A fire extinguisher is an appliance, just like a coffee maker. The only difference between them is if the coffee maker doesn’t work, you just skip your coffee or go to Starbucks. On the other hand, if your fire extinguisher doesn’t work the one time that you need it, it could be catastrophic. Your service provider is the most important variable in making sure your equipment will work. Are you choosing your service company solely on price? This is not a safe strategy when lives and property are at stake. Liability should be your main focus, not whether he is the cheapest or nicest guy. The CA State Fire Marshal will allow a minimum level of insurance of $1,000,000. That amount may be sufficient for a small dog bite, but is now...

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The original firefighting agent that still is in use today is water, which, is not surprising as the stuff works pretty well. The problem was application. Buckets required you to get pretty close to the fire and volume was limited to a throw. Early in the last century, water was combined with another popular agent, sodium bicarbonate, in a fire extinguisher called the soda acid. Most people are familiar with the inverting style extinguishers shown in early black and white movies. Flipping the extinguisher upside down allowed a bottle of sulfuric acid to spill into the soda & water mix. The resulting chemical reaction propelled the water out of the extinguisher onto the fire. Eventually, safety issues (read explosions) caused the demise o...

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