5 Easy Ways to Prevent a Grease Fire
Grease fires can get out of hand in seconds and stopping them requires quick thinking. Spraying water is the last thing you should do.
- Have a class ABC fire extinguisher in your kitchen. It is recommended to have at least three fire extinguishers in your home, in the kitchen, garage and main living area.
- The most common reason for a grease fire is leaving a hot pan unattended. Keep your eye on it.
- If grease is smoking, it is too hot. The flash point of a grease fire is 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease will smoke furiously before it ignites, so if you notice smoke turn the heat down immediately.
- Keep cookbooks, towels, paper towels and anything combustible away from the stove. A grease fire can quickly turn into a bigger fire if it catches onto other combustibles.
- If your pan does catch fire, the best thing to do is to smoother it. Use an oven mitt and place the lid on top of the pan. Never throw water on the fire or try to run it to the sink or outside.