We had a minor fire in our kitchen when my son
forgot he had a pan containing cooking oil on
a burner. The oil ignited, I picked up the pan,
set it down in the sink, and doused the fire
with a fire extinguisher. There is not about a
3 inch scorch mark in the sink and my wife wants
Any ideas will be appreciated.
Just a friendly reminder to all that might have similar experience...you
should not have picked up the pan, as you risked spilling it or having
it explode all over you. Good on you for having the fire extinguisher
It would have been nice if the OP had mentioned what sort of sink finish he
scorched. Porcelain? epoxy over fiberglass?
It may not be doable to remove it.
Might have to replace the sink(cheaper than having it stripped and
reglazed),or try an epoxy tub-style repaint.(with all it's problems...)
And, very important, leave lid on until cool.
When I was in kindergarten, the teacher had us make candles. She
melted paraffin wax directly on a hot plate, no double boiler. The wax
caught fire. She put a lid on but did not turn off the hot plate.
After a minute she lifted the lid to check that the fire was out. A
pillar of flame hit the ceiling and spread out. The entire class
scattered out the door onto the playground -- luckily a case where the
fear response caused the proper action.
Nothing else caught fire and no one was hurt, but the scorch mark
stayed on the ceiling for a long time ... this was, oh, 56 years ago
and I don't remember how long, but I do remember going back to that
room after I had moved on to first or second grade and seeing the mark
still there. Perhaps the school administration wanted to make sure the
teacher remembered the lesson she learned that day.
Obviously the explanation for the effect is that before the fire is
covered, the gaseous wax or oil is burning as it evaporates. When you
put on the lid, you block the oxygen supply and a large amount of
oil/wax vapor builds up, and its temperature is still above the flash
point. Resupply oxygen, flash.
Here's a tip from an old retired firefighter - Have a lid handy that
fits over the top of the pan. If the oil ignites, place the lid over it
and turn off the burner. This will extinguish the flames unless the oil
has boiled over. Under no circumstances try to carry a burning pan. Too
many house fire and severe burn injuries occur from people trying to
move a burning pan to the sink or out of the house. And yes, have a fire
extinguisher as a back up, and know how to use it properly. Never, ever
pour water on it. Doing so will cause the oil to explode all over the
place due to the water being instantaneously turned to steam.
As a follow up - If you have a fire extinguisher, when was the last time
you had it checked. They should be inspected at least yearly and given a
visual check at least monthly to ensure it has not lost its pressure.
Even a slight pressure drop is reason to have it recharged or replaced.
email@example.com (Dick Adams) wrote in
Not many people have a fire blanket I don't think. If they do it's probably
tucked away some place.
My first thought...from personal experience decades ago...slide a the lid
on...from the side and not the top.
1) turn off the stove burner
2) As others have said, do not move the pan at risk of spilling
3) Cover is good. Sprinkling baking soda is good
If the fire isn't under control in a minute or two, get everyone out
of the house, and call the fire department.
As to the scorch mark. I'd try Simple Green, and a nylon scrubbie. If
that doesn't help, I'd try oven cleaner.
Oven cleaner? Stainless sink? I'd try mineral spirits first, in case
the black mark is just soot. If not soot, then a fine abrasive (not
knowing what sink is made of and risking further damage to finish).
I had a couple cousins with the similar problem. One of the boys
(thinking quickly, but not completely). Threw on a glass of water.
Flaming cooking oil every where. Lucky, no one was injured. And the
fire was mostly just down the side of the stove.
We separated from England. Account of "taxation without
representation". Fortunately we no longer have that any more. Which
reminds me. Obama forgot to ask me before he spent a couple trillion.
Must have got lost in the mail.
On Sun, 3 Oct 2010 19:47:24 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
Actually Chris, the greatest ship fleet in the world was sent back to
the King, tales wagging. It was not just any ol' separation.
Um, the second time of armed confrontation was when Yankees wanted
taxes, causing the War of Northern Aggression. Some Yankees even got
My mother is a naturalized Southerner from Brooklyn, NY, she's
going on 90 years old and she still says "yalls guys". 8-)
When those Damn Yankees, some are my cousins, come down here
and see how beautiful it is, we can't get them to go home!
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