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Steps to Putting Out a Grease Fire

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

Burned kitchen Kitchen fire in Steiner Ranch, TX.

How to Extinguish a Grease Fire in Steps

A fire in your Steiner Ranch, TX, home could result in terrible consequences. Fires can start in many ways. often, they start in the kitchen, where they can quickly spread from there. A grease fire is a common culprit. But putting out this type of fire requires a different approach than other fires. If you take the wrong steps, you could end up doing more harm than good. 

1. Cover the Flames and Turn Off the Heat
Unlike other fires, you don't want to throw water on a grease fire. Your first reaction should be to cover it up. Find a metal lid or a cookie sheet and cover the pan or burner on which the fire is burning. Doing this should smother the flames successfully. Also, remove the heat source, such as turning off the burner or gas. 

2. Use a non-Water Agent to Put Out the Fire
If covering the fire doesn't work, another option is to put salt or baking soda on it. The chemical makeup of these substances can effectively extinguish the fire. However, don't use other household products such as flour or baking powder. You will not get the same result; in fact, these may only spread the fire. 

3. Use a Fire Extinguisher
If you have one handy, use a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher to put out the fire. Make sure you know how to use this device. Only use it if other methods have been unsuccessful. 

4. Call the Authorities for Fire Extinguishing and Fire Cleanup
In some cases with grease fires, you may not be able to put it out by covering or using a fire extinguisher or baking soda. If the fire spreads beyond your control, leave the room, shut the door, if applicable, and call 911. 
Following these steps should be able to eliminate a grease fire. You can also rely on fire restoration professionals to do any cleanup or rebuilding in your home. 

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