Many Sturgeon Bay, WI, area adults will go their whole lives without having to use a fire extinguisher. This fact has little to do with each persons’ individual levels of safety and awareness and more to do with pure luck. Because of this, many adults also go their whole lives without knowing how to use a fire extinguisher. The fire damage mitigation experts with ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings encourage all homeowners to prevent fire damage as much as possible by practicing proper mitigation techniques at home. In the event that the odds aren’t in your favor, it’s wildly important to know how to properly and effectively use a fire extinguisher.
First of all, start by finding your fire extinguisher. Fire damage mitigation is much easier if you actually know where your tools are located! If you don’t have one that is within easy reach in the event of an emergency, fix it immediately. Many homeowners choose to keep one in the garage or kitchen. Do whatever works best for your home.
Once you have the extinguisher, take a good look at it. There are actually several different types of extinguishers that have various internal contents. Many extinguishers that are provided in businesses and apartments are multipurpose, but examine your personal unit regardless to make sure you know what you’re working with. This is important because, in the event of a grease fire, you would never want to use a water-based extinguisher on the pan. Examine the instructions on the side of the canister and study the release mechanism closely.
Finally, in the event that you have the extinguisher in hand and are actively putting out a fire, always aim for the base of the flames. Spraying straight ahead will just pass through the flames. This does very little to prevent further fire damage. If the fire has the potential to harm you or those around you, leave immediately, and don‘t try to fight the fire. Fire damage mitigation is important, but your safety must always come first.
Put yourself above the curve and familiarize yourself with portable fire damage mitigation tools today. If you have suffered from fire damage in your Sturgeon Bay, WI, home, contact ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings at (920) 336-7411, or visit our website here.