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Which Type of Fire Extinguisher Should You Be Using?

Which Type of Fire Extinguisher Should You Be Using?

Fires at home can happen to anyone and, if it ever happens to you, you want to be as prepared as possible to minimize the damage and harm caused. If you have working smoke detectors to alert you to smoke as soon as possible and if you have a fire extinguisher on hand, you can hopefully put out a fire before it spreads and causes major damage to your home. If you do not have a fire extinguisher, you may have no means to put out a fire and it can quickly spread, causing you to evacuate and watch helplessly as firefighters arrive on the scene to put out the flames.

For the above reasons, a fire extinguisher is an essential purchase for every homeowner. However, when you go to buy one, you may be surprised that not every fire extinguisher is equal. You should evaluate the right type of fire extinguisher for your situation to ensure your home and family are adequately protected.

Different fire extinguishers are meant for different types of fires, specifically for fires started by the following classes of materials:

  • Class A – Paper, wood, and ordinary combustibles
  • Class B – Gasoline, propane, and other flammable liquids or gasses
  • Class C – Appliances or other electrical equipment
  • Class D – Combustible metals
  • Class K – Oil, grease, or other cooking fats

You may be thinking that you do not want to purchase and store multiple types of extinguishers in your home and then select the right one in a stressful moment. The good news is that you can buy a multipurpose fire extinguisher that works on Class A, Class B, and Class C fires. This extinguisher can work on small kitchen fires as well, though if you own a commercial kitchen, you should have a Class K.

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At Skeele Agency, Inc., we want to help you keep your home or office safe and we also want to ensure you have adequate protection if a fire or other event causes damage to your property. We offer a wide variety of insurance products so that you can select all of the coverage you need with only one phone call. Our agents will continue to work with you and adapt your insurance coverage based on any changes in your life. We have multiple, convenient locations around Central New York, so please contact us for more information today.


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