To all of you saying "Buy a real extinguisher". Will you waste a large extinguisher on a tiny fire? Lets say sex is awesome and you knock over a candle. A small fire starts. Keeping a small one of these near by in the bedroom is nice to have. I would never keep a large extinguisher in the bedroom, maybe the hallway between all the rooms. Something like this is good in a camper. or for travel/camping. You have to put out a small campfire and the lake is far away. There are lots of uses for a small one like this.
Exactly! I actually do have a big one in the bedroom (heh), but it's hung up in our walk-in closet out of the way.
For $30, you can buy one big extinguisher (and you should have at least a couple between your house/garage), or 6(!) of these cans. Even if I end up having to sprint for a 'real' extinguisher, I'd bet one of these cans would slow down even a big blaze a whole lot! Small, handy, and cheap - and best tool is always the one you actually have in your hand when you need it.
@ Clump - Yeah...While your house burns down. Nice call.
He clearly doesn't own a house...and I'm not sure the fire department would respond to the scene of a burning cardboard box anyway
These are basically unsafe -- foaming water isn't going to be a safe choice for an electrical fire, and does approximately nothing but spread a grease/cooking fire, so I'd rather just use a big bag of baking soda ($6 from costco) or an ABC dry chemical extinguisher (often $20-25 in multipacks for 2.5 pound, which is about the smallest you should bother with).
I had a small electrical fire at home (bathroom fan), used a dry chemical successfully to prevent the fire extending into the ceiling, and spent about a day cleaning up afterward. I replaced it with a recycled-Halon 1211 extinguisher for the electronics and a few 5 pound ABC dry chemical extinguishers for elsewhere. I'm still trying to decide between a Halon+ABC or just ABC for the car, since if it were my (insured) car, I'd just let it burn to a total loss, but ABC would be useful for putting out fires if someone is trapped in another car.
I'd recommend a $200 halon extinguisher (or maybe CO2) if you have a lot of electronics, and ABC dry chem for bedroom, kitchen, and garage. The extinguishers aren't just to save your stuff, they can also save your life.
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