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Be Ready To Fight Small Home Fires

10/30/2021 (Permalink)

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How To Prevent a Small Fire In Your Home

Defense against a home fire starts with you. Thanks to the notification by the smoke detectors, you will see it first. Having the proper tools and understanding how to use them will give you an excellent chance of preventing a small fire from turning into a major disaster. The primary tool of choice should be a suitable fire extinguisher.

Look for a Suitable Code Rating

• Code A describes the effectiveness against normal combustibles including burning wood, paper and trash.
• Code B describes the effectiveness against burning gasoline, oil and burnable gasses such as propane.
• Code C means that it the extinguisher is safe to use on burning electrical equipment.

Ratings Can Be Confusing

For example, code 1-A:10-B: C means that it is 10 times better at B fires than a code 1-A:1-B: C unit. The best thing you can do is to go to a retailer with a knowledgeable staff. Explain what you plan to protect and they will help you select the best one for the job. They can also give advice on placement and use.

Choosing the Correct Size

Fire extinguishers are sold by weight. Heavier ones have more fire-fighting capacity but are also more difficult to handle. Lighter ones are easier to handle but there is a risk that they will empty before the fire is completely suppressed. The size decision gets easier if the extinguisher you choose has a hose. A 10-pound unit with a hose will be much easier to handle than a 10-pound unit without a hose.

Now You Are Ready

Owning a suitable fire extinguisher and knowing how to use it are the two keys to fire preparedness in the home. If you and your extinguisher succeed in extinguishing a fire, congratulations on a job well done. To help with the cleanup you can call upon the services of restoration specialists in San Jose, CA. Also, don’t forget to have your extinguisher refilled.

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