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- Cambridge Fire Department Offers Safety Tips Related to Kitchen Grease Fires in Response to Recent Incidents
Cambridge Fire Department Offers Safety Tips Related to Kitchen Grease Fires in Response to Recent Incidents
Last week, there were at least 2 kitchen fires started by burning pans of grease on the stove. In both cases, water was thrown into the burning pans, which actually intensified and spread the fires.
A much better & safer option would be to put a cover on it & turn off the heat source.
Thankfully in these 2 incidents, sprinklers contained the fires until fire companies quickly arrived to complete extinguishment, overhaul the area, check for further extension, and ventilate. In one of these fires, a resident received minor burns from the fire.
Below are some important tips from the National Fire Protection Association about grease fires on the stove:
- Always keep a lid nearby when you are cooking.
- If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by sliding the lid over the pan.
- Turn off the burner. Do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, leave the lid over the pan until the pan has cooled.
- Never pour water on a cooking pan grease fire.
- Only trained adults should use a fire extinguisher on a grease fire.
- Only Class K fire extinguishers are rated for the purpose of putting out grease and animal fat fires.
If you do have an out-of-control fire on the stove or oven, call 911 immediately from a safe area.
For more information, go to the MA Department of Fire Services link on Cooking Safety and Burn Prevention