How to Put Out a Grease Fire in the Kitchen

Last night I was cooking roasted chicken. When I went to pull the chicken out of the oven, the pan was too full of chicken drippings and spilled in the back of my oven. Immediately, huge flames took over the inside of the oven. If this has ever happened to you, then you know how scary it can be to see fire in your oven or on a burner. If you have fire alarms that are set off, then it makes for even more frustrations. Here are three things you can do to put out the flames without loosing your mind.  

1. DON’T PANIC

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This is a very important thing to remember and much easier said than done. When you panic, generally you don’t make good decision. Take a second and find your center before you evaluate the situation. For me, this is pretty easily done, as I am not one to panic in general. For some, I know it takes a lot more concentration to slow down and not panic. It is a life skill though that can be very important.  

2. CUT OFF THE HEAT SOURCE

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Immediately cut off the stove or burner. You want to make sure that you are not fueling the fire. This may be enough to put the fire out on its own. If your fire is in the oven, shut the door and it will normally put itself out due to lack of oxygen. It is funny how in a situation like this you can forget to do the most simplest of things. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left on the burner or oven while it was burning.  

3. BAKING SODA TO THE RESCUE

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For all the great things baking soda is good for, it quickly and effectively puts out grease fires. Most often, fires in the stove or on a burner is created by grease splatter. Water will not put out a grease fire, but can act as an accelerant. The best thing to use is baking soda as it will effectively put out the fire.   Hopefully these few tips will save you next time you have a fire while cooking. If you cook often, you are likely to experience a time or two where a fire happens on your burners or in the stove. Even the best of us deal with this every now and then, no matter how careful we try to be.

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