Monday, December 20, 2010

Types Of Fires Which Can Arise From Kitchen

Time is money in today’s world. And because of this it is a common to see people rushing from one place to another. In this rush, jobs are usually left incomplete, especially things are forgotten on a burning stove. Only when smoke begins to arise or a fire starts, attention is grabbed. If there is someone present in the house at the very moment, he will react instantaneously. But suppose if no one is at home and the pan is still burning on the stove, it is only when you return home will you find out about the incidence. If you are lucky, the neighbors will notice the smoke or the fire coming out of the house and will report to the fire department. 

There are different kind of fires which can start in the kitchen and each one needs a different approach to handle it. Out of all, the most common type of fire which can start in kitchen is dry cooking fire. This type of fire starts from the residue of the liquid that boils out of pan.  Food residue that dry out on the stove top catches fire and begins to smoke. Dry cooking fire isn’t dangerous but the heat produced by it can damage the area around it and the smoke can leave a bad odor and a tough residue. Cleaning the stove top regularly is a good habit to prevent this kind of fire.

When greasy or oily foods are ignited then grease fire occurs. This type of fire is very dangerous. The flames of grease fire can rise and reach out to the cabinets or the surrounding combustible items. And if this fire isn’t taken care of within a given time period, it can grow into a big house fire. It will not only burn the entire kitchen, but the neighboring  rooms as well as the attic of the house. Grease fire can be big threat to the life of the people present in the house at the time of fire. If the fire is small, different techniques can be used to put out the fire. First is to cut the supply of oxygen by covering the fire with a lid. Pouring huge amount of baking soda is another good idea. Baking soda also acts a good fire extinguisher. When the fire stops, it is very important to turn off the stove, in order to avoid any further damage. But if the fire is too high, it is better to seek for help. Because if you try to handle the fire yourself, you can face the risk of getting burned. Another important point to remember is never to use water to put out grease fire. This will cause the grease to splatter, increase the fire size. This also increases the risk of getting burned. 

Fires arising from the oven are called as oven fires. Many a times this kind of fire isn’t very serious. Oven fires starts in oven, which is constructed in such a way to deal with high heat. Since the supply of air is insufficient in the oven, the oven fire gets easily extinguished because of lack of sufficient oxygen. 

These are the different types of fires which can start in the kitchen. The first step to be taken in case of any fire is to evacuate the place as soon as possible. Everyone should be asked to leave the place and children especially should be escorted out of that place. The next important step is to call the fire department and report about the fire. If the fire is small, a fire extinguisher can be used to put out the fire. Therefore, it is necessary to keep a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket in the kitchen. But if the fire is spreading rapidly and is getting out of control, it is better to get out and wait for help. 

A stitch in time saves nine. So it is always better to clean the stove top regularly and to cook greasy and oily food on a low flame. Always keep distance from the burner and avoid wearing loose and synthetic clothes. 

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