When it comes to fire usage and fire safety in our homes, it’s always better to be smart, cautious, and prepared. After all, we’d rather advocate preventing a fire disaster from happening in the first place than see anyone in our community need fire board up or smoke damage restoration services. In any case, let’s turn our attention to a common and dangerous source of house fires: the grease fire. Cooking accidents that involve oil or fat can quickly turn into a scary grease fire situation. If this happens, you can act quickly and correctly to put out the flames before any serious damage or injury can occur.
Recognize When the Grease Fire Can Start
When cooking, or using any sort of heating element for that matter, you know not to leave it unattended. During this time, pay attention to the oil in your pot or pan. The oil will boil and smoke before it catches on fire. If your oil is smoking, it’s time to exercise even more caution as you proceed with cooking. Also, never put water or frozen foods into the hot oil. This can definitely cause the oil to splatter and make contact with the heating element, making it prone to start a grease fire.
Turn Off the Burner and Cover the Pan or Pot
If things take a turn for the worse and a grease fire catches, the first thing to do is cut off the heat supply. In this case, you’re going to want to turn off the burner, but leave the pan or pot where it is! Attempting to move it could cause the oil to splash around and catch other nearby things on fire. Then, you want to cut off the oxygen that is feeding the flames. Cover the pan or pot with a lid or a large metal baking sheet. If you want to check that the flame is out, slowly slide the cover off instead of lifting to avoid an accidental flare-up.
Smother with Salt or Baking Soda
If you have a decent amount of salt or baking soda on hand, you can pour these onto the flames to smother it. Be sure that you are using baking soda and NOT baking powder, which could make the grease fire worse. Flour is also not a replacement since it’s just as flammable. Of course, never attempt to use water to put out a grease fire.
Instead of salt or baking soda, you could also use a fire extinguisher. However, make sure you keep a class B fire extinguisher somewhere in your kitchen if you do since this extinguisher is specifically designed for putting out flammable liquids, including grease.
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