Most of our Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes. This one is not.
Although they are often used as impromptu weapons in movie fight scenes, a fire extinguisher has but one proper and intended use. In spite of this unfortunate limitation, you probably need more than one of them in your home. Consumer Reports recommends that you have one full-floor, multipurpose fire extinguisher on each level of your home and one in your garage. They also recommend that you have smaller supplemental units in your kitchen and car. Their recommended pick for for a full-floor unit is currently the First Alert FE3A40GR. If you need a supplemental unit, consider the Kidde FA110, which also fared well in their tests.
If you already have fire extinguishers placed at appropriate locations in your home, be sure to check the pressure indicator periodically. You should also know how to determine if your fire extinguisher needs to be replaced.
We’ve written about this in the past and we’ll probably write about it again in the future. Fire safety is worth repeating.