I paied 32 dollars for 2 of these. Kept one for myself and gave one to my neighbors downstairs. Their bathroom caught on fire and the fire rose up the wall really quickly. They put it out with this extinguisher. 15 dollars saved everything i own.
Hopefully, we’ll never have to find out how good this is, but we are immensely grateful we had two extinguishers 6 months ago when our electric water heater started a fire in our utility room. The second extinguisher was just starting to run out when the fire department arrived. If it wasn’t for having two and my hero of a husband, we would have lost everything. We now have four extinguishers. Kitchen, utility room, living room hidden in basket near the fire place and one in the back of the house. Since writing this review i realize we don’t have one in the garage. Fire was contained in the utility room, but smoke, soot and ashes affected the whole house. Contractors will hopefully have everything done in a week or so.
I purchased this purely on the recommendation of other reviewers here, paying particular attention to the few who have had to actually use it. This is stationed near my kitchen to fight any small blaze that might be caused by grease or electrical fires. I plan to purchase an amerex 5-lb. Dry chemical extinguisher for potentially larger fires that might be caused by larger appliances (i still own a 23-year-old rca tube-type tv). No matter how small your home is, you need to have a means of fighting a small fire.
I have not used this particular first alert model to extinguish a fire. However, i have used a different first alert for an outdoors fire, and that extinguisher sat in my car for over 5 years of temp extremes, but worked 100% flawlessly when needed. That first hand experience, the positive reviews about first alert, and the consumer reviews that tip their hat to most first alert models were the deciding factor in me purchasing this small kitchen model, as well as a 5 and a 10 pound abc-rated first alert for general home usage. I like how this is a smaller space-saving design. While you do trade off on how much chemical you have in the unit, you gain the ability to store it in very convenient locations. For kitchen usage, i feel that makes sense. The top design is excellent as it gives you more mounting options, it protects the hardware from getting gunked up (which can happen in a kitchen), and it has a simple self-test design in which you can periodically check to ensure pressure is adequate. The other reason i went for this specific first alert for the kitchen was due to the dry chemical used (and the subsequent bc-rating that comes with it. ) a kitchen fire can often mean a grease fire. We all know what happens when water gets thrown on grease (and the very serious injuries that can result from the splatter.
I feel safe having this professional fire extinguisher in my car for when i go car camping. Almost bought the cheaper alternative spray can extinguishers, until i read the consumer reports warnings about that category. Cr recommends sticking with pro dry powder extinguishers like this one.
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).
I mean i hope it works when i need it?. If it doesn’t and i somehow don’t survive the fire, i’ll be sure to update the review.
Key specs for First Alert 1038789 Standard Home Fire Extinguisher, Red:
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- First Alert’s HOME1 Fire Extinguisher is UL rated 1-A: 10-B:C; it features durable all-metal construction with a commercial-grade metal valve and trigger
- Multipurpose fire extinguisher fights wood, paper, trash, plastics, gasoline, oil, and electrical-equipment fires
- Uses monoammonium phosphate extinguishing agent; rechargeable by certified professionals after use
- Metal pull pin with a safety seal to help prevent accidental discharge and tampering; corrosion-resistant, easy-to-read, color-coded metal gauge; waterproof label with easy instructions
- U.S. Coast Guard–approved for marine use
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“Just get it already!!!, It’s what I specifically wanted, I think it works?”
Well i got this and two days later had to use it. I’m happy to report the fire was put out in my fireplace with this because my damper broke and closed while a fire was going and i was going to burn my house down if i didn’t use it. One thing i will say is that after you use this product once, it will have to be recharged, even if you only use it briefly. I wasn’t aware of that when it comes to fire extinguishers. And, i’m learning it isn’t so easy to find a place to charge them if you aren’t looking to do so commercially.
You want a non-toxic sodium bicarconate, low pressure extinguisher for the kitchen grease fires. The big red ones will put out grease fires but they are also toxic (you dont want those chemicals around food) and they will splash the burning grease around.
I guess i can’t really review this without using it, which thankfully i have not had the occasion to do. It is sturdy and the gauge shows full pressure. Mounting strap and bracket are a little tighter than i would like in an emergency. Btw, i’ve read that you should avoid those 2-lb. Spray bottle-type fire extinguishers that lack a gauge because you don’t know if they’ve lost pressure, which is the most common cause of fire extinguisher failure. And testing them is not a good idea because you’re eating into their 5-10 seconds of spray. This one is 5 lbs and has 15-20 seconds of spray. Caution: treat all 1- and 5-star reviews on amazon with skepticism: the amazon review system has been overtaken by fraud – read:’inside amazon’s fake review economy’ on buzzfeed: https://www.