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How To Put Out a Grease Fire

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

Pot on flames Never throw water on a grease fire

How to Extinguish a Grease Fire

When cooking with oil on the stove or in a deep fryer, you need to monitor the situation carefully. The oil that gets too hot will begin to smoke. If it isn't watched closely, it can quickly progress into a grease fire. Your instincts may tell you to do something that will make the situation worse, unfortunately. It is important to know what to do ahead of time so that you can put out the fire quickly and safely.

What You Should Never Do

Never throw water on a grease fire. Water will actually make the fire spread faster.
Don't use a fire extinguisher that is water-based.
Never try to dampen the fire with a wet towel.

How To Put Out the Fire

Turn off the source of the heat right away.
If the fire is small and contained, quickly pour a generous amount of baking soda over it. The chemical composition of baking soda works to quench a fire. Since salt has a very high melting point, it can also be used to put out a fire. Never use any other kitchen ingredients, such as baking powder, sugar, or flour. They will make the fire spread.

A Class B fire extinguisher, which is designed specifically for fires caused by grease, can also be used. If you can't put the fire out quickly, call 911 and evacuate immediately.

It is important to train everyone in your home in Garland, TX, on the proper methods of handling a kitchen fire. It's also a smart idea to keep a large container of baking soda on hand. Make sure it's within easy reach when you cook with oil or grease. If fire cleanup is necessary after the fire has been extinguished, you should call a professional to conduct a fire damage assessment.

Keep a level head and follow these grease fire tips to put out that fire quickly and safely.

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