never extenguish a grease fire with water

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13 Jan 2018 16:34 - +2390
When i was little (about 11), i left a pot of oil on the stove, i remember smelling smoke and sure enough there were flames pouring out of the saucepan. I picked it up and threw it out into the backyard, and then i got the hose and tried to put it out... Let's just say my eyebrows took a while to grow back.. Massive fireball. But hey, at least the house didn't burn down!
13 Jan 2018 16:46 - +1018
If I'm not mistaken, the reason this happens is that water is denser than the grease. Because of this, it sinks down, heating up the whole way, until it boils vigorously, sending bubbles of air up, which carry the grease out of the pot, equally vigorously. Because more of the grease is now exposed to air, it burns that much more violently.
13 Jan 2018 15:58 - +594
Don't use beer either, I learned that the hard way...
13 Jan 2018 18:07 - +544
Turn heat off, put lid it on pot and fire goes out. Let it cool gown before trying to handle. Was a firefighter for years.
13 Jan 2018 18:18 - +253
I fucked up like this cooking one time. Pot caught fire, and I freaked out cuz my dad was watching TV in the other room and I didn't want him to find out that a pot is on fire in the kitchen, and my mom was going to be home soon. I knew water was no good, and my idiot brain didnt want to use a fire extinguisher, so I grabbed the handle, fought the curtains covering the back door to not catch fire while I walked it outside, set it down on the back concrete and let it burn itself out. After a while I doused it in water and threw it away in the trash. Got a call from my mom a few days later asking why one of her pots was in the trash and was blacker than sin. Didn't make a lot of smart moves that night
13 Jan 2018 19:04 - +87
Looks like a U.K. fire station giving school kids lessons on putting out fires. What I learnt as a kid on one of these trips has saved my butt at least once. Oil fire? Turn heat off, if possible throw a damp (not wet) teatowel over it. Leave the area, call fire brigade. We also got to sit in the engines too for being excellent fire putter outers. Much better than my schools version of fire safety that terrified every child. Nothing like hearing a story about a doll who cries wolf, sets a fire in her house but no one comes to help her. Then 30 five year olds watch the doll in her bed in her doll house burn to the ground. Cheers Mrs Coats.
13 Jan 2018 17:10 - +81
The reason why people frying turkeys is usually so dangerous
13 Jan 2018 20:23 - +46
When I was a kid working at McDonald’s I crash tackled my manager as she was about to throw a bucket of water at a fry vat that caught fire. One of the other kids just put the kid on it. She really had no idea at the time that we just saved her life.
13 Jan 2018 19:54 - +40
I was a single mom with young kids (they were about 5 and 3 at the time) and my parents and I took them to a firehouse for a family day— meet the firefighters, climb on the trucks, etc. They did a demonstration about how to properly use a fire extinguisher— similar to this gif, but without the huge flame-up— and asked for a volunteer. I thought it would be a *great* opportunity for me to show my kids that I was strong and capable and they could count on their mom in a scary situation. There I am, extinguisher in hand, following the firefighter’s instructions as he explains the process. I look at my kids and they are both SOBBING in my parents’ arms, absolutely terrified that Mom is near the fire. My effort kind of backfired, no pun intended 😉
13 Jan 2018 18:27 - +31
You should see what happens when you put water on a magnesium fire.
13 Jan 2018 19:42 - +18
Why is one firefighter less then 5ft away from the pot when the firefighter pouring the water is using a ~20ft pole to pour the water?
13 Jan 2018 16:25 - +17
Naw, he just didn't use enough water, if he threw a bucket of water on it, it would've been fine /s
13 Jan 2018 18:52 - +10
"Cool. I have to try this at home" - some of the kids probably.
13 Jan 2018 15:45 - +10
So lesson here kids, use ANYTHING other than water.
13 Jan 2018 18:52 - +5
Yeah because the water go straight to the bottom of the pan and super boils straight to steam causing the oil to be dispersed and ignited
13 Jan 2018 20:44 - +5
This is how my childhood home essentially burnt down (entire inside was fucked). We were renting it out and even though there were 2 fire extinguishers in the kitchen specifically for this reason - the lady dumped it into the sink, turned the water on and all hell broke loose. She nearly died in the house from smoke inhalation trying to put it out WITH MORE WATER.
13 Jan 2018 19:08 - +5
these videos are always the same, and I love them every time. It's like fire porn
13 Jan 2018 19:18 - +4
I once set the oil in a wok on fire. I knew you were supposed to dampen a tea towel and get it over the flames to put it out. I couldn't however get it over without burning myself as the flames were quite high. Ended up soaking a tea towel and chucking it into the wok. Destroyed the work, the tea towel and seared a bit of the kitchen ceiling. God the smell, my mother was not happy.
