Places to Keep a Fire Extinguisher

Places to Keep a Fire Extinguisher

THE MOST ESSENTIAL PLACES TO KEEP A FIRE EXTINGUISHER IN YOUR HOME

No one wants to think about the possibility of a fire in their home. Having your home burn down in a fire is a nightmare scenario that happens all too
frequently. When it comes to home fires, the best thing you can do is to have a plan and the proper equipment close by and ready for use.  AA Fire Extinguisher can provide you with fire extinguishers and can annually inspect and certify them for you.

Putting out a fire quickly before it escalates is important both for personal safety and preventing property damage. The best way to respond quickly and control fires is to have a fire extinguisher within reach of the source. Time is of the essence in a fire emergency, and you don’t want to be running around the house in a panic looking for a fire extinguisher. With proper fire extinguisher placement, you will be prepared to act quickly in the case of a fire in your home.

 

Here are the best places to keep fire extinguisher in your home so that you can put out a fire quickly or at least prevent the rapid spread of fire:

The Kitchen

 

With 65% of all fires starting in the kitchen, this is the most important room to have a fire extinguisher in your home. Most kitchen fires involve grease
and can’t be put out with water. Grease fires have high flashpoints and burn extremely hot. A Class K extinguisher is necessary in your kitchen because it is designed specifically to put out fires fueled by vegetable or animal oils and fats.

 

Don’t keep the kitchen extinguisher next to the stove. You don’t want to have to reach through the flames to get the fire extinguisher. It should be
located about 30 feet away from the stove. If you have a small kitchen, this might mean you need to mount it in an adjacent room, as long as it’s easily
accessible from the kitchen.

One Fire Extinguisher On Each Floor

 

Every floor of your home needs at least one fire extinguisher. Mount it on the wall in a central location about 4 to 5 feet above the ground. Don’t hide
the fire extinguisher behind drapes or curtains and don’t store fire extinguishers in closets. They need to be in plain view or you will not be able to
find them when you need them.

 

Keeping extinguishers out in the open prevents them from getting covered with clutter. Safety is going to trump aesthetics in this case, but you can always
consider a fire extinguisher cabinet for a more concealed look. Make
sure everyone who lives in your home is aware of the locations of the fire extinguishers and how to use them.

The Garage and Workshop

If you have a garage or a workshop, then you probably use these spaces to store some flammable materials. Paints, oil, gasoline, solvents and other
chemicals are all extremely combustible. When working with tools in a workshop, you might generate sparks that could lead to a serious fire. Keeping a fire
extinguisher in this area is a must.

 

If you have recreational vehicles like campers, motorcycles, ATVs, or boats on your property, you will want to place a fire extinguisher near them as well.
They contain fuel and other flammable material that might start a fire in the right conditions.

The Laundry Room

Your dryer is another likely place for a fire to start. The lint that collects in your dryer is highly flammable and might catch fire when the dryer is in
operation due to high temperatures. Clean the lint trap after every load to reduce this possibility. The dryer exhaust tube may also fill with lint, be
sure to clean this out every six months. These practices will help prevent fires, but just in case, you will want a fire extinguisher in or near your
laundry room.

The Patio and Grill

 

Patios are ideal for enjoying the great outdoors. If you have a grill or a fire pit, then you will want to place a fire extinguisher nearby. Gas grills can
be especially dangerous because the propane fuel is explosive. If you grill over charcoal, the grease from cooking and the hot coals may cause a serious
fire. Decks and patios are great spots for a fun gathering, but you need to keep safety in mind as well.

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The Bedrooms

Since most fires happen at night, you may want to keep a fire extinguisher in each bedroom. If there is a fire blocking your path out of the house, a fire
extinguisher can be very useful for escaping. This may seem like overkill, but it is better to be safe when it comes to fire in your home.

 

Sources of Heat

Fireplaces, chimneys, furnaces, and wood stoves are all obviously potential fire hazards. You should make sure you have a fire extinguisher close to these
places in your home. If you have a utility room or basement area with electrical panels and other appliances like your furnace or hot water heater, you
should keep a fire extinguisher there as well. The combination of electric circuits and hot appliances can lead to fires.

