Cooking Oil Fires

The Dangers of Cooking Oil Fires
It's that time of year when we tend to cook and bake more than any other time of the year. With the popularity of hot oil turkey fryers, this might be a good time to cover the dangers of a hot oil fire.

Should you ever have any type of cooking oil fire, never try to extinguish the fire with water. When water is added to hot oil, the water immediately turns to steam, expanding 1,700 times in volume. The result is a literal steam explosion turning a small contained fire into a huge hot oil fireball. If you are close enough to throw water on the fire, you will likely be part of that fireball.

There are several safe ways to extinguish a container of burning oil. First, turn off the heat source if you are able to do so. A multi-purpose ABC fire extinguisher should work well to extinguish the fire. If you do not have an extinguisher handy and are able to safely wet a towel with water, toss the wet towel over the burning container to smother the fire.

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