Fires originate in the kitchen more often than any other room of the house, and a large number of injuries are caused by improper reaction to kitchen fires.
The most frequent causes for kitchen fires are:
- Grease ignited within unattended pans.
- Combustibles too close to cooking facilities.
- Excess grease on and around cooking facilities.
- Faulty kitchen appliances, such as toasters, can openers, etc.,
Extinguishing Grease Fires Within A Pan
- In the event of a grease fire within a pan, first turn off the heat source. Do not run with the pan of burning grease or throw water or flour on the fire.
- Use another pan to cover the pan of grease that is burning.
- Baking soda may be used to cover the burning grease. The baking soda should not be stored over or adjacent to the stove.
- Use a proper, readily available fire extinguisher to fight the fire with a dry chemical or CO2.
Extinguishing Grease Fires Outside a Pan
- Should a grease fire occur outside of a pan, first turn off the heat source.
- Avoid throwing water or flour onto the fire, instead use baking soda or a proper fire extinguisher.
Extinguishing Oven Fires
- First, turn off the heat source.
- Close the oven door and leave it closed. If the fire does not go out, use baking soda or a proper fire extinguisher.
Extinguishing Combustibles Ignited By Cooking Facilities
- Use a readily available, proper fire extinguisher.
- Do not try to remove the burning material until the fire has been extinguished.
- Even if you are able to extinguish a kitchen fire on your own, call the Fire Department as they can assist with clean up and smoke removal.