The Safest Ways to Put Out a Kitchen Fire
For starters, never use water to extinguish a grease fire.
Kitchen nightmares and disasters can occur at any time if you are not careful, but would you know what to do when faced with the unthinkable?
In a video recently shared online, a man is seen trying to make apple flambé for his wife, but as he pours brandy in a hot pan, the stove suddenly erupts in flames.
Nutley, N.J., Fire Capt. David Hamilton says you should never transfer flaming alcohol from one pan to another
“When you go to pour that, the flame is still gonna want to come up, so as he's pouring, the flame is still coming out of the pan and going up, even though the liquid is pouring down," he told Inside Edition.
YouTube is loaded with frightening videos of cooking catastrophes.
Cooking with oil can lead to grease fires, which are particularly dangerous.
In one video, a sudden burst of flames was the result of water being thrown on a grease fire.
After watching the video, Capt. Hamilton said the worst thing one can do is throw water on a grease fire. The water makes the fire larger and just floats on top of the grease.
He said the easiest thing to do is simply put the lid on top of the pan.
In the case of a small fire, you can douse the flames with baking soda, but the safest and most effective way to put out a grease fire is the use of a fire extinguisher.
Capt. Hamilton says when using a fire extinguisher, the word to remember is "PASS" — Pull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the trigger and Sweep the area with the extinguisher.
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