Fire Extinguishers For Your Preps

41wWZX5u0nLGo to any prepper website or blog, and you will find all kinds of ways to start a fire. And some of them are pretty darned creative. But you also need to be able to put a fire out in a hurry if you, or someone else, creates one that is a danger.

Fire is one of man’s oldest tools. It is also one of his oldest weapons. In considering your preps, you need to take in to  consideration how to suppress an out of control fire made by yourself or someone else. An out of control fire can destroy your home with all your preps, your car, and even you.  And fire extinguishers should be part of your preps. Here are just some examples of needing a fire extinguisher in a SHTF situation.

  • It’s grid down and you are cooking with a flame device and something catches fire.
  • It’s grid down and the wind blows over a candle or an oil lamp starting a fire.
  • You are bugging out and a small fuel leak catches your engine on fire.
  • You are bugging in and your angry non-prepped neighbors decide to burn you out because you won’t give them anything and you need to either suppress the fire or escape.

There are different classifications of fire extinguishers based on the type of fire they are designed to put out. The following chart shows the classifications as they apply to the United States. The UK, Europe, and other parts of the world use different classifications symbols and markings but the concepts are similar.

Fire ex classes

 As you can see from the chart, there are five basic types of extinguishers. They will also come in different sizes. Some are also designed to suppress multiple types of fires.41wWZX5u0nL This is typically your ABC rated extinguisher.  This is also the type that you would typically want in your home for general protection. They generally come in 5 or 10 pound sizes. These are filled with foam or powder and pressurized with nitrogen.

Kitchen Fire extinguisher

Kitchen Fire extinguisher

Smaller fire extinguishers are typically used for the kitchen or for vehicle use.

Vehicle Fire Extinguisher

Vehicle Fire Extinguisher


Another type of fire extinguisher that you might find useful for prepping, especially bugging out into the wilderness is the old style manual water pump style.

Water Pump Extinguisher

Water Pump Extinguisher

It will only deal with class A type combustibles (wood, cloth etc.) but the advantage is that it is easily refillable from a stream or lake.

In addition to have enough of the right type of fire extinguisher, there is some other equipment you may wish to consider.

Knowing that a fire is building is essential. Your house should be equipped with

Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm

good smoke alarms.

Being able to escape an uncontrollable fire in you home is vital. Every room in your house should have at least two ways to escape. This is generally a door and a window. For houses with two or more stories, a method of rapid escape out of the window

Fire Escape Ladder

Fire Escape Ladder

could be a lifesaver. Having a purpose designed fire escape ladder could be very important.

One of the disadvantages of commercial fire extinguishers for long-term SHTF situation is the issue of refilling them. Except for the water pump type, these could be a case of fire and forget (excuse the pun). But having that initial ability to put out a fire could be critically important. For long-term bug in situations, you may want to consider having buckets of sand strategically located on your property.

Using Fire Extinguishers

Many people will buy fire extinguishers without really learning how to properly use them. The illustration shows the proper method of PASS. Pull the pin, Aim low at the base of the fire, Squeeze the handle and Sweep from side to side.squeeze and sweep

Being able to start a fire is a basic survival technique. Knowing how to put one out can be just as important.



3 thoughts on “Fire Extinguishers For Your Preps

  1. Too many people think that an extinguisher makes you safe and able to fight a fire. For the most part that’s stupid thinking which can kill you from just inhaling toxic smoke while playing at fireman. They also SERIOUSLY underestimate the time they have to do something. Take a look at the standard manufacturer discharge times for various types of fire extinguisher.

    2 Kg CO2 10 seconds
    5 Kg CO2 20 seconds (11lbs)

    3 liter Water 10 seconds
    9 liter Water 55 seconds (19 lbs)

    3 liter Foam 10 seconds
    9 liter Foam 40 seconds (19 lbs)

    1kg Powder 7 seconds
    4kg Powder 11 seconds
    9kg Powder 18 seconds (19 lbs)

    Does 20 seconds seem like a long time?
    It works out as about the time you’ll take to read this line FOUR times.

    If that’s not enough to discourage you, try and fit anything from 15 seconds and over into your GOOD / BOB / GO bag. Bit heavy eh? However a fire blanket weighs in at around a kilo.

    Last fire course I attended gave some good sobering advice to us all.

    Got a fire?
    Is it bigger than a waste paper bin?
    If yes, get low (heat and smoke rises) and G-T-F out!
    Stuff can be replaced, you can’t!

    Hows about you on fire!
    Drop and roll, hopefully with someone smothering the fire with a blanket.


    • Good points all, and thanks for posting the data. Fire extinguishers are a lot like any other item, especially firearms. People will spend money on them but not the time to learn their proper use, strengths and limitations. You can only do so much in a blog article. You can take a horse to water………………

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