(While a Class K extinguisher may appear to be acceptable in a home kitchen, it isn't.) It is critical that your fire extinguishers be UL-listed. Every single expert we spoke with suggested using an extinguisher with an ABC rating. Simply said, ABC extinguishers are the industry standard for residential usage. They're available for $10-$20 at most hardware stores.
An ABC-rated extinguisher will do more good than harm even if you don't get it into the hands of the right person at the right time. An EAA-rated extinguisher will provide less protection but won't hurt anyone or anything else besides the fire. A K-rated extinguisher will not put out any fire at all.
The best fire extinguisher for home use is an ABC-rated extinguisher. You should also check the manufacturer's warranty; some manufacturers include parts replacement in their warranties while others do not. In general, you should be able to replace an ABC-rated extinguisher without paying for repairs to other items in your house. That being said, if you have valuable belongings in your home, consider buying insurance for your extinguishers. See below for more information on insuring your extinguishers.
The next question is: what is the best type of fire extinguisher for home use? There are two main types of fire extinguishers: water-based and dry chemical.
Consider purchasing an all-purpose or multi-rated extinguisher labeled "ABC" when deciding which home fire extinguisher to purchase. This signifies that the extinguisher may be used on flames of Class A, B, and C. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you put out small fires with a no-pressure extinguisher while larger ones require a pressurized unit.
The type of fire you are trying to put out is one factor in selecting an appropriate fire extinguisher. Other factors include how much pressure it holds and whether it has a self-retaining pin. Fires can range from small cooking accidents to large warehouse fires so it's important to buy an extinguisher that will put out any flame regardless of size.
Pressure levels should also be taken into account when choosing an extinguisher. Fires can spread quickly and require immediate attention which means there isn't time to wait for higher pressure tanks to fill up. Smaller fires can be put out by a low-pressure extinguisher while larger ones need a high-pressure unit.
Finally, make sure the extinguisher you select is rated for use in your state or province. Some states require that fire extinguishers be replaced after three years while others may have different requirements. Check with your local fire department or building inspection service to find out what their policy is regarding replacement of fire extinguishers.
This Kidde fire extinguisher is UL certified 5 B:C and may be used on liquid, gas, and electrical fires. It is intended for use on Class B (liquids and gases) and Class C (energized electrical equipment) fires, with a discharge range of 6 feet and a discharge time of 8–12 seconds. The Kidde 5B has an effective range of 150 feet and can be reused up to 10 times.
It features an automatic shut-off after 3 minutes of inactivity. The 5B also comes with a charging handle for easy operation when it's mounted outside the vehicle.
The 5B weighs about 75 pounds and measures 42 inches long x 22 inches wide x 15 inches high. It can hold 1 3/4 gallons of water and has a capacity to deliver 900 CFM at the nozzle.
It uses K-Tek's EZ-Charge system that allows you to quickly recharge the extinguisher without removing it from its mount. Simply remove the pin from the valve stem, pull out the old charge and insert the new one, then push the pin back into place and turn the valve handle to full open position.
I would recommend this fire extinguisher for people who want a reliable device that can cover large areas.
It's available at most hardware stores and some home improvement centers for $150-$250.
An ABC-rated extinguisher is appropriate for use on fires involving common combustibles, flammable liquids, and powered electrical equipment. An extinguisher that is rated for use with various dangers should include a symbol for each category of hazard. For example, an ABC-rated extinguisher will put out flames and smoke but not explosions or heat.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) regulates the design requirements for fire extinguishers. These standards cover all aspects of fire extinguisher performance, including testing and labeling requirements. They also specify how extinguishers must be treated by manufacturers so they can be sold in the United States. In addition, ANSI has issued guidelines for using fire extinguishers.
ABC-rated fire extinguishers are required to have three components: A agent that delivers water upon activation, a container that holds the agent, and a means of delivering impact force to the container to activate it. The most common agents are halogenated hydrocarbons such as Halon 1301 or carbon dioxide, but other chemicals are used as well. Water itself cannot penetrate solid objects like walls or furniture, so it must be delivered by some form of spray. This delivery method can be as simple as a nozzle that shoots out a stream of water or a more complex system that uses compressed air to blow water through nozzles at high speeds.