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Fire extinguisher

Does anyone here have fire extinguisher(s) in their house? Just curious ... seems like an easy investment for some safety measures.
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Yup, just a small one in the kitchen.
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I have one in my kitchen. Cost about $20 from Canadian Tire.

They have different ratings (for grease, electrical, etc...). So make sure to read the label.
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Since I'm in the middle of renos, I picked up a big one at Costco. But I like to keep one around. Preferably one that handles grease/oil AND electrical.

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I've got three. One in the kitchen, upstairs and garage.
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One in the basement near the furnace, and one in the kitchen, both ABC extinguishers that handle all types of fire.

Regrettably dont know if it is luck or inatentiveness, but i have had to use a fire extinguishr in each of my homes, so a few words: if you do make the decision to purchase, please consider getting an ABC one, and check the date and pressure before purchasing. Note eventhough most state that they are refilleable, they are not truly: I brougt mine to he local fire station and they laughed at me when i asked them to refill mine after a kitchen fire.
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Got a huge one from Costco. Kitchen has a grease and non-grease one although I think they've expired.

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Have a small one in the kitchen.
Had a second in the basement by wood stove, but wood stove now removed and that extinguisher is expired/disposed of.
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jasonandannmarie wrote: One in the basement near the furnace, and one in the kitchen, both ABC extinguishers that handle all types of fire.

Regrettably dont know if it is luck or inatentiveness, but i have had to use a fire extinguishr in each of my homes, so a few words: if you do make the decision to purchase, please consider getting an ABC one, and check the date and pressure before purchasing. Note eventhough most state that they are refilleable, they are not truly: I brougt mine to he local fire station and they laughed at me when i asked them to refill mine after a kitchen fire.
Interesting... and disappointing. I'm not surprised though. I imagine the fire department's insurance policy does not cover liability for this kind of service. A quick Google search reveals that many private fire protection companies do inspection and refill services. No mention of prices on the sites for the most part, obviously would have to follow up to see if it's worth it vs buying a replacement.

For the discharged unit, how did you dispose of it? Household hazardous waste drop off?
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Its cheap insurance, someone a few streets over had their house burn to the brick frame. I suspect they didn't have house insurance, no repairs have been done 6 months later.

I definitely have an extinguisher, bought it a while after i moved in, and is kept in an easy to access location. The year of manufacture is stamped on the bottom, not sure how long they last, i had looked in to it but have forgotten.
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Quentin5 wrote: Its cheap insurance, someone a few streets over had their house burn to the brick frame. I suspect they didn't have house insurance, no repairs have been done 6 months later.

I definitely have an extinguisher, bought it a while after i moved in, and is kept in an easy to access location. The year of manufacture is stamped on the bottom, not sure how long they last, i had looked in to it but have forgotten.
From what I've read, fire extinguishers have a 6 year shelf life. Then they need to be inspected and refilled, whether they have been used or not. I also saw something about pressure testing every 12 years. For home use I would guess that it would be cheaper to replace rather than doing all that.
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Why would you want to keep your fire extinguisher in the kitchen next to the stove? Wouldn't it be safer to keep it in a closet next to an exit?
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Alexhouse wrote: Why would you want to keep your fire extinguisher in the kitchen next to the stove? Wouldn't it be safer to keep it in a closet next to an exit?
Um, in case the stove catches fire while cooking?
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He has a point, extinguisher should be kept away from source of heat since they are pressurized. Maybe under the kitchen sink or if a small one you might be able to attach a bracket to the inside of one of the lower cupboard doors.
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Alexhouse wrote: Why would you want to keep your fire extinguisher in the kitchen next to the stove? Wouldn't it be safer to keep it in a closet next to an exit?
yeah... thats why I keep my fire extinguisher in the oven (which I never use)
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Kitchen fires usually spread very quickly, and its going to be difficult to reach for it when you need it the most.
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Have a 2lb in the car, 5lb in the garage, and a 20lb in the house entry closet
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RFD6482 wrote: yeah... thats why I keep my fire extinguisher in the oven (which I never use)
Never say never, someday someone might try to cook a frozen pizza, a visitor, significant other, family, parent, acquaintance or even you after a long day and not thinking may decide to use the oven and most baking requires preheating.
Lets hope inflammable does not mean flammable
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I just got hosed by CT on an on-sale 5BC extinguisher.

Goes on sale for 23.99 last Thurs, I walk in to the store on Fri, shelf is empty, yet StockTracker shows 7 in inventory. Talk to a clerk, checks his portable scanner with the product #, shows that the batch of 7 just arrived that day, give the store about 24 hrs to reload the shelf. OK, no probs.

I come back Sun, shelf is still empty. Come back Tues, same story. So now I'm concerned about losing sale price, so I buy online and choose in-store pickup. Order goes to 'In Progress', and sits there until Sat afternoon. I now get an email that order was cancelled for OOS, even though the stock for that store never waivered from '6' between Tuesday and right this minute!

I betcha I go to that store tomorrow, and the shelf will have all 6 just waiting to get bought, now back at reg price...
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Yep always had one even when I was in my apartment. In fact I have the same one (definitely more than 12 years old) and I can confirm that it still works as I had to use it on my BBQ last year Flushed Face. There's a test to feature to ensure that it works

Definitely worth the small investment.

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