How NOT to put out a Grease Fire
It takes just minutes for an unattended pot of oil left on the stove to catch fire. A grease fire happens when your cooking oil becomes too hot. When heating, oils first start to boil, then they’ll start smoking, and then they’ll catch on fire. Most vegetable oils have a smoking point around 450°F (232°C), while animal fats like lard or goose fat will start smoking around 375°F (191°C). If you have the unlucky fortune of dealing with a grease fire, here’s what to do.
1. Never throw water on the grease fire. This is the number one mistake many people make with a grease fire; it will only succeed in making things worse. Water and oil don’t mix. In this case, their mixing will create a disaster.Because water is heavier than oil, it immediately sinks to the bottom of the pan. (Water and oil are not soluble.) There, it becomes super heated and evaporates quickly; this evaporation expands rapidly, pushing and splattering the burning out in all directions.
4. Do not move the pot with the grease fire anywhere. Another common mistake people make is trying to move the pot with the grease fire over to another location, perhaps outside, where the fire isn’t likely to do as much damage. This is a mistake. The act of carrying out the burning oil can cause it to spill, potentially burning you or any other flammable object it comes into contact with