Yes and Yes, I have been to far too many health and safety training courses and can't get the training videos out of my mind. I figure the financial investment required to purchase these items is nothing compared to replacing your home.
Fire extinguishers are great, as long as you know how to use them and have the appropriate type for the particular fire. I think most commercial ones for home use are CO2 which will cover most types if fire. Also you need to be aware that they require regular maintenance to ensure usability in case of an emergency they should be checked annually by a fire consultant.
I own three emergency kits an each has a fire blanket in it. We've never gotten a fire extinguisher, but I don't deep fry food so don't see the need because most fires I am likely to have would be able to be extinguished with water or too difficult for me to tackle (like an electrical one, where I would rather have the experts deal with).
I have a fire blanket on the pantry door which I think is an essential item in the kitchen, as is education to all parties that reside under this roof. Both fire extinguisher and blanket would be good to have, so is insurance.
Not since I moved back to the city -we always had one when in the country where I think it is more important as there is a lot of dry bush around in summer and small (and large) grass fires can easily start, and as we had animals in the paddocks we always had some sort of fire equipment.
Excellent question! One that most residents do not pose themselves until coming across an accident or if Insurance for their premises mandates availability of fire prevention.
It's always been a confusing thing as to what sort of fire extinguishers are good for what fires, location of the fire and the relative room size etc. Some areas should not use chemical extinguishers and Co2 is not suited for a small / closed room area.
Although I don't live in a bush fire zone, as soon as I moved in to my new home, I bought a fire blanket and CO2 fire extinguisher as this is commonly used. Generally CO2 is enough to put out a fire because it rids the fire of one of the main things it feed upon i.e. Oxygen.
I'm considering purchase of fine de-ioned water mist type for non-stove fires in areas or materials that will not be spoilt by water to take out the next element - Heat.
With such a combination I think I can kill fires at the root and not have post-fire damage to deal with too.
Note: Also on my to-do-list are:
(1) Educate people at home on availability and location of fire-management devices
(2) Practice steps to take to manage fires at home (including alerting to emergency services)
(3) Practice a route for quickest exit to safe outside area in case our tools prove inadequate.
(4) Get ourselves a good first aid kit and make maintenance of these items an annual ritual.
And all preparations put together - does not set you back by much compared to the monetary, property losses you've to face in the event of a fire @ home. Sure Insurance helps, but there's no cure for the emotional pain or regrets from the "If only I had.." situations.
yes, we have both of them in our laundry. The fireman did have to come to our house once, when we had a stove or oven fire. I asked them not to put the siren on, but they did! (Because it was just a small stove or oven fire.) I couldn’t put it out. I didn’t have the fire blanket or extinguisher way back 37/38 years ago, I think it’s a good idea to have them…just in case! if I’d had them back then, I wouldn’t have needed the fireman!