The Best Type of Fire Extinguisher for Your Home

The Best Type of Fire Extinguisher for Your Home

Taking the proper steps to prepare your family for a fire will give you extra 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.

Different Extinguishers for Different Fires

There’s a variety of home fire extinguishers to choose from, and each type works well for different types of fires. Fire extinguishers are broken down into different classes, listed below.

Class A: These distinguishers 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. Note that you can use water to put out these fires as well.

Class B: Use Class B extinguishers 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 extinguisher in places like your garage, workshop or shed.


Class C: 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: 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 extinguisher in easily accessible areas such as under the stove or sink.

Which One Should You Choose?

It can be difficult to think about which home fire extinguisher is best, and where to store it. When looking for which home fire extinguisher to buy, consider buying an all-purpose extinguisher, labeled “ABC.” This means they 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. Also, know when to go. Fire extinguishers are only one part of a fire response plan, but the primary element is to escape safely.

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