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How to Put Out a Grease Fire

A grease fire can escalate quickly. Follow these safety steps to douse the flames.


  • : Grease fires can be very dangerous. Call 911 as soon as you suspect you cannot control the fire.
  • Step 1: Initiate an evacuation Turn off the burner and get everybody out of the kitchen. Have your phone at the ready in case you need to call 911.
  • Step 2: Avoid water Steer clear of water. Pouring water on burning grease will cause the superheated water to splatter, spreading the fire.
  • TIP: Do not carry the burning pan outside. The grease will splash and spread the fire.
  • Step 3: Cover with the lid Cover the fire with the pan lid. Avoid using glass lids since they can shatter from the heat.
  • Step 4: Smother with baking soda Smother the fire with baking soda. This method works if a large amount of baking soda is quickly accessible.
  • TIP: Stop, drop, and roll if your clothes catch on fire.
  • Step 5: Douse with fire extinguisher Douse the fire with a dry chemical fire extinguisher. Store a Class B kitchen fire extinguisher within easy reach.
  • Step 6: Call 911 If the flames aren't out, call 911 immediately and get out of the house.
  • FACT: Approximately 3,660 people are injured in cooking equipment fires each year.

You Will Need

  • A non-glass pan lid
  • Baking soda
  • A kitchen fire extinguisher

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