The basic rule of thumb relating to fire extinguishers is to strategically place them around your home and property to be able to have one in your possession within 6 seconds after you become aware of a fire. The key is to prevent a starter, or “incipient”, fire from spreading and having a fire extinguisher nearby can do that. It only takes 30 to 60 seconds for a fire to get out of control. Flashover can occur in 3 to 5 minutes and time is your worst enemy in a fire.
AKE Safety Equipment’s CEO, founder and firefighter with the Oronoco, Minnesota Fire Department, Allen Kronebusch has compiled a list of the 9 best places in your home to place a fire extinguisher. Keep your family and home safe by having fire extinguishers properly placed in rooms in your home.
1. Kitchen-65% of all fires start in the kitchen.
2. Master Bedroom-87% of all fire deaths happen at night. A fire extinguisher can help you escape.
3. Garage or Workshop-Contents, such as paint, oil, or gas, stored in a garage or workshop can be extremely flammable. In a workshop, there is the added component of using tools that can give off sparks, which gives a higher likelihood of having a fire.
4. Laundry Room–Another significant cause for home fires is drying clothes. Clean out the lint trap after every dryer load. Make sure to clean out the dryer exhaust tube every 6 months. It is pertinent to clean in and around the dryer as lint collects in these areas and is very flammable.
5. Grill/Patio- Because of grease and hot coals, it is common for the grill to accidentally start on fire. If a person is not careful, they can also start the house or deck on fire.
6. Fireplace/Wood Burning Stove–Home heating is typically the second highest cause of home fires. Even though most heating related fires are in the wood stove or furnace, chimney fires are also very common.
7. Utility Room-Because of the concentrations of appliances (e.g. hot water heater and furnace) and electrical panels, locating a fire extinguisher here is wise.
8. Each Occupied Bedroom–Fire extinguishers in bedrooms can be a tremendously helpful tool to aide occupants in escaping from a fire.
9. Special Areas–Campers/RV, Boats, Personal Vehicles, ATVs, and Motorcycles-All involve fuel of some sortl; therefore, they are likely to catch fire.