Do you have a fire extinguisher in your house and if so, do you know how to use it?


According to the 2017 PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll, one in four of Northwest residents donít have a fire extinguisher in the home, and of the people who do have them, only half say they have a high level of confidence using one correctly.

Renters are less likely to have a fire extinguisher in their home compared to homeowners (58% vs. 82%) and men are twice as likely to say they are very confident in using one.

What about you? How prepared would you be to use a fire extinguisher in an emergency?

At home, do you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and/or in some other room in your home?

Total OR
60 59 I have one or more in my kitchen
44 46 I have one or more in other rooms in my house
27 27 Neither

At home, do you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and/or in some other room in your home?

Oregon
2011 2016
75 81 Own home, have extinguisher
57 57 Rent home, have extinguisher

Have you personally ever had to operate a fire extinguisher, whether in your own home or somewhere else?

Total OR
16 16 Yes, in my own home
27 29 Yes, somewhere else
59 56 No

Have you personally ever had to operate a fire extinguisher, whether in your own home or somewhere else?

Oregon
Males Females
24 7 Yes, in my own home
41 18 Yes, somewhere else
36 76 No

Whether you've used one or not, how confident are you in your ability to use a fire extinguisher correctly?

Total OR
27 26 Extremely confident
31 33 Very confident
30 27 Somewhat confident
10 10 Not very confident
2 3 Not at all confident
0 1 Don't know

Whether you've used one or not, how confident are you in your ability to use a fire extinguisher correctly?

Oregon
Males Females
38 15 Extremely confident
40 26 Very confident
17 37 Somewhat confident
4 16 Not very confident
1 4 Not at all confident
0 2 Don't know

About the PEMCO Insurance Northwest Poll
PEMCO Insurance commissioned this independent survey, conducted by FBK Research of Seattle, that asked Washington and Oregon residents questions about driving habits and attitudes toward current Northwest issues. The sample size, 600 respondents in Washington and 600 in Oregon, yields an accuracy of +/- 4.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. In other words, if this study were conducted 100 times, in 95 instances the data will not vary by more than the associated error range.

About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance, established in 1949, is a Seattle-based provider of auto, home, boat, and umbrella insurance to Northwest residents. PEMCO Insurance is sold to consumers by the method they choose – phone, local community agents, or online. For more information, visit pemco.com.

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