Knowing what to do in the event of a kitchen fire can save lives.
Do you know what to do if your cooking oil catches fire?
A grease fire happens when your cooking oil becomes too hot. When heating, oils first start to boil, then they’ll start smoking, and then they’ll catch on fire.
*Whenever you’re cooking, have an oven mitt, a potholder, and a lid that fits your pan all on hand and ready to grab in case fire sparks.
If the worst happens and your oil does catch on fire, do the following:
Turn the Heat Off– Don’t try to move the pot. You might accidentally splash yourself or your kitchen with burning oil. And that would be bad.
Cover the Pot with a Metal Lid– Fire cannot exist in the absence of oxygen. With the lid on (and the heat off), the fire should quickly consume all the oxygen and put itself out. Use a metal lid since glass will shatter.
Pour on Baking Soda– Baking soda will extinguish grease fires, but only if they’re small. It takes a lot of baking soda to do the job.
Spray the Pot with a Class B Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher– This is your last resort, as fire extinguishers will contaminate your kitchen. Still, it’s better than the alternative if the fire is getting out of control.
Get Out and Call 911– If the fire does break out of control, don’t try to be a hero. Get out and find a phone to call 911.
Whatever you do, DO NOT do the following:
Do Not Use Water– Pouring water can cause the oil to splash and spread the fire. The vaporizing water can also carry grease particles in it, also spreading the fire.
Do Not Move the Pot or Carry It Outside– Throwing the pot outside might seem logical in the frenzy of the moment. But trying to move the pot might splash burning oil on you, your home, and anything outside.
Do Not Throw Any Other Baking Product On the Fire– Flour might look like baking soda, but it won’t react the same. Only baking soda can help put out a grease fire.
Phew, now that we’re clear on all of that, hopefully you’ll never be in a situation where you have to actually use this advice. Be safe!
I hope that you never are in an emergency situation. Being prepared will help you get through mini emergencies as quickly and smoothly as possible. And, in the case of a major emergency, such as fire or a natural disaster, it can save your life.
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During storm conditions, heavy rains can flood underground electrical vaults and strong winds can blow debris or tree limbs into power lines resulting in power outages.
What to do if the power goes out:
* Stay Calm
* Never use a candle during a power outage or other emergency. Use a flashlight instead
* Turn off or disconnect any appliances or electronic equipment that were in use at the time the power went out
* Leave one light switched on so you will know when the power is restored
* If you are cold, don’t light a fire indoors. Put on layers of warm clothes instead
* Leave the doors of your refrigerator and freezer closed to keep the food as cool as possible
* The trouble may be in the main switch, circuit breakers or fuses. If you don’t know how to check your fuse box, ask someone who does or call your local power provider
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Ever since I was a youngster the ten essentials had been ingrained into me. From before graduating from the National Outdoor Leadership School to working at REI to backpacking on my own as an adult I have always followed the list of the ten essentials. Knowing this list is the basis for everything I pack in my 72 Hour Bag and my backpack when going out on an excursion. Here is the classic list created by the Mountaineers back in the ’60s.
Classic Ten Essentials
Sunglasses and sunscreen
“Since the ’60s this list was pretty much the staple for planning a trip, but things have evolved from the days when Yvon Chouinard was doing summit ascents. So REI came up with a more updated list to reflect newer technology and modern methods of hiking. As recent as the mid 1990′s you wouldn’t go backpacking with a pack weighing less than 50 lbs and wearing leather hiking boots. Today, Ultralight backpacking and Fast Packing are very popular. With a fully packed pack as light as 12 lbs and people wearing trail running shoes we are able to reach out further into wilderness areas and cover more distance. Because of this here is an updated 10 Essentials list from REI which covers needs in a slightly more philosophical way- classifying essentials as systems, not items. Notice number three, Insulation, instead of Extra Clothing. Only you know what you are going to be doing and it is up to you to be responsible and figure out what level of insulation or gear you’ll need. Each System has redundancy which is very important.”
List found on the REI website:
Updated Ten Essential “Systems”
Navigation (map, compass, GPS)
Sun protection (hat, loose shirt, sunglasses and sunscreen)
Insulation (extra clothing, layers and weather gear)
“Here’s the thing with everything I write about. There are the rules and knowing the rules are paramount for survival. But only you can bend, break and rewrite the rules for your individual needs. Most accidents and tragedies don’t happen because of one major event, they happen from a series of small blunders – “death from 1,000 paper cuts”, so know full well that these ten essentials can prevent that, tread carefully when bending these rules.”