Fire Extinguisher Shopping Guide

If you’re a homeowner, business owner, or a fire professional responsible for making supply purchasing decisions, it’s crucial to know how to shop for fire extinguishers and other fire protection products effectively. This guide will provide you with all the necessary information and tips you need.

Understanding Fire Extinguisher Classes

When shopping for fire extinguishers, you must first understand the different types of fires each extinguisher is designed to fight.[1]
Class A: Ordinary combustibles like wood and paper.
Class B: Flammable liquids.
Class C: Electrical equipment.
Class D: Combustible metals.
Class K: Kitchen fires.
Some extinguishers are designed to fight more than one class of fire, and these are often the best choice for general use [2].

Fire Extinguisher Sizes and Ratings

The size and rating of a fire extinguisher can also influence its effectiveness. The rating is a measure of the extinguisher’s fire-fighting power and is noted on the label. Larger ratings mean more fire-fighting power, but also a heavier product[3].

Fire Extinguisher Brands

Some of the most reputable fire extinguisher brands include Amerex, Kidde, and First Alert[4]. They offer high-quality products that comply with safety standards set by organizations like NFPA and UL[5].

Shopping for Other Fire Protection Products

Aside from fire extinguishers, there are numerous other fire protection products to consider:
Smoke detectors: These devices provide early warning of a fire. Choose interconnected detectors for best protection6.
• Fire blankets: Ideal for smothering small fires or wrapping around a person whose clothing is on fire[7].
• Fire escape ladders: Crucial for multi-story buildings. Look for ladders that are easy to deploy and store[8].
Fire-resistant safes: Perfect for protecting important documents and valuables from fire damage[9].

Where to Buy

Fire protection products can be purchased at local home improvement stores, dedicated fire safety retailers, or online marketplaces like Amazon. If you’re purchasing online, ensure to buy from reputable sellers and read product reviews before making a decision[10].

Remember, fire safety is not a place to skimp. It’s essential to buy high-quality, reliable products that you can trust in an emergency. A little extra investment now could save lives and significant property damage in the future.


1. National Fire Protection Association (2023). “Choosing a fire extinguisher.”  ↩ ↩2 ↩3 ↩4 ↩5
2. Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (2023). “Fire Extinguisher Guide.”  ↩
3. Consumer Reports (2023). “Fire Extinguisher Buying Guide.”  ↩
4. BobVila (2023). “The Best Fire Extinguishers for Safety at Home.”  ↩
5. Underwriters Laboratories (2023). “Fire Extinguisher Safety.”  ↩
6. American Red Cross (2023). “Smoke Alarm Safety.”  ↩
7. Fire and Rescue NSW (2023). “Fire Blankets.”  ↩
8. National Safety Council (2023). “Fire Escape Planning.”  ↩
9. SafeWise (2023). “Best Fireproof Safes.”  ↩
10. Business Insider (2023). “The Best Places to Buy Fire Extinguishers.”  ↩