How to Put Out a Grease Fire If you are someone who likes cooking, odds are you spend a lot of time in the kitchen. You’ve probably also cooked with oil before. Oil has many different uses while cooking. It can add flavor and dimension to the food you are cooking. It can also lubricate the pan or skillet that you’re cooking in. Oil, however, is usually the main ingredient in a grease fire. Most grease fires that occur in the home occur in the kitchen. A grease fire occurs when your cooking oil catches fire. What happens is your oil gets too hot, it starts smoking, and then it catches fire. The best safety for grease fires is prevention.
Stay in the kitchen while you’re cooking The key is to always stay in the kitchen when you’re cooking anything. If you notice that your oil is starting to smoke or has a strange smell, immediately take it off the burner and turn off the burner. If you see smoke, it is likely that the oil will catch on fire soon. If your oil does happen to catch on fire, there are things you can do to put the fire out. First, immediately turn the burner off. Don’t try to touch or move the pot because you could end up getting oil on yourself or on surfaces in your kitchen. The next thing you should do is cover the pot with a metal lid. Fire cannot subsist without oxygen, so covering the fire with a metal lid should extinguish the fire’s supply of oxygen. Make sure to use a metal lid and not a glass one, because the fire will break the glass. If you want to be safe, pour baking soda on the fire.
Baking soda will usually extinguish small grease fires, so keep in mind that if it’s a large fire, you may need a good amount of baking soda. If the fire is still raging, and it’s taking over your kitchen, use a fire extinguisher. Make sure that you’re using a Class B Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher. Using an extinguisher that is designed for another purpose could be detrimental. Keep in mind that the fire extinguisher should be your last resort. The liquids inside the extinguisher will contaminate your kitchen, and require professional help to clean out. Fire damage in DC has been a major problem over the years. When people use their extinguishers in their kitchens, the remaining material is a hazard to inhale. It is important to remember to not pour water on the grease fire. Water will not put the fire out. Water will only splash grease everywhere, which will only make the fire spread. It may seem natural and obvious to use water on the fire, but don’t make that mistake. You will only regret it later. The goal with the grease fire is to try to minimize the damage if you can. If you have fire damage in DC, call Belfor. Belfor is a property restoration company that you will help you get your kitchen and your home back in order. Photo credit: Thirteen of clubs, TPapi