Worth Having: Fire Extinguisher

December 8, 2008


Last Thursday evening I was reminded of how quickly a fire can change your life when a large portion of my father’s house was consumed by flames that started out as tiny sparks in the electrical system. Although this fire had nothing to do with cooking or even the kitchen, it did remind me that everyone in the household needs to know where to find the fire extinguishers and to be able to use them.

This picture is of the large fire extinguisher we have in the pantry kitchen at my test kitchen facility. There is a smaller, prettier white extinguisher in the main kitchen, too. At home I have one under my kitchen sink and another at the back door. We’ve never had to use one of these tools but, due to my husband’s forethought, they are always on hand and in good maintenance.

None of us expects a fire to break out in our homes but even people who only use the oven to bake frozen pizza should have a fire extinguisher in their kitchen. Although the fire at my dad’s house was too serious to be helped by a household fire extinguisher, hundreds of other people have been saved injury by using them. So, if you don’t have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, please get one and learn how to use it.

How many of you reading today have a fire extinguisher that you know how to use and know is up to current fire code standards?