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Putting Out Small Interior Fires

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

A mother and her son take food out of the oven while other food cooks on the stovetop. Daily activities, like cooking, can still pose a threat to safety.

The source of each fire changes the way the fire needs to be dealt with. Small fires, which are usually started by cooking or electrical outlets, can generally be put out by an individual. In case you experience a small fire within your home, office, or building, here is the way to deal with each type of fire.

Electrical fires occur due to dysfunctional or misused electrical outlets, cords, and appliances. If the fire is due to a broken wire, pour baking soda on the wire. Fires caused by outlets or appliances can be put out with a Class C fire extinguisher. It’s crucial that you never use water on an electrical fire due to the possibility of being shocked as a result.

Fireplace fires are not dangerous since they’re in a contained area, but if you no longer need the fire to be going, you should put it out before leaving or going to sleep. To put out a fireplace fire, poke at the wood and cover the coals. This takes away the fuel source. Also, you may use baking soda to put it out by sprinkling some on the fire.

Cooking or gas fires can be tamed by placing a lid over the pot to stop oxygen from reaching the fire. Turn off the gas supply to prevent it from spreading. Fire blankets work well for these situations.

If a small fire occurs in your home, office, or building, call your local SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta at (404) 835-0200. SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta has professionals who know how to remove smoke damage and make the area affected by the fire look “Like it never even happened.”

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