There has been much talk about ensuring that your property is adequately fitted with smoke alarms (and is law in many states), but what would you do if a fire did occur?
Investing in a fire extinguisher can help protect your property in the event of a fire.
Following are some tips to help with the placement of the extinguisher:
- Do not place the extinguisher in the kitchen area, as a stove fire (one of the most common sources of house fire) can prevent you from accessing it.
- Secure the extinguisher to a medium height on a wall to ensure that the elderly or children can reach it.
- Position the extinguisher near an exit door. This will give you the option to decide which is best – fight the fire or flee the property.
- Ensure that the extinguisher is regularly checked to ensure that it is in a working order.
Discuss with your family what you would do or what they should do in the event of a fire.
Don’t leave it until it’s too late!
Written by Peter Lees