Put Out a Grease Fire on a Grill – Without Burning Your House In 2022

The kitchen is the greatest cause of house fires and injuries. With fat drippings, grease, and oil accounting for approximately half of all home fires.

How to Put out a Grease Fire

  1. Always be prepared.
  2. Turn off the burners
  3. Close the lids
  4. Call for help
  5. Never use water to exterminate the fire

When and How Does Grease Catch Fire?

 Grease and fire may interact in a gray area when it comes to what happens when they come in contact. 

This is due to the fact that there is no such thing as “grease,” but rather a variety of chemicals that form a chemical state that we call “grease.”

Automotive grease, for example, differs significantly from bacon grease in terms of characteristics.

Note that oils such as excess fats and grease are extremely flammable, meaning they may readily catch fire.

Varied oils have different flash points or high temperatures but any oil you can buy at the store will catch fire if the maximum temperature is met.

5 Steps to Put out a Grease Fire

Accidents involving barbecue grease do occur. If you have a grease fire in your gas grill or charcoal grill, here’s what you should do and what you shouldn’t do to prevent fire: 

  1. Always be prepared

First thing is to be sure to keep a mobile phone near your grill station just in case you need to make an emergency call.

As you prepare the cooking materials, be sure to prepare the following, which should always be within your reach:  

  • Class B fire extinguisher
  • Wet towel or kitchen towel
  • Gloves
  • baking soda (not baking powder)
  • Sand
  • Kosher salt

According to the National Fire Protection Association, class K fire or wet chemical extinguishers are a more effective form of fire extinguishers for cooking fires than electrical fire extinguishers.

You can also use a biscuit mix box as your trash can. You can also cause a fireball if you pour milk over a grease fire.

The only way milk can put out a grease fire is if so much is used.

Annual cooking fire statistics show that most fires start from the ignition of food and cooking materials.

  1. Turn off the burners

Turn off the grill’s burners or heat source on your grill if you are able to safely reach the knobs.

Turn off the fuel source, then take the meal out of the oven then put it on a plate or cookie sheet, or baking sheet.

Put baking soda, sand, or salt on the flames to put them out.

  1. Close the lids

Lack of oxygen can put out the flame, close the metal lid and any grill vents. The more you close the lid, it will rid the fire of oxygen that it needs to continue to burn.

The fire will die down since oxygen supplies the chemical reaction that occurs during a fire, this is evident through the fire triangle.

  1. Call for help

If the propane tank or propane grills have caught fire, get out of the area as soon as possible and immediately call 911.

Similarly, if you can’t put out the fire or it becomes worse, evacuates the area immediately and notify your local fire department.

Before calling the fire brigade, a fire extinguisher can be used as a last resort.

  1. Never use water to exterminate the fire

It is not a good idea to use water on a grease fire. This is the first important thing to remember.

Water, contrary to popular belief, can exacerbate a small grease fire.

Water and oil don’t mix, as the adage goes, and splashing water on a big or small fire might result in splashes that spread and cause flare-ups faster.

How to Avoid Grease Fire?

Since you know now what are the best way to put out grill fire, here are some tips to avoid grease fire from occurring;

  • Regularly inspect.

Grease fire ruins your grill, so make sure that you regularly examine and clean your grill.

Make sure the grill’s surface, removable drip pan, grease tray, grill grates, and inside are all clean. This will allow your grill to cook more evenly, last longer, and lessen the chance of a fire.

  • Cook with lid down.

A fire is fueled by oxygen. Cook with the lid down for the whole cooking process.

During cooking, continuously opening the cover to inspect your food only adds to the cooking time and wastes fuel.

  • Burning grease.

Grease can build up in the region surrounding the burners in the firebox.

Though the panel is designed to route oil to the grease tray or pan, hot oil or grease may not drain properly, potentially causing a fire.

Turn off the gas and leave the lid open to allow the grease to burn out if this occurs and it is safe to do so.

  • Use on foods.

If you need to use cooking oil, be sure you use it on the food, not the grates!


How do you clean a grill after using a fire extinguisher?

Clean up any loose particles with a vacuum or a broom and grill brush. Isopropyl alcohol mixed 50 percent with warm water can be sprayed on stuck-on residue.

Wipe away the solution with a damp rag after allowing it to sit for a few minutes.

Use a solution of 98 percent hot water and 2% vinegar to neutralize sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate residue.

Can a fire extinguisher ruin your grill?

 Your grill is not permanently damaged. Depending on the type of extinguisher you used, you may or may not be able to use it straight away.

Is it fine to consume food that has been sprayed with a fire extinguisher?

Despite the fact that it is non-toxic, you should not ingest the powder from a fire extinguisher, do not fall for chemical risk.

Taking some of the powder could make your throat sore and red, as well as causing stomach discomfort, although that would take a lot of it.


Fire prevention is an important knowledge to have in the first place but if worst comes to worst and you need to put out a fire, this article should be able to guide you properly.

Grilling can be always dangerous and it can be a threat to your safety so be sure that you follow the steps and steps to avoid getting hurt.

Note that grease fires are impossible to put out with water due to chemistry and physics. Because oil floats on water, the oil on the fire will also float.

A good covering of baking soda, on the other hand, has been shown to extinguish these flames. It’s your best be to remove the food before adding the baking soda.

D. Hahn

DIY guru, dad, husband, blogger. When I'm not creating life hacks I'm teaching my kids how to fix stuff after their dad breaks it.

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