A fire bucket filled with sand provides an additional safety option to fight fires in an emergency. Oil fires, including cooking oil fires are resistant to water which can often cause the fire to spread. Sand can be used to help smother most small fires in an emergency. In order to extinguish the fire, the sand in the bucket is dumped on the fire to starve it of the oxygen it needs to stay alight.
They are placed in prominent positions in rooms or corridors. They are a low-technology method of fighting small fires. The main advantages of fire buckets are that they are cheap, reliable and easy to use. Fire buckets are hung on fire bucket stands.