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Thread: How to put out a (small) grease fire

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    How to put out a (small) grease fire

    If you have grease - in a pan - catch on fire - assuming this is still a "small" fire -

    the best way to put it out is to slide a large cookie sheet across the top. It will suffocate the fire. Or slide the lid from one edge of the pan to cover the pot.

    Start at one edge of the pan and SLIDE it across - if you try to plop it over the middle of the pan - flames will probably shoot out all around the edges instead of getting pushed to one side.

    This was demonstrated at the Flint Hills Resources (refinery) Open House.

    There are several videos on youtube demonstrating this.
    Last edited by bearisgray; 09-02-2015 at 05:33 PM.

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    That's good to know. Now to have a cookie sheet near by to use quickly if needed. We don't ever want to need it, but it doesn't hurt to be ready, just in case.
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    Or you can use baking soda. After an incident my husband has a small container of it sitting by the stove

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    great tip and thanks many for sharing
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    I did ask the fire fighters about baking soda - they said it was "old school" - but they agreed that it was still an effective thing to use.



    The intent is to suffocate the flames and keep the fire from spreading.

    Please watch the videos - search for putting out a kitchen grease fire
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    If you have grease - in a pan - catch on fire - assuming this is still a "small" fire -

    the best way to put it out is to slide a large cookie sheet across the top. It will suffocate the fire. Or slide the lid from one edge of the pan to cover the pot.

    Start at one edge of the pan and SLIDE it across - if you try to plop it over the middle of the pan - flames will probably shoot out all around the edges instead of getting pushed to one side.

    This was demonstrated at the Flint Hills Resources (refinery) Open House.

    There are several videos on youtube demonstrating this.
    A pan fire is one thing, but if it's under the burner, like boiled over chicken broth then you need to pour baking soda on it or use a fire extinguisher. One time I boiled over broth & had flames shooting up. I pulled the pan off, turned the burner off & my husband then grabbed a tea towel & threw it over the burner, thinking it would smother it. I had to yank it off & toss it in the sink, because it was now on fire too. It may have worked had it been wet, but it wasn't & it got burned too. UGHHH!

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