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According to government statistics, the fire service was called out to 557,299 fires in English homes between April 2019 and March 2020, almost half of which were caused by cooking appliances. This means that there was roughly one kitchen fire per 20 households – and those were just the ones that were serious enough to need help. Would you know what to do if faced with one yourself? Are you confident that you could take the right actions to keep your family safe?

Different types of fire require different approaches and different types of fire extinguishers. Kitchen fire safety begins with educating yourself and making sure you have the right equipment, because you really don’t want to be caught without it in an emergency.

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How To Deal With Kitchen Fires


Oven fires are common but, thankfully, easy to deal with in most cases. Simply close the oven door and turn the oven off. If the fire doesn’t go out, call the fire service. Don’t assume that the fire is out and leave the room. As stated by the Hampshire fire and rescue service, a total of 89% of kitchen fires actually happen when nobody is the room to take control of a developing danger. Food that has been burning can sometimes catch light again after the initial fire has been put out.

Make sure you know where the master controls are for gas and electricity in your home. If you can’t get close enough to turn the oven off directly, use these.

Tackling cooking oil fires

Cooking oil fires and fat pan fires are very dangerous. If you throw water at them, they can get worse, as well as spitting and injuring you. Wet chemical fire extinguishers should be used to put them out. You should cut off the source of heat and use a Fire Blanket to smother the pan. This will prevent it from igniting again.

Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers are ideal for this job. You can identify this type of extinguisher by the yellow band near the top. Never use a water-based or dry powder extinguisher on this type of fire.

Electrical fires in the kitchen

Water is dangerous around electrical fires because it conducts electricity. This can cause a fire to spread. If one of the electrical appliances in your kitchen catches fire, use a Dry Powder Extinguisher (the type with the blue band) to put it out. Our Economy Powder Fire Extinguishers are great value and ideal for kitchen use.

To reduce the risk of this type of fire starting, keep your appliances in good condition and get them serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s advice. If you use multi-plug extension sockets, choose ones with built-in circuit breakers and never chain them together.

Other types of kitchen fire

For other types of kitchen fire, including fires on the hob that don’t involve oil or grease, a Foam Fire Extinguisher is a good choice. It can be identified by a cream-coloured band. If you want to find the best fire extinguisher for kitchen use, this is a good all-rounder but, if you don’t have a cooking oil fire extinguisher as well, you should limit what you cook because it’s just not worth putting your family at risk.

A small kitchen fire extinguisher such as our Compact Foam Fire Extinguisher won’t cost you much and it could make the difference between life and death. Make sure you’re properly equipped; the alternative doesn’t bear thinking about. See our full range of Fire Extinguisher Accessories and Equipment for all of your extinguisher display and storage needs.

FAQs


How do most kitchen fires start?

The vast majority of kitchen fires start because people are not paying enough attention when cooking. Installing a Heat Alarm can give you a life-saving warning if something catches fire when you have your back turned, or if you’re in another room. When you have the right kind of fire extinguisher on hand, quick action can avert a catastrophe.

How can I reduce the risk of kitchen fires?

There are lots of flammable things in the average kitchen, so it’s important to take care. Avoid clutter as much as possible and keep surfaces clear. Keep your oven clean. Don’t position high-risk items like cookers or microwaves close to the door, where they might catch fire and block your exit. Make sure that it’s easy to back away from the cooker if something goes wrong, and keep your fire extinguishers and fire blanket where they’re easy to reach. Installing a fire-resistant door in your kitchen can buy you precious time if the worst happens.

What’s the best way to use a fire extinguisher?

Take the pin out of your extinguisher and point it at the base of the flames. Hold the handle and press down on the lever to spray. Move the extinguisher from side to side as you work. It should not take you more than 10 seconds to put out a fire. If it takes longer, the fire may be out of control, and you should get everybody out of the building as quickly as possible. Remember to close your kitchen door as you go in order to slow down the flames. Don’t call the fire brigade until you’re safely outside.

How do I clean up safely after using a fire extinguisher?

The chemicals in modern fire extinguishers are non-toxic if consumed in small doses, but some people are more sensitive than others, so it’s important to clean up thoroughly after using them. Once everything has cooled down, you can do this using ordinary cleaning materials. Throw away any cloths or sponges afterwards. If you feel dizzy or get a headache, call your GP surgery for advice.

How long do fire extinguishers last?

There’s not much point in having fire extinguishers unless you know that they’ll work when needed, so get them checked by a BAFE SP101 certified professional at least once a year. They should also be checked after use. If you decide to replace them, arrange to have your old extinguishers collected by a professional so that they can be safely disposed of.