fire extinguisherYou will never know when accidents will happen — and there’s nothing more traumatic than hearing the fire truck’s siren as you choke the unpleasant smell of smoke, and watch your home turn into ashes. So, whether you’re just moving in to your new house, or you’ve been staying in your apartment for quite some time now, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Industry veteran Fire Foe Corp strongly recommends having a fire extinguisher to every home or property.

Fire extinguisher as your lifesaver

Having a fire extinguisher is not enough. It is advisable to know how to use it. Usually, they come in two types: Rechargeable and Disposable. You can also classify these into different groups (A, B, C, or a combination of these) indicating which types of fire you can use them on — electrical, ordinary combustible, or flammable liquids. There are also ABC extinguishers that you can use for all types of fires.

Sizes and weight

Extinguishers come in different sizes. In most cases, bigger is better. The only problem is it would be more difficult to control. Keep in mind that the weight on an extinguisher refers to the amount of chemical inside, and the canister also makes it heavier.

There are a number of pros and cons when it comes to choosing between rechargeable and disposable extinguishers. Rechargeable extinguishers tend to be heavier, as it is made of metal valves. It is also more expensive.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, consider storing an extinguisher for each floor area. Establish a “safety plan” for your family. While a fire drill may sound annoying for most people, it is always better to be safe.

Make sure everyone in the family knows how to use an extinguisher. It also makes sense if you store extinguishers in different sizes. This is to make sure everyone can easily lift and operate it.