What kind of fire extinguisher should I buy?

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.

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1. Can I listen to the Fire Department on my scanner?
2. Do I need a burning permit?
3. Do I need a fire inspection?
4. How can I report a fire or emergency?
5. How can I request a fire safety presentation?
6. How do I get to the Fire Department administrative offices?
7. How does 911 work?
8. How many smoke detectors do I need in my house?
9. Should I have a carbon monoxide detector?
10. Should I report a small fire, even if it's already out?
11. What are the statistics with children and fires?
12. What is the ISO rating for the Town of North Kingstown?
13. What kind of fire extinguisher should I buy?