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Best Fire Extinguishers for Residential Properties

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher Fire extinguishers can be helpful in preventing small fires from becoming larger problems in homes and businesses alike.

We often think of fire extinguishers in the context of commercial buildings, but fire extinguishers can actually be helpful in preventing small fires from becoming larger problems in homes and businesses alike. There are many different types of fire extinguishers, each with a unique purpose, designed for different kinds of fires. When purchasing a fire extinguisher for your home, what kind is most effective? In this blog, we’ll walk you through the 3 different classifications of fire extinguishers commonly utilized in homes so that you can make an informed decision when purchasing a fire extinguisher for your home.

  1. Class A Fire Extinguishers

Class A fire extinguishers are specifically designed to combat fires started by flammable household materials including cloth, paper, and wood. It would be most beneficial to store these by the fireplace or in common spaces such as the living room.

  1. Class B Fire Extinguishers

The second class of fire extinguishers commonly used in homes, Class B, works to fight fires ignited by combustible liquids such as gasoline, grease, and propane. For this reason, they can be very effective when stored in garages, sheds, and workshops.

  1. Class C Fire Extinguishers

The third and final class of fire extinguishers found in homes fall under Class C and are specifically designed to extinguish fires started by malfunctions of electrical equipment, including appliances and tools. 

Multipurpose Fire Extinguishers

You may be interested in one of the specific types of fire extinguishers listed above, but it is important to also consider fire extinguishers that combine multiple classes. You can typically find “A-B-C” fire extinguishers that can fight fires of all three classifications at hardware stores. You can protect your home from small class A, B, and C fires by keeping one multipurpose fire extinguisher on every floor of your home. The National Fire Protection Agency recommends that homeowners select a multi-purpose fire extinguisher for their home, as it is the most versatile and is effective in putting out small fires. 

Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO

It is critical to remember that fire extinguishers cannot be relied upon in every fire emergency. Fire extinguishers shouldn’t be utilized when fires are anything more than small and contained. Your top priority should be getting out of your home and finding safety. No matter what happens, let us handle the rest. If your home has endured fire damage in any capacity, call our centralized SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall office, SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County, at (410) 229-0012 right away. Take comfort in our team’s extensive industry experience, advanced technology, and 24-Hour Emergency services. To learn more about our Fire Damage Restoration services, as well as our Commercial Fire Damage Restoration geared toward commercial properties, visit our website. We also offer odor removal and deodorization services and take great care of your fire-damaged belongings. You can trust SERVPRO to restore your residential or commercial property to its preloss condition.

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