When buying a fire extinguisher what should I look for?
In addition to the basic considerations of hazards, risk factors, space and the area you are protecting, you should also consider its “usability”- can you operate it? And its serviceability-can it be serviced locally? Or is a disposable adequate?
Certainly when it comes to putting out a fire, more fighting power is good-however if you cannot lift the extinguisher to operate it-it is of little to no use.
Look for a metal headed (top) fire extinguisher; these are usually serviceable. Purchasing a good quality fire extinguisher and keeping it maintained, should give you years of dependable service.
Does the extinguisher have a charge in it? Your new fire extinguisher should be ready for use. Before putting a fire extinguisher into service the NFPA-10 requires it to be tagged by an authorized person.