How I escaped my own cremation

Dear Auto Fire Guard® reader,

The flare-up caught my eye as I sat eating dinner…

Rushing to the oven, I pulled open the door, and took a second to process what I was seeing…

The heating element in the bottom of the oven was ablaze, sending sparks off in all directions like a giant 4th of July sparkler…

And the flame was slowly creeping its way around the element, like a cartoon villain’s fuse...

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Not sure what would happen if it burned all the way around, and not wanting to risk a smoldering fire in my wall...

I grabbed the nearby fire extinguisher from the pantry.

Pulling the pin, I aimed the hose and depressed the trigger.

Nothing. Not even a wheeze.

I depressed the trigger again.


By now, the sparking flame had moved a good way around the element and was heading for the back of the oven and my wall.

There was another extinguisher buried in a corner somewhere upstairs, but it could be a dud too, as they both came with the house and were over twenty-years old (not good, I know)… 

The plan became: pull the oven out of the wall and throw it out the door. Genius, right?

So, I took a gamble and raced to the electric panel, found the oven breaker, snapped it to the off position, and sprinted back to the kitchen.

Then I remembered the housewarming gift my broker got me was a fire extinguisher ball by Auto Fire Guard®. Not knowing how to use it, I threw it into the flames and poof. The fire was out.

Which was probably the best thing that could have happened to my stupid grab and throw plan…

But this whole incident got me thinking about how prepared I wasn’t to deal with a fire.

And how I needed new extinguishers, in the right places throughout my home, to deal with a potential fire.

You see, the average house fire will double in size every sixty seconds. (Twice as fast if propelled by fuel or oil like synthetic carpet or couches.) It is fully engulfed in under 5 minutes and the average fire department is more than 10 minutes away.

Which means there’s no time to screw around.

You have to have the right tools, in the proper working condition, on hand to deal with the problem.

If not, your home - possibly you and your loved ones - could be needlessly incinerated in a fire.

I almost learned this the hard way, but you don’t have to.

So, here’s what you need to know to outfit your home, bug out property, and even vehicle with the proper amount, type and size fire extinguishers…

First, you need to know about the different types of fire extinguishers.

They’re broken down into and designated by a letter, according to the type of fire the extinguishers are made to combat.

Here’s what I mean…

Type A extinguishers are good for fires fueled by combustible materials such as wood, paper, cloth, rubber, plastic, etc.

This is basically the stuff you’ll find around your home if a fire breaks out.

Type B are for fires fueled by flammable liquids like alcohol, gasoline and diesel, oil, paints and stains, etc.

These are things you’ll commonly run into in your garage and vehicle.

Type C are for electrical fires, short circuits, overloaded outlets, etc.

These kinds of fires can obviously happen in your stove!

But they can also happen throughout your home, laundry room, and vehicle.

Armed with the knowledge of the various types of extinguishers, you should be able to determine which ones you need and where.

The Fireball® is Type A, B & C fire extinguisher.

Next, you need to know how extinguishers are sized…

Essentially, standard fire extinguishers come in four standard sizes at 50% purity: stove-top, 2-pound, 5-pound, and 10-pound.

The Fireball® comes in four sizes too but they are much more powerful at 94% purity: 1.1lb, 3lbs, 4lbs and 11lbs.

Stove-top sizes are obviously built for the kitchen, where many fires occur. Get 1 fire extinguisher (be sure it handles grease) and add a 3 lbs Fireball® and a FireBlanket® to your kitchen.

2-Pounders are smaller, yet easily portable, so they’re great for your car.

I recommend one within easy reach inside the car, and another in the trunk.

Make sure you’ve got them secured within your vehicle, but that you can easily access them as needed.

I keep a 1.1 lb Fireball® attached under the hood to protect my engine and a 3lb Fireball® in the trunk too.

5-Pounders are the best size for inside your home.

You should definitely have one for the kitchen (you can store it in the pantry) or the laundry room as most house fires happen in these two areas of a home.

Additionally, having one 5-pounder on each floor of the home is recommended. And if you have children, put one in each of their rooms because well, you played with fire in your room as a kid too.

A 4 lb Fireball® is a great substitute since it is automatic, more powerful and requires no maintenance. 

10-Pounders are the largest standard sized extinguishers. I placed an 11 lb Fireball® in my garage, warehouse and barn instead because it is automatic and more powerful. I then put a 3lb traditional fire extinguishers next to the doors. 

6.5 million barn animals are incinerated by fire each year in the USA. Please think of your animals safety by putting a Fireball near sources of fire in the barn, hutch or coop.

The 11 lbs Fireball® is perfect for garages, basements, storage areas, etc. - basically places where a fire could smolder or start unnoticed.

The larger size extinguisher compensates for how the fire may grow until it’s noticed.

If you believe the old adage that “anything worth doing is worth overdoing,” then you can keep one of the 11lb Fireballs® on each floor of the house for extra peace of mind.

Obviously, this type and sizing info will help you determine what kinds, and how many extinguishers you should have in your home. 

You can find good fire extinguishers at your local home improvement store or online and you can find the Fireball® at

And don’t forget your vehicle. Over 350 people die each year from vehicle fires, so get protected. Put a Fireball® in your car!


A grateful user of the Fireball.