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Putting Out a Grease Fire

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

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How To Put Out a Grease Fire

Regardless if you are a novice chef or have mastered the art of cooking, the potential for a grease fire in your Yelm, WA, exists. If done correctly, they are often easy to extinguish. Once it has spread outside the pan, it’s best to leave the hazard to firefighters and the fire cleanup to professional fire and smoke damage experts.

Putting the Fire Out

If flames appear while cooking, below are steps to take to safely extinguish the fire.

Place a metal lid or baking sheet over the pan. Do not remove it until it is cool.
Ensure the heat source is turned off.
Baking soda or salt can be used to smother the fire. Never use water, other cooking powders, or towels. They can make the fire spread.
Use a Class B fire extinguisher, which is designed for flammable liquids. Other types of extinguishers may have water or other ingredients that may make the fire spread.
If the flames start to spread, get out of the home and call 911. Wait until you receive an affirmative from the firefighters before re-entering the home.

Tips to Avoid a Fire
While knowing how to put out a grease fire is important, avoiding one altogether is always preferred. Below are a few tips to consider to ensure safe cooking.

When frying, boiling or broiling, always stay in the kitchen.
Ensure the area around the stovetop is clear of potentially flammable objects.
Slowly heat oil and gently add food to minimize splatter.
Maintain a proper temperature when cooking with grease. Smoke or an odd smell means it is too hot.
Keep a lid or baking sheet accessible.
Ensure children stay away from the cooking area.

While a grease fire can be scary, quick action and using the right techniques can squash the flames. Remember to always keep safety in mind and don’t try to be a hero if the flames spread.

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