 

Keep Your Home Safe With Proper Fire Extinguisher Placement

If you can reach a fire extinguisher within 6 seconds of the start of a fire, then you can put out or control a fire in its early stages. This quick action
will not only prevent massive property damage, but it may save your life and the lives of your loved ones. Don’t wait until you need a fire extinguisher to think about this. Take a look at your home today and make sure you have these fire extinguishers in your home everywhere you need them.

 

AA Fire Extinguisher Knows

AA Fire Extinguisher

AA Fire Extinguisher knows the value of having a fire extinguisher.

A decorated military vet is being hailed a hero for something he did on his day off. He says if it not him then who else.

“She was coming off the off ramp so I went around and made a U-turn,” said James Takes, technician at Brothers Heating and Cooling.

If you ask James, he’ll tell you he was at the right place at the right time.

“Can’t imagine starting your day out with your car on fire,” said Takes.

So when James saw flames he jumped into action. He got out of his company car and grabbed his fire extinguisher.

A witness from across the street took a photo. In her Facebook post, she’s thanking the good Samaritan of Brothers.

“If my wife’s car was on fire and someone had a fire extinguisher I’d hope they’d put it out,” said Takes.

James was one of two people who stopped to help. Had it gotten worse the car could’ve exploded. To him, this pales in comparison to things he’d seen before.

“In 2007, that area was the most dangerous place on earth,” said Takes. “More casualties more people being killed than any place on earth.”

James served with the military for 18 months in Afghanistan. Before that he was in Italy. In 2009 he was discharged and in 2010 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Still as a technician at Brother’s Heating and Cooling, he makes it his duty to serve.

“If not me than who,” said Takes.

Fire Extinguisher Fireworks

Fire Extinguisher Fireworks

Fire Extinguisher Fireworks

DENISON, Texas — Common sense and a little planning can help fireworks aficionados avoid injury on the 4th of July holiday.  A great combination is a Fire Extinguisher and Fireworks.

“A lot of people like family packs, the shows, grand finale, roman candles are good sellers, just about everything,” Rosemary Lawrence of Stateline Fireworks said.

Stateline Fireworks is gearing up for a big weekend of sales. “Last year we probably had over 500 people in here at one time,” she said. “It really gets busy in here.”

Before those fireworks start to light up the sky, firefighters want to spread some important safety tips conerning Fire Extinguisher Fireworks– like where to have your fireworks show.

“You want to make sure you’re area is clear of any buildings, clear of any vehicles, and that it doesn’t have a lot of dead grass or debris that could ignite,” Denison Fire Chief Gregg Lloyd said.

It’s important to note that most communities prohibit fireworks within city limits. “The opportunity for ignition of buildings and structures is quite a bit more, so we just prohibit the shooting of fireworks in city limits,” Lloyd said.
When it comes to fireworks, simpler doesn’t necessarily mean safer. In fact, sparklers are one of the leading causes of 4th of July injuries.

That’s because burns — which cause 50 percent of all July 4th injuries — are more common with handheld fireworks.

And parents should take extra precautions because 35 percent of fireworks injuries affect children under the age of 15.

“I wouldn’t let small children play with any of them,” Lawrence admonished. “You light them, the adults light them, and let them stand back and watch them.”

Whether you’re unleashing a big boom or just a shower of sparks, everyone needs to keep one thing on hand. “You need to keep water close to where you’re letting fireworks off or a fire extinguisher, or charged water hose,” Lloyd said.

And for those who prefer to let an expert run the show, there are several events taking place throughout the weekend.

Fire Extinguisher Service

AA Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguisher Service

We recently called A & A Fire Extinguisher Service and John Moffat came out to our business in Roanoke Texas. He was able to service all of our equipment and get us tagged correctly. He also was able to add fire extinguishers at our location as we requested. We are very pleased to have such a professional come to our place of business. And we will be looking forward to him coming each year to inspect and keep our fire extinguishers up to date for that time when we have to grab one and use it.

