come across it with a false sense of security thinking it’s still fully functional which would pose more risk than good. Instead, refill the extinguishers or dispose of them for safety reasons at an approved disposal point nearby such as your escape route or outside the building.
What should I do if my fire extinguisher is not working?
If you find that your fire extinguisher has been left empty for a long period, ensure it is refilled with CO₂ as soon as possible to get back in an optimum state of readiness. If upon inspection your container appears damaged and will no longer produce any type of flow then dispose of it immediately at an approved disposal point nearby such as your escape route or outside the building. Do so carefully by releasing pressure from the top nozzle before tipping upside down onto the ground below making sure there’s nothing combustible around this may pose risk to the person disposing of or anyone who could come across during the process. Once emptied, remove the metal and place it in the appropriate recycling bin.
Most Common Fire Extinguisher Types
The most common types of fire extinguishers are the ABC type, usually found in homes and offices. The ABC stands for “arson”, “battery” and “cordless”. It is important to know that this type can only be used on class A fires which includes all solid materials such as wood, paper, or clothing. Class B fires involve liquids such as grease or petrol so these cannot be extinguished with an ABC extinguisher but a BC would work well instead!
Car fire extinguishers are usually dry powder as they work well on different classes of fires
Class C involves electrical equipment like wiring and circuit boards which should never be handled by people who do not have an understanding of electricity; it is also worth noting that water could cause severe damage to circuitry so you will need a dry powder extinguisher and then once the fire has been put out, you will need to assess any damage and fix it with a special type of tape or glue.
Class D fires involve combustible metals like magnesium which can only be extinguished by using an inert gas such as CO² or Halon 1211. A Co2 fire extinguisher is the most common. If this is not available then the metal must be smothered in the sand for cooling purposes but never use water because this could cause a violent reaction. Type E fires would include cooking oils and fats although if these were confined to pots they could be covered up with baking powder to extinguish them from below so long as there was no naked flame nearby!
The table above shows the different types of fire extinguishers: ABC (most common), BC which is used for flammable liquids and gels, D which is used for those involving metals like magnesium or potassium, and finally F which can be used on fires that involve cooking oils.
The following table provides some examples of what type of extinguisher to use based on the type of fire:
-ABC should be used when an ordinary combustible solid such as paper has caught alight.
-BC would be appropriate if someone had spilled a liquid onto carpets or furniture – although not classed as an emergency BC could easily lead to one! It might also come in handy during kitchen accidents where there are plenty of solids but no naked flames (although check with your insurance company because this may invalidate it).