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Putting out a grease fire

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

A kitchen grease fire is pretty much the worst-case scenario in a kitchen environment, it’s caused when cooking oil, animal or vegetable, becomes to hot and catches fire. It only takes minutes for oil to catch fire, so never leave it unattended. A grease fire isn't like a regular fire and trying to put it out the same way can make it worse. In short, if a grease fire suddenly erupts, turn off your stove right away and put a tight-fitting lid or cookie sheet over the fire, only use a fire extinguisher as a last resort, and NEVER throw water on a grease fire. Be sure to read the following steps for more details of putting out and preventing grease fires. And remember, if the fire gets out of hand, get you and your family out of the house as fast as possible and call 911. No kitchen is worth your life.

Putting out a grease fire

Evaluate – If the fire is small and contained, it is safe to try and extinguish by yourself, but if it’s spreading, put yourself and your family first and get everyone out, then dial 911.

Turn off the heat - This is the first priority, turning off the heat source will make the following recommendation more likely to succeed, an may even put the fire out.

Cover the flames with a metal lid – Fire needs oxygen to thrive, so cutting off the air supply with a metal lid will smother the flame, a cookie sheet will also work for this. Place either on top of the fire, and leave for at least 10 minutes, but preferably until the pot is not to hot to touch. Do not use glass lids as this may shatter when they are to hot, which can be dangerous and create an even bigger mess.

Dump baking soda or salt on small flames – Both baking soda and salt will work well on small grease fires, though are less effective on larger fires because people often don’t have enough on hand. It takes a lot to get the job done so make sure you grab the whole box and dump it generously on the flames. Make sure not to use baking powder, flour, or any other kitchen ingredients as it could make the situation worse.

Chemical fire extinguisher – The use of a chemical fire extinguisher should be the last resort. Only class B or K fire extinguishers can put out grease fires, so ensure that is the one kept in your kitchen. Extinguishers will contaminate your kitchen and make for a huge mess, but if it’s a choice between a tough cleanup job and your house burning down, go for it! 

Make sure to avoid the following:

  • Putting water on a grease fire – This can cause the fire to spread
  • Swatting at the fire with a towel or oven mitt -This will fan the flames, which could cause the fire to spread, it could also catch the fabric on fire.
  • Do not move the pot - The risk of the oil spilling out onto yourself or the rest of your home is to great.

Grease Fire Prevention Tips

  • Never leave a stove unattended when cooking with oil
  • Heat oil in a heavy pot with a metal lid
  • Keep baking soda, salt and a cookie sheet nearby
  • Clip a thermometer on the side of the pan to monitor oil temperature, find out the smoking point of the oil you are using and turn off the heat if it gets to close
  • Watch for smoke and beware of acid smells, these are warning signs before a fire

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