What’s the difference between a grease fire and an apartment fire?
We’ll let that sink in for a moment. In the time it takes to turn around and reach for something in the fridge, a grease fire can not only start, but rage out of control.
What’s generally above your stove? Cabinets. Generally they’re made out of particleboard or pressboard with a thin layer of wood laminate over them. Do you know what else they call cabinets like that?
They call cabinets like that kindling.
The fire extinguisher by your stove must be rated for grease fires. If you spray water on a grease fire, you’re guaranteed to spread the flames. Often the stove is next to the kitchen door, and if the flames spread further they’re going to cut off your exit route. Skip the box of baking soda on the fire, it’s not enough dry powder. Go straight for the fire extinguisher and if that fails, get out.
One the cabinets are on fire, it’s time to go.
Pull a fire alarm on your way out, and get out while you still can. Don’t stop to grab your expensive TV or anything else. It’s all replaceable, you’re not. If it only takes 30 seconds for a grease fire to get out of control beyond the point of being put out with a fire extinguisher, how quickly will your carpet go up?
Once that happens, all is lost unless you’re the fire department. But, you’re not the fire department. You’re a human life who needs to save yourself, not worry about what you’re leaving behind for the fire.
The best way to be able to do that is to have renters insurance to protect your property. That way, you can focus on a safe escape instead of worrying about how to get your stuff to safety, at risk of your own life.