Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home? If not, have you ever thought about getting one? Fire extinguishers are often overlooked but they are actually a great safety defense when it comes to fires. If you think fire extinguishers are not important, think again.

Why is a fire extinguisher important?

There are several things that are crucial to have when it comes to fire safety. The most important is having working smoke alarms in your home. Secondary to that is having a fire escape plan and owning a fire extinguisher. Did you know that most fires can be put put out or controlled until help arrives with a fire extinguisher? Studies have actually shown that 80% of home fires can be put out with a portable fire extinguisher, so why would you not want one in your home? Not only will they help to keep you safe and minimize damage but they are also good for the environment. By cutting down on fires, they reduce smoke and debris from going into our air.

What type to buy?

Now that you’ve decided to get a fire extinguisher, which type do you purchase? There are actually several different kinds that can be used in a home and they are labeled by class. Depending on what you think you need you can decide which one is good for you. They do vary in price and size.

  • Class A: ordinary combustibles such as cloth, wood, and paper

  • Class B: flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, and oil

  • Class C: electrical appliances such as TV or stereos

  • You can purchase one that is A-B-C and will extinguish all of the above, however if you want a small one just for your kitchen you can purchase a B-C.

We hope this information helps and that you will consider getting a fire extinguisher for your home.  If you experience fire damage, you may need to call a restoration company such as ServiceMaster Quality Restoration. We are here to help you and your family be prepared for any type of disaster. We are available around the clock to respond to emergency situations. Contact us today at 704-527-1151.