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What is Residential Fire Extinguishers? and Tips

Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but most important in any fire situation is to get out safety. Fire extinguishers should only be used on small contained fires that are not spreading. For more safety precautions Have working smoke alarms in your home and a fire escape plan for your family.
 
While Choosing a fire EXTINGUISHER for your home:
 
The best fire extinguisher for a residential home is an A-B-Cor multi-rated fire extinguisher which uses a dry chemical base. Most fire extinguishers will have an A-B-C designation or picture graphic showing the type of fire it can be used for. Fire extinguishers may be labeled as household or commercial fire extinguishers. Commercial fire extinguishers are mainly used in commercial business, apartments complexes, and public places and not necessary for residential homes. A-B-C is a class designation for different types of fires. Class A fires involved combustibles and in general are wood, trash, and paper products, Class B fires involve liquids and in residential homes are commonly a fire on the stove top involving oils and grease, and Class C fires are electrical in nature and can involve computers, electrical wiring, and appliances.
There are deposable and rechargeable fire extinguishers available at most hardware stores, large retail and big box
stores, and through fire extinguisher service companies. Fire extinguishers should be an approved by a recognized testing laboratory (Extinguishers manufactured in the U.S. are generally approved by FM Global (FM)
and listed byUnderwriters’ Laboratories, Inc. (UL). Consider the types of fittings on fire extinguishers. Many service companies will not service and recharge extinguishers with plastic fittings because they may leak after they have been serviced. They will service extinguishers with metal fittings

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