Kitchen Fire Safety
Throwing water on a stovetop fire can have devastating results. Water, being heavier than oil, drops to the bottom of the pot or pan and is instantly heated. The steam explodes, shooting burning oil high in the air and scalding everything in its path.
Stovetop Fire Action Plan:
1. Turn off the burner
2. Do NOT touch the pan
3. Do NOT throw water on the fire
4. Get a wet towel and place it over the fire
Oil spills in the kitchen can be hazardous, even deadly. They can cause slips, falls and fire. One of the best ways to soak up oil is to use baby powder, which quickly absorbs the liquid.
In 2008, hot oil fryers caused more than 1,000 house fires. Watch how quickly flames erupt when using a fryer.
"I want to talk a little bit more about the burn aspect of this," plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says. "This type of fire can cause third-degree burns, which is the worst kind of burn. This type of burn needs immediate medical attention."
"Oils are so dangerous because they continue to burn underneath your skin once it's on your skin," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork adds.
First Aid for Oil Burns:
• Call 911
• Don't remove burnt clothing
• Elevate burned body part
• Cover with clean, moist bandage or cloth