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Kitchen Fire Extinguisher

Extinguisher ready for action. It should be mounted close to the stove, but between the stove and the door.
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Most fires in the home start in the kitchen. So I decided we probably should have a fire extinguisher in there. I found they make them specifically for kitchens, and I ended up getting the Kidde FX10K Kitchen Fire Extinguisher. It’s incredibly cheap for the peace of mind it offers, just around $22.

Kidde Kitchen Fire Extinguisher

I thought at first it was just cosmetic – a pretty white extinguisher to fit in better in the kitchen (most extinguishers are bright red). But there’s actually a very practical difference, the chemicals used in a regular fire extinguisher can stick to and damage a hot stove top or oven – so you might end up having to replace the whole stove. Given how fond Holly is of our stove, it was a good move. (Technically you want a BC extinguisher, not an ABC extinguisher).

It comes with a small but function mounting bracket, screws not included. So I just used a couple of wood screws, and fixed it to the wall.

Extinguisher ready for action. It should be mounted close to the stove, but between the stove and the door.

More than likely we will never have to use it, and it will just sit there for ten years, then  we’ll replace it. But it’s a cheap bit of extra insurance, and good peace of mind.

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  1. You reminded me that ours needs replacing. It was the very first thing I installed when we bought our house. Luckily I never had to use it, but I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been responsible for a kitchen fire or two BEFORE we owned our house. Ooops! Good for you for getting one!

    August 6, 2012
  2. Holly #

    I’ve never had a fire, but I do have a very bad habit of sometimes leaving the oven on. Once it was on all night. Oops!

    August 12, 2012

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