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    Quote Originally Posted by porkingporkpork View Post
    Very true about fires burning houses from the inside out. I plan on buying a couple of the small fire extinguishers and teaching my kids how to use them in about a year or so (they are still young). I figure we will do a bonfire and make s’mores cook hotdogs that type of thing, then when it comes time to put it out pull them out and let them extinguish the fire using extinguisher. I figure for the $25-$75 I will spend on “wasting” them, it teaches them a valuable life skill.
    Good plan!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by porkingporkpork View Post
    Very true about fires burning houses from the inside out. I plan on buying a couple of the small fire extinguishers and teaching my kids how to use them in about a year or so (they are still young). I figure we will do a bonfire and make s’mores cook hotdogs that type of thing, then when it comes time to put it out pull them out and let them extinguish the fire using extinguisher. I figure for the $25-$75 I will spend on “wasting” them, it teaches them a valuable life skill.
    I agree that it is a valuable skill...

    But most house fires are class A, and small extinguishers do a really poor job on Class-A fires. That experience is even more educational, I feel. BTW, small extinguishers don't do much on Class-B fires, either: A car on fire for example, will rarely benefit from a 10BC rated fire extinguisher. Such an extinguisher might allow getting passengers out alive.

    For houses, a better solution (outside the kitchen and perhaps garage) is a 2 1/2 gallon pressurized water fire extinguisher like this: https://www.amazon.com/Amerex-Gallon...e+extinguisher

    Filled with water, and charged with an air compressor, you can refill them yourself for essentially nothing, and they work well on Class-A fires (those that leave ash, i.e. wood, paper, natural fabrics). They can also be used on oil fires with a little technique. And, they are OFTEN available used for far less than the new cost.
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    Don't forget to tell the kids about the fire extinguisher "P.A.S.S. technique" (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep).....this is universally accepted as a good way to learn fire safety for all ages.

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    As a poor mans defense, I always leave the dishpan filled with dish water, in case of a non grease fire. I have a very small house, so it is workable.

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    Just heard on the news today, 80% of Cali is breathing smoke right now, they had a doctor advising people to stay inside, not work out,wear masks etc.....

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