Most fire extinguishers simply sit around gathering dust for years on end, resulting in people forgetting to check them and sometimes even dismissing the importance of having them in the home. However, in the moments when you do actually need one, it will be essential to have on hand. Fire extinguishers suitable for home and office use are rarely anywhere close to being as durable as those used by professionals, but nonetheless it’s important to stay away from cheap models.
We've chosen to focus on fire extinguishers best for multipurpose home use, with a minimum of Class A, B, and C certifications. Class A fire extinguishers are rated for ordinary combustibles such as trash, wood, paper, and clothes, B are for liquids and gases (including paints), while C is for electrical fires. They also all have a pressure gauge for quick status checks ensuring the fire extinguisher is always ready for use.
ABC fire extinguishers are the most common for residential use with other types available for more heavy duty or specific needs. Although the smaller and cheaper models are useful to have around, it's always a good idea to also have a large fire extinguisher as well. Please note, none of our picks are for fighting large fires, and you should never attempt to fight a large fire by yourself. However, for putting out small fires that have just started, all of the following fire extinguishers will perform reliably.
The Kidde Pro 210 is a lightweight, multipurpose option with an affordable purchase price and size that allows it to be easy to use when needed. Durable and effective, this is a good overall fire extinguisher to have around the home or office. Read Full Review
The Kidde Pro 210 UL-approved fire extinguisher is suitable for home or office use. This rechargeable ABC fire extinguisher is a relatively affordable option for its size without sacrificing on build quality and durability. The Pro 210 comes with a metal head and a powder-coated aluminum cylinder to protect against corrosion. The included pressure gauge allows for quick status checks, ensuring the extinguisher is always ready for use.
This fire extinguisher is a medium size, with four pounds of fire extinguishing agent and a total weight of about seven pounds. This makes this model large enough for most small fires while being light enough for most people to use comfortably. The Pro 210 has a discharge time of up to 15 seconds and a range of up to 15 feet. It comes with a wall hanger included and the standard six year manufactuer's warranty offered by Kidde.
As a source of supplemental fire protection, the Kidde rechargeable Pro 110 fire extinguisher excels. This fire extinguisher is compact and lightweight, making it easy for most people to use and suited for most common fire hazards. Read Full Review
The popular Kidde Pro 110 ABC fire extinguisher is an excellent choice for a supplemental fire extinguisher added to your home, car, or office. Although this compact and lightweight model isn’t suitable to be your home's primary protection against fire, it’s good to keep on hand in areas where fire risk is low and space is at a premium.
The rechargeable Pro 110 weighs only about four pounds in total with roughly 2.5 pounds of fire extinguishing agent, 12 seconds of discharge time, and a range of about 15 feet. When fitted with an optional mounting bracket, this fire extinguisher is U.S. Coast Guard approved. The Pro 110 is constructed using a lightweight and durable powder-coated aluminum cylinder and valve assembly, with a pressure gauge to allow for at-a-glance status checks. This model comes with a six year manufacturer’s warranty.
This fire extinguisher from First Alert is lightweight and compact, allowing it to be easily mounted out of the way when space is at a premium. This ABC fire extinguisher might be small and affordable, but it provides effective supplemental protection while being durable and easy to use. Read Full Review
The First Alert HOME1 fire extinguisher is one of the more affordable rechargeable models available while still offering reliable performance. This ABC rated fire extinguisher is certified for use on minor home fires while its small size and included mounting bracket keep it safely tucked out of the way. The head features a commercial-grade metal valve and trigger with a metal pull pin and safety seal to prevent accidental discharge. A pressure gauge is also included which allows for easy monitoring to ensure the fire extinguisher is always ready for use. TheFirst Alert fire extinguisher is U.S. Coast Guard approved, meets UL standards, and comes with a ten year warranty.
This fire extinguisher from First Alert makes compliance with fire extinguisher codes simple, including a code-compliant wall mount and a UL rating of 2-A:10-B:C. This rechargeable fire extinguisher comes with a 12 year warranty. Read Full Review
This fire extinguisher from First Alert is ideal for compliance with the minimum fire extinguisher codes for business and some residential buildings. This fire extinguisher is UL rated type 2-A:10-B:C, making it ideal for office, home, and workshop environments. This rechargeable ABC fire extinguisher comes with a code-compliant wall mount included, and fits easily inside a standard fire box. The fire extinguisher is constructed using a heavy duty metal valve and trigger, while a metal pull pin and safety seal prevents accidental discharge. Corrosion-resistant and durable, this fire extinguisher weighs about ten pounds in total. First Alert offers a 12 year warranty on this model.
The Kidde Pro 460 weighs in at about ten pounds, making it suitable as a primary fire extinguisher. Although more expensive than our other options, this fire extinguisher excels at probiding adequate protection against common household fire hazards. Read Full Review
The Kidde Pro 460 rechargeable fire extinguisher offers ten pounds of fire extinguishing agent with a discharge range of 20 feet and useful against Class A, Class B, and Class C fires. The Kidde Pro 460 uses a durable metal head with an easy-to-pull safety pin, and impact-resistant steel construction with a powder-coated cylinder for protection against corrosion.
The pressure gauge makes checking that the fire extinguisher is charged and ready for use simple, while large labels provide clear instructions for proper use. This fire extinguisher is U.S. Coast Guard approved when fitted with an optional approved mounting bracket, although it comes with an included UL approved wall hanger.