NJ May Eliminate Fire Extinguisher Requirement
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. October 12, 2012
A New Jersey Senate committee will consider legislation on Monday that would eliminate the requirement for one and two-family residences to be equipped with a portable fire extinguisher.
Senator Tony Bucco is the primary sponsor of the measure that he says was recommended by the state fire safety committee.
Bucco says extinguishers can give residents a false sense of security.
“Many people don’t know how to use them properly. Also they do become outdated. If they misuse them and they jam up or whatever, they’re risking their own lives as well as their loved ones who are in the house with them.”
Bucco says an extinguisher might not do what residents expect.
“They feel that they can take the extinguisher and put the fire out and many times they can’t. It overwhelms them. The fire extinguisher isn’t enough to suppress the fire.”
Bucco says safety officials would prefer that residents call the fire department to battle a blaze and get out of a burning building as quickly as possible.