What Fire Extinguisher do you use in a Kitchen?

06.27.2022

A kitchen is a dangerous place. We all know that grease fires can be catastrophic. Did you also know that the most common cause of home fire deaths is cooking? When you combine these two facts, it becomes clear why choosing the right fire extinguisher for your kitchen is so important. Luckily, we’ve got all the information you need to make sure your family stays safe when they’re cooking! Learn what a kitchen fire extinguisher is.

Kitchen Fire Extinguisher

The Kitchen, The Most Dangerous Room in the House

The kitchen is the most dangerous room in your house. According to the National Fire Protection Association, it has the highest fire death rate, injury rate and loss rate of any room in a home. In fact, according to data collected by the NFPA over 20 years (1996-2016), kitchens have accounted for nearly 50% of all residential fires that resulted in death or injury.

The NFPA estimates more than 54% of these fatal fires occurred while cooking; another 24% happened while people were eating or drinking; 12% started with an electrical fault; 9% from smoking materials such as cigarettes and cigars; 4% from candles; 3% from heating equipment (e.g., space heaters); 2% from flammable liquids like gasoline or paint thinner; and 1%, not surprisingly given its prevalence among adults ages 55+, was attributed to alcohol use.

The Most Dangerous Kitchen Fires, Fats and Oils

If a fire breaks out in your kitchen, it’s most likely to be caused by fats and oils. That’s because these materials are highly flammable and they can start a fire easily. If they spill or drip onto something else that’s hotter than them (like an oven), the fat will ignite much like gasoline would.

Fats and oils are also common ingredients in food preparation. So if you make something that contains them, you’re more likely to have some leftovers at the end of your cooking session than other ingredients.

What is a Class F Fire Extinguisher?

A Class F fire extinguisher is designed to put out fires in the kitchen. These types of fires involve cooking oil, grease or fat. They typically use foam or potassium acetate to extinguish them.

If you’re in your kitchen and spot a small fire on your stovetop, then a regular class A extinguisher will do just fine. However, if there is any chance that the flames have spread beyond the immediate area where they started, it’s best to use a different type of fire extinguisher, a Class F one with foam-based chemicals in it.

Using a Class F Fire Extinguisher in the Kitchen

In the kitchen, a class F extinguisher is the right tool for the job.

Class F fire extinguishers are designed to put out fires that involve cooking oil and grease. They should be used on kitchen fires like those caused by overheated cooking pans, deep fat fryers and stoves with excessive spillage.

A class F fire extinguisher has a wide spray pattern and a long reach, which makes it easier to use in tight areas like kitchens or near ovens and grills where you might need to douse flames from a distance before approaching them directly. It also has low pressure so you don’t have to worry about blowing yourself up when using one. A common problem when using other types of fire extinguishers on any kind of surface (especially solid ones).

Kitchen Fire Extinguisher

Conclusion

In summary, it’s important to know how to use a fire extinguisher. We teach others how different extinguishers work. Class F extinguishers are designed for kitchen fires. Effective in putting out both grease fires and oil fires. If you have any questions about this article or would like more information on various types of fire extinguishers. Please feel free to contact us!

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