Each year, fires cause around $11.2 billion in property damage. A quick check of your fire extinguishers will ensure your home and prized possessions aren’t a part of that statistic! So, take a moment to ensure your extinguishers are in the right location and ready to go when you need them most! Then, turn your old fire extinguishers into a modern vase with this simple DIY project from Wit and Whistle.
Wait, you don’t have any fire extinguishers? That’s easy to fix. Starting at $15, you can purchase them at any home improvement store or online. Just be sure you have the right number for your house. Ideally you should keep one on every level of your home. Why? If an electrical fire starts in an upstairs bedroom, you may not have time to grab an extinguisher from the first floor. Also, make sure to have one in your kitchen and one in your garage, both common places to spark fires.
At least once a year, take a look at the pressure gauge on your extinguisher. The pressure is set at the recommended level when you purchase the item. If the needle on the gauge is in the green zone, the pressure is at the right level and you’re good to go. But, if the gauge is red, indicating pressure is too low or too high, replace the extinguisher immediately! Also, be sure there are no dents, leaks, rust, chemical deposits or other signs of wear.
Location is important. Be sure there is nothing blocking your fire extinguishers and that they are easily accessible. We know the red canister can be an eyesore, but hidden away in a closet behind a bunch of stuff won’t help anyone. Read about a designer fire extinguisher from a French company called Fire Design in this blog post: Fire Extinguishers: Fashion or Function?
If it’s time to replace your old extinguisher, or if you’ve released chemicals for any reason, don’t throw away your old extinguisher! This DIY vase from Wit and Whistle is easy to make and is an instant statement piece for your house. All you need is an empty fire extinguisher, masking tape, primer for metal, a paint brush, and two acrylic paint colors (spray paint works, too!).