Thanksgiving is almost here, and this holiday might have positive associations among Americans, but this is also when the highest incidence of kitchen fires occurs. For this reason, we’d like to review how to behave when it comes to safely handling a grease fire. This is essential because the nature of grease fires cuts against some prevalent notions about how to put out fires.
Avoid Using Water
When safely handling a grease fire, do not try to put it out with water. Pouring water on flames is one of many individuals’ first instincts during a property fire. However, this will worsen things with grease fires.
Have you ever seen a demonstration of the separation between water and oil? If you attempt to saturate a grease fire with water, the same principle applies. Most importantly, the water will explode as it hits the flaming oil and sends oil droplets throughout your kitchen.
Shut Off the Heat
Before you do anything, observe the spread of the fire. If the fire spreads beyond your stovetop, you must call 911 immediately to report a residential or commercial fire. Otherwise, you should safely turn off the heat if the fire is contained. With that said, be careful not to move the flaming pan or pot. If you do, the airflow will likely trigger the fire to grow intensely and burn.
Salt or Baking Soda Helps
Furthermore, this is a helpful tip few people know of. Using a non-flammable substance like baking soda or salt is best when safely handling a grease fire. Remember, avoid using baking powder. Fortunately, this is practical as long as the flames are small and manageable. If this step doesn’t work, please proceed.
If Possible, Use a Fire Extinguisher
Your residential or commercial property should have a class K fire extinguisher. These may be a bit more costly than the cheapest on the market, but you’ll be glad to have one if you experience a grease fire. Also, it can save lives, and it’s worth the investment. If you don’t know how to utilize a fire extinguisher, learn more in our guide. Ultimately, the ideal thing to do would be to evacuate and call 911 if you lack or have a non-functional fire extinguisher. Always wait to handle the fire damage until everyone is safe.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480