Protecting your home from kitchen fires

What not to do when grease fire starts, inexpensive product that could save your family

Author: Bill Spencer, Investigative Reporter, bspencer@click2houston.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 11:35:14 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 23 2013 11:15:26 AM CDT
kitchen fires
LAKE JACKSON, Texas -

One wrong move and a small flame on the kitchen stove can turn into a deadly fire.

Local 2 Investigates teamed up with the Lake Jackson Fire Department to find out what not to do when a grease fire starts and learn how one inexpensive product could save your home and your family.

Lake Jackson Fire Marshal Randy Crim is on a mission to get the word out on grease fires after battling four fires in the last five months, including an apartment fire that left families homeless.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, kitchen fires are the number one cause of home fires in this country.

Local 2 watched as Crim and Lake Jackson firefighters demonstrated how fast and furious these grease fires can burn.

Firefighters put just one cup of water on one cup of burning oil on the stove and quickly the fire exploded into huge flames. The one cup of water turned into 1,700 cups of steam and could easily cause third-degree burns, or worse.

What should you do?

Never put water on a grease fire.

Firefighters said to smother the grease fire by sliding a lid over the top of it and leaving it for 15 minutes so it doesn't flare up.

You can also pour baking soda on it, use a fire extinguisher or install a product called StoveTop FireStop.

"If this thing was going to flare up, it would activate and extinguish it like a fire extinguisher," said the fire marshal.

The StoveTop FireStop sells for $50 for two cans. The product mounts above your stove with a magnet and when fire breaks out it explodes putting out the fire with a powder.

"Once the fuse went off, it spreads these things open and it drops the powder out," Crim demonstrated.

Lake Jackson Fire Department administrators worked to gain financial grants to install the product in day care centers and senior citizens homes.

For residential customers, StoveTop FireStop can be special ordered at their local Lowe's Pro Services Desk or their local Ace Hardware store, according to the company.

The product is also available through distributors. Click here for more information and to learn where to buy the product.