How to Extinguish a Grease Fire
House fires occur more in the kitchen than in any other room in the house. Grease fires can happen suddenly, and they can get out of control if they aren't quickly extinguished. While it's important to be safe in the kitchen to prevent fires, you should also be prepared by knowing how to put out a grease fire if one occurs.
What Not to Do
In an emergency such as a fire, it's hard not to panic. This can cause you to make mistakes and cause further damage or injury. Here are a couple things you should not do:
- Do not try to put out a grease fire with water.
- Water may cause splashing of the oil, and can cause the fire to spread.
- Do not try to move a pan that is on fire. This can cause it to catch on items in your kitchen, and can also put you at risk of getting burned.
Cover the Fire
A fire needs oxygen to stay ignited. Use the pot lid to cover the fire if you can. This will cut off the oxygen supply to the fire, which should quickly extinguish the fire. It's best to slide the lid on to help minimize your contact with the flames.
Turn Off the Heat and Move the Pan
Once the fire has been extinguished, turn off the stove burner. This will cut off the heat supply to the pan, which can help prevent the fire from reigniting. Move the pan to a cool burner, as it will take some time for the hot burner to cool down.
Everyone should have a fire extinguisher in their kitchen for emergencies like this. While it's best to cover the fire to extinguish it, you should only do so if it is safe. If not, use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.
These steps should help you safely extinguish a grease fire. After the flames are out and you are safe, contact a fire restoration company for fire cleanup.