How to Avoid Dangerous Grease Fires in Your Kitchen
Grease fires are one of the most dangerous and preventable incidents that can befall a home. There are simple steps that you can take to avoid a grease fire from occurring in your kitchen.
Keeping It Clean
We all lead busy lives, and sometimes there just isn’t time to clean everything the way we would like. However, cleaning any spills and drips from your stove on a daily basis is one of the easiest ways to prevent a grease fire from starting. Large spill are very noticeable and are often cleaned quickly, it’s the small drips and splatters that can accumulate over time, becoming fuel for a grease fire. Also, when you are cooking, always wipe up food that spills onto the outside of the pan, as this is another way to start a grease fire. Keep the area around the flame or burner free of grease and spills at all times.
Recipe for Safety
When cooking with oil, make sure you know the temperature rating. Not all fats and oils are alike. The more refined a fat, the higher temperature it can safely be heated to, as there are less impurities in it to make it smoke. If you let cooking oil get too hot, it can ignite. If you see oil beginning to smoke, remove it from the heat source immediately. If a fire does ignite in the pan, do NOT throw water on it.
Know Your Fire Extinguisher
Always keep a working fire extinguisher on hand, and make sure it is the right type for a grease fire. Type B or Type ABC fire extinguishers are designed to extinguish grease fires. Never use a water-based extinguisher on a grease fire. Water of any type will actually fuel the flames, causing the fire to spread and intensify. Make sure your kitchen extinguisher is a dry chemical or CO2 extinguisher. If you do not have a fire extinguisher and the flame is still small enough for you to safely manage, dump baking soda on it or cover the pan with another pot or baking pan. This will remove oxygen from the flame and possibly extinguish it.
Even though grease fires are usually preventable, once one starts, it may be hard to stop. Never put yourself at risk trying to stop the spread of a fire of which you are losing control. The most important thing is to make sure you and your family members are out of immediate danger.
If you do sustain damage from a grease fire, or any other fire, call the fire damage repair professionals in Melbourne at FLA-CAT at 855-352-2281. We can take care of your claim, and get your home put back together quickly, so that you can get back to your life.
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