Be Sure To Have A Fire Extinguisher In These Places

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A house fire can consume an entire room in the matter of minutes. Unlike burglars, a fire will take absolutely everything. If a fire starts while you are at home and there is a fire extinguisher nearby, the fire could be easily put out. However, if left alone, a fire can spread extremely quickly and ultimately destroy the entire home.

Fires are more common than people realize. There were over 500,000 structural fires and those fires caused 13,000 injuries and did approximately 10.3 billion dollars worth of damage. You want to be prepared for a fire, and one of the easiest and most effective ways to be prepared is to have a few fire extinguishers in your home. Here are some of the most important places to store a fire extinguisher.

The Kitchen

You probably guessed that the most important place to have a fire extinguisher is the kitchen. There are many different things that can ignite a fire in a kitchen, so you want to make sure that you have a fire extinguisher on hand. You also want to make sure that you have the right type of fire extinguisher. Talk with your local fire department to find the differences in fire extinguishers so you can know what type of fire extinguisher to keep in your home and to develop an effective fire plan.

Laundry Room

The dryer is also a common cause of house fires. Often, people forget to clean the lint out of the lint catcher, and lint is a great fire starter. Lint can catch on fire, and that fire will spread extremely quickly. It is a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher close to the door of the laundry room with easy access. If you do have a fire, make sure that you spray at the base of the fire. 

Every Floor

After these two specific rooms it is just important that you have an easily accessible fire extinguisher on every level of your home. There are many different ways that a fire can start in the home, from bathroom curling irons to electronics, and you want to be prepared for anything. By having a fire extinguisher on each level, you will be much better equipped and prepared to put out a fire that may threaten to take you home. 

For more information on the right kind of fire extinguisher for home use, talk to a company like Amerisafe.

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