The statistics don't like - fire extinguishers save lives.
As a matter of fact, up to 94% of reported fires are extinguished before firefighters show up, about half of those by a single extinguisher.
However, only sixty percent of Americans report having an extinguisher in their home, and even fewer know where it is and what kind of fire it would work on.
If you don't have a fire extinguisher, you need one. And today, we're counting down the five best places to keep a fire extinguisher at your home or business.
Keep reading to learn where and why you might want to install a fire extinguisher today!
1. The Kitchen
Two of every five fires start in a kitchen, meaning if your kitchen doesn't have a fire extinguisher, you're leaving yourself open to a pretty serious fire possibility.
Between cooking food, food spilling onto heating elements, and open flames coming into contact with combustibles like towels and utensils, fires are common in the kitchen.
Keeping a fire extinguisher in the kitchen is your first line of defense in case a fire breaks out while cooking. However, since fires in the kitchen can stem from several causes, you'll want to make sure the fire extinguisher you choose works on multiple classes of fires.
2. Your Bedroom
You're sound asleep when a screaming fire alarm wakes you. You throw open the door and are confronted by a wall of flames.
If you don't have an extinguisher, hopefully you have a window you can escape through to safety. If you happen to have an extinguisher in your bedroom, however, you might have a chance to extinguish the blaze and reclaim your path to freedom.
Because bedrooms are generally separated from other living areas in more remote regions of the home, having an extinguisher dedicated to those spaces makes sense, especially in children's rooms.
3. The Garage
Garages are full of chemicals, cleaners, and fuels that are combustible. They also host plenty of electrical tools, which is the perfect setup for a fire.
Keep your garage and workspace safe with a fire extinguisher good for multiple classes of fires, including those that involve liquid fuels.
A garage fire can grow quickly and consume an attached house in no time. Don't waste precious time running inside for an extinguisher - keep a dedicated extinguisher in your garage.
4. Utility Closets
Utility closets are home to heating elements of all kinds, from hot water heaters to the stove that keeps your home heated.
Keeping an automatic-style fire extinguisher in these areas can stop fires before they grow out of control. Especially for heaters that are propane, oil, and gas-fueled, stopping a small fire before it reaches these larger sources of fuel should be a priority.
We recommend an automatic fire extinguisher because these are areas people don't frequently visit in their homes, meaning a fire is likely to grow out of control before it's discovered.
5. Your Car
Car fires happen more often than you realize each year, with around 150 each day reported. The most common causes include electrical malfunctions and fuel issues.
A fire in a vehicle can become a nasty problem really quickly if the fire reaches a fuel tank. Luckily, a fire extinguisher kept in the car means you can extinguish the flames before it reaches these sources of fuel.
Places to Keep a Fire Extinguisher
There are additional places to keep a fire extinguisher, such as RVs and businesses, that we haven't mentioned today. The takeaway, however, is that keeping multiple fire extinguishers in various places throughout your home is your best bet to contain a fire before it devours your entire house.
And that's where we come in. Contact us today and let us help you find the right fire extinguisher solution for your needs!