Fire outbreak can almost inevitably occur anytime and anywhere in your household, particularly your kitchen. But that doesn’t mean you should just shut the door and rush out of the building. Be prepared for it! That is not to say you should pull some James Bond or Jason Statham stunts. However, there are a few safety measures to be applied in such dangerous circumstances to protect yourselves and entire household from the risk of fire burns or death.
When fire starts in the kitchen or any part of you house, there is always need to act really fast to get the fire from going wild or spreading. But how you act depends on the kind of fire you have and its location. The first step to addressing fire outbreak is to identify the source of fire and kill it off. For example, a fire whose source is from a electrical appliance or wiring can be best fought by immediately putting off the power source to such appliance before trying to salvage the fire. Otherwise, the fire will not abate and the risk of harm could be high.
The following list of instructions could be use to stop fire outbreak in your kitchen:
- If there is fire in the oven or microwave, it is best to first close the kitchen door, and then turn off the oven. The door and windows should remain closed to prevent oxygen from making it inside! The lack of oxygen inside the kitchen will suffocate the fire.
- If your oven or microwave continues to smoke like a fire is still going on in there after switching off the power source, call the fire service department and leave the kitchen area immediately.
- If you have fire in a cooking pan, use an oven mitt to clap on the cover, then take the pan off the burner, and turn off the oven. The lack of oxygen in the area will quench the flames.
- If you can’t safely put the lid on a flaming pan or the lid to the pan is not available, reach for your fire extinguisher and use same immediately. Aim at the base of the fire — not the flames.
- Never use water to put out grease fires! Water repels grease and can spread the fire by splattering the grease.
- Instead, try one of these methods: If the fire is small, cover the pan with a lid and turn off the burner.
- Throw lots of baking soda or salt on it. Never use flour, which can explode or make the fire worse.
- Smother the fire with a wet towel enough to cover the surface area of the fire or use other large wet cloth.
- Deploy a fire extinguisher.
- Don’t batter at a fire with a apron, towel, or other clothing. You’re most likely to increase the flames and spread the fire more.
If the fire is spreading to the extent that you can’t control it any longer, you are advised to get everyone out of the house and call your local emergency number such as 911! Make sure emergency exit is easily accessible without any obstruction and that every member of the household knows how to safely get out of the house in case of fire. Ensure that fire drills are occasionally conducted to get everyone acquainted with the escape route.
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