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Whether you live in a palace or a studio apartment, at least one fire extinguisher should be standard equiment in your home.
Listen to BOB VILA ON FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, or read the text below:
Fire extinguishers come in types A, B, or C, depending on the fires they’re meant to fight. Class A is burning ordinary materials like wood and paper; class B is for flames fed by grease or oil, and class C is for electrical fires. Your best bet is probably a multipurpose A-B-C extinguisher. Look for a rechargeable one with a pressure gauge that’s easy to read, and hang it near a doorway or other escape route.
Check the pressure once a month and recharge as soon as needed.
It’s a good idea to have fire extinguishers in the kitchen and the basement, with access to any combustion appliance like cooktops, ovens, fireplaces and furnaces. Have one near the outdoor grill, and it’s never a bad idea to have one in your car, just in case.
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