How to Extinguish a Fire at The Initial Stages

When a fire first ignites in your home or office, or anywhere, it may be small enough to be extinguished with the help of a fire blanket or a fire extinguisher on hand. However, it may get difficult if the fire grows big.

By being informed about the different types of fires and how to deal with them, you can have a better chance of not only getting rid of the fire but also of reducing the risk of injuries.

Here are some tips to extinguish different types of fire at initial stages.

Electric Fire

  • Majority of electrical fires are the result of poor electrical wiring and low maintenance of electrical systems. To stop an electrical fire before starting, avoid overloading electrical outlets and make sure that all electric work is done by a certified electrician. Also, keep electrical systems clean and away from dust, trash, and spider webs.
  • Use circuit breakers and fuses.
  • Turn off the power of your electric systems if you feel sparking at a wire or appliance.
  • If you have faulty wiring, then the fire may reignite. So, you should cut power to its source as soon as possible.
  • Be prompt and use a fire blanket to get rid of the fire.
  • Use water for extinguishing the fire. If you are unable to access the fire extinguisher or fire blanket, then you can use water. However, use water only when you have turned off the power completely.

Oil Fire

  • Shutting off the fuel supply is the first thing which you should do for extinguishing fires from inflammable liquids. You should hit the emergency shutoff valve which is located near all the pumping stations. This act will help you dealing with oil fire to a large extent.
  • Use a fire blanket as this can be the easiest and a least damaging method to extinguish the fire.
  • Use a Class B fire extinguisher for oil fires. Remember that you should first check the label on the extinguisher and ensure it is Class B before using it.
  • In case you are unable to extinguish the fire within five seconds of using the fire extinguisher, then evacuate the place and call the emergency number.
  • Never throw water on oil fires, because water cannot mix with the oil. Oil will stay on the top of the water and water will then boil and quickly become steam. This will, in turn, lead to the quick spread of fire.

Organic Fire

  • Use a fire blanket if the fire is caused due to solid combustible material like wood, cloth, paper, rubber, or plastic. A fire blanket is an easy way to extinguish a fire at an initial stage.
  • Use a Class A fire extinguisher on the organic fire. Remember to ensure that the label on the extinguisher reads Class A.
  • If you are unable to extinguish the fire in five seconds of using the fire extinguisher, then you need to call the emergency personnel.
  • Use plenty of water as it is helpful in getting rid of the organic fire.


We hope that these quick fire safety tips will help you to stay away from this hazard and get assured about your home security. If you have any questions, need a fire inspection done or are looking for fire safety services, don't hesitate to call us. We serve all of Muskogee and nearby areas.

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