It’s important to keep your home and the people inside protected. Particularly, when you are renting out an Airbnb, you want to make sure you have taken all appropriate safety measures. As a safety-conscious Superhost, I researched the best brands and models for my Airbnb and wanted to share the results. Read on to see my shortlist of the best fire extinguishers for your Airbnb!
What are the Best Fire Extinguishers for Airbnb?
- The First Alert Fire Extinguisher | Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray
- First Alert 1038789 Standard Home Fire Extinguisher
- H3R Performance HG100C HalGuard Chrome Clean Agent Fire Extinguisher – 1.4 lbs
- Amerex B500, 5lb ABC Dry Chemical Class A B C Fire Extinguisher
Factors to Consider When Selecting a Fire Extinguisher for Your Airbnb
As a host, you want your guests to be safe. You also want your property to be safe. One of the easiest ways to increase safety for both guests and your investment is by providing a fire extinguisher. However, with so much at stake, the variety of options can be overwhelming.
Luckily, as an Airbnb Superhost I have both the experience and research to help you determine the best fire extinguisher for Airbnb.
Size & Maneuverability
While some will always say bigger is better, this is likely not the case in terms of fire extinguishers. You want to choose something that isn’t so heavy that some guests will struggle to lift it, but not so small as to be ineffectual.
Moreover, you want to be sure that it can be accessed quickly and be used even in tight spaces.
Ease of Use
In an emergency situation, the last thing you want is to add a complicated mechanism. At a moment when a guest may already not be thinking straight, the pressure of the situation might make them more prone to mistakes.
The easier your fire extinguisher is to operate, the fast the fire will be put out, and the less damage to both persons and property will occur.
Discharge & Cleanup
Some types of fire extinguisher discharge in a large, heavy spray, while others will dispense in a lighter mist. These are important things to consider in terms of both putting out the fire, and in terms of clean up.
Additionally, different materials might prove easier or harder to clean up after the fact. Water mist or foam will likely cause less staining and be easier to wipe up. On the other hand, a chemical or gel spray might be abrasive to fabrics or furniture. Lastly, a gas extinguisher will likely cause minimal clean-up beyond the fire itself but might have less general effectiveness than some of the other options.
There are several different types of materials used in fire extinguishers, all classed for different level fires and with different attributes. You will choose between the six main types of extinguishers: water, foam, CO2, powder, water mist, and wet chemical.
ABC powder types are qualified to put out the highest variety of fires. This will protect your home and guests from fires caused by: Solid Combustibles (Paper and Wood), Flammable Liquids (Gas and Diesel), Flammable Gas (Methane and Propane), & even Electricals (Computers & Wiring).
On the other hand, ABC powder is not effective against cooking oil fires. If hot oil fires are your top concern, wet chemical or water mist extinguishers will be your best bet.
Overall, safety is of the utmost importance. With new guests in and out of your property constantly, you want to protect your investment, your home, and of course the lives of the people you are hosting.
Durability & Reliability
You want all of the furnishings at your Airbnb to stand the rigors of being rental furniture. This is doubly true for a safety feature like a fire extinguisher.
Not only do you want an extinguisher that will reliably perform its job, but you also want one that will not need replacing every few months. Be sure to check the expiration and life date of the extinguisher and replace it as need be.
You will want to locate your fire extinguisher in an obvious location so guests are aware if it’s location. If you store the extinguisher in a cabinet, you may want to consider using some red notices like these.
- VISIBLE WARNING OF YOUR FIRE EXTINGUISHER INSIDE SIGNS – Make sure people using your facilities know you have fire extinguishers inside, because every business, office, or place needs fire safety, and because the Fire extinguishers are useless if they can´t be located posting a sign that indicates you have fire extinguishers inside is critical for the safety and well-being of everyone around.
- ULTRA DURABLE PREMIUM VINYL STICKER SIGNS - Made with LG Hausys High-performance grade vinyl, printed with state-of-the-art machinery and long-lasting inks with an added UV glossy protective 4 Mil overlaminate to create a waterproof, weatherproof, scratch and UV resistant signs, that will no fade and last for at least 5 years outdoors, even more indoors.
First Alert Fire Extinguisher | Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray
For a small but mighty option, look no further than our first pick, the First Alert Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray. This extinguisher comes in an easy-to-use can and is shaped more like a traditional aerosol can than what you would normally consider a fire extinguisher to look like. It is compact and easy to hold. Don’t let that fool you, though. This little fire extinguisher packs a major punch.