Lance Rankin, Owner
Virtual Police

Fire Extinguishers Work

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Fire Extinguishers Work

Recently, a fire broke out in a hospital in Wisconsin. The local fire alarm alerted staff that there was a fire in a vacant hospital operating room. Staff responded with two carbon-dioxide fire extinguishers, and they put the fire out successfully. No major headlines or breaking news situations arose, as it was handled quickly and efficiently.

How would you do if a fire broke out in your place of work, or at home? I recently read a study that was done to determine the effectiveness of the adult population in this country to use a portable fire extinguisher if needed. The study looked at two main things: the ability of an adult to use a fire extinguisher quickly and to put the fire out in a reasonable amount of time (described as an amount of time that would probably extinguish the fire before it grew out of control), and how much difference is made when they were first given minimal training on the use of portable fire extinguishers prior to using them.

Fortunately, a high number of participants in the study were able to use the fire extinguisher effectively. That didn’t surprise me too much. Fire extinguishers have to operate in a certain way to get labeled by a nationally recognized laboratory, which is a familiar seal of endorsement about the unit. All fire extinguishers made today (and for quite some time now) are meant to operate in an upright position. If you remember the old fire extinguishers that you used to have to turn upside down to get them to work, you probably have some gray hair to show for it.

All fire extinguishers are meant to operate when the “PASS” method is applied to them. The acronym “PASS” stands for the “instructions” on how to use the fire extinguisher. The “P” stands for “Pull” the pin out of the fire extinguisher, as it serves as a stop to avoid accidental discharges when not being used. The “A” stands for “Aim” the nozzle of the unit at the base of the fire when you are within operating range, which is usually eight to 10 feet away from the burning material. The first “S” stands for “Squeeze,” which is how you start the flow of extinguishing agent from the unit. The bottom handle is for carrying, while the top handle, when pushed down, or squeezed, is to start the operation. The final “S” stands for “Sweep,” which is the side to side motion we suggest in order to fully cover the burning materials with extinguishing agent once the front edge is controlled.

The study that I mentioned earlier also discussed the training session. Those participants who were exposed to a minimal fire extinguisher training class prior to testing showed an overall increase in effectiveness of 22 percent. I think most of us would invest a small amount of time on something important if our scores rose that much, so this is why we encourage you to take part in any fire extinguisher training that is offered to you.

Find those fire extinguishers that are close to where you work and live, see what types of fires they put out, and review how to use them. That way if a fire breaks out nearby, there’s a better chance it can be controlled quickly and safely.

Fire Extinguisher Practice

fire extinguisher practice

Fire Extinguisher Practice

October is Fire Prevention Month which has been recognized since 1871, the year of the Great Chicago Fire that claimed the lives of more than 250 people, leaving 100,000 homeless and destroying over 17,400 structures. Part of the month-long commemoration, The Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) sponsored a fire extinguisher workshop Saturday at the Waikoloa Stables.  Fire Extinguisher practice is key.

The free workshop not only explained the components of this commonplace item, it also allowed students to have hands-on training in its correct use. Under the supervision of Hawaii County Fire Department personnel, each attendee was given the opportunity to PASS – pull the pin, aim, squeeze and sweep. Classifications of various extinguishers was also explained and which ones are best for home use in different scenarios.

Tiny Fire Extinguisher

Tiny Fire Extinguisher

Wow – look how fast the fire took hold. Fire Engine turned up a few minutes later. Brave young man who rushed to this strangers aid. We were working in office across the road when gentleman pulled over and fire sprang out of his dashboard. Seconds later it was a raging inferno.  The tiny fire extinguisher put out the fire.  Even a tiny fire extinguisher can be good enough to put out a car fire.  This highlights why fire extinguishers are a very important part of our society.

Your vehicle presents several different fire hazards: oil, gas, electrical wires and upholstery. Your car fire extinguisher must be able to handle every possible mishap.

Dry powder fire extinguishers are the best choice for a vehicle or boat. The fire repellent inside is rated for use on any A, B and C or E class of fire (depending on your national fire classifications). This means that a dry powder car fire extinguisher will fight fuel and electrical related fires, as well as common organic combustibles such as upholstery, paper, cloth and wood products that are integral to your vehicle.

tiny car fire extinguisher