Would you know what to do if one of your pans caught fire while you were cooking? Do you have the proper tools on hand to put out a kitchen fire? Do you know what to do if a kitchen fire started? Here are some tips to help you.
First, prepare your kitchen:
Every kitchen should have a fire extinguisher of some sort in it. There are many kinds on the market today:
• The normal red kind we have all seen
• A white variety that will look a little obvious and will fit most kitchen decors
• A type of fire extinguisher that comes in actual spray cans which makes it easier for people to use
What should you not do if a grease fire begins in your kitchen?
• Ever throw water onto the fire. Water will cause the fire to double in size.
• Never drape a wet cloth over the fire.
• Never use an extinguisher that is filled with water based chemical. Do use an extinguisher that is filled with a dry based chemical.
• Do not move the pot or pan that is burning
• Never try to carry a burning pan or pot out of the house
What should you do?
• Put a lid on the pot or pan, if the fire is a small one.
• Shut off the stove
If the fire is in your oven, you should?
• Make sure to kept the oven door closed, to contain the fire
• Make sure the oven is shut off
Always call 9-1-1 to report the fire, after you are safely out of the house. Never take the time to call while you are inside, trying to fight the fire.
If you remember these basic kitchen fire safety tips, you will be better prepared if a fire was to ever strike while you are cooking.
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