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Never throw water on a grease fire

Today, I want to publicly thank God and the angels that were watching over Noah (and others) on Friday while he was at his mom’s house.

Long story short, my sister went to visit Noah’s mom and shortly after she got there, a pan of oil that had been heating on the stove burst into flames. His step dad yelled to my sister not to throw water on it, and then ran to get a towel. Apparently my sister didn’t hear him because while he was out of the room, she grabbed a bowl of water and threw it onto the flaming oil.

Never do that. Ever.

I thank God that the moment the fire started, Noah’s step dad yelled at him to get out of the house. Noah obediently ran for safety, and just in the nick of time. When my sister threw the water at the oil, a fireball filled the entire kitchen and traveled 30 feet into the next room. Had Noah been inside, he easily could have been killed or severely scarred for life. My sister ended up with first and second degree burns up her hands, arms and neck. Miraculously she is going to be okay.

As you probably know, the last thing you ever want to do with a grease fire is throw water on it to try and extinguish it. Please watch this short 35 second video clip. Judging by the burn trails from my ex-wife’s kitchen to their living room, this video is pretty accurate of what happened Friday.

Noah sure thought it was exciting. He’s retold the story to me at least 4,000 times. I can’t blame him. It’s not every day you get to see a fireball rip through your house.

As for me, I was sick to my stomach all day at the thought of what could have happened to my little man. Thank God nothing did. Thank God my sister isn’t scarred for life. Thank God for a lot of things that day. He definitely kept a bad situation from ending a whole lot worse.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

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46 comments
Amy
Amy

Thats so terrifying!! So glad everyone was ok!

BlackCat
BlackCat

As we discovered at a BBQ back in Uni, Coke is also not good for putting out grease fires, but does provide a great beacon for all the people who weren't sure where we were.

I know this happened a long time ago Dan, but seriously glad that Noah and your sister (and everyone else in the house) came out of this with no permanent damage.

bekkylee
bekkylee

Sadly enough I have done this! I was pregnant at the time and just not thinking clearly. I threw the pan in the sink and turned the tap on full ball. Luckily for me it was enough to put it out (not before making it worse), and didn't give me burns. My husband said the flash was so bright that it lit up that half of the house. Scared the life out of me, but I learnt my lesson!

KatharineGeary
KatharineGeary

Hope you praised Noah for listening to his step dad!

Amy Wamy 621
Amy Wamy 621

An old post but it still makes me shudder to read what happened. So glad that everyone got out okay! And not only good job to Noah, but good job to all the adults around him in his life for teaching him what to do when there's a fire.

dawn@dailyabundance.net
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So happy you are not blogging about tragedy. I remember one time when we were hauling a tractor on a trailer behind our truck. We got going a little fast, and it began to fish tail back and forth. It took everything my husband had to keep us from going completely out of control. I remember crying for days thinking about the could haves for me, him, our toddler, and our unborn baby. Hugs and blessings.

ShawnaHamel-Wigginton
ShawnaHamel-Wigginton

Also - a great thig to have it a canister of salt for those pesky times when something in the drip pan ignites...

Erin
Erin

Wow, same thing happened to me -- duh! Yes, NEVER let water NEAR grease fire. That picture looks just like my kitchen.

jennifer
jennifer

OMG! How scary! I'm so glad your sister is going to be ok, but it sure could of been alot worse!! How horrible!! How much of the house was damaged? I've never experienced a grease fire before and hope to never have one happen (even though i cook LOTS i guess i've been really lucky!) Using flour or a lid or towel work best, just no water (or water soaked towel? i'm not sure, need to research that one!) Thanks for the needed post!

Brenna
Brenna

MythBusters did an episode dealing with grease fires . . . even a tiny drop of water has devastating results.

I'm so proud of Noah for being so obedient! My 3-year-old son is in a stage right now where he will do the exact opposite of what I tell him, unless I stop and explain in great detail why I'm not just being mean, no matter what the consequences (he'll even forfeit a trip to his grandma's house, his favorite place in the world). It's annoying in most cases, but scary when it comes to parking lot behavior - which I can't be on top of 100% of the time, since I also have an 18-month-old to take care of.

Meagan Pinales
Meagan Pinales

I just watched a mythbusters about grease fire and water. Yeah it's a big NO. Theywerea ble to get the fireball up to 50 feet.

L A A
L A A

Wow! that's a scary thing. Thank God you are all ok, well relatively. I hope your sister recovers fully with as little scaring as God will allow.

Erica
Erica

How scary! So glad everyone is okay!

Julie
Julie

I realize this is an older post, but just wanted to share what I have learned about grease fires. Baking soda! just dump a whole box on it. I didn't believe it worked until I had to use it twice in a week, worked instantly!

I am so glad that all were mostly okay in this, how scary! My son is the same age as Noah, and he still talks about the dumpster fire we had a few months ago.

maggie
maggie

Glad everyone is safe. A similar thing happened to me as a teenager home alone. My mistake was I MOVED the pan...just a little. That action caused the oil to shift and the flames shot straight up to the ceiling! I grabbed the fire extinguisher and put it out with that and only ended up with splatter burns on my arms and legs. This is seriously scary stuff. Thanks for posting this warning.

Gina W.
Gina W.

Thank goodness everyone is all right!

