One of the best things you can do for you and your family is to keep a portable fire extinguisher in several locations within the home or office. For one, a portable fire extinguisher is ideal for keeping underneath the kitchen sink should you ever experience a cooking fire. The garage is another place where you could benefit from having a portable fire extinguisher.
In fact, some people keep one in each room of the house, which is not a bad idea. If you would like to add this type of extinguisher to your home or office, you can purchase them from most retail stores, fireplace stores, hardware stores, and home improvement stores. If you have difficulty finding a portable fire extinguisher, you can always contact your local fire department that can point you in the right direction.
In addition to the safety factor of owning one or more portable fire extinguishers is that they are inexpensive, especially when you consider how much they can save. In addition to the home or office, other places where you might place an extinguisher include your car or boat. Just remember that fire extinguishers are rated for different types of fires. Therefore, when buying your portable fire extinguishers, just be sure you read the label and purchase the type needed for each location.
For instance, a Class A fire is one that involves paper, wood, cloth, plastics, and many other common, solid combustibles. When looking for a portable fire extinguisher for a Class A fire, you want to look for specific things on the label to include numbers that could range from 1 to 40. As an example, 1A is a rating that means the fire extinguisher is comprised of 1 1/4 gallons water while a rating of 2A means 2 1/2 gallons, a rating of 3A would have 3 1/2 gallons, and so on.
For Class B fires, these involve flammable liquids that serve to fuel the fire. The label on this type of portable fire extinguisher would have number ratings from 1 to 640, which designates the approximate number of square feet the fire can extinguish. For instance, if you see a rating of 10B, then that portable fire extinguisher could put out a fire that is approximately 10 square feet while a rating of 640B would cover 640 square feet. For the Class C fire, you would see problems with electrical, which might be an appliance or burning wire. These fire extinguishers do not have a numerical rating.
To provide you and your family the highest level of protection, you would be wise to purchase a portable fire extinguisher that is rated ABC. In this case, the extinguisher would cover Class A, Class B, and Class C fires. Typically, the higher the number rating the more fire the extinguisher can handle. However, another consideration is that the more material the extinguisher has, the heavier it will be. Therefore, if you were unable to carry anything too heavy because of a bad back for example, then you might need to choose very fire-specific extinguishers that would not contain as many substances.