How to Fight a Cooking Fire


Fires when cooking are the number one reason for home fires.  Quick attention could mean the difference between a small contained fire and one that consumes your entire home.  Though we don’t anticipate a fire happening we should always be prepared in case one does arise.

When preparing meals at home, you should always keeping an oven mitt and a lid close-bye when cooking, especially when cooking with oils or grease.  If a small grease fire occurs, with the oven mitt on, carefully sliding the lid over the pan to smother the flame. Depriving the fire of oxygen will extinguish the flame.  Don’t blow on the fire, this could spread the grease or oils onto other surfaces and expand the fire.  Immediately turn off the burner and don’t immediately move the pan. Wait until the pan completely cools before moving it. This will eliminate the potential of the fire re-igniting.

If you are not sure you can treat the fire safely, “when in doubt, just get out.” Leave and close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.  If you DO TRY to fight the fire, be sure others are already getting out and you have a clear path to the exit.

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