Although we learned as children that fire can be extinguished with water, this was not always the case. There are several types of fires, and some spilled water can spread the fire instead of extinguishing it.
The following are some LPG cylinder and electrical appliances related fire outbreaks in the kitchen;
The most important thing to remember: don't put water in there - it just spreads the fire. Instead, turn off the stove first. Oxygen increases the fire, so empty it by covering the cookware with a metal lid. Do not use glass lids, as heat can damage them, and protect yourself with gloves in the oven before touching a scalded object. You can also use lots of baking soda to put out a small fire, but never use flour as this can make things worse.
Avoid oil fires by keeping the cooking surface clean. When cooking fried foods, oil is sprayed which covers the stove and countertops with fat. An easy way to clean the stove is to wipe it with a mixture of baking soda, salt, and soap. Meanwhile, grills and oven burners can be washed or soaked in soap and hot water.
Another common fire is electrical fire from kitchen appliances. This can happen with devices such as microwave ovens, toasters, and the like. In this case, close the appliance door and stop the fuel supply, i.e. unplug the power plug. It goes without saying that since the electricity is on, there are no wires like water used to put out a fire. You should also check and repair the device before using it again. Fire can damage some parts and make it even more dangerous. To avoid electrical fires, make sure your equipment is properly installed and serviced regularly. When not in use, unplug and keep water away from plugs and sockets.
Then there is a fire or explosion triggered by a gas leak. A small gas leak in the liquefied petroleum gas tank, if it doesn't happen immediately, can fill the kitchen with flammable gas. And as soon as a heat source is ignited - a lighter, match or burner - the fire ignites and spreads quickly. If you find a gas leak, fully open all doors and windows to let the gas out and call a professional to take care of you.
Follow The Advice to reduce the risk of fire outbreaks in your kitchen
Fires caused by gas leaks are usually too large to be extinguished on their own, so it is best to evacuate and seek help.
The best way to avoid LPG accidents is to buy only good quality kitchen fuel such as Solane LPG. There are many illegal sellers of counterfeit liquefied petroleum gas that can cause explosions that you want to avoid. Therefore, you should only buy from authorized dealers.
Just as there are different types of fire, there are also different types of fire extinguishers. For kitchens, the most common fires are Class B for fires involving flammable liquids and gases, and Class C for electrical fires. Invest in this fire extinguisher and place it in an easily accessible area.
It is also a good idea to install a fire alarm system and an evacuation plan. Familiarize yourself with your building's emergency logs if you live in them.
Remember, these are just basic steps and are designed for small fires. As soon as you feel the fire is out of control, evacuate immediately and call for professional help.
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