Whether you live in an apartment, townhouse, condo or single-family home, you’re going to need a fire extinguisher. Toronto residents can increase their fire safety with extinguishers and for business owners; fire extinguishers are required by law. Before you purchase your extinguisher, we’d like to share a few helpful tips.
1. Purchase The Right Type Of Extinguisher
There are different types of fires; therefore there are different types of extinguishers. There are five classifications of fires – A, B, C, D and, strangely, K. A stands for fires with ordinary combustible materials, such as wood, paper and some plastics. B covers flammable liquids and gases, such as gasoline and propane.
Class C covers electrical fires, such as computer fire or appliance fire, while Class D fires include fires with combustible metal materials, such as titanium, lithium and magnesium. Finally, there is Class K, which involves fires with cooking oils and grease.
While a business owner might need a Class D or Class K fire extinguisher, Toronto residential customers typically just need a standard ABC extinguisher. This type of extinguisher will snuff out most types of fires common to homeowners. Occasionally, a homeowner that works with combustible metals might need to invest in a Class D extinguisher, but this is rare.
2. Purchase More Than One Extinguisher
If you own a business in Toronto, you will be required by law to purchase a certain size, type and number of extinguishers. For homeowners, it is recommended that you place an extinguisher in the kitchen as well as all bedrooms and bathrooms. We also recommend that you place an extinguisher in any room with a fireplace as well as in your garage. Many people ask us why they need a fire extinguisher in their bedrooms, especially if they don’t smoke or use non-LED candles. However, most fatal fires occur at night, so having an extinguisher in your bedroom can provide you with a way to escape from your home.
3. Learn To Use Your Extinguisher
You might be surprised to learn that most people really don’t know how to use a fire extinguisher. Toronto homeowners rarely have to use these devices, so while they might stock their home with plenty of extinguishers, but not be entirely certain how to use one. It’s easy if you remember the acronym PASS. P stands for pulling the pin out. A stands for aiming your extinguisher at the fire. The first S stands for squeeze, as you squeeze the handle, and the final S stands for sweep, as you are to sweep the extinguisher from left to right beginning at the fire base.
4. Check Your Extinguisher’s Status
Fire extinguishers tend to last a long time; in fact, your home extinguishers might last 10 years or more. It’s easy to check the status, as each extinguisher includes a gauge. If the needle in the gauge is in the green area, your extinguisher is good to go. If your gauge is in the red, you either need to have it refilled and recharged or purchase a new extinguisher. We recommend that homeowners check your extinguishers once per month to ensure that they are in the green.
5. Practice General Fire Safety
While it’s crucial that your home is stocked with working extinguishers and smoke alarms, there are many ways to ensure that your home is as safe as possible so that you never even have to use these devices. For instance, you can clean your chimneys once a year, and clean out your dryer lint filter after every use. Upgrade your home’s electrical system so that it meets current fire codes. Never store cooking oils near the stove or other highly flammable materials. You also can create a fire escape plan and practice several times per year with your family.
6. Buy Your Extinguishers At Tesla
While it’s not hard to find a fire extinguisher, Toronto residents might consider using our service for all their extinguisher and fire safety needs. Not only are we fire protection experts, we offer some of the best prices you’ll. In fact, we offer the lowest prices on Amerex fire extinguishers in the GTA.
In addition to a fire extinguisher, Toronto residents and business owners also might be interested in our smoke detectors, smoke alarms, CO2 detectors, fire safety ladders and other fire safety items. We have items geared to homeowners as well as options for virtually any type or size of business. To start shopping, simply head to our home page, and click on the Fire Extinguisher Products tab.