Kitchen grease fires are one of the worst kinds a per­son can fight to put out, espe­cial­ly if they don’t know the best way to approach the sit­u­a­tion. The one thing you nev­er want to do is douse the fire with water. Since this is nor­mal­ly the ide­al solu­tion, it is most people’s first response.

Get Your Grease Fire Under Control

Grease fires are the excep­tion to the rule; you will only make mat­ters worse and could wind up caus­ing con­sid­er­ably more dam­age to your prop­er­ty and harm to your­self and oth­ers.

As such, you should always take extra pre­cau­tions when cook­ing with ani­mal fats and veg­etable oil. Grease is infa­mous for its splat­ter pat­tern. Throw­ing a flam­ing pan in the kitchen sink is thus one of the worst things you can do. Thank­ful­ly, get­ting a dan­ger­ous grease fire under con­trol is not as tough as it may seem; all it takes is a few spe­cial steps to get it right. The first and most obvi­ous thing you want to do is remove the heat source; turn off your burn­ers as soon as pos­si­ble, then suf­fo­cate the fire by cut­ting off its oxy­gen sup­ply.

This can be accom­plished in mul­ti­ple ways; do it as safe­ly and quick­ly as pos­si­ble. You can put the fire out with either anoth­er pan, pot, a spe­cial­ly designed fire retar­dant blan­ket or bak­ing soda. The lat­ter works to smoth­er and neu­tral­ize the flame; you will like­ly need to pour the entire con­tain­er on top of the fire to put it out com­plete­ly, but this is nec­es­sary to pre­vent it from spread­ing through­out the kitchen.

Salt is anoth­er every­day home mate­r­i­al that is excel­lent at heat absorp­tion. Kitchen grease fires move far faster than most peo­ple real­ize; you can wor­ry about clean­ing up the mess lat­er. At this point, iso­lat­ing the flames before they become uncon­trol­lable is vital. Of course, you can nev­er go wrong with a prop­er fire extin­guish­er for kitchen fires.

Fire pre­ven­tion and con­trol are nec­es­sary for home own­er­ship and fam­i­ly safe­ty. Prop­er extin­guish­ing meth­ods will pro­tect your belong­ings and, more impor­tant­ly, the peo­ple liv­ing in your house.

Bet­ter yet, con­tact your local fire depart­ment. There is nev­er any time to waste in these sit­u­a­tions. Espe­cial­ly when your family’s safe­ty and liveli­hood are on the line.

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Mike Wedmann
Mike Wedmann is an experienced Security Industry Professional with over 25 years experience as a Security Integrator and Project Manager. Mike has been with Protection Plus Inc. for over 20 years. Mike has lived in the greater Toronto area for over 25 years with his wife, 2 kids and a dog named Bart. He has an educational background in Communications and writing. Mike is a published author that writes about his experiences on various topics, including his experience as a parent. Primarily Mike writes about Security Industry products and Security Solutions that benefit consumers.