How to Efficiently Extinguish a Grease Fire
A grease fire can erupt suddenly and spread quickly. To help minimize damage, it’s important to quickly extinguish any kitchen blaze. However, certain actions may be highly ineffective and can jeopardize your safety. For this reason, it’s crucial to understand the appropriate techniques to smolder a grease-fueled inferno.
What Not To Do
There are several procedures that every homeowner in Piatt/Dewitt counties should avoid doing in the event of a kitchen fire involving grease:
- Fanning the flames with a dishcloth
- Pouring water over the inferno
- Transporting the burning pot outside
Each of these measures is counterproductive and may cause flames to spread
Smolder the Flames
Once the stove is off, you should cover the flaming pot with a metal lid or baking sheet. Avoid using glass or ceramic items because the intense heat may cause these materials to shatter.
As an alternative, you can also douse flames with baking soda. However, this technique is only effective against small fires and should not be attempted on larger infernos.
Utilize on Appropriate Fire Extinguisher
If the blaze is no longer contained inside the pot, use a Class B, K or multipurpose fire extinguisher to smolder the flames. Because it contains pressurized water, a Class A extinguisher is not suitable for use on flammable liquids. For safety reason, you should check the label before engaging any extinguisher to verify the type of fire it’s designed to battle.
Attempting to battle a large inferno can be extremely dangerous. If flames spread, evacuate the premises and call 911 for assistance.
To quickly extinguish a grease fire, it’s imperative that you remain alert. Keeping a metal lid and fire extinguisher accessible while cooking can help you respond quickly, reducing the risk of a damaging blaze requiring a tedious fire cleanup.
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