When it comes to sprucing up your home, upgrading your fire safety equipment isn’t as sexy as new decor. However, it’s an important and inexpensive way to make your home much safer.
Fire Prevention Day is October 9, so what better time is there to do a little planning and improving on the fire safety measures in your home?
We’ve rounded up some items that will make it simple! Below, you’ll find the right kind of fire extinguishers for the different areas in your home. You’ll also find products to help you contain or escape a fire, and inform emergency responders that there are pets in your home.
The Right Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers are necessary to contain small fires before they spread and cause more damage. Below are some great options, from basic to state-of-the-art:
- ABC Fire Extinguisher: These cover all the bases: wood, paper, plastic, trash, oil, gasoline, and electrical fires. This convenient four-pack will ensure you have one for every level in your home.
First Alert HOME1 Rechargeable Home Fire Extinguisher 4-Pack, Red | UL Rated 1-A:10-B:C | All-Metal Fire Extinguisher with Pull Pin & Safety Seal | U.S. Coast Guard Approved for Marine Use
Does it all!
- Portable Fire Extinguisher: This small model allows you to spray right into a fire, without spreading chemicals all over. These are ideal for kitchens, as they’re designed to extinguish grease fires.
First Alert Fire Extinguisher | EZ Fire Spray Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray, AF400
Put out grease fires with ease.
- A Backup Extinguisher: Having a backup for any emergency is always ideal. This clever creation is like a combination of an ABC fire extinguisher and a fire grenade. It looks fancy, but you just toss it to set it off and put out fires. Another thing that sets it apart is it will “pop” and react to the presence of fire, even if you’re not there to operate it.
AFG Fireball-Fire Extinguisher Ball: Modern Design, Decorative, Automatic Fire Extinguisher, with Mount, Adhesive Glow-in-The-Dark Sign and User Manual
Puts out fires even if you're not in the room.
- Fire Blankets: Another fantastic backup option, these are an affordable way to put out grease and grill fires. Unlike extinguishers, they’re not messy, making them excellent for small fires.
Tonyko Fiberglass Fire Blanket for Emergency Surival, Flame Retardant Protection and Heat Insulation with Various Sizes (39.3×39.3 inches)
When you don't want that messy extinguisher residue to get everywhere.
Smoke detectors are an absolute necessity for every home so you can be alerted if there’s a fire even when you’re asleep.
If yours need an upgrade, check out the following options:
- First Alert Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector: Get double the protection for your buck. These are available in both battery-powered and wired designs.
First Alert Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector Alarm | Battery Operated, SCO5CN
Whether you're upstairs or across town, this smart alarm will alert you of a fire.
- Google Nest Smoke Alarm: For folks who want smart home integration, this alarm features an advanced multi-sensor, so it’s a carbon monoxide detector, as well.
Google S3003LWES Nest Sensor Alarm-Smoke Carbon Monoxide Detector, 1, White
The best smart smoke detector on the market.
- Carbon Monoxide and Gas Leak Detector: An important addition for your basement or utility room, this detector will alert those with a gas water heater or furnace if there’s a leak.
Kidde AC Plug-in Carbon Monoxide and Explosive Gas Detector Alarm | Nighthawk Sensor Technology | Model # KN-COEG-3
Perfect for the basement or utility room.
Other Safety Items
Your home can never be “too safe.” Depending on its design and who lives there, you might want to consider picking up the following items, too:
- A Fire Escape Ladder: If you own a two-story home, this can save lives. It’s affordable and comes in 13 or 25 feet.
Kidde 468193 KL-2S Two-Story Fire Escape Ladder with Anti-Slip Rungs, 13-Foot
Makes your second-story window a safe point of egress.
- Pet Alert Stickers: If you have furbabies, these let emergency workers know they’re inside so they can attempt to save them. You should have one on each door, but it’s a good idea to put them on windows, as well, so this six-pack will really come in handy.
6 Pack Fire Rescue Pet Alert Vinyl Stickers “Please Save Our Pets” In Case of Fire Emergency - Safety for Dog Cat Bird Inside Door or Window 4”x5” Weatherproof UV Resist Sign by SpySpot
Let emergency responders know you have pets.
Nobody likes to think about a fire breaking out in their home, but with a little planning, you can avoid the worst outcome.