This is why you want to use baking soda to extinguish a flame in the pan

This is why you want to use baking soda to extinguish a flame in the pan
This is why you want to use baking soda to extinguish a flame in the pan

Unclogging shower nozzles, descaling the bathroom, removing stubborn stains, but also making bath bombs and shampoo… What can you not do with baking soda? In addition to these practical things, baking soda in your kitchen cupboard can also be a direct safety measure, reports Firerescue1, a news site for firefighters. Namely when the fire hits the pan.

Flame in the pan

If you are not careful, a fire can easily occur while cooking. This happens because hot oil or butter comes into contact with the flame under the pan and catches fire, the fire brigade explains on its site. Or when the oil itself catches fire because the auto-ignition temperature of approximately 315° C has been reached. This can be done in a deep fryer or in a regular pan.

Never use water

In the event of such a fire, it is important that you do not panic, but act immediately. First of all, never throw water into the fire, because this will cause a flash fire. The water immediately boils when it comes into contact with the hot oil, creating a cloud of steam that spreads fine oil particles: a flammable mixture.

Baking soda as a fire extinguisher

What can you do? To start, put the lid on the pan, turn off the heat and switch off the extractor hood. You can also use an F-class fire extinguisher (specially for grease fires). If you don’t have it at home, you can throw a big pile of baking soda on it. Baking soda, indeed! This ensures that the fire no longer receives oxygen, causing it to go out. You can also use baking soda to extinguish a fireplace, provided you have a lot of it at home. Comparable to throwing sand on a campfire, in other words. You can also use salt instead of baking soda.

Soda is often used to remove the sweaty smell from your clothes or to keep inflamed wounds clean.


February 1, 2024

The article is in Dutch

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