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How to Prevent a Grease Fire

Statistics reveal that nearly 5,000,000 cooking fires occur annually in the home. Of these fires, grease fires are the most dangerous and are responsible for 1 in every 5 home fire deaths. Learning how to prevent and put out grease fires could save your or a loved one’s life.

Tips for Preventing Grease Fires

  1. Never leave the kitchen stove unattended. When frying, boiling, reheating or doing any other kind of cooking, do not leave the kitchen until you are done. Grease fires can happen in less than 30 seconds so do not leave your food unattended to.

  2. Do not cook when drinking or sleep-deprived.

  3. Don’t throw in food carelessly when the oil is hot.  It will splatter and can lead to burns.

  4. Drain all moisture from the food before dipping it into the hot oil. Also, avoid putting frozen foods into hot grease.

  5. Do not over-heat the grease beyond the maximum recommended temperature. If you notice any smoke or oil smells, it simply means that the oil is too hot and therefore you should turn the burner down. You can even use a clip on thermometer to monitor the temperature of the oil.

  6. Keep children distant from the stove when it is lit.

​​The Do’s and Dont's In Case of a Grease Fire

​Fire spreads very fast. And all it takes is just one wrong move, and you could have the whole of your house burnt down to ashes. So to avoid that, you should be aware and keep off the things that can cause the inferno to escalate.

  1. Do Not Use Water On a Grease Fire

    No matter what you do, never think of stopping the flames with water. Why? Water contains oxygen and a lot of it. So when you pour water on the fire, instead of cooling down, you’ll have powered it even more.

  2. Never Attempt to Move The Burning Pot/Pan Outside

    Many people make this common mistake because it seems logical at the time. However, the burning oil could spill, and it can burn you and other flammable objects it comes into contact with.

  3. Never Swat At The Fire With A Fabric Like A Towel or An Apron

    What happens if you do, you’ll be fanning the flame, and it will spread even more. And the material could also catch fire.

  4. Three out of five non-fatal fire injuries are caused when the victims tried to extinguish the fire themselves.