How to Handle Cooking Dangers

Cooking can be fun, but it’s full of hidden dangers. Mishandling a sharp knife can be disastrous and undercooked chicken can be riddled with salmonella. Fires can also run rampant in a kitchen if a gas stove gets a little out of hand. Dealing with a grease fire is a lot different from any other types of fire. If you find yourself dealing with a grease fire, follow these steps to keep yourself and those around you safe!

  • Immediately cover the flaming pot or pan.

A fire cannot spread if it’s contained in a controlled environment. Covering the fire helps keep the size of the fire to a minimum.

  • Turn off the source off the heat.

It seems obvious, but a lot of people panic when the fire starts and forget to turn off the stove. If you cut off the gas quickly you’ll minimize the amount of a fuel that can feed the fire.

  • Use the appropriate materials to extinguish the fire.

Small fires can be extinguished using baking soda or salt. If it’s a larger fire, a Class B fire extinguisher can be used to put out the flames. Contrary to popular belief, flour should never be used to put out a grease fire. The chemical makeup of flour will actually worsen the flame. Also, water shouldn’t be used to smother the flames either.

  • Don’t try and move the pot or pan.

Once your adrenaline starts pumping, it might be tempting to try and move the flaming pot or pan. If you do this, you’re likely just spreading the fire around and putting yourself in much closer proximity to it than you need to. Leave the pots where they are and focus on putting the fire out, or getting yourself to safety.

  • Know when to call it quits.

If all else fails, immediately leave the area and call 911. The fire department has the proper equipment to deal with fires and can secure the area.

If you work in a restaurant, stoves that see a lot of action likely get bits of grease splattered on them. These stoves should be cleaned regularly and have a maintenance schedule to keep them up and working properly. Sometimes, a negligent owner will fail to keep this equipment running up to code. If you find yourself dealing with a severe burn caused by a negligent boss, contact an attorney like those at Hammack Law Firm. They can help get your medical expenses and lost wages covered during your time in the hospital. If your place of work fails to keep their employees safe, you don’t deserve to suffer on their behalf. A restaurant-sized stove can create flames that spread faster than wildfire, and there’s only so much you can do before it overtakes you. If you get injured as a result of a faulty machine, be sure to get an attorney that will keep your best interests at heart while you recover.

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