Every year there are around 20,000 house fires in Australia, resulting in the loss of property and in some cases even lives. Property can always be replaced by your home insurance policy, however to protect your life and the lives of those around you, it is important to make sure you have the right equipment on hand to deal with a fire.

Here's your guide to buying a quality fire extinguisher, and where it should go in your home.

So what type of fire extinguisher should I have?

Every household extinguisher is labelled A, B, or C, which tells you the types of fires the extinguisher is effective against. A is ordinary combustibles like wood, paper, and cloth; B is flammable liquids, such as gasoline or cooking oil; and C is for electrical fires.

When a fire occurs, most of us tend to panic first, think second. This is why there are all-purpose fire extinguishers. Look for an extinguisher labelled “ABC” or "DCP" which means it can be used on a Class A, B and C fires. Stock every floor of your home with an ABE or DCP extinguisher (don’t forget the garage), and make sure everyone knows where they are. You can also place an extinguisher location sign on the top of them so anyone can find them with ease.

Please also make sure that your extinguisher is approved by Australian Standard AS 1841. All our fire extinguishers are so you can purchase it now with peace of mind.

Where should I put my fire extinguishers?

Australian experts advise at least one fire extinguisher per floor, but understand that if a fire does start, you don’t want to have to run too far to find it in the home. Start by factoring in at least one extinguisher for each floor, then add another extinguisher for every fireplace, one for the kitchen, one for the garage, and put one in any other room in the home you feel necessary. If an extinguisher is within reach, it can save you precious time in combating an unintentional fire.

What else should I have to protect my family from a fire incident?

Fire Blanket

This is a handy item to have in cooking areas and can stop small pan fires from spreading. They are mounted on the wall and easily accessible: using a fire blanket is the best and quickest way to extinguish a pan fire. They can also be used to wrap around people when their clothing has caught fire.