Fire extinguishers have a role for only a brief moment at the beginning of a fire. The key is to place fire extinguishers throughout the house so that no matter where the fire starts, an extinguisher will be near at hand. There should be one in the kitchen, garage, workshop, basement and near any sleeping areas. There should be at least one extinguisher on each floor.
Fires and the types of extinguishers used to fight them are broken down into four categories: