Many fire-related injuries and deaths occur as occupants respond to a fire improperly, usually because they are unprepared. If there is a fire in your home, you have very little time to respond before deadly smoke and heat spreading throughout results in unconsciousness or death. The best thing to do is usually to leave as quickly as you can, but in some circumstances, while a fire is small and in its very beginning stages, it may be possible to put the fire out with a portable extinguisher IF you know how to use one properly. Before using a fire extinguisher, however, make sure everyone is out of the building and 9-1-1 is called so that firefighters are enroute if needed.

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