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The Dos & Don’ts of putting out a Grease Fire
Grease fires can happen at any stage with anyone – when the oil becomes too hot and catches fire. The first sign of danger will be your oil boiling, it’ll then start smoking and before you know it the oil will catch fire. Grease fires can be potentially fatal and devastating if you don’t know how to stop the fire in its tracks. So if you ever find yourself in the position of cooking up a storm and causing more smoke than aroma, be sure to follow the DO list and avoid the DON’Ts at all costs.
- 1. Turn off the fire source:
Before doing anything, turn off the electricity supply to the stove.
- 2. Assess the situation:
Is the fire small enough to handle it on your own? If so, continue with the following tips. If not, get out of the house!
- 3. Smother the oxygen supply:
Oxygen will encourage the fire, so place a metal lid over the fire/pot.
- 4. Call the fire department:
Rather be safe than sorry. Fires can easily get out of hand without the right equipment and expertise.
- 5. Use a dry chemical powder fire extinguisher:
These types of fire extinguishers effectively smother the fire by getting rid of the oxygen source. Although they create a mess, it’s better to have a mess than a burnt down kitchen,
- 6. Do it the navy way
If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, your best bet would be salt. Obviously a teeny bit of salt won’t do, so you would need quite a bit – but it works extremely well.
- 7. Wait for the heat source to cool down:
When you’ve managed to tame the fire, avoid touching the pot to prevent any burns.
- 1. Use water!
NEVER use water to extinguish a grease fire. The water will sink to the bottom of the pot since water is heavier than oil. That will cause the water to heat up extremely quickly and turn the oil into an exploding disaster.
- 2. Swat around a cloth:
Never use a cloth or material to extinguish a grease fire. The fire will most likely spread onto the cloth and create an even bigger fire.
- 3. Move the pot:
You could spill some of the oil, only spreading the fire, and potentially burn yourself.
1. To replace the fire extinguisher with a brand new one even after just one use.
2. If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen! Your life is worth more than a house.