There are many ways you can make your home safer for you and your family. For example, you can install a home security system and video surveillance cameras. One thing you can also do is to purchase one or more fire extinguishers to keep in your home. To help you decide this, below are four different types of fire extinguishers you will find on the market.
Water Fire Extinguisher
One type of fire extinguisher you can purchase sprays water. This is the most common type because it is easy to use, water is clean, it does not leave any kind of residue behind, and the extinguisher is not expensive to refill with water when it is empty.
These fire extinguishers can be hung on a wall or placed somewhere else. Just make sure they are easily accessible wherever you put them.
Foam Fire Extinguisher
A foam fire extinguisher works well at putting out many fires, but it does leave a sticky and smelly residue behind. This is because animal proteins are used to make the foam. The fire extinguisher feels lighter than one filled with water, however.
The foam that is used in this type of fire extinguisher is made to not conduct electricity if you accidentally spray the foam on electrical devices or equipment.
Hydrospray Fire Extinguisher
The hydrospray fire extinguisher is popular because it is lightweight and does a great job at putting out fires. These fire extinguishers are also easier to spray because they have a special type of nozzle. This allows you to spray the hydrospray chemical directly where you want it to go.
Oxygen Fire Extinguisher
Oxygen fire extinguishers work great at electrical equipment fires. This is because the CO2 gas puts out the fire well but does not leave behind any kind of residue. This means you can spray the fire extinguisher on the equipment without worrying about causing any more damage. This type of fire extinguisher is often used by companies that have large switch or computer rooms, as well as large machinery.
When choosing a fire extinguisher, you will see they come in different classes, such as Class A, Class B, etc. This means the type of fire the extinguisher can put out. Because of this, it is important that you choose the right class for the type of fire you think your home would have. Talk with the contractor that you are purchasing the fire extinguisher from and they can help you choose the right one. Companies like Amerisafe can help you choose what you need.