Sunday, July 18, 2010

How To - Make a Kitchen Fire Extinguisher

Hi Friends,
Having a fire extinguisher in your kitchen is a must!  You can't beat a commercial fire extinguisher for doing its job, but for small fat and grease fires that flare up on the kitchen range or under the oven broiler, baking soda will put out the flames effectively.  Then, after a quick rinse, your food might still be edible.

Fill a clean, 1 pound coffee can nearly full with baking soda.  Cover the can snugly with its plastic lid so that the soda will not lump.  Wrap the can in a bright red piece of paper.  Write on the paper FOR FIRE ONLY.  Place the can near your stove but not on it.  If a grease fire occurs, quickly rip the lid off and toss the soda on the flames. 

If you don't have baking soda, you can use salt in the same manner.  While salt is cheaper, it merely smothers the fire with its weight while baking soda both smothers and produces fire-stopping carbon dioxide.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  ALWAYS HAVE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER ON HAND.


14 comments:

Denise said...

That's really cool! I knew about salt & have used it, but had no idea about baking soda.

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~Alison~ said...

What a great tip! Every time I fry anything I always worry that I'll have a grease fire and never have any clue what I would do to stop it! I have a fire extinguisher, but do they work on grease fires?

I'll have to get a coffee can so I can do this.

thanks for the great tip!

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The Pennington Point said...

What a good idea. I know about baking soda, but I've never thought of putting it out in a cute container that looks like a fire extinguisher. Thanks! Lisa~

Amber said...

We had a grease fire growing up and the baking soda was in the cupboard above the stove, no help. No on in my family keeps it there.

shopannies said...

thanks for sharing this

Jen said...

great tip! Thanks for sharing!

jen @ messhalltobistro.blogspot.com

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Thanks for such a great, useful tip! I'm going to do that ASAP.

Su-sieee! Mac
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Tere said...

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Sachiko said...

That's good to know! Thank you for sharing!

CK said...

Haha! Perfect. Does flour work as well as baking soda?

Charlotte said...

Awesome tip and GOOD to know! Thanks for sharing with us :)

deborahjbarker said...

Thanks for the tip - I hadn't thought of using baking soda before! Very useful tip - thank you ;-)

Shan said...

I really need a fire extinguisher. I think I'm going to try this. Great to find you via your SITS Day. Congrats!

Jenn Erickson said...

What a wonderful tip! I'll be making one tomorrow! Thanks Nancy!

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