Fires originate in the kitchen more often than any other room of the house, and a large number of injuries are caused by improper reaction to kitchen fires.
The most frequent causes for kitchen fires are:
In the event of a grease fire within a pan, first turn off the heat source. Do not run with the pan of burning grease or throw water or flour on the fire.
Use another pan to cover the pan of grease that is burning.
Baking soda may be used to cover the burning grease. The baking soda should not be stored over or adjacent to the stove.
Use a proper, readily available fire extinguisher to fight the fire with a dry chemical or CO2.
Should a grease fire occur outside of a pan, first turn off the heat source.
Avoid throwing water or flour onto the fire, instead use baking soda or a proper fire extinguisher.
First, turn off the heat source.
Close the oven door and leave it closed. If the fire does not go out, use baking soda or a proper fire extinguisher.
Use a readily available, proper fire extinguisher.
Do not try to remove the burning material until the fire has been extinguished.
Even if you are able to extinguish a kitchen fire on your own, call the Fire Department as they can assist with clean up and smoke removal.