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Did you know your kitchen could be the deadliest room in the house?  It's because of kitchen fires—they cause hundreds of deaths and nearly a billion dollars in property damage every year.

America Now host, Bill Rancic suited up with Santa Monica, California division fire chief, Jose Torres who showed him first hand just how quickly a kitchen fire can get out of control.

Chief Torres says that the first instinct most people have is to throw water on a grease fire. But in fact that is the worst mistake you can make because when water hits a grease fire, it splatters the grease and spreads the fire in all directions. Instead what you want to do is put a lid on the pan to smother the flames.

Chief Torres recommends keeping a fire extinguisher in the kitchen—but make sure it's a "dry chemical" extinguisher, and not a water extinguisher. You can also use baking soda to smother a small grease fire—but the lid is the best.

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