Don't Panic! Control Your Kitchen Fire
When flames break out in your home, a convenient fire extinguisher can mean the difference between extensive fire damage and a cautionary tale you tell your friends and family. One of the most common fires in the home is a kitchen fire. These may take a variety of forms:
- Grease fires
- Fires from uncleaned ovens
- Flames from food in the cooking coils
Although you probably have plenty of water close at hand, it is a mistake to throw water onto your appliances. Additionally, putting water on a grease fire could quickly cause serious burns and injuries to anyone near the flames.
Where To Install Extinguishers
Keeping a fire extinguisher handy in your home is a powerful defense against fire damage and injury. Put one in your kitchen, keep one in the garage, and stash an extinguisher in your shop. You should have one of these life-saving devices anywhere there is risk of combustion. If you're not sure which type of extinguisher to buy, talk to local officials or fire remediation and cleanup professionals.
How To Use the Device
Once you have the extinguishers in your home, make sure you know how to use them with the simple PASS acronym:
- PULL the pin. This is at the top of the canister.
- AIM at the base of the fire. In a kitchen fire, this may be directly at a pan of food or inside the oven.
- SQUEEZE the handle. There may be a lever or button near the handle. If you're not sure where to find this, ask a professional before you have to use the device.
- SWEEP from side to side.
In the heat of the moment, you may struggle to remember how to operate the extinguisher. One way to avoid this is to practice each step. Pretend to pull the pin and then follow through the rest of the steps. If you run through the steps while your fire alarm is beeping, it may help you handle the routine while in a heightened state of stress.
The fire extinguisher is a critical element of fire safety for your home. Make sure you're prepared to keep your West Jordan, UT, home safe with more education and routine practice.