Fire safety should be a concern for all of us, regardless of whether we’re at home or work. If you’re worried about accidents at work, or you’d like to ensure better protection at home, you may be thinking about whether or not you need a fire extinguisher.
Does your kitchen need a fire extinguisher?
If you’re worried about fires at home, you may be thinking about buying a fire extinguisher, but do you really need a fire extinguisher?
The reality is that it’s not a legal requirement to have a fire extinguisher at home. You may find that having one gives you peace of mind and of course, if a fire does break out, you’ll be better equipped to deal with it if you do have one to hand.
Perhaps the most important thing to make sure you have at home is a smoke detector. This will alert you to a fire long before your senses do, and it can make the difference between life and death. If you don’t already have smoke detectors at home, call your local fire service and ask for advice. They may be able to provide and fit them free of charge. Once your detectors are in place, check the batteries on a regular basis.
What fire extinguisher should I buy?
If you’ve decided that you do need a fire extinguisher, it’s wise to do some research so that you know which type to buy. There are various different types of fire extinguisher and not all of them are suitable for tackling every kind of fire.
The main types of fire extinguisher for the home include water, carbon dioxide, foam and dry powder extinguishers. If you need a fire extinguisher, make sure you know how to use it safely before trying to put out a fire.
What can I do if I’ve been injured in a fire?
If you’ve been injured in a fire and you weren’t to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline. Our expert personal injury lawyers have experience in handling work accident claims, car crash claims and public liability compensation. We work on a no-win no-fee* basis, and we can help you to claim the compensation you deserve with minimal hassle.
If you’ve been injured at work or you’ve suffered burns in a public place in the last three years, call us now on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice