Fire Extinguishers - we have (required or not required, just share whatever you have at the inn)

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A Large Extinguisher
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A Small Kitchen Extinguisher
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A Large and Small Extinguisher
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More than 2
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None
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Ours have to be serviced annually - they charge by the unit so it is about $4.00 which in my opinion is a bargain. They also do replacement ones as ours have an expiry date and we will need a new one for the laundry room next year - $60 approx as they do reconditioned ones as well

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One one each floor plus an extra in the kitchen.

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Regular extinguishers can actually expire, i was required to buy the refillable ones, i had them inspected every year by a lovely old man who checked and tagged them. He was referred to me by our local fire dept, much cheaper to buy them through him, and cost about $10 each per year to service

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We have a large (5 lb dry chemical) fire extinguisher in each of our cottages, one in our own kitchen, and one in the FIL apartment as well, and we have them all inspected every year.

This year our insurance company required us to have hard-wired smoke detectors installed in all of our cottages. The Lodge has eight or nine (one for each bedroom plus another one on each floor), and one of them is defective and sets them all off at random times. These new detectors are also very sensitive and it seemed like every week this summer, we'ld have at least one going off somewhere due to somebody's cooking.

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Harborfields wrote:

 These new detectors are also very sensitive and it seemed like every week this summer, we'ld have at least one going off somewhere due to somebody's cooking.

The damp or fog may set them off, too. I had one that went off whenever it was really humid. My son got sick of it one day and whacked it with a frying pan. Problem solved.

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Madeleine wrote:

Harborfields wrote:

 These new detectors are also very sensitive and it seemed like every week this summer, we'ld have at least one going off somewhere due to somebody's cooking.

The damp or fog may set them off, too. I had one that went off whenever it was really humid. My son got sick of it one day and whacked it with a frying pan. Problem solved.

I set our alarm of most morning cooking breakfast, the one outside the kitchen is too sensitive. It's become a running joke of ours that when the alarm goes off dh goes into the breakfast room and says "Don't panic it's just your breakfast burning".

One lady who stays with us regularly came back one day with a plaque for me that reads "Dinner is ready when the fire alarm goes off". It is proudly displayed on the wall above the cereals in the breakfast room.

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We are required to have (by State Law) hard-wired emergency lighting and carbon monoxide detectors. These requirements are met by installing plug-ins. They are hard-wired because if the power goes off, they come on. A lot cheaper than going into the wiring on these old houses.

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Before we opened up someone from the insurance company came to look a the place and said we needed one in the kitchen and one in the laundry room. I rather have them and not need them then to need them and not have them!

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I just learned recently from a firefighter, that the powder in extinguishers will settle over time and become unusable.  It was recommended that occasionally, you tip it upside down and shake it gently to make sure it stays distributed in the tank.  

Also, most extinguishers will only go off for about 30 seconds and will only put out fire about the size of a garbage can.  These were things I did not know, so I wanted to share... 

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Do you have to have the fire extinguishers inspected? We do. And when the guy does the inspection, he has a big rubber mallet he whacks on the bottom of the canister. Every couple of years they take the canister away and recharge it.

If you need to use one to put out a fire, aim at the base of the fire, not the top or the middle. Aiming high can waste the foam/powder or even knock the fire across the room.

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We keep one in every bathrooms, so six small ones in the restrooms. We also keep a large one in both of the kitchens. The guest have never messed with any of them. However when I worked for the large hotel chains it was a  monthly occurrence of guest  misusing a extinguisher. Usually they were thrown down stairwell shafts so they explode at the bottom. Believe it or not!

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While I don't want guests trying to fight a fire to save the place, I do want fire extinguishers  available to them  in case they need to fight fire get out - what if the fire is between them and the exit/escape?  It can happen.  I have an extinguisher in every guest room, every hallway, every other room.  Basically, you can stand anywhere and one is in plain view.  We have about 18 fire extinguishers scattered around.

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Yes, I would think you would have them everywhere.  The nearest FD is a long way away and it is not as if they can just get out an run from the fire. With you, it could very well be from the fire to the frying pan with all the critters looking for "lunch".

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We have one in each guest room, kitchen/laundry, living room (fireplace) and OQ. We get them inspected once a year. We have more than are required because we live in a wooded area and the main house is 118 years old built out of wood.

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We are required to have one in the kitchen and one IN VIEW on each floor by our Association. I have a large one in my kitchen - the one I forgot where it was after having one next to the stove for years, it hangs between the windows over the sink IN PLAIN VIEW. We also have one at each end of the hall upstairs.

My instructions to guests are this - If the smoke alarm goes off, a light comes on. Every room on second floor has access to a first floor roof. Windows are on latch - open the window and get OUT! the VFD is across the street.

BTW - I took a drawing of the floor plan of the house to the VFD marking guest rooms and our room and making the notation that the occupant of our room is helpless - literally. That way IF there ever was a fire, they would know where to look first.

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we have a hardwired smoke alarm system - serviced annually - and about 12 extinguishers - however don't want guests twatting about with them.

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We are required to have fire extinguishers in/near the kitchen and laundry areas. The inspector hung them up for me this year at the proper height and added signage.

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Other: code requires a sprinkler system for my place, just like hotels have. $35,000 sad

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As someone said in another thread,  I don't want guests using fire extinguishers.  I would want them out of the room.    We do have smoke/carbon monoxide detectors that are hardwired with a battery backup.  The rooms are connected,  so if one alarm goes off,  they all go off.

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