Straight Talk: Residents need to be trained, prepared for cooking fires

| July 14, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chris Graves
Deputy Director, Directorate of Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii 




Cooking fires remain one of the most common sources for home fires throughout the U.S. 

This fact is true for north and south areas of Oahu, too, based on the number of recent fire-related incidents.

Even with innovations in home safety and cooking appliances, more than 150,000 cooking fires are reported in the U.S. annually.

The majority of these fires start on the range tops of stoves, which accounts for more than 89 percent of cooking fire fatalities.

The National Fire Protection Agency publishes tips that are good steps to take in the event of a cooking fire:

•Always keep a lid nearby when cooking. If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and do not move the pan. To keep the fire from restarting, leave the lid on until the pan has completely cooled.

•Never pour water on a grease fire.

•Never discharge a multipurpose fire extinguisher onto a pan fire. This action can spray or shoot burning grease around the kitchen, causing the fire to spread.

•In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. Call 911 immediately. After a fire, the oven should be checked and/or serviced before being used again.

When a home fire gets out of control, just get out of the house. When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. After you leave, call 911 or the military police at 655-7114 (Schofield Barracks) or 438-7114 (Fort Shafter).


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