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 Post subject: PSA--Kitchen Fires!
PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:53 pm 
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hi folks!
i had a good sized fire on my stove today. i put the kettle on with very little water in it and then forgot about it for at least an hour. the house stinks, because it was a plastic fire--the lid and handle completely melted off.

please make sure you have smoke alarms with fresh batteries installed and plenty of baking soda on hand for emergencies! i'm pretty thankful for my alarm right now, because i completely and totally forgot i had even lit the stove. i am so grateful i didn't leave the house...

also, if you have kids or folks in your kitchen who don't cook much, please make sure to tell them how to use baking soda to smother a fire. you just basically throw it on until the fire smothers out, it works like a charm.

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 Post subject: Re: PSA--Kitchen Fires!
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Nice wake up call for you...everybody needs one once in a while. Did you get the crazy loud delamination crack? When I did a similar thing, the crack was loud enough to scare the hell out of me; luckily my pot did not have any plastic on it.


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Nice wake up call for you...everybody needs one once in a while. Did you get the crazy loud delamination crack? When I did a similar thing, the crack was loud enough to scare the hell out of me; luckily my pot did not have any plastic on it.


no crack, just a puddle of stinky melted plastic. it was weird because i could totally smell the burning plastic, but we had workers reinsulating our attic today, and i figured it was them sanding or cutting or something. even when the alarm went off, i still thought it was them, i had completely forgotten about my plans for tea.

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 Post subject: Re: PSA--Kitchen Fires!
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so scary! glad you are ok and it was not worse!!!

im terrified of fire! :-(

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Holy crepe, I'm glad you're ok!

And thank you for reminding me, I really need to put my smoke alarm back up!

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FabulouslyFierce wrote:
Holy crepe, I'm glad you're ok!

And thank you for reminding me, I really need to put my smoke alarm back up!

please, do. it's really the only thing that kept the house from burning down, cuz i was completely unaware and was able to catch the fire before it got too big. but it was on its way to getting too big. most serious fire i've ever had.
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Glad everything's okay, kittee! I just had my smoke alarm checked by the fire folks so I know everything's A-OK. What an unpleasant surprise, which is how I figure most fires start. <3

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Wow, I'm glad you're okay Kittee! That sounds properly scary. You'll be pleased to hear that I'm a bit obsessive about checking my smoke alarm batteries but I'd never heard the baking soda tip before, thanks!

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I'm glad you're okay Kittee! I had to stop buying stovetop tea kettles, even whistling ones. The last one I burned wasn't on fire, but when I grabbed a potholder and picked it up off the stove, liquid metal was dripping from it. I was so lucky none of it landed on me.

I now have an electric tea kettle that shuts off when it boils or if the water level isn't high enough.

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liquid metal was dripping from it. I was so lucky none of it landed on me.


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http://humantouchofchemistry.com/why-do ... -fires.htm

baking soda smothers fires and also breaks down into carbon dioxide, which deprives fire of oxygen, which it needs to burn.
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Woah, glad you're okay! I'm definitely going to stock up on emergency baking soda.

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I'm never making tea again! Glad you're ok, Kits.

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I hope there was no damage to your beautiful kitchen...


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Scary story! I'm glad to hear everyone was ok. Thanks for the tips!

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FabulouslyFierce wrote:
Holy crepe, I'm glad you're ok!

And thank you for reminding me, I really need to put my smoke alarm back up!


Oh my god please do!

I've never had a major stove fire, but I did have an electrical fire in my kitchen that burned part of my wall down, and you all need working smoke alarms right this instant.

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So glad you're OK, Kittee! And hey all, make sure you have working fire extinguishers, too, in case the fire goes past the baking soda stage.

As a sort of add-on to this thread, be sure you have a working Carbon Monoxide detector. I have almost no sense of smell, so this one is really important to me. Most of the stories I've heard of Carbon Monoxide poisoning involve RV's or vehicles, but it can happen in your home as well. If you smell rotten eggs, or have any inclination that there is a leak, GET OUT OF YOUR HOUSE IMMEDIATELY.

