Every house should have a working fire extinguisher. Most households would be well served with a multi-purpose ABC dry-chemical fire extinguisher. Every extinguisher is identified by symbols, indicating the type of fires they can extinguish. Be sure that all three symbols are there. Read the instructions regarding the size of the extinguisher, and be sure it is not too large to handle comfortably. A common size extinguisher for homes is rated (2A:10B:C). Extinguishers should be installed above the reach of children, away from sources of heat, and near an escape route. Read the instructions regarding how to operate your extinguisher before you need it ! Always call the fire department FIRST, then attempt to extinguish the fire. Keep your back to an unobstructed exit, and stand six to eight feet away from the fire. To operate most extinguishers, remember PASS: P - Pull the pin. A - Aim low at the base of the fire. S - Squeeze the lever (or button). S - Sweep from side to side. Move carefully toward the fire. Keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire. Beware of re-ignition.