Choosing the Right Fire Extinguisher for Your Home

Every house should contain at minimum one fire extinguisher within the kitchen. It is recommended to install fire extinguishers at every surface of the house and in every potential risky location, including furnace rooms, garages, and workshop (besides in the kitchen).

Select fire extinguishers based on their size, class, and rating. “Size” is the amount of chemical used to extinguish fires, or charge, that a particular fire extinguisher has generally around half of the weight of a fire extinguisher. For simple home use, fire extinguishers ranging from one-and-a-half to 5 pounds are typically sufficient.

“Class” means the kind of fires an extinguisher can extinguish. Extinguishers of Class A is designed for use only on combustible, simple materials like paper, wood, and even fabrics. The majority of their cost is made up of carbonated water that is inexpensive and suitable for the job, but it can be hazardous if there’s the possibility of a fire in the grease (pressurized water may disperse burning grease) as well as electric fire (water streams and wet surfaces may electrify, giving the possibility of fatal shocks).

You can also go to, to find fire extinguisher service in your area. Extinguishers of Class B are intended for use with flammable liquids such as oils, greases, gasoline, and another chemical. The majority of their charges contain sodium bicarbonate in powdered form (baking soda).

Class C extinguishers can be used for electrical fires. They are mostly made of dry ammonium phosphate. Certain Class C extinguishers contain halon gas, however, they are not designed for use in homes because of the negative effects halogen has on the ozone layer of the earth. Halon extinguishers are suggested to be used around expensive electronic equipment like televisions and computers. The gas covers the flame, which suffocates it and then disperses without leaving a chemical smudge that could damage the equipment.

A lot of firefighters use chemical products to deal with fires in combination, in fact, B: C and some ARC extinguishers can be more accessible for use at home than extinguishers that are designed to only particular kinds of fire. Multi-purpose ARC extinguishers are typically the most suitable choice for any house; however, B: C extinguishers can put out grease fires with greater effectiveness (their charges of sodium bicarbonate combines with cooking oil and fat to form a moist foam that puts out fires) which is why they should be the first choice for the kitchen.