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I'm just using this as a thread to discuss my fire-related paranoia now, but if you don't have a plan of how you would evacuate your pets if your home was on fire, you should think that shiitake through. That moment when your wall is burning down and you're not sure where your cat carrier is is not good.

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So glad you're OK, Kittee! And hey all, make sure you have working fire extinguishers, too, in case the fire goes past the baking soda stage.


can you believe this is my second kitchen fire since we moved in? the first one, i think i was trying to broil something too close to coils, but that one was really scary, cuz i couldn't get the baking soda to get it to go out right away. but the thing is, we HAVE an extiguisher, and i always forget about it. and it's right by the oven!

thanks for all the well wishes! kitchen is intact. kettle is dead.
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I had a broiler fire a couple months ago (never leave your broiler unattended for a long time!) and I'm so glad I had a fire extinguisher because there was no way I could have poured baking soda on that fire due to it being so far back and near the top of my oven. I had this kitchen fire extinguisher, which worked to put the fire out pretty quick, and since it uses baking soda, it's easy to clean up. No damage to my oven or the broiler pan!


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Tenacious LD wrote:
So glad you're OK, Kittee! And hey all, make sure you have working fire extinguishers, too, in case the fire goes past the baking soda stage.

As a sort of add-on to this thread, be sure you have a working Carbon Monoxide detector. I have almost no sense of smell, so this one is really important to me. Most of the stories I've heard of Carbon Monoxide poisoning involve RV's or vehicles, but it can happen in your home as well. If you smell rotten eggs, or have any inclination that there is a leak, GET OUT OF YOUR HOUSE IMMEDIATELY.


I'd always understood that carbon monoxide is completely odorless, which is one of the things that makes it so dangerous. You have no clue that it's building up until it's too late. And there doesn't have to specifically be a leak. If you have any gas-burning device - oven, stove, heater, water heater - and not enough ventilation, you can get a dangerous build up of CO, so you should always have a working CO detector if you have gas-burning devices. Here's some info from the CDC about CO poisoning/prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/co/

And kittee, I'm so glad you're ok! That's really scary!

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I'm glad you are OK! I didn't know about baking soda, thanks for the tip.

I've had only one kitchen fire, more than a decade ago, in my parents' kitchen, I started heating some oil on gas stove and forgot about it. IIRC, I just put the lid on the pan to extinguish it. The fire blackened the ceiling and I had to explain it to my parents.

I'm considering buying this fire blanket:
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30240008/

As of fire extinguisher's, they are expensive for something with an expiration date.

I use induction cooking plate now, only occasionally I roast chestnuts on gas stove. Induction cookers prevent fires by turning themselves off when the pot is out of water / too hot. I've had one extension cord catch fire, but nothing serious, it took us hours to find out why the circuit breaker kept tripping.

Houses here don't usually have smoke detectors. I've only seen it once. No carbon monoxide detectors either. Several carbon monoxide poisoning deaths happen every year, usually from natural gas water heaters not cleaned in years.

Carbon monoxide is odourless. Hydrogen sulfide smells like rotten eggs. Natural gas doesn't have an odour either, but ethanethiol is added to it to make it smell like ramsons pesto.


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 Post subject: Re: PSA--Kitchen Fires!
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rhelune wrote:
As of fire extinguisher's, they are expensive for something with an expiration date.



But what price your life or your home? A house burns down in 2 minutes. I've woken up to a house full of smoke and the smoke alarm not sounding, so I don't rely on them.

I've had to use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire. A box of baking soda would not have been enough.

If you get a chance, build a fire safely and use a fire extinguisher to put it out. You'll gain confidence and will not be without one again.

Glad you're okay!

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That's why I'm thinking of buying a fire extinguishing blanket.


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