Do you have a home fire extinguisher? First check to see the date. Then check the gauge on top by the nozzle. Check to see that the gauge is in the “Good” or “Charged” range and then gently shake the canister a few times (do this every six months). Left unattended, over time the chemicals in a fire extinguisher will become compacted at the bottom of the canister. When this happens, a “fully charged” fire extinguisher will not put out a fire. Fire extinguishers should be replaced every 5-10 years, or if the age is uncertain. When you purchase a new fire extinguisher, write the date on it with a permanent marker.
So why is this important to me? Recently the oven was turned on to cook dinner. Forgotten was a check to see if anything is inside the oven. Well this time there was a plastic container filled with delicious chocolate cookies. Soon the kitchen started to fill up with smoke, the smoke detector started to go off. Yes those delicious chocolate chip cookies were incinerated. Tyler grabbed out fire extinguisher but it was old and the charge was gone from it. I slammed the oven door closed, turned off the oven and grabbed the box of baking soda. The baking soda extinguished the flames the fire extinguisher couldn't do. But it sure was hot on my hand and arm spreading out that baking soda! How did this turn out? Service Master came out today to check the oven. The oven is a total loss and will need to be replaced. Lessons learned: First, check the inside of the oven before turning it on. Second, had I followed the timely tips I'm sharing with you today I could have used the fire extinguisher to put out the fire.