Household Safety Tips

Kitchen Fire

If your frying pan catches on fire (caused by oil in a frying pan) , don't panic, just follow these instructions

1. Turn off the heat

2. Run a cloth under the tap, and ring it out

3. Cover the pan and wait until it cools down

4. Don't try to move the pan, and

5. Whatever you do, don't try to throw water over the fire. If you pour water directly onto the burning oil, the water, being heavier than oil, sinks to the bottom where it instantly becomes superheated. The explosive force of the steam blows the burning oil up and out.

Also, do not throw sugar or flour on a grease fire. One cup creates the explosive force of two sticks of dynamite. A wet dishcloth can be a lid to cover a fire in a pan!

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