A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out
a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives;
but portable extinguishers have limitations.
Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the number one priority
for residents is to get out safely.
How many fire extinguishers should you have?
That depends on your situation and your home or office.
In the Home - It is a good idea to keep one in or near the kitchen.
If you have a basement with your water heater or laundry facilities,
this is another place to have one handy.
If your home has more than one level, you may consider keeping one near
the top of the stairs or at the end of a hallway.
Does your home have a wood burning fireplace?
Do you have a room where you have a lot of electrical equipment
such as computers, gaming devices, stereo equipment, televisions
and DVD players (or whatever the latest technology is)?
Consider placing one by the door.
In the Vehicle - How many and what type of vehicles do you have?
Every car should have a Fire Extinguisher.
If you own a motor home or trailer, keep one accessible.
In the Workplace - You may have no control over this area.
Fire Extinguishers are often placed near Fire Alarms.
If your workplace does not have one, or enough for all areas,
you may want to share your concerns with your employer.
In Public Places - Make a mental note where the extinguishers
are located in case of an emergency situation.