How To Put Out A Fireplace Fire [Safely]

House fires are a scary and real thing. So wanting to put your nicely lit warm fire out before heading off to bed is a smart thing to do.

Some types of firewood “pop” more than others and the reality of that popping hot red ember landing on your carpet can lead to life-changing results. Nobody wants that, because of that you will find the best answer to your question below.

I’ll also add in some things you can buy that’ll help you worry a little bit less about things getting out of control. And will help you sleep better at night!

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Put Out Fireplace Before Bed

Step 1

Grab your firewood poker or whatever you use to stir the fire and spread out the wood and hot coals evenly. That will help cool down the fire. If left altogether, the heat will all be concentrated there and it would make it more difficult to put out.

Step 2

Take ash from your ash bucket or your fireplace and dump it evenly over the hot coals and burning wood till there is no more fire.

Step 3

Then take baking soda and, like with the ash in the step before, cover the wood and hot embers with it. Then wait about 10 minutes or so to make sure the fire stays out and doesn’t start back up again, if it does, just repeat the steps.

Baking soda has sodium bicarbonateOpens in a new tab. in it, which is also in class c fire extinguishers. You could also use sand in place of baking soda. The only drawback is the mess, but both work and work well.

Before you start your next fire in there, remove the ashes and what not then you should be good to go. You can burn pieces of wood left over from the time before, just get rid of the other stuff.


There are a couple of things I think everyone should have for fireplace safety.

  1. Fireproof rug. You put one of those in front of your fireplace so hot embers that do come popping out land on it and risk of fire is avoided. Here is an example of these rugs on Amazon, Fireproof Rug.Opens in a new tab.
  2. Chimney Sweep Log. These logs will help keep your chimney clean from built-up creosote from burning wood. You just set one in the firebox and light it and let it do its thing. You can find them on Amazon here, Creosote Buster.Opens in a new tab.

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So, that is about it! Follow the steps and you should be sleeping without worry of getting your rear end scorched. And having that peace of mind is something no one can put a price on, I hope this helped you out! good luck!

Brian Koller

Growing up on a farm in eastern PA, I’ve grown fond of wildlife and the woods and learning about the critters and firewood and everything else in-between. I made this site to share my experiences and knowledge.

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