Fire extinguishers will be your first line of defense in the case of a fire in your home, car or place of business and will help ensure your family and co-workers remain safe. You probably already have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms scattered throughout your home and/or office, so why not add some additional safety with a reliable fire extinguisher?
What To Consider Before Buying A Fire Extinguisher
As it is important to equip your home with the right type of extinguisher, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the different kinds of fires you could potentially encounter. Ordinary combustibles fall under Class A, flammable liquid spills are Class B and fires involving live electrical equipment are Class C.
In addition, it may help if your fire extinguisher is rechargeable (a.k.a. refillable) so that, rather than throwing them away after use, you can get them refilled. Another important tip is to know where to keep them — ideal placement in the home is one in the kitchen and one in the garage, but this depends on how large your home is. For example, First Alert recommends having an extinguisher on every level.
How We Chose the Best Fire Extinguishers
When it comes to emergencies, you want to stick with trusted brands, which is why our options come from brands like Amerex, First Alert and Kidde, which have long track records and specialize in fire safety products. We also picked options for different settings. There are large professional options on this list, in addition to smaller household extinguishers.
Plus, we included some compact options that are designed for storing in your car. Most of the options are rated for ABC fires, but there are a few BC options, such as the auto option, which will work for the kinds of flames you might encounter with your car. We didn’t include Class K fire extinguishers because these are primarily for commercial settings. These are some of the best options to buy.
1. Amerex B417 ABC Dry Chemical Class Fire Extinguisher
If you’re looking for a fire extinguisher that can handle a variety of different kinds of potential issues, this option from Amerex is an ABC class extinguisher. What that means is that it’s suited for ordinary combustibles, flammable liquid and live electrical equipment. The small size makes it a great option for regular homeowners. This extinguisher can also be refilled.
Pros: Rechargeable design. ABC class meets most needs.
Cons: Included bracket could be better.
2. First Alert Fire Extinguisher
You can rely on the mechanics of this First Alert fire extinguisher, which has an all-metal construction and a commercial-grade valve and trigger. It’s multipurpose and can fight A, B and C fires from wood, plastic, paper, gasoline and more. The flame fighting agent is professionally approved and it’s got a built-in metal pull pin and safety seal so it won’t accidentally discharge. The instructions and gauge are easy to read, and it’s been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard for use at sea.
Pros: Heavy-duty construction, approved by the Coast Guard. Reliable multipurpose fire extinguisher. Mounting bracket is included for installation in commercial spaces. Comes in 4 pack.
Cons: Mount is not as durable as other brands. This extinguisher is rechargeable but needs to be done professionally.
3. Kidde Pro 210 Fire Extinguisher
This fire extinguisher from Kidde is multipurpose and can fight A, B and C fires easily. Great for use in residential, commercial and industrial spaces. The gauge is easy to read and will keep you updated on the extinguisher’s charge and readiness for use. It’s got clear instructions for use on the side that you can reference at a moment’s notice and it’s quick, powerful and precise in its discharge. This fire extinguisher has a 10 to 15-foot range and up to 15 seconds of discharge time for effective fire suppression. Finally, it’s lightweight and made out of durable and corrosion-resistant aluminum.
Pros: Durable, lightweight, clear instructions. Easy to read gauge.
Cons: May be big for residential use.
4. First Alert Car Fire Extinguisher
The point of emergency preparedness is to be ready for situations you’re likely to never be in, which is why it’s good to have a few different extinguishers for different settings. This option from First Alert is suited for your car — it’s compact, so it won’t take up too much space in your cabin or trunk. Plus, it comes with a secure mount, so it won’t roll around while you’re driving. It’s a class C extinguisher, so it’s specifically designed for the kinds of problems you’re most likely to encounter.
Pros: Good automotive option. Small size. Includes mount.
Cons: Class BC, so it’s not designed for every kind of fire.
5. FIRST ALERT Kitchen Fire Extinguisher
This option from First Alert is designed as a kitchen fire extinguisher. It’s a small option that can be kept in your cabinet, or it can be mounted using the convenient bracket. Plus, its small size means it’s manageable and easy to use. It’s BC-rated, meaning that it’s designed to fight flammable liquid and electrical fires.
Pros: Compact size. Works for flammable liquid and electrical fires.
Cons: Not designed for every kind of fire.
6. First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray
Good things come in small packages, and this Tundra aerosol spray from First Alert was made for putting out fires, with four times the discharge time as traditional extinguishers and an easy-to-use nozzle. It’s got an easy cleanup afterward and it’s completely biodegradable. This spray is designed to take out small fabric, wood, electric and grease fires around your home quickly and safely.
Pros: The Tundra spray is safe and easy to clean up and features a biodegradable formula — simply wipe away with a damp cloth. Boasts 32 seconds of discharge time.
Cons: There is no pressure gauge you can check to know whether the unit is still in good, working condition.
7. Amerex B500 Fire Extinguisher
The Amerex Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher is suitable for use on Class A, B and C fires which include trash, wood, paper, liquids, gasses and electrical equipment. This fire extinguisher is suitable for home and commercial use, is fitted with a pressure gauge that provides at-a-glance status and has an all-metal (aluminum) valve construction.
Pros: This is a rechargeable unit and sturdy at five pounds. Wall mount included.
Cons: It is recommended to have it professionally recharged and maintained, which might not be so convenient.