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Springfield Fire Department Offers Tips for Safe Cooking

Cooking fires are the number one cause of house fires, according to the Springfield Fire Department.  With Thanksgiving next week, a lot of people will be in the kitchen cooking.  That’s why the fire department held a demonstration this week showing what not to do when a cooking fire breaks out. 

During the demonstration, a pan of vegetable oil was placed on a lighted propane stove.  Within a minute or so, flames broke out.

When water was thrown onto the fire, the flames exploded—and spread.

That’s why Springfield Fire Marshal Ben Basham said you shouldn’t throw water on a cooking fire.

"It'll actually push the burning oil out of the pan and spread the fire onto the surfaces around it," said Basham.

The best way to put out a cooking fire, according to Basham, is to put a lid on top of the pan and turn off the stove.  To prevent a cooking fire, never leave a heated pan unattended.

If the fire gets out of control, Basham said, get everyone out of the house and call 911.