As we get to the end of January, and the final days of National Preparedness month, it is the perfect time to check on your fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers can be used at the very early stages of a fire to make sure it does not become out of control. Be sure you read and understand the directions on the extinguisher so that it will be as effective as possible. Make sure that:
1. They are within easy reach. Fire extinguishers that are difficult to get to, or buried in a closet will do you no good at getting a quick, upper hand on a small fire.
2. You have enough for the areas of your home. Make sure you have at least one for each floor, a separate one for the kitchen.
3. They are all current. If they are not, take them to a hardware store to be recharged, or purchase new ones.
There are even models available that are part of your decor. Don’t forget to check the extinguisher in your car as well! If you don’t have one, now is the time to purchase one. They help you stop a small car fire from being a huge roadside inferno.