First Alert 1038789 Standard Home Fire Extinguisher, Red


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I based this purchase strictly on wanting a small, handy fire extinguisher specifically for kitchen use. I happen to know the classifications and intended uses of the different types of extinguishers, but my wife doesn’t. I bought this and mounted it at the top of my basement stairs which is in close proximity to the kitchen and easily accessible if needed. It is compact and has a low-profile. Not too heavy to handle and operate. Most importantly it is specifically intended for oil/grease and electrical fires (B-C). The other deciding factor was that it has a pressure indicator. I was considering some of the aerosol-type extinguishers but they have no way of indicating they are still pressurized. The last thing you want to do is “hope” the unit will work when needed (over time, extinguishers may or may not lose pressure). This has an approved test button that you occasionally press to ensure the unit is still pressurized (it does NOT discharge any agent – it simply tests for adequate pressure). You should NEVER test extinguishers by slightly discharging them – the nozzle seal will be broken and it will slowly lose pressure. They will be rendered useless shortly after such a test. Overall this seems to meet our needs and we hope it’s never needed.

 

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