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What size STOP-FYRE® should I put on my machine, or in my car, home, or shop?

We always advise our customers to choose the High Capacity, the larger STOP-FYRE® handheld fire extinguisher of the two available options, because there is no such thing as too much fire extinguisher. However, our smaller Standard size is suitable for many applications.

For large machinery and for vehicles, we recommend the High Capacity. This is because fires are unpredictable and farm fires are prevalent, we want our customers to be prepared with the largest extinguisher.

In the home or shop, we would recommend the High Capacity and Standard. There should be multiple extinguishers in the home. We do not give a recommendation on how many extinguishers per square foot, as fire’s best ally is time, so, we recommend extinguisher quantity based on time. From every room in the house, we recommend that you can get to your fire extinguisher within six seconds for adequate protection.


Should I replace all of my powder units with STOP-FYRE®?

Yes, unless Fire Code requires you to keep a dry chemical powder unit. In these cases, we recommend keeping dry chemical units on hand to satisfy municipal inspections, but you should still use your STOP-FYRE® units during a fire. STOP-FYRE® will save you money and help you avoid the hassle of a dry chemical powder cleanup.


What do I do if I break my STOP-FYRE® extinguisher or it leaks?

AKE guarantees that if any of the fire safety equipment you have purchased from us is EVER not in working condition, we will repair or replace it with a new unit of equal or greater value. Visit our Guarantee Page for more details. All units are sold standard with a Lifetime No-Hassle Guarantee™*.

*See Guarantee Page for details on how to get a Lifetime No-Hassle Guarantee™ on your automatic units.


Will leaving STOP-FYRE® in a cold environment over the winter negatively affect the unit?

No. Temperature has no long-term negative effects on our extinguishers. We manufacture our extinguishers in Minnesota and have thousands of customers in very cold climates that love STOP-FYRE® because of its range of use and durability. STOP-FYRE®’s operating temperature is -40℉ to 120℉.


Will I get a discount on my insurance for owning STOP-FYRE®?

Numerous customers have said that they have been given significant discounts and have had their refills paid for because of owning STOP-FYRE® but we cannot guarantee this for your insurance company. Contact your insurance provider to learn more.


How does STOP-FYRE® compare to dry chemical — How big of a fire will it put out?

Watch the video to learn how STOP-FYRE® performed in the field.


How does STOP-FYRE® work?

To understand how STOP-FYRE® works, we must first understand fire. The first thing to note about fire is that it requires three elements: oxygen, fuel, and heat. If the chemical reaction linking these elements is interrupted, the fire will be extinguished. That’s the key. That’s what we are aiming to do when we want to extinguish a fire: interrupt that chemical reaction as quickly as possible.


What does the fire department think of STOP-FYRE®?

They love it. In fact, many fire departments use STOP-FYRE® extinguishers! They are ideal for obstructed fires like chimney fires, and fire departments have used STOP-FYRE® to save homes, cars, and machinery. They also love the added benefit of zero required maintenance.


What types of fires does STOP-FYRE® put out?

STOP-FYRE® is effective at extinguishing Class A, B, C, and K fires. 

1. Class A fires are common combustibles that leave behind ash (e.g. wood, paper, rubber). 

2. Class B fires are flammable liquids and gases. 

3. Class C fires are electrical fires. 

4. Class K fires are cooking oils and fats.

Class A, B, C, and K fires are the typical fires you might encounter in your normal day-to-day farm, home, and business operations.

What does the gauge measure? 

The gauge measures whether there is pressure inside the canister or not. The gauge helps you know if your extinguisher should be refilled or if it’s still green (ready to use). Note: The gauge does not indicate how much agent is in the canister nor does it indicate the condition of the agent.


What kinds of fire extinguishers do I have to choose from?

1. Liquified Gas - STOP-FYRE® is in this category, and is effective on A, B, C, and K fires.

2. Dry Chemical Powder - The most common fire extinguisher available. It contains a corrosive powder, ammonium phosphate, which can be used to extinguish class A, B and C fires.

3. Foam - Effective on various classes of fire depending upon foam type. Do not use on class C fires due to high water content.

4. Water - Effective on class A fires only. (You must add antifreeze to them in cold climates because otherwise they can freeze in the wintertime and break from the water expanding during freezing.) Do not use on class B or C fires.

5. Carbon Dioxide - Effective on class B and C fires only.


How many years will STOP-FYRE® last?

We have customers who have units they purchased from us in the late 1980s, which are still in working condition today. These units have never been serviced and they are ready for use. We offer a Lifetime No-Hassle Guarantee™ on all STOP-FYRE® units.


Can I use my STOP-FYRE® extinguisher more than once?

Yes. STOP-FYRE® is a multi-shot fire extinguisher and can be used multiple times on different fires. However, we recommend that you refill your unit after each use because you never know how big your next fire will be.


When I use my STOP-FYRE® unit, do I throw it away or do you refill them?

You can refill your STOP-FYRE® unit. Please see our Get A Refill Page for details.


Are brackets included with the STOP-FYRE® extinguishers?

Yes. We strive to anticipate your needs, so a very durable bracket and mounting hardware are both included with each STOP-FYRE® unit.


Will STOP-FYRE® freeze?

No, STOP-FYRE® does not freeze. According to Boyle’s Law, temperature does affect pressure and volume, so the pressure indicator on the gauge will change based upon temperature. This is true of all extinguishers. Dry chemical extinguishers and all pressurized canisters are affected the same way by temperature extremes.

When the temperature is lower, the pressure will also be lower and a more condensed volume of STOP-FYRE® will spray out. For best results, store STOP-FYRE® above freezing, but STOP-FYRE® is effective at a range of use spanning -40° to +120° Fahrenheit.