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Fire Prevention Tips

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National Fire Prevention Week is October 8th to the 14th. In honor of this week that is highly important to us here at Ace Grease, we have listed some safety tips to follow in your home to prevent a fire:

Be Prepared

Always plan for the worst and know what to do in the case of an emergency. You should have an appropriate sized and up-to-date fire extinguisher in an easy-to-access location. The start of a fire is not the time to have to worry about your fire extinguisher not working or being buried in the back of the junk cabinet. You need access to a properly working fire extinguisher with little to no obstacles. A small investment in a fire extinguisher could save you several thousand dollars in damage and, more importantly, your life. You also should have a smoke detector in your kitchen, as well as all of the rooms throughout your house. Take the time to check your smoke detectors' batteries monthly to ensure they do not replaced. 

Clear the Way

We understand, there is no such thing as sufficient counter space. However, it is imperative that you create a buffer zone surrounding your stovetop where you do not store any kitchen supplies or decoration that could easily catch fire. If a grease fire breaks out on your stove, it will easily spread to the cookbooks and towels that you may place on a nearby countertop. Keeping a clear perimeter around your stove will help keep a fire from spreading even faster.

Keep a Watchful Eye

You should never leave your stove unattended when cooking. An unattended stove can catch fire and spread very quickly before you become aware. Do not let yourself fall into this trap. Always stay near the stove and be attentive. Grease fires can spread throughout a kitchen in the blink of an eye.

Stop the Smoke

If you notice your grease start to smoke, turn down the heat right away. Smoke is a warning sign that grease is nearing its flash point. From the time the grease begins to smoke you will not have much time until a fire sparks. This is another reason it is extremely important to keep a watchful eye while cooking. Furthermore, if your grease is smoking then your food is likely also burning. Save your dinner and prevent a fire.

Smother Smother Smother

If a fire does break out, do not, we repeat, DO NOT pour water on it. While this will likely be your first instinct, it will quickly turn your kitchen into a fiery inferno that causes a great deal of damage. The best way to put out a grease fire on the fly is to smother it. Cover the pan with a lid, throw a hot pad or mitt on top of the fire – do whatever you need to do to smother the fire. Quick and clear thinking will save you from disaster. 

While it is important to follow these tips to prevent and control a fire, it is most important to remember that if a fire does occur in your home, you should call your fire department immediately. If you cannot smother the fire, do not continue to try as the flames grow, as this could result in severe burns and injuries. Instead, get to safety and call for help. 

If, at any time, you have question or need advice on how to prevent grease or oil fires, let us know. We are here to help you. Our ultimate goal is to prevent destructive grease fires in your home. Give us a call at 800-473-2733 or visit online at www.AceGrease.com.

 

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