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Published August 03, 2012, 09:36 PM

What you need to know for grease fire safety

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Grease fires are some of the most common, yet most dangerous types of kitchen fires. Because these blazes don't follow the same set of rules.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Grease fires are some of the most common, yet most dangerous types of kitchen fires. Because these blazes don't follow the same set of rules.

For most fires, water is the answer. The more water, the quicker you can extinguish the fire. But for grease...more water can lead to devastation.

Here Fargo Firefighter Matt Nelson gives us a demonstration.

A couple drops of water into hot vegetable oil creates this kind of reaction.

Matt Nelson: "People see fire and they put water on it with exponentially makes the fire worse automatically."

Safety demonstration videos found on YouTube get even worse. Pouring water onto these flames can start an entire room on fire in a matter of seconds.

Nelson: "It can start the countertop on fire, if there's any other cooking materials next to the stove, cabinetry, things like that. It do4esn't take much to start the rest of the kitchen on fire."

So if water isn't the answer, what is? Nelson says reducing heat and oxygen as quickly as possible.

Nelson: "Either turning the burner off or taking the pan and sliding it over to another burner is one of the best things you can do before you do anything else.One of the best things you can do is to put a lid on it."

If a lid isn't available, you can use baking soda or flour.

The two contain similar substances that you would find in a fire extinguisher.

Nelson: "It soaks up the fuel that's on fire, and it eliminates the vapors. If you don't do anything, call 911 so we can get there as soon as possible."

Nelson says you need to keep temperatures between 350 and 400 degrees when cooking with grease.

Also, avoid putting too much grease in the pan or cooking frozen items in oil.

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