Fire Extinguisher Guide

Part 4: Fire Extinguisher Recommendations

The following common types and sizes of fire extinguishers will handle the majority of fire risks found in most commercial, industrial and home environments.

Multipurpose Dry Chemical ABC Extinguisher
Minimum Size (5 lbs.)

Multipurpose dry chemical extinguishers will handle most types of fires that occur in your home. They come in a variety of common sizes from 1 1/2 lbs. to 20 lbs. Generally, we recommend a 5 lb. extinguisher for home use. It’s big enough to put out most small fires and not too heavy enough to be awkward.

Dry Chemical Stored Pressure Extinguishers
Various Sizes

Dry Chemical Stored Pressure Extinguishers are designed to meet the specific needs of industrial and commercial occupancies where there is a flammable liquid or special hazard risk. They generally range in size from 5 lb. up to 150 lb. cart-mounted extinguishers. They can cover a variety of hazard classes but are generally used for class B (flammable liquids) and C (electrical) fires.

Class K Fire Extinguisher
2 1/2 gallons

Class K extinguishers are designed for commercial restaurant applications and are generally contain 2 1/2 gallons of extinguishing agent. They are compatible with hood and duct fixed extinguishing systems.

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