Dealing with kitchen oil fires

2015-05-28 06:00

THERE are many homeowners who have experienced the fear of putting out an oil fire, but if you haven’t yet, here are tips to ensure you can handle the situation:

In any emergency situation, first and foremost it is important not to panic. If you panic you lose control of the situation and might not be able to take the action required to deal with an oil fire safely.

Every home should have a small fire extinguisher that is mounted where it is easily accessible for small fires, but the sad fact is that most don’t.

So what do you do when you don’t have a fire extinguisher?

If the fire is still contained to one pot or pan and has not spread to other areas of the kitchen you can take action to put out the fire. If the fire has spread to other areas it is far safer for your family to leave the house and dial your local emergency services.

Immediately turn off the heat. Rather than trying to find the right knob, switch off the stove at the isolator switch, which should be located close to the stove or hob.

If you do have a fire extinguisher handy, remember to aim at the base of the flames.

Do not attempt to move the pan or pot as you may accidentally splash yourself with hot oil.

Do not try to put out the fire with water. Hot oil and water do not mix and water will cause the oil to spatter.

Do not use a cloth to try and douse the flames as this may spread the fire to other areas. -Supplied

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