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The Do's and Don'ts of Stopping a Grease Fire: 5 Tips To Stay Safe

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Use a fire extinguisher to put out flames in your kitchen

The Do's and Don'ts of Stopping a Grease Fire

Most people in St James City, FL, know the basics of fire safety and how to extinguish a small fire, but a grease fire is different. Understanding the do’s and don’ts of putting out this type of fire could mean the difference between a burned dinner and a burned-down house.

1. DO Smother the Flames
For a small fire, turn off the heat source and then attempt to smother the fire. Use another pot, a wet cloth, or a heavy pot lid to cover the fire and cut off its oxygen supply.

2. DON’T Use Water
Oil and water don’t mix. Pouring water onto flaming grease can cause it to splatter, potentially burning you and catching many other parts of your kitchen on fire.

3. DO Try Baking Soda or Salt
If smothering the grease fire is not an option, try pouring baking soda or salt onto the flames. Both of these should prevent the fire from getting enough oxygen to continue burning. Be sure you are using salt or baking soda: other similar-looking kitchen goods, such as baking powder, sugar, or flour, are combustible and will make the fire bigger.

4. DON’T Attempt To Move the Fire
Fire restoration experts report that many house fires result from people trying to carry a flaming pan outside or to the sink. This will only fan the flames and make the fire worse. Furthermore, burning grease can spatter onto other parts of your home or onto you, causing you to drop the pan.

5. DO Use a Fire Extinguisher
Use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames if you have one handy. Be sure you know how to use a fire extinguisher correctly. Spraying a high-pressure substance at a pan of flaming grease can potentially knock the pan over and spread the fire to the floor or counter.
Be careful when attempting to put out a grease fire. Fire cleanup is hard work, but it will only be more difficult if you are healing from serious burns. If the fire starts to get out of hand, call 911 immediately.

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