- The First Alert EZ Fire Spray Portable Fire Extinguisher discharges 4 times longer than a traditional fire extinguisher, providing 32 seconds of firefighting time
- Light aerosol can is easy to hold, carry, and use; ideal for kitchen, garage, boat, RV, dorm, and more
- Extinguishes paper, fabric, wood, grease, and electrical fires, Light aerosol can is easy to hold, carry and use
- Formula is biodegradable and nontoxic and wipes clean
Top Features of the First Alert Tundra
We’ve found that this fire extinguisher has a long spray time, is easy to use, and definitely easy to maneuver. This makes sit a great option for securing the safety of your guests and property.
Discharge and Clean-Up
It can be sprayed four times as long as a traditional fire extinguisher. The spray also fans out to cover more surface area. It works a lot like spraying wasp or hornet spray. This is a great product, especially for the kitchen. It can put both electrical and oil fires with ease. The Residue after a fire has been put out can easily be cleaned up using only paper towels.
Perhaps the best aspect of the Tundra Fire Extinguisher is its maneuverability. It is not heavy to lift, and it is easy to move the can back and forth. This makes it easy to fan out and cover a larger area of flames. This product has been battle-tested for quality and proved itself every time.
A user manual for this product can be found here.
Check out this YouTube video on how the Tundra Fire Extinguisher works!
- Convenient size
- Easy clean-up
- Thin constitution of spray
Overall Thoughts on the First Alert Tundra
The First Alert Fire Extinguisher | Tundra Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray is our most convenient model, as it sprays as a regular aerosol can. Anyone can lift this can with ease. It is small and lightweight for increased maneuverability. This fire extinguisher also has a longer discharge time and covers a higher surface area than many other models.
If you are looking to keep your investment at a low cost, the First Alert 1038789 Standard Home Fire Extinguisher may be the right choice for you. This is still a durable, quality fire extinguisher, but it comes at a lower cost than any of the other models. You can have your home protected for only a few dollars.
There is no denying the effectiveness of this fire extinguisher. Thankfully, none of our guests have had cause to use it but based on the quality of the product, we feel certain that the duration of spray time would be effective in putting out small house fires.
First Alert 1038789 Standard Home Fire Extinguisher
Versatile and effective, this fire extinguisher can be used on just about any type of surface in the home. However, it is especially effective against oil and grease fires.
- First Alert's HOME1 FE1A10GR Fire Extinguisher is UL rated 1-A: 10-B:C; it features durable all-metal construction with a commercial-grade metal valve and trigger to meet demanding needs
- Multipurpose fire extinguisher fights wood, paper, trash, plastics, gasoline, oil, and electrical-equipment fires
- First Alert’s Rechargeable Fire Extinguisher can be recharged by a certified professional after use, allowing for reuse.
Top Features of the First Alert
Besides the low costs associated with the First Alert, there are some other key features that make this an excellent choice. The ease of use and the pressure indicator are crucial factors to consider when selecting your extinguisher.
The First Alert 1038789 Standard Home Fire Extinguisher can be distinguished as having the lowest cost of any fire extinguisher on our list. This is a low-cost item that could end up saving your life or your home. Every home should have a fire extinguisher handy, and with this model, you do not have to break the bank to do that.
Another plus to buying this particular model is that it has a pressure indicator. You never have to wonder if your fire extinguisher is fully charged because you can look at the pressure reading at any time. If your fire extinguisher does need to be charged, you will know ahead of time instead of during the course of an emergency.
An owner’s manual for this product can be found here.
- Low cost
- Pressure Indicator
- Sometimes arrives already low on pressure
Overall Thoughts on the First Alert
We have been very pleased with the size of this fire extinguisher and the fact that it can be mounted almost anywhere. It is not too large or unsightly. We also like that we can check the pressure readings at any time and know that ar guests will be prepared in the event of a fire.
H3R Performance HG100C HalGuard Chrome Clean Agent Fire Extinguisher – 1.4 lbs.
This high-performance fire extinguisher has a discharge range of 6-8ft. The chemical basis for the spray is liquefied gas. This product is effective at killing fires by cutting off their oxygen supply. This form of fire control works great in tight or hard-to-reach areas. It is especially effective at killing gas fires, and this is a popular model to use in the garage.
- No thermal shock to electronics, no mess or damage to vehicle or surfaces and liquefied gas extinguishes hard-to-reach fires
- Includes steel strap and mounting bracket; high quality steel cylinders; all metal valve construction
- Compact, lightweight, easy to use and has a 6 feet - 8 feet discharge range and extinguishing agent is halotron 1
- Does not impair operator's vision, EPA approved and is listed and rated 1B:C by Underwriters Laboratories
Top Features of the HalGuard
For fast-acting coverage and an appealing look, the HalGuard delivers. Lightweight in size, this liquefied gas extinguisher is highly effective and easy to maneuver.
