Where to Store Your Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguishers are among the most important tools you can have in your home. If a fire breaks out, for example, it’s critical to be able to quickly and effectively put it out before it spreads. The key is finding a place to store your fire extinguishers that makes sense given where you live and the layout of your home and somewhere that’s easy to get to if there’s an emergency. In this blog post, we’ll discuss where to store your fire extinguisher for best results.

1) In the Kitchen

The kitchen is the most dangerous room in your home. After all, it is where you will likely have the most fires. This is also a high-risk area for fires because of all the explosive things there, like cooking oils and gas stoves. Having a fire extinguisher in your kitchen can save lives and property!

2) In the Living/Dining Room

Another great place to store your fire extinguishers in the living and dining rooms. These areas have many valuable items that could catch fire and are also frequently used for entertaining guests or hosting parties. Hence, having all the fire extinguishers you need readily accessible in these rooms is important.

Really, you should store at least one portable fire extinguisher on every floor of your house, including the basement. You should put portable extinguishers near exits and areas that see a lot of traffic, like hallways or staircases, where they can be easily accessible in an emergency.

3) In the Garage

Your fire extinguisher should be stored where it is easily accessible and not exposed to extreme temperatures or moisture. The garage is a good choice because it’s usually located near your car, so you can keep an eye on both simultaneously (the car shouldn’t be left running unattended).

4) Under the Stairs

Storing your fire extinguisher under the stairs is a great place to keep it. Under the stairs is out of the way, and there are not many places for people to trip on it. The only downside is that if you are on a second floor and need to get downstairs quickly in case of an emergency, you will have some extra steps to take when you run down with your extinguisher.

Other Considerations

There are a few other things you should consider when deciding where to store your fire extinguishers:

  • Ensure that the area where you’re storing your fire extinguishers is dry, as any moisture can damage them over time and make them ineffective when needed.
  • If you have pets or small children, try not to store your fire extinguisher within their reach; they may look like toys!


Hopefully, you’ll never have to use your residential fire extinguisher, but knowing where and how to store it properly is just as important as having one in the first place. By keeping your extinguishers properly maintained, stored, and set up you’ll be taking steps towards protecting your home and its assets. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

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