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Understanding How To Put Out A Small Fire

baltimore fire damage restorationIf you’re ever in the position of needing to put out a fire, whether it be residential or commercial, it may be small enough for you to put out on your own. Of course, if the fire is severe, it’s critical to follow fire safety rules by evacuating the building and calling 911. But not all fires should be put out with water, which is why ServiceMaster of Baltimore has put together a list of some of the most common types of fires to help you understand how to put them out if they’re small enough.

Electrical Fires

A few different sources can be the cause of an electrical fire, such as appliances, outlets, and wiring issues. Older wiring systems can be susceptible to short circuiting. The best way to put out an electrical fire is with a multipurpose fire extinguisher, or by using a blanket to smother the flames. One of the worst things you can do is try to put this type of small fire out with water. In this situation, the water will cause the flames to spread because water conducts electricity. If it’s safe, you’ll want to turn off the power of the device or unplug it.

Cooking Fires

Cooking fires are incredibly common, and are usually caused by grease that has become overheated on a stove, in an oven or in a toaster oven, and in toasters. When grease gets hot enough, it becomes highly flammable. Although your first instinct might be to reach for some water when faced with a small fire caused by grease, the best way to put it out is to turn off the heat source and then smother the fire. This can be done with a metal lid, baking soda, or salt.

Gas Fires

The first thing you should do if you experience a small gas fire, is turn off the gas supply as quickly as possible. Then you’ll want to smother it. This can be done with a blanket, or even a thick rug. This small fire can also be put out with a multipurpose fire extinguisher if you have one. You’ll also want to avoid trying to put out a small gas fire with water, as it will cause the flames to spread.

Fire and Smoke Damage Services from ServiceMaster of Baltimore

ServiceMaster of Baltimore is Maryland’s most trusted name in cleaning and restoration services because our team will do everything possible to reduce your loss and preserve your property.

We have certified licensed restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Call us today at 410-780-1700!

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