How to Handle a Grease Fire
Did you know that the #1 cause of house fires is cooking. Most of us cook every day, but do you know what to do if something goes wrong? Grease can quickly escalate the severity of a cooking fire, so we should all know the best and worst ways to handle a grease fire.
Best Ways to Extinguish a Grease Fire:
- Turn off the burner!!! Fire will never go out with a heat source still active.
- Always keep a tight fitting lid for all pans/pots readily available because you can quickly put a lid on a small grease fire to smother it and put it out.
- If your grease fire is small another option is pouring baking soda on the fire. A large amount of baking soda is often needed, so keep this in mind.
- A grease fire that is too big for a cover or baking soda will need a fire extinguisher. Always have one in your kitchen for emergencies.
- Call 911 if the fire is unable to be controlled.
Worst Things to Do for a Grease Fire:
- Do not use water! It will cause your oil to explode!
- Do not try to move the pan. You could easily burn yourself or catch something else on fire.
- Do not use a similar product to baking soda, only baking soda. Flour and other baking items do not work the same as baking soda.
Prevention is the best way to avoid a dangerous fire, but if there is an emergency it is essential to be prepared. It is also important to have home/renters insurance to protect you in a time of loss, call us for more information. www.mancuso-nowak.com