Kitchen fires are one of the most common types of fires that can quickly destroy homes. You should always be prepared to put out a fire when working in the kitchen, but you should also be taking precautionary measures to prevent them. The best ways to prevent a kitchen fire from happening are as follows;
- Stay in the kitchen at all times when you are working with something that may catch fire easily such as grease.
- Watch any open flames constantly in case they spread out of the pan.
- Be sure to place oven mitts, plastic utensils and towels away from the stovetop, they can catch fire extremely easy.
- Keep a fire extinguisher close by and easy to access in the kitchen.
- Know how to put out different types of fire.
There is more than one type of fire. In the kitchen the most common fires are regular, grease and electrical. Although most fires can be put out with a fire extinguisher, some fires such as grease fires need specific care to be put out.
- Regular fires can be extinguished with water or a fire extinguisher, this includes things like fabrics starting on fire, food starting on fire, etc.
- Grease Fires should NEVER be put out with water.
- If you see a grease fire has started do NOT move the pan, or use water, ever!
- First of all have someone call 911 just in case, as grease fires can spread fast and get out of control.
- If it’s a small fire and you can cover the pan, do so, but be careful to not use a glass lid as the flame can break the glass. Covering it should put it out, if not, use a class B fire extinguisher or baking soda to extinguish it. Never use any other baking product.
- When using grease, always stay in the kitchen and be prepared.
- Electrical Fires should also obviously not be put out with water. If an electrical item has caught fire unplug it if possible and use a fire extinguisher or heavy cloth to pat it down. Typically there will be a smell before an electric device catches fire. Be sure to be aware of smells in your kitchen, if something is burning, find it before it catches fire.