The best fire extinguisher for your home is one that never needs to be used! However, when prevention fails, you’ll need a fully charged, 5-lb,  ABC fire extinguisher that you know how to use. How do you know if it is charged and ready to put out a fire? Check the gauge near the handle. If the arrow points to green, you’re ok. If not, have the fire extinguisher professionally recharged or purchase a new one.  (FYI: Old and used fire extinguishers are considered hazardous waste. Contact your county for disposal instructions.)

  • Types of Fire Extinguishers:
  • Class A (Trash, Wood, Paper): Fires in ordinary combustibles such as wood, cloth, paper, rubber and many plastics
  • Class B (Liquids): Fires in flammable or combustible liquids, petroleum greases, tars, oil-based paints, solvents, lacquers, alcohols and flammable gases
  • Class C (Electrical Equipment): Fires that involve energized electrical equipment such as wiring, circuit breakers, machinery and appliances