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Kitchen Grease Fire Prevention Video

I received this forward from my friend and fellow educator Estelle and I am posting this [almost] verbatim.

This video is pretty impressive. Well worth the time to watch it. Pass it on – you could save a life.

This video is only 34 seconds long but if you’re ever in this situation it will save your kitchen, house and most of all your life, if you follow the advice. Watch this video and learn what not to use (and what to do)to put out a grease fire. At the Charleston Navy base at the Fire Fighting Training school- they demonstrate this with a deep fat fryer set on the fire field. An instructor would don a fire suit and using an 8 oz cup at the end of a 10 foot pole toss water onto the grease fire. The results got the attention of the students.

The water, being heavier than the oil, sinks to the bottom where it instantly becomes superheated. The explosive force of the steam blows the burning oil up and out. On the open field, it became a thirty foot high fireball that resembles a nuclear blast. Inside the confines of a kitchen, the fire ball hits the ceiling and fills the entire room.

Also do not throw sugar or flour on a grease fire. One cup creates the explosive force of two sticks of dynamite.

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