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  • Writer's pictureZane Atkins

Fire Extinguishers and Your Home.




A red fire extinguisher putting out flames.
Fire Extinguisher

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Here at Springs Curb Appeal, we don't just focus on the aesthetics of your home; we're passionate about ensuring your safety and peace of mind. That's why we want to talk about a crucial element of home safety that often gets overlooked: fire extinguishers.

The Reality of House Fires:

  • According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments responded to an estimated 1.37 million home structure fires in 2021 in the United States alone.

  • These fires caused 3,390 civilian deaths, 10,500 injuries, and $14.8 billion in property damage.

  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, followed by heating equipment and electrical distribution/wiring.

Fire Extinguishers: Your First Line of Defense:

While smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are essential for early warning, they are not designed to extinguish fires. That's where fire extinguishers come in.

  • Having a readily available fire extinguisher can give you precious time to:

  • Extinguish small fires before they grow out of control.

  • Safely evacuate your family and pets.

  • Minimize property damage.

Statistics Speak Volumes:

  • The NFPA reports that having a working fire extinguisher readily available can reduce the risk of death or injury by up to 50% in the event of a home fire.

  • A study by the U.S. Fire Administration found that homes with readily available fire extinguishers experienced 35% fewer fire deaths and 22% fewer injuries.

Investing in Safety:

At Springs Curb Appeal, we strongly recommend that every Colorado Springs home be equipped with at least one multi-purpose ABC fire extinguisher. These extinguishers are effective against most common household fires, including those involving paper, wood, plastics, and electrical equipment.

Remember:

  • Install your fire extinguisher in a central location, easily accessible to all family members.

  • Ensure everyone in your household knows how to use the extinguisher.Regularly review operating instructions and consider practicing using a fire extinguisher training simulator.

  • Schedule regular maintenance for your fire extinguisher to ensure it functions properly.

By taking these steps, you can significantly increase your family's safety and preparedness in the event of a fire.

Don't wait for disaster to strike. Invest in a fire extinguisher and gain peace of mind knowing you're taking proactive steps towards protecting your loved ones and your home.

For further information on fire safety and choosing the right fire extinguisher, contact Springs Curb Appeal today!


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