PSA: If you’ve been thinking water is what you need to put out a grease fire, you’re actually wrong—but you aren’t alone. It’s a completely common misconception, but if you don’t get the facts soon, you could have a seriously unfortunate kitchen mishap. With Thanksgiving cooking prep in full swing, there’s no time like right now to learn exactly how to put out a grease fire.
First things first—stay away from the water. Don’t even think about water, don’t even look at it. Adding water to a hot pan of oil can actually make it worse by causing the fire to escape from the pan.
The best mode of prevention? Keep a lid near the stove so if a fire starts, you can smother it, pronto. Then, turn the burner off and leave the pan covered until it’s completely cooled. Another option is to use a fire extinguisher, just make sure it’s rated for kitchen use, and that you stand 5 to 6 feet away from the fire when using.
If your oven catches on fire, keep the door closed, turn off the heat immediately, and call 911. If you don’t think you’ll be able to extinguish the fire on your own, exit your house right away. Cooking equipment is responsible for 48% of home fires, according to the NFPA, so don’t mess around if you see flames in your kitchen.
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