From my history resarch, I know that there was a fire in my house a few years after it was built. One fire is plenty for any house, so I have been making improvements recently to make sure fire safety here is up to snuff. Along with the new firelogs I have been trying, I also just installed new extinguishers around the house.
When I moved in five years ago, there was a fire extinguisher in the utility room and one under the sink in the kitchen. Thankfully, I have never had to use either of them. However, I decided to inspect extinguishers recently and found that I was overdue to replace them. From what I’ve read, manufacturers recommend replacing fire extinguishers no later than 12-15 years, unless they lose pressure before then. Although their pressure gauges show operational pressure, my two extinguishers date from 1983 and 1988 and are well past time for replacement.
To replace the old Reagan-era extinguishers, I picked up three new units at True Value Hardware. The first I mounted in the utility room near the boiler and water heater. The second I installed on the wall in the kitchen (visible in the background of the photo above) where it would be more visible and accessible than under the sink. Finally I put a third extinguisher in an out-of-the-way spot on the wall of the sunroom near the living room fireplace. There had not been an extinguisher near the fireplace before, so this is a big– and overdue–safety upgrade.
As you can see in the photo above, the living room extinguisher is in plain sight to be most accessible in an emergency. However, the neutral white color and inconspicuous mounting location keep its appearance discrete.
Along with fire extinguishers, smoke detectors should also be inspected annually and replaced every 10 years or so to ensure they function properly. With several of my smoke detectors also recently replaced and upgraded, I am feeling well-prepared for an event that I hope never comes.
Disclosure: I was one of five bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program and my DIY project as well as my posts about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.