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Highlands Ranch Metro District Colorado - Reduce your risk Preventing oven fires 26 May 2022 ( news )
Highlands Ranch Metro District , state Colorado ( By Press Release office)
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By Einar Jensen , Risk Reduction Specialist
South Metro Fire Rescue
In terms of cooking , grease refers to animal fats and vegetable oils . It oozes and splatters from food during the cooking process onto pans , racks , burners , and nearby surfaces . Grease that has been liberated from food is prime fuel for a fire . Heat from future cooking dries grease deposits and vaporizes it; if enough vaporized fuel , heat , and oxygen are present a fire can ignite .
Ovens are built for containing most heat , but too much heat can overwhelm even the best insulation and damage equipment .
It’s critical that oven owners clean their ovens . There are plenty of horror stories on the Internet about self - cleaning cycles malfunctioning , but there are other options .
Mix 1/2 Cup of baking soda with water to create a paste . Spread the paste on all surfaces of the oven , but not the heating elements . Wait at least two hours and consider leaving it overnight . Using a spray bottle , apply a mixture of half water and half white vinegar to the paste in the oven . The resulting foam helps to remove food stains . After leaving that for another 30 minutes , use a rubber spatula ( if necessary ) and rag to remove the baking soda mixture . Finish by wiping everything with a damp cloth .
Another option involves lemons . Cut five lemons in half , squeeze the juice into a baking tray and place the squeezed lemon ends in the tray as well . Bake at 450°F for 30 minutes . The steam will loosen the grease and grime . After the oven cools , use a damp cloth to wipe the surfaces clean .
If a fire does start in your oven , keep the door closed and turn off the heat . Once the oven cools , you can clean the mess . If the fire escapes the oven , go outside and call 911 .
The ideal conclusion to this article would be “No Grease , No Fire , ” but there are other potential fuels that can be found in and near ovens . Instead , we’ll settle for “No Grease , No Grease Fires . ”
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