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What You Should Do During a Grease Fire

4/11/2021 (Permalink)

Grease fires occur when oil gets too hot and creates flames. These fires are common in kitchens, especially when you're frying or cooking greasy food on the stove, and they often spread quickly. You may need fire restoration services to get back to normal after a grease fire, but the first priority has to be safety. These tips can help you minimize damage and risk.

Do:

Turn off the heat.

The heat from your stove or oven warming the oil is what keeps the fire burning. If you can safely reach the controls, turn them off, and the fire should slow or stop as long as it hasn't touched other flammable items. However, avoid moving the pot or pan, as this could cause grease to splash, spreading the fire to other surfaces.

Keep an extinguisher in the kitchen.

 

The best way to quickly put out a grease fire is to use a Class B fire extinguisher designed for blazes with liquid accelerants, such as gas and oil. These often use compressed gas to suffocate the flames, so spray it within a few feet of the source. Since grease fires can spread quickly, keep this type of extinguisher close to your stove so you can grab it within seconds.

Don’t:

Use water on the flames.

Water has a different density than cooking oil, so the particles don't effectively mix. Thus, pouring water on the flames won't extinguish them. In fact, water may cause the oil to splatter, which can spread the fire to other surfaces, such as cabinets or nearby cookbooks.

Forget your fire safety plan.

Every home should have a safety plan in place for fires, which should remind you to turn off the heat and note the nearest fire extinguisher's location. However, if the fire has already spread to cabinets or other surfaces, your priority should be to get out of the house and call emergency services.

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