How Safe Is Your Home From Fire? These Tips Could Save Your Life!

We asked experts to share need-to-know fire prevention tips. Plus, what you and your family should - and should never - do if fire breaks out in your home. (16 Photos)

Jennifer Steil on Jan 27, 2012 at 3:18PM

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How Safe Is Your Home From Fire? These Tips Could Save Your Life!

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Choose the Right Fire Extinguisher

Typically, fire extinguishers for the home are Class ABC extinguishers, which fight most kinds of household fires, says Carmody. The letters A, B, and C refer to the classes of fire. Class A includes ordinary combustibles, such as paper or wood. Class B fires involve liquids or gases and are generally kitchen fires. However, these may not work on serious oil fires that start in a deep fryer. For these fires, use a Class K fire extinguisher. These are usually found in commercial kitchens and restaurants but are beginning to find their way into homes, too. Because the chemicals in a Class K fire extinguisher conduct electricity, you must make sure all electrical appliances are off before using it. Class C fires involve a television or appliance plugged into an electrical socket.  An ABC extinguisher covers all of these. One important thing to remember: Never use a water fire extinguisher on anything other than Class A fires.

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