It has been several years since fire extinguishers became available for use in a home or apartment. Having several fire extinguishers on hand in case of an emergency in your Albuquerque home is plain smart home safety. A home fire extinguisher is not designed to fight a huge Albuquerque home fire, but they give people the ability to control a small fire. Fire extinguishers require low amounts of care, they are good for several years and they are easy to buy and to use. However, for an Albuquerque homeowner or apartment dweller to be able to employ them the right way when there is an emergency, they need to read the user instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and go online a watch a couple of videos that show how to use a fire extinguisher properly.
There are several types of fire extinguishers available on the marketplace today. Each unit is rate by class or classes of fire each one can put out effectively. The fire ratings for home fire extinguishers are as follows:
- Class A — for ordinary combustibles, including newspapers, firewood, wood furniture, plastic grocery bags, and furniture.
- Class B — for flammable liquids such as aerosols, gasoline, oils, paints, thinners, stains and cooking oils and sprays.
- Class C — for electrically powered equipment, including TVs, home stereos, microwaves, laptops, cellphones, tablets and satellite tv receivers.
When picking a fire extinguisher for your Albuquerque home or apartment, pick one that is “ABC” rated fire extinguisher. Buying a multi-class rated fire extinguisher give you the ability to control multiple types of small home fires.
Albuquerque Home Fire Extinguisher Placement
Place your fire extinguishers in areas of the home that are statistically and logically prone to a fire breakout. Be sure to tell all adult family members where they are being stores so if there were a fire breakout, they will all know where it is located and so they can use it during an emergency. The best three logical places to put a fire extinguisher in your Albuquerque home are the kitchen, the garage, and the basement. Set up each one using a mounting bracket. That way the unit will stay in the same place and always ready to use.
Most fire extinguishers work using the PASS system. Pass is an acronym for Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep. Pull is for pulling the pin or the tape out. The next step is to Aim the hose or nozzle of the fire extinguisher directly at the flames’ base or the burning fuel’s base. The first “S” in PASS is for Squeeze. This means you need do squeeze the unit’s handles to together so the unit will discharge its extinguishing agent. The second “S” in PASS is for Sweep. This means you need to Sweep the hose from one side to the other side of the flame’s base. As an Albuquerque homeowner or apartment dweller you need to know a home fire extinguisher is good for small fires and when used can potentially control two small fires. Most fire extinguishers have enough extinguishing agent for approximately 10 seconds of use. In your Albuquerque home be sure to maintain a clear path behind any fire you are trying to control so you can hustle out of your home if the fire is not extinguished, and your home fire goes from a small fire to burning building. Once you are clear of the building and outside be sure to call 911 ask for the fire department to come to your home asap.
Dial 911 in the event you have an unwanted fire in your Albuquerque home. If you extinguish the fire with your home fire extinguisher, inform the 911 dispatcher you believe the fire has been put out. The dispatcher will only send the necessary emergency personal and equipment for your reduced emergency to investigate the fire you put out and to collect the necessary insurance information you will need.
All Albuquerque homeowners and apartment dweller should spend the needed time and effort to find the best fire extinguishers for their home, take the time to learn how to use one, install it using mounting brackets, so it is secure and stays in the same place, and check it periodically to see if it is fully charged or if it needs to be replaced.