To provide protection for your property and loved ones, experts recommend placing a reasonably powerful fire extinguisher on each floor of your home. Among fire extinguishers that meet or exceed the minimum ratings suggested by the National Fire Protection Association, we saw the best feedback for the Kidde Full Home Fire Extinguisher. With a rating of 3-A:40-B:C, it has more fire-fighting power -- and more heft -- than smaller fire extinguishers, but experts say that it is still relatively easy to use. It is also rated to handle just about any type of fire you are likely to encounter in your home, including electrical and cooking fires. (Note that the Kidde Whole Home fire extinguisher is sold as the Kidde FX340GW at Home Depot, but it is sold elsewhere as the Kidde 21006704.) Though smaller fire extinguishers don't provide as much protection, they can be a good supplement for certain uses -- such as in kitchens. If you want a kitchen fire extinguisher as well, reviews point to the Kidde Kitchen Fire Extinguisher (*Est. $20) as the best choice.
The Kidde Full Home Fire Extinguisher is included in the latest report on fire extinguishers at ConsumerReports.org. You can also find a smattering of user reviews at sites like HomeDepot.com and Overstock.com.
ConsumerReports.org evaluates full-floor fire extinguishers -- including the Kidde Full Home Fire Extinguisher -- in this report, along with smaller, supplemental fire extinguishers and fire sprays. Testing is well documented in the report and an accompanying blog post. Ratings are provided, but those are for subscribers only. However, an overview that's free for anyone to read provides some general impressions.
Review: Best Fire Extinguishers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, May 2010
There's but a single review here but it provides a strong testimonial. The user says that the Kidde Full Home Fire Extinguisher "performed flawlessly" when called upon to fight a home fire.
Review: Kidde Full Home Fire Extinguisher, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
There are a couple of reviews here from satisfied owners of the Kidde Full Home Fire Extinguisher. However, unlike at HomeDepot.com, neither owner has had the need to actually use their fire extinguisher.
Review: Kidde Full Home Fire Extinguisher, Contributors to Overstock.com