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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Grease Fire- Now what?

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

How Dangerous?

The answer is extremely… if you don’t know how to handle the situation. Over 160,000 house fires occur from cooking each year and this is largely due to grease being ignited. Grease fires cannot be put out with water and the addition of water will only cause a dangerous spread of the flames, a common mistake that leads to more damage. The misinformation or lack of precautions is what generally leads to grease fires. They are definitely something to take seriously and be prepared for. 

What to do-

  1. First turn off the heat source to prevent further ignition
  2. Attempt to smother the flame with a lid or baking sheet- do not touch until cool to touch 
    1. Baking soda will work on small fires
  3. Use a Class B fire extinguisher to extinguish the flames as a last resort
  4. Know when to leave the area and call help if the fire cannot be extinguished 
    1. Remove your family and pets and close the door 
    2. Call 911

What not to do-

  1. Try to extinguish with water, this will only cause the fire to spread
  2. Move the pan outdoors or away from the area, this can lead to additional spreading
  3. Use flour or baking powder to smother the flame, this can make the fire much worse
  4. Use a rag to smother the flames, this can add fuel to the fire 

What next-

Once the fire has been extinguished, grease fires can leave a mess and damages behind to be cleaned up. However do not fear, SERVPRO of Freeport is ready to assist you 24/7 in the clean up with our experts. We will remove the odors and visible damage and have your home looking "Like it never even happened."

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