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Old 06-30-2020, 10:20 AM   #16
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Although not the particular subject here, that blast blowing grease all over is from a lack of fire extinguisher training. If a person was to read even the simplest brochure on fire extinguisher use that info. would probably there and may even be printed on some fire extinguishers.
Aim at the base of the fire and use a sweeping motion. There is an acronym, but I cannot recall it at the moment.


And I'll bet most people don't know what to do with a lithium battery fire.
One thing NOT to use is water!
I recall my science teacher dropping a small chunk of lithium into water, and watched it sizzle and burn.
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Aim at the base of the fire and use a sweeping motion. There is an acronym, but I cannot recall it at the moment.
IIR we should begin about 6 ft. back and advance toward the fire with the sweeping motion to prevent blowing burning grease from the container.


For the cost of a throw away extinguisher parents in the know can teach most 10 year old children the use of a extinguisher with a small heap of paper for class A fires and a old shallow skillet containing a 1/4" of gasoline for class B. Class C, D and E fires are a little more difficult, even for some adults that probably need that training.




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Old 06-30-2020, 04:48 PM   #18
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In college the fire extinguishers were changed from CO2 to dry powder because someone figured out that he could chill beer with a CO2 extinguisher.
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Our stove is a countertop, and the shutoff is accessible underneath by opening a cabinet door. I would prefer though, that the shutoff be down in the basement, as I wouldn't want to be anywhere near the stove if there were a fire.
That said, I could just shut off the main valve in the utility closet. Need a wrench to do that, but my wrenches are easy to find.


About the fire extinguisher:
Do you think buying one with a metal valve (rechargeable) would allow the extinguisher to last any longer than one with a plastic valve?
I'm thinking perhaps, even if I'm not going to have it recharged, that I may be better off spending a bit more on one with the metal valve.
For your gas shut off I would buy a cheap adjustable wrench and chain it near the shut off. This would save any time to find a wrench, no matter how easy they are to find.

When I took my extinguisher with plastic fittings to get recharged, none of the recharge places would do it because their equipment tended to strip the plastic threads. I guess that would be the advantage of metal fittings.
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For your gas shut off I would buy a cheap adjustable wrench and chain it near the shut off.
I agree on concept, but would worry that a cheap adjustable may freeze up over the years on an outdoor shutoff.
This wrench is cheap, needs no adjustment to fit my shutoff, and no one has stolen it.
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A single use extinguisher would be best unless you have a lot of kitchen fires then buy two of three. lol
Don't get the smallest one because they don't last long.
The most important thing is get the pan of oil off the burner ASAP. Otherwise the oil may re-ignite. A pair of welding gloves is good for that to avoid burning your hands/arms.
Just for the record I have never had a kitchen fire. How many times does that really happen?
The key is not to turn the burner up too much. Sometimes people turn the burner up because they don't want to wait for the oil to heat up then start preparing food and forget to turn it down.
An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
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I was told it was better to put the lid on the pan as moving a pan of low viscosity burning oil is likely to get YOU covered in said burning oil. which will then burn you twice, once by being on fire, and also by being covered in hot oil.
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