Fire extinguishers that must be found in your home, in your car wherever you may need them. We have listed the best products for you below.
1. First Alert Standard Home Fire Extinguisher
First alert's home1 fire extinguisher is UL rated 1 A: 10 B:C; it features durable all metal construction with a commercial grade metal valve and trigger.
Multipurpose fire extinguisher fights wood, paper, trash, plastics, gasoline, oil, and electrical equipment fires.
Use monoammonium phosphate extinguishing agent; Rechargeable by certified professionals after use.
Metal pull pin with a safety seal to help prevent accidental discharge and tampering; Corrosion resistant, easy to read, color coded metal gauge; Waterproof label with easy instructions. U.S. coast guard approved for marine use.
I always keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen and back door, and this one is perfect for that job. This, along with smoke/carbon monoxide detectors are some of the cheapest insurance you can get to keep your family safe and keep small problems from becoming catastrophes. Read the directions and make sure everyone in your household knows how to use it and how to keep an exit easily accessible in case they cannot get a small fire out quickly.
This won't stop a house fire or replace your local fire department, but a small kitchen fire or fire in a trash can can be extinguished easily if you know how to use a fire extinguisher properly.
I feel safe having this professional fire extinguisher in my car for when I go car camping. Almost bought the cheaper alternative spray can extinguishers, until I read the Consumer Reports warnings about that category. CR recommends sticking with pro dry powder extinguishers like this one.
2. Kidde Pro Fire Extinguisher
Suitable for use on Class A (trash, wood & paper), Class B (liquids & gases) and Class C fires (energized electrical equipment). The PRO 210 is fitted with a pressure gauge that provides at-a-glance status, is manufactured from lightweight aluminum cylinder with a tough aluminum valve assembly.
Pro/Commercial 210 Fire Extinguisher, UL Rated, 2-A:10-B:C, Suitable For Common Industrial Use Office, Schools, Hotels, Metal Handles, Levers & Valve, Fully Rechargeable, High Quality Gauge For Easy Pressure Check, 6 Year Limited Warranty, Low Hazards.
- Multipurpose dry chemical; fights all types of fire (trash, wood, paper, liquids, electrical equipment).
- Pressure gauge allows for immediate pressure status check.
- Powder coated aluminum cylinder for corrosion protection.
- Rechargeable; wall hanger included.
- Meets the requirements of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent facility that tests products for compliance with widely-accepted safety standards.
I know I've seen some mixed reviews, and I think some of those may have been due to age or improper shipping methods. I'm also aware of the prior recall this company had, and saw they did take action when the issue was brought to their attention. It seemed they acted quicker than I've seen some other safety type companies respond to baby safety items during prior work in retail.
While these are something you hope to never use, it's good to have on hand and make a habit of monitoring regularly just as you would with an emergency flash light in case of a power outage. The fire extinguisher units I received arrived in excellent condition when running through my checks before storing them away for an emergency.
This is not a set-it and forget-it type item you want to rush to in a time of need only to find it not functioning properly. Proper regular inspection can prevent many of the unpleasant surprises that can occur during the urgent moments of an emergency. I like that it's of a reasonable weight I can easily use to work with at containing a blaze, the 2 LBS extinguishers wouldn't last long enough but it's still better than nothing at all in the home.
If you're unable to stop a fire with this in the first few critical moment, then it's not something you'd likely be able to stop properly in the first place and will need to make sure someone is calling for emergency services as others in the household get to safety. I picked up one for the home and one for my vehicle as it's a good size to keep around for a just-in-case situation.
Brought First Alert 5 pound fire extinguisher to commercial fire protection shop. They would not recharge. Told that First Alert fire extinguisher has a poor hose connection that will not enable a reliable recharge. Offered an expensive small commercial fire extinguisher. Also told that Kidde has lesser expensive fire extinguishers that they will recharge.
Found good price and delivery for a Kidde extinguisher from Amazon. Took almost a week to be delivered in Metro Washington, DC area that has dedicated Prime delivery trucks. Only disappointment was somewhat long delivery.
3. First Alert Fire Extinguisher
Rechargeable REC5 Recreational Fire Extinguisher is UL rated 5-B: C and has a durable metal head, and is ideal for use in your RV.
Designed to fight flammable-liquid and electrical fires; Uses sodium bicarbonate extinguishing agent.
Bracket and strap are included for secure placement of extinguisher, designed to meet the demanding needs of travel.
Metal pull pin with safety seal to help prevent accidental discharge and discourage tampering.
Corrosion-resistant, easy-to-read, color-coded metal gauge; Waterproof label with simple instructions.
I ordered this for my F150 truck and my Lexus SUV. I've had to use fire extinguishers on other cars in emergencies and know how important it is to have one on the road, but have never liked the shape, size, or color of the other extinguishers I've used so this was a fortunate find. Because it's thinner and less colorful (my others were red), you can easily lay this on the floor, trunk, or rear seat without attracting attention or having to mount it (don't like putting holes in my vehicles if possible).
Have these in all my cars. Perfect for the car. Fortunately never had to use one but would rather have this in the car and never need to use it than need one and not have it. All cars should carry an extinguisher. Car fires are scary especially if a loved one is trapped in the vehicle. Also, cars today are being constructed with cheaper and cheaper materials which are designed to crumple on impact and can easily jam a door shut or lodge someone in a car. Not like cars of yesterday which were solid metal and could bounce off stuff. Anyway, buy these. Great product!