Just Don't Add Water: What to Do in the Event of a Grease Fire

Throwing water on a grease fire is actually the worst thing you can do.

As Labor Day weekend approaches, cookouts will be a popular event among revelers, but beware this common household danger.

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As many will craft delicacies for family and friends, it's important to be aware of the risk of grease fires.

YouTube features a slew of videos involving grease fires, where people run the risk of being seriously hurt.

How dangerous can grease fires be?

Inside Edition took a jar filled with a little bit of water and attached it to a long pole at a test lab in Long Island, New York. The water was then poured in a hot bed of grease. In an instant, flames shot up to the ceiling. Fortunately, this ceiling is made of fireproof cinder block.

So would you know what to do if you had a grease fire?

Suzanne Turner, director of marketing for Kidde Fire Safety Products, told Inside Edition: "If you see black smoke, or worse, flames, immediately turn off the fuel source if you can reach it safely. If you have a lid, cover the pan to reduce airflow to the fire."

The safest and most effective way to put out a grease fire is with a fire extinguisher.

If you don't have a fire extinguisher handy, you can douse a small grease fire with baking soda, but it can still be dangerous.

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“With baking soda, you're going to have to get really close to the fire to put it out and that could cause injury,” she said.

She said that “flour, sugar and salt” are not going to put out a grease fire and could have explosive reactions if you put mix them with the grease.

If you cannot contain the fire, be sure to remove yourself from the situation and call 911.

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