(Katya Slepian/Black Press)

Don’t burn the turkey: Vancouver firefighters on how to have a flame-free holiday

It’s the ultimate Thanksgiving faux pas

Picture this: It’s Thanksgiving morning and you’re ready to go. The turkey’s in the oven and the brussels sprouts are roasting.

But how ready are you if something goes wrong?

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services want to make sure you’re completely prepared if a kitchen fire ignites.

“We definitely expect to see an increase in calls at… Thanksgiving,” said Capt. Jonathan Gormick. “Not only are people home and in the kitchen more, but they’re cooking more than they would normally be and sometimes using cooking techniques like deep frying turkeys that they wouldn’t normally use. The potential for fires is much much higher.”

Unfortunately, the resulting grease fires can’t be put out with water, which Gormick said is often the first thing people grab – and which results in a much bigger problem.

“Water is heavier than grease. [It] hits the grease and sinks to the bottom. The water then boils, expands approximately 1,700 times and spatters and spreads the flammable grease up and over,” said Gormick. “If it’s not already flaming, it’s ignited by the flame source for the stuff. If it’s already flaming, it can cause a huge fireball.”

The leading cause behind the almost daily kitchen fires Vancouver fire crews respond to? Forgetfulness, Gormick said. While not all cause major damage, they do amount to $2-2.5 million in damage annually and have resulted in three fatalities in Vancouver since 2012.

WATCH: Firefighters show how bad a grease fire can be, and how to put it out:

Just Posted

Nearly 25,000 people cast ballots in Chilliwack

Turnout 10,000 votes higher than in 2014

Popove pledges to work hard as new mayor of Chilliwack

Ken Popove to take the helm from incumbent Sharon Gaetz

Chilliwack school board results reveal clear split

Incumbents Dan Coulter, Heather Maahs and Barry Neufeld join four new board members

Popove elected mayor in Chilliwack

Gaetz second, Waddington third; new faces on city council

Mayoral results from across B.C.

Voters in 162 municipalities in B.C. set to elect mayor, council, school board and more

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Fraser Valley man dead after head on crash in Okanagan

Accident occurred at about 7:35 a.m.

Newly-elected Lower Mainland mayor won’t drink his city’s tap water

White Rock’s Darryl Walker is concerned about its quality

Kennedy Stewart challenged with building bridges as mayor of Vancouver: expert

The former NDP MP, who ran as an Independent, will lead 10 councillors divided across four parties

B.C. Youtuber to seal himself ‘in a jar’ to demonstrate impacts of climate change

Kurtis Baute wants to see how long he can last in a 1,000 cubic foot, air-tight greenhouse

One of Taiwan’s fastest trains derails, killing at least 18

The train was carrying more than 360 people

Scheer marks one-year countdown to federal election with campaign-style speech

Conservative Leader insists that it will be Justin Trudeau who ‘makes it personal’

Canada Post union announces rotating strikes in four Canadian cities

Mail will still be delivered but it will be delayed

Vees notch up another win

Undermanned Vees take down league-leading Chilliwack Chiefs

Most Read