Winter Home Safety – Fire Extinguisher Tips

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The media does a good job of letting people know to have working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes.  What they don’t talk much about however is the need for at least a 10ABC fire extinguisher in the home.  Preferably in the kitchen area since this is generally the place of most home fires.

So what is a 10ABC fire extinguisher?

The A means that it can be used on trash, wood and paper.  The B means that it can be used on liquids such as oil.  The C means that it is safe to use on electrical appliances.  The 10 is the size of the extinguisher.  anything smaller than a 10 just can’t put out most fires.  An example of one that many homes have is a kitchen size extinguisher that generally is for a tiny fire.  Because fire grows very quickly you want to have a larger one available to use.

As a member of our local child care association we have recharge dates twice annually in April and November of each year.  The cost is minimal at around $5.00.  You can also purchase a new one at these events for around $40.00.

Did you know that fire extinguishers should be recharged at least annually and tagged at each recharge?  How awful would it be to not have a working extinguisher if you needed it?  Don’t count on those little  indicator windows either.  Sometimes they get sticky and say that they are good when in fact they need a charge.

I mentioned earlier that the kitchen was a good place for your extinguisher.  I keep mine under the kitchen sink.  This is fine so long as you don’t let it sneak to the back and to keep it easily accessible. Some choose to hang their extinguishers.  It really doesn’t matter so long as everyone knows where to find it and how to use it.

Take time to read the directions or better yet attend a seminar on fire extinguisher use.  Most of us would attack the fire incorrectly without training.

As we enter the busy holiday seasons, take time today to make sure you have a working fire extinguisher in your home.  You will feel safer just knowing it is there waiting for when the need arises.

Kim Woehl is a Realtor with Keller Williams Premier Realty.  She would love to hear from you when you are considering buying or selling your home.  She can also connect you with Child Care Provider Network of Chisago County so that you too can get your fire extinguisher recharged.  Give her a call 651-214-1459



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