What fire extinguisher to use in a kitchen?

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Many people ask what is the best fire extinguisher to use in the kitchen… The answer is you can use either a dry powder fire extinguisher which has a blue coloured label,or a CO2 fire extinguisher which has a black label. Both fire extinguisher types are suitable to use on electrics which many people have in a kitchen so both are a good example to use if your toaster was to catch fire!

The dry powder fire extinguisher would extinguish the fire but the downside with a powder fire extinguisher is that the powder residue would get in to all the crevices and appliances in your kitchen, this could also cause damage to the appliances. This would mean you wouldn’t be able to cook or eat your tea in the kitchen that evening and it could take a while to clean up the mess depending on the severity of the fire and how much powder is used, it could even take weeks to clear up the residue and the kitchen.

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The alternative fire extinguisher is the CO2 you could use this on this type of fire again depending on the severity of the level of the fire. This extinguisher is safe to use on both gas and electric fires and doesn’t leave a mess like the dry powder does so depending on the severity of the fire you would be able to use all your kitchen appliance that evening.


 NEVER put water on a chip pan fire, this can cause a huge fire ball.

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Chip pan fires cause one fifth of all accidental dwelling fires attended by the fire and rescue service in the UK each year. Nearly 20 people are killed or injured every day in accidental fires that start in their kitchen, the most common of these caused by deep fat frying. If you do choose to deep fat fry your chips, make sure you do it safely. Better still, choose oven chips or use a thermostatic fryer.


If you require any more information on fire extinguishers or need them installing in your building contact MAGG Group on 01785 711088




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