No one likes the possibility of having a fire start out in their home. Unfortunately, there are many locations within a house where a fire can break out, whether through equipment or circumstances beyond the homeowner’s control. The best way to deal with a fire is to have an extinguisher close by. With the correct fire extinguisher placement, you’ll be prepared to combat any flames that appear. We’re listing five crucial locations in the home to install fire extinguishers.
The kitchen is the most common area for fires, so it’s essential to have an extinguisher placed nearby. A lot of kitchen fires are started with grease, which have high flashpoints and can’t be put out with water. You’ll want to install a Class F fire extinguisher because they are designed to contain grease fires and emulsify surfaces to stop them from reigniting.
A good place to put the kitchen extinguisher is about 30 feet away from the stove. Don’t put it directly next to the stove, otherwise you’ll be reaching through the fire to get it.
A garage is a good place to store flammable materials like oil, paints and solvents. All of these chemicals are highly combustible. If you use the garage as a workshop then there’s a chance of generating sparks while using tools. It’s important to make sure you have a fire extinguisher in the garage to prevent any damage from occurring.
There’s a high possibility of a fire starting at night, so you may want to keep a fire extinguisher close to your bed. If you find yourself blocked by a fire then having an extinguisher in your hands will be useful for escaping.
Patios make a good location for a barbecue and grills are a potential fire hazard. A gas grill could cause a propane explosion, while a charcoal grill may start a grease fire because of cooking oils. Having a fire extinguisher in the immediate vicinity would help to put out any flames.
If you have a room for the laundry then consider having a fire extinguisher nearby. The lint that builds up in a dryer is highly flammable and could be set alight. Be sure to clean out the lint trap to reduce the risk of fire.
At Total Fire Services, we provide a range of fire safety services designed to give you peace of mind. For more information please contact us on 01204 697 990.