13 Jan 2018 21:43 - +4
When I saw the firemen I was confused. They know better. Then a voice in my head yelled, "LEMME SHOWYA SUMTHIN!" Don't worry folks, I'm a fire Marshal! Anybody else remember that?
13 Jan 2018 20:20 - +4
When I was 15 my twin sister started an oil fire but frying something, she went to the toilet while it was frying and it go too hot and caught on fire. My sisters initial reaction was to dump water on it and got a similar type of reaction to this gif. She came screaming to me on the computer. She called 000 and the instructions were to basically leave the house and wait for the fire brigade, so she got the cat and went to the drive way. Now at this point in my life, I've worked for several years as a cook in the fast food industry, and I must've heard a 1,000 times about how to put out an oil fire. But when you're standing there and there's a giant flame eating your exhaust hood and the adrenaline is going, your brain just doesn't work properly. I actually ended up sitting back down on my computer and googling "how to put out an oil fire" and saw those words which triggered my memory; cut off the oxygen. So I ran back to the kitchen and managed to get the pot lid back on the pot which cut off the fire. Fire brigade came and checked out the roof, was pretty burnt up and said the roof insulation would have caught on fire after another couple minutes. My dad joked that he wished I let the place burn down for insurance, which in retrospection probably would have been nice, we ended up losing the house anyway.
13 Jan 2018 19:22 - +3
So with what should I extinguish it with? Grease?
13 Jan 2018 20:53 - +3
There was a german show that [tried it inside the house](
13 Jan 2018 22:09 - +3
My parents took us to a Fireman's Open House when I was about 5. They did this same demonstration, but I didn't understand that it was only grease that this happened to. A few years later, I was at camp and the counselor went to put out the camp fire and I completely panicked and started screaming not to put water on it and almost had a mental breakdown.
13 Jan 2018 20:28 - +3
Firefighter here, you'd be surprised how many people actually do this, resulting in destroying the whole house. We used to say wet and wring a tea towel and cover the pan to starve it of oxygen, but people were burning themselves (understandably). Now we just tell them to get out and call the emergency services and let us deal with it. Edit: typos
13 Jan 2018 19:20 - +2
I remember this being demonstrated by a science teacher back in the day. Then replicating the same thing in the garden whenever I was bored..
13 Jan 2018 20:24 - +2
Is that on Portsdown Hill just outside Portsmouth, UK? If so, our school went to a similar demo about twenty years ago!
13 Jan 2018 19:37 - +2
All kids should be shown a display like this, it will stick with them and save lives.
13 Jan 2018 22:55 - +2
Maybe "Greek Fire" is just "Grease Fire"/"Greece Fire" and someone screwed up the translation along the way!
13 Jan 2018 19:40 - +2
Dont use icecubes either it doesnt work
13 Jan 2018 20:49 - +2
When I was like 11, my mom, little brother and I lived in an apartment. She made some French fries one night in oil. Forgot to turn the stove off and the pot she used caught fire. The woman had worked in restaurants her whole life at this point, but grabbed the smallest little Salt shaker and of course it didn't do anything. So she grabs a cup of water. I didn't know any better so I thought it would work. Nope. Flames engulfed the kitchen. The maintenance guy happened to live a fee breezeways down, so I ran to his house in a panic and he grabbed a fire extinguisher and put it out for us. Luckily all it did was warp a light fixture and make the wall super black. We still give her crap about that.
13 Jan 2018 19:42 - +2
/u/stabbot. I need you edit /u/stabbot_crop, you too
13 Jan 2018 21:49 - +2
I did this once. Lol. In my kitchen. I knew not to do it before I did it. And I still did it. My gut kept saying "BITCH PUT OUT THE FIRE. YOU'RE GONNA BURN DOWN THE HOUSE." My brain kept saying "Bitch don't you use water." My gut said I was gonna die and to put the fire out. So I filled up a big cup of water and poured it right onto the grease fire. I got lucky. It shot up but didn't spread. I moved the pot to the sink, somehow, and covered it with a lid. I'll never go shit that again. I still F with fried chicken wings, though.
13 Jan 2018 21:00 - +2
Firefighters are cool as fuck and very under appreciated
13 Jan 2018 21:42 - +2
I know - I learnt that in primary school.
13 Jan 2018 17:07 - +2
Fi f f fi fi fi fi fi
13 Jan 2018 23:24 - +1
My ex started a grease fire and when i went to put it out she poured milk on it... I had horrific burns covering my right arm and hand. Part of me still thinks she did it on purpose.
13 Jan 2018 18:41 - +1
I wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole.

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