Fire prevention methods and techniques

Fire extinguishers: effective tools to put out fire

Fire extinguishers have different types for every particular use. One of these types is a kitchen fire extinguisher, which is used specifically for a kitchen fire. 

As more and more fire incidents happen every day due to poor mishandling of combustible materials, there is an ever increasing need to equip each house, office premises and buildings with fire extinguishers. In our homes, one of the most common places where fire occurs is our kitchen. They put our family and properties in great danger whenever they occur.

With this realization in mind, we need a fire extinguisher in our kitchen, one that is dependable and within our reach in case any kitchen fire occurs. However, we should choose the better kind of extinguishers, as not all extinguishers are safe to use. Some extinguishers use different mixtures of chemicals that may contaminate our food storage, shelves and containers. Others leave fire-dampening substances which are difficult to clean up. Some good choices are those that are packed with sodium bicarbonate, otherwise called as baking soda. However, if you need to feel a higher degree of relative safety, you may opt for more expensive multi-purpose, dry chemical extinguishers which are rated for Class A, B, C fires.

If a kitchen fire occurs, one thing to keep in mind is not to panic. Panicking may lead you to make wrong decisions that might make the fire grow out of control. Calmly, locate the position where the kitchen fire extinguisher is placed. It is easy to use a fire extinguisher. Once held, aim the nozzle of the extinguisher at the base of the fire and, while squeezing the handle, sweep it from side to side.

One thing to be reminded of is that you should cautiously use water when a pan grease fire happens. The fire might spread to other parts of the kitchen when the grease splatters. Or the best thing to do is to carefully cover the fan with a lid to cut off the oxygen supply to the fire. Never overload electrical sockets in the kitchen, and always keep your stove, oven and kitchen hood clean. Never place combustible materials near the stove's flame or oven.

In general, it is always wise to have a kitchen fire extinguisher for putting out a kitchen fire. Put out the fire whenever it is just small. However, when it is grows out of control, it is wiser to evacuate your house, together with your family. Yours and your family's safety should be your primary consideration in cases like this. Once all of you are out, immediately call your fire department to report the fire.