FAQs about Home Fire Extinguishers
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Home Fire Extinguisher recommends implementing a fire escape plan that identifies the quickest and safest way out of the residence in the event of an emergency. In the event of a fire remember to, get down low and go, go, go.
CO gas can be anywhere and everywhere. CO gas is equal to or slightly lighter then air, and disperses evenly with the air in a room. Therefore, install a CO alarm where air circulation is best. Do not mount a CO alarm within 1 foot of the ceiling/wall intersection or other dead air spaces. For earliest warning of CO presence we recommend that you install at least one CO alarm on every separate living level of your home.
Avoid installing a CO alarm near bathrooms or in shower areas; in closets, crawlspaces, unused attics or unheated areas; within 5 feet of any fuel burning appliance; within one foot of any wall or corner; in rooms where chemicals or cleaning supplies are frequently used; directly above a sink, bathtub or basin; directly above or below air exchange or heating vents and behind drapes, furniture or appliances or in any other dead air space.
42% of all residential fires in Australia start in the kitchen. A fire blanket is an effective way of extinguishing a stove-top fire before it gets out of control.
Yes, the different types of fire that can occur can be categorised in these six classes:
Class A – Combustible materials, such as rubbish, clothing, wood and papers.
Class B – Flammable liquids, such as petrol, grease and cleaning alcohols.
Class C – Flammable gases, such as LPG, BBQ gas, natural gas and acetylene.
Class D – Flammable metals, such as metal shavings.
Class E – Electrical fires, such as power equipment, fuse boxes and computers.
Class F – Cooking oils and fats, such as butter, dripping and olive oil.
Dry chemical (powder) fire extinguishers are by far the most common fire extinguishers in the home. They can handle all three types of fires you would find in a home:
(A) Combustible solids like wood or paper
(B) Combustible liquids like gasoline or grease
(E) Electrical fires.
This type of fire extinguishers are easily distinguishable by the white band around the top of the red cylinder. Powder extinguishers cover 90% of fires.
For cooking oil and fat fires (class F fires), a fire blanket must be used and not a fire extinguisher. The pressurised force from a fire extinguisher onto burning oil and fat could blow and spread it and make it worse.
Type ABE multipurpose fire extinguishers contain ammonium phosphate and/or ammonium sulphate powders that can be irritating to the eyes, skin and lungs. Caution should be observed to avoid breathing the dust immediately after using the extinguisher as well as when cleaning up discharge residues.
The idea behind a dry chemical fire extinguisher is to blanket the fuel with an inert solid (similar to dirt or sand). A dry chemical extinguisher sprays a very fine powder of sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3, baking soda), potassium bicarbonate (KHCO3, nearly identical to baking soda), or monoammonium phosphate ((NH4)H2PO4). These solids coat the fueland smother the fire.
Dry powder fire extinguishers are similar to most other fire extinguishers in operation. Just remember the PASS principle!
Pull the Pin – Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire – Squeeze the handle – Sweep from side to side
If you have a dry chemical powder fire extinguisher (red with a white band or label). Turn the extinguisher upside down for 10 seconds every six months to ensure that the powder is free flowing. Extinguishers need to be pressure tested every five years by a registered fire extinguisher service organisation.
In most Australian states residents must have at least one working smoke alarm installed on each level of their home. This includes owner occupied, rental properties, relocatable homes or any other residential building where people sleep.