Home and automotive owners know the value of having a effective fire extinguisher. Choosing the correct safety equipment can be somewhat of a challenge however, and choosing the correct mounting equipment is a crucial aspect of this. This article will discuss the various fire extinguisher bracket options that are available to consumers and will support an intelligent decision based on the facts.
Identifying the proper location to mount a fire extinguisher is as important as choosing the right one for the job. For homeowners it is recommended by the fire and safety administration that safety equipment is placed at key locations throughout the home i.e. the kitchen, hallways and the garage area to name a few important areas.
According to the latest report released from the Fire Department Safety Officers Association it is not recommended that you leave a fire extinguisher free standing. This will make the device susceptible to being bumped, knocked over or otherwise damaged and rendered ineffective or even useless. This is the key reason why this article strongly recommends the proper use on fire extinguisher mounting brackets.
Fire extinguisher brackets provide stability for your safety device so the chance of damage is minimized, but another key advantage is that you will know exactly where your extinguisher is located in the case of an emergency.
The location of any fire extinguishers is important as mentioned above. Certainly, they should be easily accessible. If there is only one, it should be prominently located in a central position. It is also recommended that you fix units in areas where there may be fire risks. For example, homeowners may want to consider storing a powder or foam fire extinguisher in the garage area where flammable materials are usually stored. To secure the extinguisher in place, a market leader is the Kidde fire extinguisher bracket, but another comparable fire extinguisher mounting bracket is made by Grainger and you may also want to look at First Alert.
When preparing to install the fire extinguisher you will need a few tools to accomplish the job properly. You will need your mounting bracket, screwdriver, a stud finder, a power drill, screws, and measuring tape. All tools should be made available before beginning the project.
When choosing a mounting bracket you want to ensure that you have the right one for the job. Keep in mind that most consumer based fire extinguishers come in 5-, 10-, and 20-pound containers. You will want to purchase a bracket that will support the fire extinguisher you have chosen.
If you are planning to place an extinguisher in a commercial establishment, you may want to consider securing it in a cabinet rather than using mounting brackets. For now though, let us stick with the styles and features of the residential fire extinguisher bracket. One of the more popular brackets used by homeowners is the heavy-duty universal bracket. This bracket is easily identified by its laser-cut rounded design, and has a 1 piece unibody construction, and stainless steel pull pin. The single piece bracket comes in three standard sizes: 5, 10, and 20 pounds.
Installation of this product is very simple and only takes a couple of screws that are properly secured in the wall studs. This is why it is recommended that you have a stud finder handy. Use the measuring tape that was recommended earlier and measure from the floor to the location where you plan to install your safety device. It is important to note that fire extinguishers over 40 pounds should not have the top more than three and a half feet off the ground.
Once you marked off the correct position and screwed the bracket in place, test the installation by placing the extinguisher in and out of the mounting device a couple of times. If you find that you are having a difficult time getting the extinguisher into the mounting device you can use a little oil. The safety device is supposed to fit snugly into the mounting bracket.
As an extra safety precaution, it is recommended that you contact your local fire department to verify local rules and regulations in this area. In most cities in the United States for example, the homeowner can schedule an appointment and a member of the fire department will come out for free to test your fire extinguisher. In larger cities, you may have to take the unit to the fire station for testing and other safety tips. You should also ask about fire extinguisher brackets for your automotive. Most individuals overlook the need for fire safety devices in their vehicles.
As a homeowner, it is highly recommended that you do research on the various fire extinguishers and mounting brackets available for your residence and automobile before investing in one. The Internet is a great resource to begin your research, and to find more information about fire safety tips in general.