By Lucas Hebert
One thing we all hope would never happen to us is having an uninvited fire make an appearance in our homes. It’s a terrible thing but the truth is it can happen to anyone which is why fire protection experts highly recommend having your own fire extinguisher at home.
If you want to find the best fire extinguishers in Calgary, keep on reading! We’ll also be giving you a few “need-to-knows” about fire extinguishers so you can be prepared for the worst while, of course, hoping for the best.
The Best Fire Extinguishers in Calgary
Let’s begin with the fire extinguishers, where you can purchase them, and all you need to know about them!
1. First Alert Rechargeable Home Fire Extinguisher FE1A10GR
|Dimensions||3.88” x 14.25” (LH)|
This 2.5LB First Alert fire extinguisher is ULC rated 1-A:10-B:C. This means it’s used for smaller fires in homes or vehicles; the manufacturer suggests that this is the ideal extinguisher for your garage and we agree.
It provides what would be an equivalent of 1.25 gallons of water against Class A fires. It can also fight fires of up to 10 square feet of Class B fires and is safe to use on Class C fires.
Like all other fire extinguishers, it has a metal pull pin with a safety seal to make sure that it doesn’t accidentally go off. It also has a color-coded and corrosion-resistant gauge that provides an accurate measurement of its pressure.
The labels that contain all the instructions and details are easy-to-read, chemical resistant, and waterproof. We find this very important especially with its 10-year lifespan.
This fire extinguisher comes with a mounting bracket and strap so you don’t have to spend extra to purchase those accessories.
Here’s a pretty in-depth review left by someone who was able to use this First Alert fire extinguisher:
“Bought this a few days ago. Body is built of very very hard steel. Has a very sturdy nozzle and handle as well. Nice features that they added were the gauge to tell you the pressure and the strap to attach it to a wall. Haven’t tested it yet. Been trying to make a fire in the kitchen but wife kept dousing it with water. One of these days I will succeed and let you know how this thing performs.” -Anon
2. KIDDE Pro Series Multipurpose Fire Extinguisher 466559
|Dimensions||4.25” x 5.5” x 15.5” (LWH)|
This KIDDE fire extinguisher is a 4lb one that’s best for Class A, Class B, and Class C fires. It’s rated 2-A:10-B:C which makes it suitable for places like the home, offices, and classrooms.
It has a flexible hose which makes it much easier to aim at fires rather than just a nozzle. The tough metal handle also makes it easy to hold onto.
It’s rechargeable with monoammonium phosphate but, like with all fire extinguishers, we highly recommend that you don’t recharge it yourself. It’s always much better to bring it to a professional to prevent any mishaps.
This fire extinguisher has a high-quality gauge that makes it easy to check the pressure. The reason why this is so important is that the pressure will indicate how ready it is to fight fires so you always want to make sure it’s in optimal condition.
A wall mount hanger is included in the purchase of this product.
3. Amerex ABC Multi-Purpose Stored Pressure Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher AMXB500X
Price: $ 70.34-$197.85
|Size||2.5lbs, 5lbs, 10lbs, 20lbs|
For a user-friendly fire extinguisher, check out the Amerex ABC Multi-Purpose Stored Pressure Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher. For both ease of use and safety during storage, there’s a large loop pull pin that you need to pull in order to activate it.
It works perfectly for all the most common fires which are Class A, Class B, and Class C fires. One worry when it comes to Class C fires is that the material used could conduct electricity back to you but that’s not the case with this one.
The classification of this fire extinguisher is 3A:10B:C. Also, this specific model comes in 5 different sizes: 2.5lbs, 5lbs, 10lbs, 20lbs, so take your pick based on your and your establishment’s needs.
You can also choose the accessory option you want at the checkout. They have a wall hook option if you want to keep it in your home and a vehicle bracket option if you’re getting it for your car.
4. Garrison Dry Chemical General Purpose Fire Extinguisher
|Dimensions||3” x 3.5” x 12.7” (LWH)|
If you’re looking for a more portable fire extinguisher, this Garrison Dry Chemical General Purpose Fire Extinguisheris a good bet for you. It’s rechargeable too so it’s a good investment.
This fire extinguisher makes sure to do its job in extinguishing Class A, Class B, and Class C fires while remaining lightweight (2lbs) and small. You’ll see in the table above it’s only 12.7” in height which is significantly smaller than the others on this list.
It has a pressure gauge that indicates if the extinguisher is ready for use. We recommend checking this from time to time to ensure that it’ll be ready in case you ever need it (which we hope you won’t!).
A nice little feature they have is that the instructions on the fire extinguisher come in French and English. Lastly, this purchase also comes with a mounting bracket so you can easily mount it up on your wall for accessibility.
5. First Alert Rechargeable Marine Fire Extinguisher
Price: $ 32.99
Here, we have another fire extinguisher from First Alert that’s designed to be kept on your boat. You see, most fire extinguishers are a gaudy red color but this is in a classic white color so it can blend in with the surroundings of your boat.
Its extinguishing agent is sodium bicarbonate which is different from the usual monoammonium phosphate. This is because the former is relatively more effective for marine settings when it comes to putting out fires.
Moving on, this fire extinguisher is rated 5-B:C making all your most common causes for a fire easy to extinguish. There are fires that are started by paper, wood, fabric, flammable liquids, and even electrical fires.
It’s a rechargeable one that we, again, highly suggest you have recharged by professionals.
As a nice little bonus, this fire extinguisher comes with a mounting bracket so you don’t have to go around town looking for a mounting bracket for fire extinguishers on boats
This product comes with a 10-year limited guarantee!
What You Need to Know Before Purchasing a Fire Extinguisher in Calgary
1. Classifications of Fire Extinguishers
There are 5 classifications of fire extinguishers and you read all about Class A, B, and C in the descriptions of the extinguishers above. So, we’ll take about the two others which are Class D and Class K.
Class D fire extinguishers are used for fires started by flammable materials like Magnesium. Class K fire extinguishers are ideal for those started by animal oils, fats, and vegetable oils so you usually find these in commercial kitchens.
The most commonly used fire extinguishers for homes are the first three because they cover all the most common fire types while Class D and Class K are much more heavy-duty.
2. Sizes of Fire Extinguishers
The most common sizes of fire extinguishers are 2lbs, 5lbs, and 10lbs. The 2lbs fire extinguishers are best for cars and other vehicles due to their smaller capacity.
The 5lbs fire extinguishers are best for the kitchen and laundry room since this is where most home fires tend to occur. Finally, for the 10lbs ones, they’re best for garages that tend to be quite large.
3. Pressure Gauge of Fire Extinguishers
One of the most important things you need to check on when purchasing and maintaining a fire extinguisher is the pressure gauge. This is what tells you if the fire extinguisher is ready to be used in the event of a fire or not.
Some fire extinguishers come with a user-friendly and easy-to-read pressure gauge while some don’t so they require that you bring them a professional to have it checked and read.
FAQs about Fire Extinguishers in Calgary
We hope you found this list of the best fire extinguishers in Calgary useful! It’s always better to be safe than sorry which is why we hope you get the right extinguisher for your space and brush up on your knowledge about the device.
If you have any recommended fire extinguishers or if you have any questions that weren’t answered by this article, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We’d be more than happy to hear from you.
For additional protection to your home, you may want to check out the best home security in Calgary as well!