What Type of Fire Extinguisher is Best for Your Home?

What Type of Fire Extinguisher is Best for Your Home?

It can be intimidating to pick up a fire extinguisher for your home and put out a fire. But at First Alert, we make it our goal to educate our customers, so they feel confident in the case of an emergency. Picking the right fire extinguisher for your home can make all of the difference, as certain extinguishers are geared toward putting out certain types of fires. Make sure your home is well-equipped with the proper type of extinguisher; this will give you and your family peace of mind.

Read the Label

Fire extinguishers for your home are labeled either A, B or C, each purposed toward putting out a different type of fire. Type A extinguishers are effective against putting out fires due to ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper and cloth. Type B extinguishers put out flammable liquids and are commonly used to combat kitchen fires. They should be utilized when putting out gasoline or cooking oil. Type C extinguishers are ideal for putting out live electrical fires. These fires are caused by faulty electric wiring, old appliances, or other heat creating electrical appliances.

Keep Size in Mind

The size of the fire extinguishers for your home vary. When it comes to weight, the marked weight refers to the amount of chemical that is inside of it, while the canister adds several pounds on top of this number. Although bigger extinguishers are better for bigger fires, they can be harder to use because of the weight. It is important to get a fire extinguisher that you are able to use properly.

Ten-pound extinguishers are best for your garage or home workshop because they can put out bigger fires. Five-pound extinguishers are perfect to grab quickly to put out a fire in the kitchen or the laundry room. Two-pound extinguishers are best for your car.

How Many Fire Extinguishers Should You Have?

The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you have at least one fire extinguisher for your home on every floor. However, it is not enough to just have fire extinguishers, make sure you have an established fire safety plan for you and your family. This includes creating an emergency exit plan as well as teaching everyone how to properly use a fire extinguisher with the PASS method.

Shop First Alert Products

First Alert offers many different types of fire extinguishers for different types of fires. This kitchen fire extinguisher comes with a secure kitchen extinguisher mount, while this home fire extinguisher is rechargeable. Head to our website to browse all of our models, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions about what extinguisher is best for you.