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Do I Need a Fire Extinguisher for My Home?

By Edited Dec 18, 2015 0 0

Many people know that fire alarms or smoke detectors are a must for every home - but do you need a fire extinguisher for your home? In my opinion, better safe than sorry. The NFPA recommends at least one primary protection fire extinguisher for each level of the home.  In case of an emergency, what if the local fire department cannot get there on time? What if you leave a candle burning and it falls over and starts a blaze on a blanket? Or if you leave a toaster oven on too long? Or perhaps you have one in your car and happen to notice a vehicle ablaze at the sie of the road (or perhaps yours catches fire?). 

Kitchen Fire

A fire doubles in size every 30 seconds, according to the U.S. Fire AdministrationHaving a fire extinguisher in your home can be the difference between life or death - and at the very least, it can save you some trouble. 

The USFA said that in 2010, there were 362,100 fires in the country, in which 2,555 people were killed. And there is no question that many of these deaths were preventable. 

Here are some of the best fire extinguishers to buy for your home:

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Kidde FA110 Multi-Purpose Extinguisher This product is rated 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com. This is "a UL-rated fire extinguisher with a handle, a visible pressure gauge, and enough size and capacity to put out a common fire. These features are what makes a fire extinguisher the tool of choice for true fire suppression. Many aerosol can fire products may not be as reliable for fire protection, because they have a short shelf life (only three years in many cases), they do not provide a gauge to verify readiness, and they aren't UL rated."

What if you don't want to carry around or store a big fire extinguisher? You may then wish to purchase a fire extinguisher in the form of a spray can:

 

First Alert AF400-2 Tundra Fire Extinguisher Aerosol Spray Twin Pack - This product is super easy to use. This spray is more effective than traditional fire extinguishers on common household blazes, and it's discharge time is four times greater than household extinguishers allowing the user to react more quickly, according to the product description. It's very easy to use - just point and spray. 

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Buying a fire extinguisher for your kitchen - go with the Kidde FX10K Kitchen Extinguisher - This extinguisher is UL rated 10-B:C, and it uses a non-toxic fire suppressing agent specified for kitchen fires, according to the product description. 

Whichever extinguisher you choose, make sure you are safe in your home and follow the proper fire safety laws. For instance, you should always make sure your smoke alarms are functional and you should be very careful with candles and smoking cigarettes in your home.  I hope you are now knowledge on which fire extinguishers to get for your home, and that you should definitely buy a fire extinguisher for your home. 

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