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Never try to move the pan during a stove fire

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August 12, 2003

Albany -- One of the most frequent causes of home fires is cooking. Friday, two 15-year-old Albany boys suffered second degree burns when they tried to carry a flaming pot from their stove outside.

Fire fighters showed us why moving a blazing item is not a good idea. Fire fighters use colored smoke to demonstrate how flames react when being moved. The smoke goes down, as the air currents force them back onto the person carrying the pan. Flames would do the same thing, flow back onto the person.

Chief James Carswell said "As the air current comes back, it's gonna push it down on your hand. You are going to get burned. As the case was this weekend with the two teenagers. What they did actually saved property damage, but they sacrificed their own injuries to do that."

Hundreds of persons in the United States each year suffer burns this way. Trying to move a flaming pot or pan outside. They are better ways of putting out that fire. Chief Carswell said "If you have a fire extinguisher, that is the best solution, actually use a fire extinguisher to put the fire out. If you have a lid to cover the pot, that is a good way to do it. But you never pick up the pot and try to move it."

Being prepared, and understanding what to do in an emergency is the best way to keep a cooking fire from becoming a tragedy. "You need to sit down, especially with teenagers, and talk about what to do in case of a fire. Whether it's a stove fire or getting out in the middle of the night if your house catches on fire. Pre-planning."

The two Albany teenagers who were burned are recovering. Good quality smoke alarms and home fire extinguishers cost less than 25 dollars each, and can be life savers in an emergency.

posted at 3:07 by jimw@walb.com