The HalGuard is more aesthetically pleasing than most other models and is popular for those who want to enhance the look of their interior. The chrome is sleek and more attractive than a traditional bright red fire extinguisher. It can be mounted anywhere within the home. This model is also rechargeable.
While the cost for the HalGuard is higher than some of the other models, liquefied gas has been shown to be more effective at putting fires out than most of the other chemicals on the market. Another upside is that this chemical does not create thermal shock when sprayed on electronics. It also makes for easy clean-up.
- Chrome finish is aesthetically pleasing
- The liquefied gas agent is effective at fighting fires even in tight spaces
- Higher cost
Overall thoughts on the HalGuard
We love that this highly effective fire extinguisher is so aesthetically appealing and doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb against the classy kitchen decor. The discharge of this fire extinguisher has been found to cover a large surface area and to be very effective at putting fires out.
The H3R Performance HG100C HalGuard Chrome Clean Agent Fire Extinguisher – 1.4 lbs is a high-quality choice. This model uses liquid gas to put out fires. This chemical is far-reaching and good for getting into tight spaces. It is also safe to use on electronics and makes for easy clean-up.
Amerex B500, 5 lb. ABC Dry Chemical Class ABC Fire Extinguisher
The Amerex B500 is larger than some of our other models. It has a discharge length of 14 seconds. This model is built of high-quality metal and is durable. It is designed specifically for home use and is not meant to be used in other settings like vehicles or boats.
- ABC Dry Chemical, Class A:B:C Extinguisher
- For use on Class A (ordinary combustibles), Class B (Flammable liquid) spills or Fires involving live electrical equipment (Class C)
- 14 sec. discharge time
- All metal valve construction, Aluminum Valve
- Includes Wall Bracket
Top Features of the Amerex
The Amerex extinguisher uses ABC powder which means that it is best suited for the widest range of fires. This option is also extremely durable and reasonably priced.
ABC Dry Chemical
The Amerex B500 is known as an ABC dry chemical extinguisher. This means that it is effective at putting out fires fueled by Class A combustibles (these are ordinary combustible items like wood or paper), class B flammable liquids, and Class C electrical fires. This is a great advantage because the user can act immediately without having to stop and identify which kind of fire they will be fighting.
This fire extinguisher is reasonably priced. It is a great deal because its uses are all-encompassing when it comes to putting out fires. There is no danger of panicking and using the wrong chemical to fight a certain type of fire. The Amerex B500 is safe to use on any home fire.
Durable & Effective
The Amerex is also highly durable and comes in a perfect size. This fire extinguisher’s discharge covers a fairly large surface area and lasts for 14 seconds.
An owner’s manual for this product can be found here.
- ABC dry chemical is effective at putting out any kind of house fire
- Reasonably Priced
- Sometimes arrives already low on charge
Overall Thoughts on the Amerex
This particular fire extinguisher is actually approved by professional firemen. The ABC dry chemical is one of their top choices for fighting fires because it is effective against all types of home fires. The size, durability, material, and effective spray area for a reasonable price make this one of the best fire extinguishers for Airbnb.
The Amerex B500, 5lb ABC Dry Chemical Class A B C Fire Extinguisher earned high praise from professional firemen as a standard home fire extinguisher. It has the capability to put out Class A, B, and C fires. This model had some of the best reviews from customers and seemed to create the greatest sense of security.
Rental Recon Tip: A fire extinguisher isn’t the only safety feature you should include in your Airbnb. Be sure to have up-to-code smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, annual electrical testing, and any other necessary precautions to protect both your property and your guests. Check out all of our recommened Airbnb essentials here…>>
Ultimately, when you purchase a fire extinguisher for your Airbnb, you are actually buying your own peace of mind. With a small investment, you can protect your property, your guests, and your liability. Any of these options would be a great choice and we are happy to be able to provide this shortlist for you.
While purchasing a safety item for your Airbnb might be somewhat daunting, by sorting through some of the most important concerns we think you’ll find the perfect fit. Durability, type, cost, ease of cleanup, and ease of use are all important things to review before settling on an extinguisher.
Regardless of what will suit you best, Rental Recon has you covered and we hope our carefully curated list helps you find the absolute best fire extinguisher for Airbnb.