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What You Should Know About Grease Fires

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

A grease fire is a common type of fire to occur in Suwanee, GA, and the fire cleanup process can seem daunting. However, being well-informed about this type of fire can help you prevent a fire in your home.

How Does This Type of Fire Start?

Although grease and oil can be safely used to cook, it’s often important to understand what causes these fires. The following can increase the likelihood of a fire starting:

  • Leaving the area where you’re cooking with oil or grease
  • Using an inappropriately high temperature to heat grease or oil

How Should You Extinguish the Fire?

When a fire occurs, you may only have seconds to react. Several methods of extinguishing this type of fire include

  • Putting the lid over pan if possible
  • Using baking soda to extinguish smaller fires
  • A fire extinguisher made to put out flammable liquids (often called B fire extinguishers)

What Should You Avoid?

Just as it’s often important to know how to put out a fire, it can also be important to know what not to do if a grease fire occurs. The following will not help you to eliminate a fire caused by grease, and can actually make the fire worse:

  • Water
  • Baking powder
  • Flour

Can You Prevent This Type of Fire?

There are several steps you can take to lessen the chance of grease causing a fire, including:

  • Staying in the kitchen and monitoring food while cooking
  • Knowing the appropriate way to cook with the oil or grease you’re using
  • Turning off the stove and removing the pan from the heat if oil begins to smoke

With a thorough understanding of what could cause a grease fire, how to extinguish it, what to avoid and potential preventative methods, you can feel better prepared to handle this type of fire. If your home has already been damaged by a fire, it can help to contact fire damage restoration experts who can help you with the fire cleanup process.

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