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darsunt 08-12-2010 04:10 PM

Where to install small fire extinguisher?
 
I am planning to install a small fire extinguisher in a apartment for obvious safety reasons. I'm wondering where is the best and most conveniant place to hang it. In the kitchen? On the side of the kitchen cabinet? By the front door?
Everywhere I put it I think it would look dumb.

Thanks

fabrk8r 08-12-2010 04:18 PM

Put one by the kitchen door exit and one by the main apartment exit.

May look dumb now, but won't look dumb if you ever need 'em!

Proby 08-12-2010 04:22 PM

Depends on your local code. When selling a couple houses here, it needed to be 6' from the stove.

For me, I am happy with one next to the night stand and one in a kitchen cabinet away from the stove. I don't want it too close to the stove because if there is a greasy stove fire I don't want to have to get too close to it in order to get to the fire extinguisher.

Mr Chips 08-12-2010 10:18 PM

I keep 2 in the kitchen, one under the sink, the other in the pantry. I also keep one in a linen closet on the second floor, and one in the coat closet by main entrance.

Not sure if it's code, but it works for me

DexterII 08-13-2010 02:45 PM

First of all, fire extinguishers are not dumb. How many people, in retrospect, wish they had one of those ugly, dumb things on the wall when things went south. Put it someplace where you will see it regularly, so that you know exactly where it is if you ever need it, and so that you will remember to check the gauge periodically. We keep one in the hallway, right next to the kitchen, where everyone who visits sees it, and hopefully has casued some of them to get their own, one in the garage, and one in the bedroom (just like any manner of self defense, you may need it in the middle of the night). I also keep 3 larger ones in my workshop.

Proby 08-13-2010 02:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DexterII (Post 485247)
First of all, fire extinguishers are not dumb.

The OP said that fire extinguishers look dumb. I agree.

Let me ask you a question, would you decorate your home with fire extinguishers if they did not put out fires?

DexterII 08-13-2010 03:20 PM

Nope, I would not decorate with them, and yes, you are correct; he did not say they are dumb. My point simply was/is that, although they seldom go with any decor, put them where they are practical, which may or may not be where they "look good".

Proby 08-13-2010 04:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DexterII (Post 485260)
Nope, I would not decorate with them, and yes, you are correct; he did not say they are dumb. My point simply was/is that, although they seldom go with any decor, put them where they are practical, which may or may not be where they "look good".

To each his own. I hide mine.

Mr Chips 08-13-2010 04:24 PM

They'd look great in a kitchen with Craftsman tool chests for cabinets and diamond plate counter tops!! (insert Tim The Toolman grunt here)

eisert 08-14-2010 12:58 PM

Put one near every location that you expect to start a fire. :whistling2:

MagicalHome 09-08-2010 12:30 AM

I have one in the kitchen and one in the entry hall way. The kitchen because it is mostly where the fire starts and in the entry hall because if I weren't able to get to the kitchen on time, I have one near the front door.

hyunelan2 09-09-2010 09:59 AM

In the kitchen we keep ours under the kitchen sink, right up front so you don't have to do digging for it if you need it. Actually mounting it to the inside of the cabinet is a good method to make sure it doesn't get shoved way in the back. That is, if you are in a situation where you can put holes in the cabinet.

I also keep one hanging on the wall in the garage, but that's a different atmosphere.

Scuba_Dave 09-09-2010 10:05 AM

I have a small one by the fireplace
Bigger one is in the kitchen on the floor, out of site
Buying another one for the addition - wood stove
Not sure about the garage yet
I think I will have a hose in there

DangerMouse 09-09-2010 10:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr Chips (Post 485283)
They'd look great in a kitchen with Craftsman tool chests for cabinets and diamond plate counter tops!! (insert Tim The Toolman grunt here)

hmmm......




nah, the wife would kill me.



Great idea though!!!!

DM

fireguy 09-26-2010 06:57 PM

Buy nothing smaller than a 2A10BC rated extinguisher. Buy only one of the following brands , Amerex, Ansul, Badger, or Buckeye. Those are commercial quality extinguishers. When you go into Home Cheapo or Lowes, look to see iwhat brand they have protecting the store. Normally they do not trust the crap they sell to protect the store. Same for most hardware stores, they pay more for commercial quality.


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