So just how fast does a kitchen fire start?

< 1. Make sure everyone evacuates the house, and only from outside call 911 to report the fire.

2. If the fire is still very small, you can use a fire extinguisher to try and put it out "never" spray the stream from the fire extinguisher directly into the fire, but rather at the fire's base.

3. NEVER throw water on a grease fire!! Water will splatter the grease and dramatically increase the size of the fire immediately. You will get burned! NEVER try to carry a flaming grease fire outside. Never move the pan (put the lid on it to smother the fire). Never try to carry it outside or put it in the sink, and don't lift the lid until the pan has cooled.

"Here's what happens if you do use water"

You might be able to extinguish a grease fire on the stove in several different ways:

1. The simplest way is to place a lid on the pan and the fire should suffocate.

2. A large amount of baking soda can also be used to extinguish a grease fire.

Once you have the fire extinguished, don't forget to turn off the burner (I know this sounds strange but some do).

But if the flames are too high, don't risk your life or getting burned ""GET OUT".

Every kitchen should be equipped with a fire extinguisher! Get one that's labeled safe to use on any kind of fire, and keep it within easy reach.

If a fire starts, you won't have time to stop and read the directions. Become familiar with these tips to understand how to use a fire extinguisher on a small kitchen fire:

1. First, remove the pin from the fire extinguisher ó it won't work if you don't.

2. Point the extinguisher toward the base of the fire, not the top of the flames.

3. Holding it by the handle, press down on the lever on the fire extinguisher, let go when you want to stop spraying.

4. Spray horizontally back and forth across the fire until it's extinguished, remembering to aim low.

Baking soda is also an important ingredient in any kitchen, and not just for baking cookies. If a fire breaks out on an electric stovetop or if you donít have anything available to smother a grease fire, grab a box of baking soda and pour it generously on the flames.

Remember to be safe, protect yourself and your family, homes can be replaced, your loved ones can't. This page contains only guidelines, so when in doubt "GET OUT"

Always Safety First!