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The holidays can be hectic at work and at home. With everything that’s happening in our lives, it's very easy to place that pan on the stove and get sidetracked. You forget about it until the fire starts and the smoke alarm goes off. If you're still home, you need to react quickly. It’s always a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher available in or near your kitchen.
If You Fry a Turkey
Dry Cooking Fires
The most common type of cooking fire is the dry cooking fire. The water or moisture boils out of the pan and the food left in the pan scorches, producing smoke. The heat may sometimes damage the surrounding area. The smoke may leave a residue and an odor. The pan is hot so use a well insulated glove or hot pad to move it outdoors to a non-combustible surface like concrete sidewalk, never to a wooden deck or porch.
Grease fires can occur when oil or grease type foods are heated and ignite. A grease fire can do significant damage. Open flames can extend to surrounding cabinets or other combustible items. If unnoticed, a grease fire can extend to a major house fire, engulfing the entire kitchen, adjacent rooms or even the attic. This becomes a dangerous life-threatening fire.
You might be able to extinguish a grease fire on the stove in several different ways. The simplest way is to place a lid on the pan and the fire should suffocate. A large amount of baking soda can also be used to extinguish a grease fire. But if the flames are too high, don't risk getting burned. Once you have the fire extinguished, don't forget to turn off the burner.
During an oven fire, the fire is usually contained right in the oven which is designed for high heat anyway. The oven fire usually suffocates or is easily extinguished.
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November 23, 2009