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Putting Out a Grease Fire: Three Steps

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire damage Many times, it is best to call 911 anyway so you can allow trained firefighters to put out the grease fire.

Three Steps To Extinguishing A Grease Fire

One day, you may have to face a grease fire in your Whittier, CA, home. What can you do to safely put one out if it should start? If you cannot call in emergency help in time, you should have an action plan in place to smother the flames. Here are the three steps you need to take to safely stop a fire so you can then figure out how to clean up from it.

1. Cover the Flames

A cookie sheet or metal lid should be placed over the fire as quickly as possible. Do not remove the lid until its surface has cooled completely, and make sure that the object is large enough to cover the flames.

2. Turn Off the Heat

Whether the blaze grew from a stove burner, an oven or another source, you should try to turn off the culprit as soon as safely possible. Do this only after you have enclosed the grease fire with a metal covering.

3. Use Salt or Baking Soda

If the fire is fairly small, pour baking soda or salt on the flames. Doing so should put them out and end the fire. If this does not work, or if the fire is too large, a dry chemical fire extinguisher should be used. Make sure that it is categorized as Class B. Never use any cooking powder besides baking soda or salt, as it will only fuel the flames and lead to a more dangerous fire.

Many times, it is best to call 911 anyway so you can allow trained firefighters to put out the grease fire. They should know exactly what to do, and you can then put all of your focus on the fire cleanup that happens after the flames are out. If emergency help is unavailable for some reason, the steps above are the safest ones to follow to eliminate the fire. If they fail, you should leave your house immediately to protect your well-being.

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