You might think that kitchen fires aren’t common, but the truth is that they happen far too often. Which is why it’s important to know what you should do if one breaks out in your house. Here are some tips and tricks from the pros:
Remind yourself to stay calm
If a kitchen fire breaks out, remind yourself that you are calm and in control. Don’t panic, but don’t run away either; stay where you can reach the fire extinguisher. If at all possible, call 911 before doing anything else. While waiting for emergency services to arrive, use your best judgment about whether or not it’s safe to try putting out the fire yourself. If it doesn’t seem like it would be reasonable for you to do so safely (for example if there are flames or smoke coming from under your cabinets), then don’t attempt it!
Don’t use water
Don’t use water. Water is not effective on grease fires and can make the fire spread. It can cause burns, it can damage your kitchen, it can damage your house, and it could even damage your building.
Remove the pan, and if you can’t, slide a lid over it.
If your fire is contained in a pan or pot, remove it from the heat source immediately. If you can’t lift the pan because it’s too heavy, use a fire extinguisher to put out the fire (and then call for help). If your pan is on a hot stovetop and you can’t slide a lid over it, use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.
Turn off the burners, and leave the pan where it is.
Turn off the burners, and leave the pan where it is. You don’t need to worry about moving or removing the pan just yet. The most important thing you can do right now is stay safe while your fire foam goes to work.
Get yourself and anyone in the house out of the house
Once you’re out of the house, call 911. If you have a fire extinguisher, use it to put out or control the fire until help arrives. Make sure everyone is out of the house before calling 911—and stay on the phone with your local emergency service operator until they tell you to hang up or leave the line free for incoming calls.
Call 911, stay on the phone until told to hang up.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911 immediately. Do not hesitate and do not second-guess yourself. 911 is the emergency number in the US and should be used if you need help or suspect someone else needs help. You don’t have to explain why you’re calling, but please stay on the phone until told otherwise by a dispatcher or other emergency personnel (as this will help them locate you).
If you suspect someone else is in immediate danger because of fire, call 911 immediately and stay on the phone with a dispatcher until they tell you otherwise or until they send an officer to assess your situation. If no one comes within 30 minutes of your call, contact another agency; at that point, it’s likely that someone from your local fire department has been dispatched—and if not, it’s time for them to be!
Use your kitchen fire extinguisher to put out or control the fire.
Once you have the fire contained, you should use your kitchen fire extinguisher to put out or control the fire. Remember: don’t use water to put out a grease fire! Fire extinguishers with ratings of 5BC or higher are best for grease fires because they contain sodium bicarbonate, which absorbs heat and allows the fire to cool down.
You can use foam to put out or control a fire in your kitchen.
Fire foam is a dry powder that can be used to put out or control a fire. It has been used by firefighters for decades and is now available in the home, perfect for use in your kitchen.
Fire foam works by smothering the flames of an open flame fire without damaging the surrounding materials and objects. This makes it a good alternative to using water, which can cause damage if not applied correctly or quickly enough in certain situations.
Foam also comes in handy when fighting fires aboard boats or cars; these vehicles tend to be filled with flammable liquids like gas and oil, so it’s important that you have access to an effective means of extinguishing these types of blazes before they get out of hand!
We hope that this article has helped you to understand how to use fire foam in your kitchen. For more information on what to do in case of a fire, please watch our video below.