Practice good fire safety habits.
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How to put out a grease fire in a pan on the stove
The safest way to put out a grease fire is to smother it. Use a pan lid, a cookie sheet, or another larger pan to cover the flames to smother them. Use a fire extinguisher if you have one close by. Never use water, baking soda or salt to extinguish a grease fire - it can make the fire much worse!
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Never throw water onto an oil or grease fire. The water is heavier than the oil and instantly sinks to the bottom of the pan where it gets superheated and instantly turns to steam. The steam escapes by exploding up and out, carrying flaming oil with it! In a demonstration in an open field with a deep fat fryer and 8 ounces of water, an instructor would don a fire suit and use a 10 foot pole to dump 8 ounces of water into the fryer of oil. The resulting explosion become a thirty foot high fireball that resembled a nuclear blast (we all know what that mushroom cloud looks like). In a kitchen, the fire hits the ceiling and fills the entire room.
Also, do not throw sugar or flour on a grease fire. one cup of either creates the explosive force of two sticks of dynamite!
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