Monday, November 23, 2009

Preparedness Tip of the Week - When deep frying your thanksgiving turkey, know how to put out a grease fire.

With turkey day upon us, I thought it would be a good idea to include a preparedness tip on how to put out a grease fire. You never know when it could happen, but if it happens to you, you will want to be prepared.

Grease fires are dangerous because the liquid grease can be splashed and spread easily and quickly throughout the kitchen or your backyard.

To prevent a grease fire, stay near the pot while it is cooking. If you keep an eye on it, it is less likely to get out of control without you noticing.

How To Put Out a Grease Fire


2. Try to smother the fire with a pan lid. Fires need oxygen to thrive and spread, so stop the oxygen supply and you stop the fire. Beware of glass lids, they could break in extreme heat.

3. Call 9-1-1. Do this immediately, even if you think you can get the fire under control. It is better to have the fire truck on its way in case the fire spreads.

4. You can also smother the fire with baking soda. It takes a lot, but is worth a shot if it is closer than a pan lid.

5. Always, always, always have a fire extinguisher available. A dry chemical fire extinguisher will contaminate your kitchen and food, but can be very effective. If possible, purchase a Class K fire extinguisher. They are usally found in commercial kitchens, but will put out grease and other kitchen fires.

6. If the fire spreads, start evacuating. Treat burns when you are safely outside and firemen are on their way.

To see how quickly the fire can spread, watch this terrifying and realistic video.

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