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Imagine that you’re alone in your house, cooking one of your favorite fried dishes. Suddenly— the popping grease spontaneously ignites into a raging inferno that is a grease fire! What do you do? Frequently, people would end up throwing water on it only to unfortunately spread the fire even further. This occurs because water is denser than grease/oil. To further elaborate, the evaporating water underneath the oil can carry the fire to greater distances and make the air flammable in the process as well.

Let’s say you do acquire the fire extinguisher. Now what? Do you know how to operate a fire extinguisher quickly and efficiently? Most people in an emergency situation will not have the time or knowledge to properly use a fire extinguisher. Even if you do figure it out, it doesn’t help that only a specific ‘Class K’ fire extinguisher will safely extinguish the grease flame. Contrasting the normal fire extinguisher, our product steps in with the goal to become the safest and best solution for this scenario.

Our Product is a slime wafer that can be applied to any grease fire. Adding this cost effective product over the grease will extinguish the fire within seconds. This is able to happen because of the reaction between the grease and the chemicals. The reaction is called saponification which basically turns the grease into a simple soap. Since the grease is now turned into a soap it doesn’t have the same fire spreading properties as grease, eliminating the fire.

Fresh Perspectives

When you see a fire, the first thing you may think to do is to put it out using any standard fire extinguisher. However, we decided to look at extinguishing grease fires from a different perspective. What if the extinguishers for grease fires didn’t have to be bulky and complicated? In response to that question, we sought to make a creative, cheaper, lightweight and more effective way to put these fires out.

First, we used some of the ingredients that can be found in a ‘Class K’ fire extinguisher along with some other reactants. Next, we were then able to transform the mixture into a type of “slime” that is able to efficiently extinguish the fire.