The next time you're drinking, talking on the phone, and carelessly deep-frying food, please remember this article when the grease or oil you're using catches fire.
One of the first things we learn about fire is that water is generally used to put it out. This is reinforced through movies, television, and safety programs in schools. One of the problems with this is that it sometimes makes the fact that oil fires should never, ever be put out with water into a footnote.
"DO NOT USE WATER TO PUT OUT AN OIL FIRE" isn't something that should be a footnote. It should be a giant rule, hammered home along with other life rules like "never play cards with someone whose first name is a state."
Luckily, we have the internet to illustrate all the things we should never do and the graphic consequences of what would happen if we were, by some unfortunate and terrible accident, decide to do them.
This video by the Slo-Mo Guys showing what happens when you throw water on an oil fire is a wonderful example, made even better by the fact that it is, as the makers name suggests, in beautiful, high-definition slow motion. You can practically feel the flames licking at your face as Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy pour a coffee mug full of water onto what starts off as a small grease fire.
We'll walk you through what happens.
As the water hits the oil, it sinks to the bottom of the pan.
As it evaporates, it releases steam.
The steam explodes upwards through the burning oil, spraying it everywhere, including your arms, torso, and kitchen.
And that, friends, is why you NEVER pour water on an oil fire. Use baking soda -which you should keep within reach when you're cooking with hot oil - instead.
This video is fire. Literally. Watch it here.
(H/T: Huffington Post.)
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