About Fire Extinguishers

It never hurts to be prepared for any possible scenario. The more of a prepared person you are the better position you will be in if you find an emergency situation come up when you are around. Learning about some of the good uses for fire extinguishers and other information about them is a great place for you to start. Here are some things that you should know about fire extinguishers.

Make sure your fire extinguishers are ready to go

There is a meter on the fire extinguishers and when you look at it you should see that it is still reading where it should. However, if you have any doubts, or just want to be on the safe side, then you can also take your fire extinguishers to your local fire department and they can take a look at them for you.

If your fire extinguisher is old or if it has been used, then you want to take it down to have it recharged. The reason for recharging one that has been used is obvious. However, the reason for charging an old one is to make sure the contents in it are still good and ready to go.

Make sure you know where to keep fire extinguishers

There are several places throughout your home that you may want to make sure you have a fire extinguisher. You want to make sure you have one in the kitchen, since many fires in homes start in the kitchen. You also want to keep one in the garage. Again, many home fires also start in the garage. You should also have one on the upper floor of your home, as well as at the end of a very long hallway if there is a concern someone could get trapped from an exit route. You also want to keep one in your vehicle in case it should catch fire or even in case you see someone else's on the road start fire. If you have a travel trailer or motorhome, then you should keep one in there as well. Another place to keep a fire extinguisher is in a boat if you own one.

Let everyone know where they are at and explain how to use them

Everyone old enough to use one should be shown each of the fire extinguishers you have and explained in full detail how to use them. This way, you know that everyone in the household is going to be able to use one if they are faced with a fire emergency.

For more information, contact companies like Amerisafe.

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