In the event of a fire in your home, you should call the fire department before you grab the fire extinguisher. Whenever a fire occurs, get everyone out first, then phone the fire department -- use your cell phone or a neighbor's. Fire extinguishers are meant to fight only small fires -- no bigger around than a trash can. Fighting too large a fire by yourself can be dangerous, and wastes precious escape time for your family. By calling the fire department first, you can ensure optimal safety in case of a fire.