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Having a working fire extinguisher is your home can literally make all the difference if you are faced with an emergency fire in your property. While the first thing you should do when faced with fire or smoke is to contact the fire brigade, you can also try to put the fire out by using the fire extinguisher. So once you have purchased a fire extinguisher, where should you put it?

Much like the proper first aid kit is useless if you can't find it during an emergency, a fire extinguisher is not going to do you any good if it is located all the way downstairs and a raging fire is blocking your way out. This is why the first rule when choosing a location for your fire extinguisher is to store one on each level of your house. If you are living in a one bedroom unit, then you will only need to buy one fire extinguisher. If you have three levels in your rental house, however, then you should invest in three different extinguishers, one for each level of the property.

Storing Fire Extinguishers

Having a fire extinguisher in plain sight beside your lovely art décor is not always attractive but this is the best place to store them - out in the open for easy access. Many people will hide them behind a pantry door but this can cost you precious time. Furthermore, if someone that is unfamiliar with your home is trying to find the extinguisher, they need to be in plain sight. Accept that a fire extinguisher hanging up beside the pictures of the kids is not going to look great but it is going to save those kids in the event of a fire. And this is the most important thing.

It is also recommended that you store a fire extinguisher about five feet off the ground. That way it is high enough for toddlers and infants to be unable to grab it but low enough for older kids to reach for it if necessary. However, make sure everyone at home understands what the extinguisher is used for, how to use it and only to use it under strict instruction from Mom or Dad. A fire extinguisher looks like a pretty cool squirt gun to young boys.

The US Fire Administration recommends storing a fire extinguisher in your kitchen or as close to your kitchen as possible. This is because the kitchen is the most common place for fires to start, especially fires caused by appliances and grease fires. If you notice a grease fire and act fast with the extinguisher, then it should be able to be contained.

Place the fire extinguisher on a wall away from the oven and stove, however. If a fire breaks out here you may not be able to reach over the stove and grab the extinguisher without getting burned. Place it within reach just in case. Another common place to store a fire extinguisher is in your garage where there are often fire combustible items stored, such as paints and building materials. You may also want to place one in the front hallway by the bedrooms in case a firebreaks out upstairs.

In addition to knowing where to store fire extinguishers, it is also important that you know how to use them. Pulling the pin is only the first part of using a fire extinguisher. Take the time to learn how to use them and teach your kids as well. When you are faced with an emergency situation and need to act fast, having this information and knowledge embedded in your head will allow you to automatically know what to do, even if panic has taken over your body.

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