What is the best fire extinguisher for my home?
Date Posted:22 June 2019
While there are no compulsory Australian laws that mandate fire extinguishers to be installed in homes when choosing fire extinguishers it is always crucial to have the right equipment to deal with typical fires that you would encounter. This article will help choose what is the best fire extinguisher for your home.
For Australian homes, the best fire extinguisher for home are Dry Chemical Powder Extinguishers extinguishers that can effectively combat class A, B & E. Examples of these fires you would find in home could be due to a fault toaster, an overloaded powerpoint, unattended lit cigarettes or candles, barbeque, flammable liquid eruptions or even the curiosity of cheeky children that set fire to an object.
What Are Dry Chemical Powder Extinguishers?
Dry chemical powder extinguishers or DCP extinguishers are the most common fire extinguisher due to its versatility in combatting a wide range of fires. DCP extinguishers act as a blanket to smother flames and prevent travelling fires to protect your family members and valuables found in your home. It is important that your ABE fire extinguisher (white band) meets Australian standards AS/NZS 1841.5. To find out more about ABE extinguishers, check out our complete fire extinguisher guide here https://www.firefactory.com.au/blog/dry-chemical-fire-extinguishers/
Let’s look into where and how you should install your fire extinguisher so you are most protected with minimal cost damage or injuries.
Where should I place my fire extinguishers at home?
For ultimate protection of fire damages and injuries, we recommend having at least one fire extinguisher per floor but to avoid unfortunate situations that can prevent you from getting within reach, we recommend to have at least two or three located in specific areas that are prone to fires such as kitchens, garages, workshops, chimineas and furnaces. A strategic place also is the main hallway as they are usually centred in the house and can be within reach and available to use to avoid spreading of fires.
Please be advised that portable fire extinguishers are made to combat small fires. If you believe that a fire is beyond your control to contain. We recommend closing the door, evacuate and contact emergency line 000 for the fire rescue team to arrive.
What size fire extinguisher should I buy for my home?
For homes, we recommend a size range of 1kg and 2.5kg abe fire extinguishers. They provide a great compact and portable choice with enough power to handle small fires that you encounter in a home or apartments as well. All our fire extinguishers are supplied with a vehicle bracket, maintenance service tag and security seal tie for easy installation. To see our range, click here https://www.firefactory.com.au/fire-extinguishers/abe-extinguishers/
Are DCP fire extinguishers toxic?
This a question we often get by our customers and happy to know that DCP extinguishers are not toxic. Despite being non-toxic, however DCP extinguishers, if inhaled, is extremely hard to breathe as it can irritate the respiratory organs as the dust can coat your lungs and prevent oxygen in your body. Generally, however, for most home fires, there is usually not enough dust to breathed but if are suffering from respiratory problems, call your local poison control or emergency services.
How To Use A DCP Fire Extinguisher?
A medium sized ABE fire extinguishers’ entire content can be used in 10 to 15 seconds. So it’s important to know how to use a dry chemical fire extinguisher. The best way to effectively use is by using PASS.
Remember P.A.S.S to effectively combat a fire:
P- Pull the Pin
A- Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire
S- Squeeze the handle
S- Sweep the side to side
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