The Best Type of Fire Extinguisher for Your Home

Taking the proper steps to prepare your family for a fire will give you extra time and more confidence when facing an emergency situation. Part of this preparation includes investing in home fire extinguishers that can be used in the case of an emergency. First Alert wants to make it easy for you to pick the proper home fire extinguisher to help protect your family by outlining some differences below.

Different Extinguishers for Different Fires

When it comes to home fire extinguishers, there’s a variety of types to choose from, and each type works best for different kinds of fires. It is important to remember that fire extinguishers should only be used on small fires. Fire extinguishers are broken down into the following classes:

Class A Fire Extinguisher:

These fire extinguishers are designed to put out fires on ordinary combustible materials such as firewood, plastic, cloth and paper. Class A extinguishers will serve you best if you keep them near a fireplace.

Class B Fire Extinguisher:

Use a Class B extinguisher when the fire’s fuel source is a combustible gas or liquid such as gasoline, ethanol or propane. These flames can burn out quickly if the fuel source is removed, but they can also spread fast. Keep this type of fire extinguisher in places like your garage, workshop or shed.

Class C Fire Extinguisher:

These extinguishers are designed to put out electrical fires. Until the electrical source is cut off, the fire can continue to burn. Be aware that water cannot put out an electrical fire and doing so may lead to electrocution.

Class K Fire Extinguisher:

These home fire extinguishers work by turning the fuel into soap. Beware that water can cause grease fires to spread, so it’s important to keep this type of fire extinguisher in easily accessible areas such as under the stove or sink.

Which One Should You Choose?

It can be difficult to know which home fire extinguisher is best for your home and where best to store it. When looking for which home fire extinguisher to buy, consider buying an all-purpose or multi-rated extinguisher, labeled “ABC.” This means the extinguisher can be used on Class A, B and C fires. In terms of the number of home fire extinguishers you should have, try to have at least one per floor, so you have it available in case of an emergency. Fire extinguishers should also be kept in the kitchen and garage. Store all fire extinguishers in a location that is easily accessible. It is important that you also know when the fire has become to large and cannot be contained, which you then should call 9-1-1 and evacuate your home. Fire extinguishers are only one part of a fire response plan, but the primary element is to escape safely.

Learn more about First Alert’s home fire extinguishers.