Choosing a Fire Extinguisher

The last thing any homeowner wants is a fire in the home. If it does happen, however, having a fire extinguisher on hand can help minimize the danger and damage. Choosing a fire extinguisher takes more than going to the store and grabbing one off the shelf; you’ll need to make sure you pick the one that is right for your needs.

Choosing a Fire Extinguisher

There are five main types of fire extinguishers. Each is designed to put out specific types of fires.

  • choosing a fire extinguisherA: Used for paper, cloth, and wood. Most often found in homes or businesses.
  • B: Used on grease, gas, and oil. Most often found in homes or businesses.
  • C: Used on electrical appliances. Most often found in homes or businesses.
  • D: Used on flammable metals. Most often found in factories.
  • K: Used on flammable oils and grease used in cooking. Most often found in commercial kitchens.


In addition to these, most home improvement or hardware stores will carry combination fire extinguishers. An ‘ABC’ fire extinguisher will work on the items listed above in the A, B, and C categories.

Choosing a fire extinguisher is often related to homeowners’ hobbies. People who are avid chefs may find a specialized B fire extinguisher ideal to keep in the kitchen. People with a home mechanic’s garage, meanwhile, could benefit from a C fire extinguisher. Most homeowners, however, will find an ABC fire extinguisher useful in capacities all around the house.

When do Fire Extinguishers Expire?

choosing a fire extinguisherAlthough many apartment complexes come with a fire extinguisher, fewer homes come with a fire extinguisher unless the previous owner left one behind. Even then, there’s always the question of whether the fire extinguisher is even active!

All types of fire extinguishers expire after a few years. Some can be refilled, while others are single-use and must be discarded. You can find all the information you’ll need on the label. In addition, fire extinguishers feature a pressure gauge. This will indicate whether the unit has expired.

Can You Refill a Fire Extinguisher?

Some fire extinguishers can be refilled while others are single-use and must be disposed of once they have expired. The label on the outside of the fire extinguisher will indicate the type.

If you have a refillable or rechargeable fire extinguisher, call your local fire department to see if they perform refills. If they do not refill fire extinguishers, they will know places that can perform refills.

How Often Do You Need to Inspect a Fire Extinguisher?

choosing a fire extinguisherIn general, you’ll want to inspect your fire extinguisher at least once a month. During the inspection, look at the unit to make sure that there is no rust or damage. Also verify that the unit’s pressure gauge is within the green, ‘active’ zone. By doing a monthly inspection, you’ll know when a fire extinguisher needs to be refilled or replaced and won’t get caught without one in an emergency.


Tidal Wave Response

Accidents happen, and what starts as a burner fire can lead to significant fire damage in your home. Fire extinguishers can stop an accident from becoming a disaster.

It doesn’t take long for even a small fire from doing a lot of damage. Smoke from fire damage can lead to stains on the wall and surrounding fixtures. Left untreated, the acid in smoke can corrode surfaces. Fires can also leave a lingering smoky odor in the room.

By calling a professional fire damage restoration company like Tidal Wave Response, you can save yourself the hassle and headache of cleaning up after a fire. We not only work with your insurance company to ensure maximum damages are covered, we perform all restoration work ourselves. All of our work is guaranteed with a warranty so you can rest easy!

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