Dear Readers: What if a small fire started in your kitchen? Right now? Don't think, act! Is there a fire extinguisher that you can get to? There should be, and it should be the right kind.

Fire extinguishers are classified "A," "B" and "C," meaning they are used for different types of fires.

"A" extinguishers put out fire from paper and wood, etc.

"B" eliminates gas and grease. "C" is for electrical.

Read the label, and look at the graphics on your fire extinguisher. Now. Remember P.A.S.S.: Pull the pin out, Aim from 10 feet away, Squeeze the lever and Sweep from side to side until the fire is out.

If you can't put it out, get out! Don't try again! A fire can turn ugly in seconds. Be safe.


Dear Heloise: I save the holiday-themed popcorn tins for inexpensive decorating. I use them as wastebaskets in the bathroom and throughout the house. They're great for potted plants, and for storage, too!

Louise W., Waco, Texas Louise, the wastebasket next to my computer where I am working right now is themed with Good Housekeeping Magazine covers from February 1922, 1934 and 1936! The price for the magazine then? Twenty-five cents! It was a gift tin filled with sinfully yummy popcorn many years ago, and I smile when I see it. (Note: I'm a contributing editor and columnist for Good Housekeeping magazine.)


Hello, Heloise: We discovered this hint to stay warm after showering: We put our pajamas and bath towel in the dryer for three to five minutes on "warm," then into a large plastic bag and place it near the tub/shower.

After bathing, I grab the nice, warm towel to dry off, then climb into toasty pj's. Even the kids will enjoy this treat.

M. in Dallas

Hi, Heloise: My cat loves his carrier! As a kitten, I put the carrier out in the room. He thought it was a great place to hide and sleep. I put treats and toys in there, so he considered it a great place to be. Then I started to take him for short car rides in the carrier.

We travel often and take him with us, so no problem with the carrier or the car. We live six months a year on a boat in Florida, and his carrier is where he sleeps most of the time.

Ann M., South Charleston, Ohio

Meow, meow, train with love!


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