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    What is the best fire extinguisher for home use, and why is it the best?

    What is the best fire extinguisher for home use, and why is it the best?

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    For home use you are best to purchase a fire blanket because this can be used on a range of fires

    If you ask your local fire station not only will they give you free and the best/most up too date advice but they also will visit your home for a free fire check. Our local station are brilliant.

    Original Poster

    If i bought a Powder Fire Extinguisher & Fire Blanket... would this be sufficient???

    domfranks85

    If i bought a Powder Fire Extinguisher & Fire Blanket... would this be … If i bought a Powder Fire Extinguisher & Fire Blanket... would this be sufficient???



    ​And a co2 extinguisher would cover everything.

    Rich069

    ​And a co2 extinguisher would cover everything.


    A dry powder one can do everything a co2 one can really so would be redundant. Dry powder for everything apart from cooking oil/fat, for which you'd use a fire blanket.

    Fire blanket!

    MIDURIX

    A dry powder one can do everything a co2 one can really so would be … A dry powder one can do everything a co2 one can really so would be redundant. Dry powder for everything apart from cooking oil/fat, for which you'd use a fire blanket.



    Agreed, but powder leaves a mess everywhere whilst co2 doesn't.

    ktm666

    Agreed, but powder leaves a mess everywhere whilst co2 doesn't.



    ​I think it might blow hot burning fat and oil around the kitchen. A damp tea towel will work on oil based fires aswell.

    domfranks85

    If i bought a Powder Fire Extinguisher & Fire Blanket... would this be … If i bought a Powder Fire Extinguisher & Fire Blanket... would this be sufficient???


    Yes, the fire blanket for the kitchen (they're of limited use elsewhere) and the powder (or CO2) for the rest of the house.

    Dont bother, just get out, stay out and call the fire service out

    Original Poster

    lets Vote..... Powder or CO2 ?????

    Just get working smoke alarms have a night time routine and an escape plan and leave it to the professionals dont risk yourself or the fire service due to delaying the call after a failed attempt or becoming overcome by smoke

    domfranks85

    lets Vote..... Powder or CO2 ?????



    ​or fire blanket

    Get a halon system installed X)

    Fire Extinguishers for the Home

    There are two schools of thought on whether you should provide fire extinguishers in the home. One says do not attempt to extinguish a fire, get out and call out the fire and rescue service. This view considers an untrained person cannot and should not tackle a fire but it is also tempered by the thought of litigations if anybody gets hurt in tackling a fire. The other says it is up to the individual and if they consider themselves capable they should have a go. This view is supported by national statistics which reported some time ago up to 47% of fires are not reported to the Fire and Rescue Service which would suggest the fires were extinguished by the occupants.

    Taking the views of the two groups above. If you fall into the second group and would wish to purchase fire extinguishers for the home. Your choice is dependent on how capable you consider yourself and if you are able to afford them. There are two choices of extinguishers that seem to be acceptable by most and a third choice which is more contentious.

    First option is a domestic fire blanket and sited it in the kitchen or close to the kitchen in a line of exit. This must be your first choice as it can be used in many situations.
    A second option is to install specialist kitchen extinguisher which can be safely used on fat fryers etc. There are three groups of kitchen extinguishers a) ABF rated chemical extinguishers b) AF rated water mist c) wet chemical. Considering the costs of a wet chemical and the clean up required afterwards, the water mist extinguishers (also called dry water mist) is probablythe best choice in a home kitchen. Commercial kitchens will usually opt for wet chemical extinguishers.
    fire blanket
    water mist extinguishers


    If you do purchase fire extinguishers make sure you read and fully understand the instructions. If necessary look for training on the use of extinguishers by fire experts.

    All fire fighting equipment should be in accordance with the appropriate British Standard Specification and carry the kite mark.

    MIDURIX

    A dry powder one can do everything a co2 one can really so would be … A dry powder one can do everything a co2 one can really so would be redundant. Dry powder for everything apart from cooking oil/fat, for which you'd use a fire blanket.



    ​Dry powder can be used on class B flammable liquids (oils etc) and on electrical. However, ideally, a co2 should be used on electrical. The dp would also render the electrical item probably useless if used on. And again, ideally, the oils should be extinguished by a foam extinguisher (or as has been said, the fire blanket after it being removed from heat source).
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