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Why should an oil fire never be put out with water?

Some of the water droplets will find their way into the hot oil and instantly convert to steam. The built-up pressure will burst the entrapped pockets of steam, splattering the burning oil and endangering the cook and house alike. Smother the flames with a tight-fitting lid or a sheet of foil wrap (kept handy for such an emergency). If the grease fire has spread outside the pan, suffocate it with baking soda or the foam of a fire extinguisher that is formulated for an oil fire, if you have one.

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