How to choose the right fire extinguishers
A fire extinguisher can actually save your life. If placed in a convenient and easy to grab position it can ward off a small fire and stop it from catching too much flame. Also it can help douse out the fire a bit until help arrives. Fire extinguishers come in different shapes and sizes. If you want to know more about fire extinguishers in Sydney, read on to see what kind should you choose for your home?
All about fire extinguishers
- Every fire extinguisher has a label A, B or C on it. This label indicates the type of fire extinguisher. These can douse of fires caused by ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids or electric. There are also some labeled A: B: C, these can douse off all three kinds of fires.
- Home fire extinguishers are discerned by their size. The bigger an extinguisher the better it would work. However, it should be kept in mind that an extinguisher which is bigger can be heavy to maneuver.
- Extinguishers can be rechargeable or disposable. Though rechargeable ones are more expensive they prove to be a better investment in the long run.
- According to the national fire protection association, there should be a fire extinguisher on each floor of a building. However, just having one on each floor is not enough. Everyone residing in the building should know the fire exit plan. They should know the right safety measures which need to be taken in case of fire.
What size fire extinguisher works best?
Fire extinguishers vary in size. For example a ten pound extinguisher works well for garages or a small workshop. It should be placed in a visible place so that it can be reached immediately in case a fire would start.
A five pound extinguisher, would work well in the kitchen or the laundry room. Make sure yu choose a rechargeable one with a hose for ease of use.
Learning to use a fire extinguisher
It is recommended that all adult family members should know how to operate and use the fire extinguisher. There are different trainings for homeowners. It is advised that extinguishes should be kept near the entrance of a room. You can make use of the acronym PASS to remember how to use an extinguisher.
- Pull the safety pin from the extinguisher
- Aim the chemical at the source of the flames and not the flames. Make sure you keep at least a six feet distance from the fire.
- Squeeze the trigger and keep a steady hand keeping the extinguisher upright
- Sweep the source of the fire until you run out of the chemical in the extinguisher.
If your extinguisher has a metal valve, it can be refilled in less than fifteen dollars. The ones having a plastic valve should be discarded and cannot be used further. If you are looking for good quality fire extinguishers in Sydney, make sure you check out the variety available at a local stockist.