Here’s hoping you read this article before you have a fire to put out! That said, if you just bought a home with a fireplace, you’ll want to know a few things about how to put out a fireplace fire, so that you can keep the flames controlled to the fireplace.
How do you keep the fire in the fireplace and make sure no sparks get out? This is important because you could risk starting a fire in your home if you cannot contain the fire and put it out when you are done.
Learning just a few tips and tricks regarding fire safety will help keep you warm and toasty by the fire while also protecting your home. It’s worth getting an understanding of the right way to put out a fire. Not only is a fire downright dangerous, it also can be messy causing a lot of soot and ashes if you don’t extinguish it correctly.
What you will need to follow this tutorial
While there are not too many tools needed to put out a fireplace fire, you do want to make sure you have the following on hand before you consider lighting any fires in your fireplace. Don’t start a fire without a plan to put it out, and you’ll need these tools to do so:
- Fireplace Poker
- Baking Soda
- Metal Container to hold hot ashes and embers
- Small Shovel
- Fire Extinguisher (Not used in the process, but you should have one in case something goes wrong)
- Spray Bottle full of Water
Arguably the most important tool is the one you should not need to use. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your home anytime you are going to have a fire in the fireplace. If something goes wrong, you will be thankful.
How to Put out Fire in Fireplace Before Bed – Step by step instructions
To safely put out the fire in your fireplace, there really are not a lot of steps. You can put your fire out quickly and easily by just following these instructions:
1. Use your Poker
With your fireplace poker, spread out the ashes and embers across the floor of the fire. You will spread out the heat, which will help it die out. This is the most important step, as soon as you complete it the fire will lose its fuel and begin to peter out. Spread the coals throughout the entire base of the fireplace.
2. Put the Ash over Embers
Again with the poker, take the burned up ash and spread it over the embers, which is going to work to cool down the embers and slow down the heat. This is where you could also use a metal container or a shovel, anything that can contain ashes and help you spread them over the embers. This step can get a little messy, so make sure you use the right tools.
3. Spray with Water
As things are dying down, if you need to accelerate the process of putting the fire out, spray the embers with water, which will work to immediately put out the fire. Just be aware that this is going to cause a lot of smoke.
Instead of water, you could spread baking soda over the embers, which will also work to put the fire out. Whether you use baking soda or water, make sure you monitor the fire for a few minutes after it is extinguished. Let everything settle and make sure no sparks reignite starting the fire anew.
Can I let the fire die naturally?
This depends on how long you are going to stay in the room. If you are going to sit around the fire for hours and let it burn out, it will eventually. But, if you have somewhere to be, or want to go to bed, you need to put the fire out first.
Is it better to use baking soda or water?
Both are effective ways to put out the fire. With baking soda, you will get less smoke, but have more to clean up inside the fireplace, so it is a matter of personal preference.
What if I don’t have a fire poker?
Anything that is long and can withstand eat could work. Try a shovel with a long handle that you could reach in and poke the fire with. You could use a long piece of wood, but make sure you pull it out of the fire before it burns, or you’re just going to have a bigger fire than you started with.
Can I use a fire extinguisher?
You should not. Fire extinguishers are messy and not needed to put out a regular fire. Save them for emergencies and if the fire gets out of control. Don’t use a fire extinguisher to routinely put out a fireplace fire, you could end up doing more harm than good.
Will the fire still be hot after it is out?
Yes. Just because the fire is under control and stopped burning doesn’t mean you can stick your hand in the fire. The coals take a long time and it will be hours until the fireplace has completely cooled down.
Fires are a great way to stay warm and to add some ambience to your room. That said, you need to be careful when having a fire, and make sure it is extinguished before you leave the room or go to bed. Make sure you have a plan for putting out the fire before you start the fire, and always have a fire extinguisher in your home in case of emergency.
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