How to Put Out a Kitchen Fire Because OMG FLAMES


If anyone should know how to prevent a kitchen fire, it’s Lieutenant Anthony Mancuso, director of fire safety with the FDNY. And yet there was that *one* time on vacation with his wife.…They set eggs in a pot of water on their timeshare’s stovetop before heading out to dinner. Except they forgot to turn off the heat. When they came back, the water had evaporated and the pot was completely burnt. (Thankfully, the fire didn’t spread and the building wasn’t damaged.) “We had to pay for the pot, and the timeshare owner noticed the badge on my ring. She asked what it meant and I had to admit I was with the FDNY.”

Let this be a lesson to us all: Your kitchen is a dangerous place, just waiting to combust into flames at any moment. That was our Stern Bolding—did it work? Are you reading this while two slices of leftover pizza are starting to singe in the oven? Stay alert! Here’s how to deal with a kitchen fire, according to Lt. Mancuso.

If something catches fire in the oven or broiler
Do NOT open the oven door. Shut the whole thing off and back away. If you open the door, “You’ll burn your face or set your hair on fire,” warns Mancuso. Fire needs oxygen to thrive, and you’ll only be fanning the flames—literally—by opening the door. “The fire will eventually die down if you just turn the oven off,” he explains. Stay in the room and keep an eye on things through the window of your oven. Once it’s cooled completely you can clean things up.

If the fire’s on the stovetop…
A stovetop fire is a bit more dangerous, explains Mancuso. Remember that all fires need oxygen to burn, so your best plan …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit