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?
As it is important to equip your home with the right type of extinguisher, our picks are all class A, B, and C fire extinguishers which is ideal industry standard and the most common for home and office use. These extinguishers work on ordinary combustibles (Class A), flammable liquid spills (Class B) or fires involving live electrical equipment (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.
When it comes to choosing a fire extinguisher, there are a lot of options. We have listed a few of the best ones you can get online, to help you narrow down which is the best for you and your family.
1. 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.
Cons: Mount is not as durable as other brands. This extinguisher is rechargeable, but needs to be done professionally.
2. 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: Needs to be consistently recharged.
3. 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.
4. 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. 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.