Fire & Emergency Careers, And Fire Safety Info/Home Fire Extinguishers


Hi Captain Grove,

Would you help me determine what type of fire extinguishers we should buy for home use?  

I've done a little bit of research and have learned there are certain extinguishers for certain types of fires (e.g., A, B, C, D, K) and that within some of the classifications are numerical values (e.g., 2A, meaning the extinguisher contains 2/1-2 gal. water; 30B, meaning the extinguishing material will cover 30 sq. ft., etc.).

The house is a two-story Victorian, and I want to make sure the upstairs bedrooms have adequate protection.  I also want to make sure we have the right extinguisher in the kitchen, so I'm assuming we're talking about two different types of extinguishers -- one type for the kitchen and another type for the upstairs???

My Questions:

1.  What extinguisher types (including numerical values) do you recommend?  I thought the A-B-C for upstairs and a K for the kitchen might be good choices, but I'm not sure that's right -- and I also don't know what numerical values would be best.

2.  Does allexperts permit its experts to recommend specific products or brands?  If so, would you recommend a good brand of extinguisher for me?  

3.  For the B & C extinguishers, do you recommend CO2 or the dry chemincal?



Hello Gracie:

 Typically for home use you should be looking into a 2A/10BC type extinguisher for the majority of your home.

For the kitchen I would recommend a First Alert KFE2S5 5-B:C Kitchen Fire Extinguisher.

  Both of the above choices can be found by a variety of manufacturers. Kidde seems to be the most prevalent. The idea of any fire extinguisher (in the fire departments mind) is to provide for a quick hit on small incipient fires. Calling 911 promptly is ALWAYS the first step.
  Many fires have got out of hand while residents attempt to extinguish them. With that said I personally believe that a fire extinguisher is a great idea for the homeowner. My idea is to get the fire extinguished as quick as possible. This not only saves property damage but may insure that you have a place to sleep along with clothes on your back. Yes the insurance company will help with lodging and clothes, but it's just a major ordeal. Picture yourself standing in the yard in your PJs knowing that they are the only clothes you have.

  Another idea is to check with your local fire department. Most departments will be glad to send out a rep to discuss types of extinguishers as well as placement. Your tax dollars pay for their service, why not use them. Believe me, they won't mind at all.

Please fell free to contact me with any and all questions you may have.

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