When I was 10 or so, this very same thing happened to my father in his apartment. We (my sister and I) were ushered outside by our step-mother, as my father took the burning pan and shoved it under the kitchen faucet.

Not only did he get 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his arms, some scorch marks were still visible in the LIVING ROOM when they moved out of that apartment a year later...

Sarah
Sarah

Thank you for posting that. I made my kids watch it. They told me they know not to throw water on a grease fire but visual aides and reiterating things is always a good idea.

Randi
Randi

Grease fires are terribly scary! Glad everyone is going to be okay. As a little girl I learned that you should also never try to move the hot pan full of flaming grease. My Mom suffered 3rd and 4th degree burns over both feet when she tried to move a pan of flaming grease. She screamed for the flour, but the canister on the counter was empty, and then she tried to move it out the back door (it was in the kitchen) and I had locked the door without her knowing. When she jerked the door to open it, the grease splashed out of the pan and onto her feet. I would have been a nervous wreck thinking about it all day, but at least you know that Noah didn't panic and did exactly as he was told. Wishing your sister a speedy recovery.

@eyemjenna
@eyemjenna

Oh your poor sister! What a scary thing to have happen! I am so glad things worked out for the better, and that she will be well soon and that Noah and everyone else are fine. I think that is why I have my motto of make it count, make it count every single moment of every single day, you never know what challenges you may face.

LeMira
LeMira

Scary, scary, scary! What blessings to have everyone be kept safe!

Julianna
Julianna

Fires are so scary. And the instinct is to throw water on it. I dated a fire man for a short time and here's what stuck with me after his "shop talk". Thought I'd pass it along. I have 3 fire extinguishers in my house, two on the main floor and one in the basement, and I make sure they're always in good working order. And, I do not have the kitchen one near the stove... if the flames spread most often, you can't get to the stove. Instead it's on the oppisite side of the kitchen within easy access. Another thing that's good to remember for all those followers that have snow, shovel the fire hydrants after a storm before even your driveway... sounds crazy but you'll be glad you did if you ever need it.

So glad your boy's OK. My ex-husband had a fire in his house 2 years ago (that's a LONG story for several posts) and all I kept thinking when I saw it on the news was thank God the boys were tucked safely in theri beds here. His house was condemmed. I can relate to how you feel right now. -J

Stephanie
Stephanie

So glad everyone is okay! Panic doesn't allow us to think sometimes, but thank goodness Someone was watching over your loved ones! Things like that always snap me back into reality and remember the fact that we are all mortals, and the realization that our lives or the life of a loved one can be taken from us in an instant helps me reevaluate my life, where I am at, where I want/need to be, and making sure I have my priorities straight - again. Again, SO GLAD EVERYONE IS OKAY!

Tomi Ann
Tomi Ann

Thank God for miracles! And thank you Jeff for getting our little guy out of the house!

Single and Sane
Single and Sane

What a horrible way to learn that lesson! Thank God your sister will be okay and that no one else was injured!

Erin
Erin

I'm so glad your little man was spared from the flames. I'm also glad your sister is going to be okay.

It's scary to think about what "could have been." God sure is good!!!

The Real Dave
The Real Dave

Scary stuff, but glad things didn't turn out worse. Sounds like a good teaching moment for Noah as to what to do in case of fire, which in his case he did the right thing and that was to get out. And as he gets a little older and more able to understand the basic dynamics of a fire, teach him why you never throw water on a grease fire, using this incident as an example.

Kay
Kay

Thank goodness everyone is okay.

Advise: let Noah talk about it all he needs to talk about it. Let him do this on his own, watching as he role plays each person involved. Helps keep the trauma down and helps him to cope with what happened.

My heart goes out to you, too. So scary. Too scary.

langela
langela

First off, I second what everyone else said. I'm thankful no one was hurt too badly. Secondly, I think it is awesome that your sister went over to see your ex-wife. It shows what a neat family you have surrounding you--ex included.

SterlingBo
SterlingBo

oh my... when I started reading this post my stomach clenched. I'm so glad everyone's okay.

Briana
Briana

WHEW! That's terrible that happened, but it's so good everyone is (relatively) ok! You just never know what a day is going to bring.

Karen
Karen

That is so scary! It's a good thing Noah listened instead of letting curiosity get the better of him. And it's also good to hear that your sister is going to be okay!

Single Dad Laughing
Single Dad Laughing

Holy smokes. That's pretty intense. Thanks for your comment! My sister is doing well.

Single Dad Laughing
Single Dad Laughing

Thanks for the comment, a very horrible way to learn it for sure. Definitely could have been much worse.

Single Dad Laughing
Single Dad Laughing

Great advice Kay. And yes, it's opened the floodgates for lots and lots of talk about fire safety.

Single Dad Laughing
Single Dad Laughing

No doubt Karen, I don't know how his curiosity didn't inch him closer instead of him running.

julieanna copoola
julieanna copoola

In New England we get alot of snow. The snow can pile up over the connectors for the hydrants. So, if there's a fire, the firemen will have to shovel down to it to attach the hose before they can put out the fire. And if it ices over in the mean time, they may not be able to access it at all. And, your house, or your neighbor's, will burn to the ground. Sorry, I should have been more clear. I've been on very little sleep. :)