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How do you put out a grease fire?

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To put out a grease fire, get everyone out of the building, call 9-1-1, try to smother the fire, and use a dry-chemical fire extinguisher. If the grease fire spreads to your clothes, drop to the ground, and roll. Do not try to put out a grease fire with water.

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  1. Evacuate the building

    A grease fire may spread quickly. Before fighting the fire, ensure everyone is safely out of the building.

  2. Call for help

    Call 9-1-1 to enlist the help of the local fire department. You may get the fire out before they get there, but the fire department should still come to the scene.

  3. Smother the fire with a pan lid

    If the fire is small enough, smother it with the lid of a pan. Do not use a glass lid because the extreme heat may cause it to shatter.

  4. Sprinkle the fire with baking soda

    Sprinkle the fire with a baking soda. This usually only works for small fires because it takes a lot of baking soda to successfully put out a fire.

  5. Use a fire extinguisher

    Use a dry-chemical fire extinguisher to fight the fire. This should be a last resort because of kitchen and food contamination. Dry-chemical fire extinguishers are found in most commercial kitchens.

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