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Wet Chemical fire extinguishers are a special innovation, specifically designed for the food/catering industry to deal with fat fires.
Although many people assume that fat fires can be tacked with water, the reality is very different – when the superheated fat comes into contact with cold water it produces a dramatic reaction – boiling so violently that the air is filled with burning fat particles. This can have serious effects on the user, causing terrible burns and sometimes even death.
When the wet chemical substance comes into contact with burning fat it forms a soap-like substance, creating a layer between the oil and the oxygen supply, restricting the release of flammable vapours. The extinguishant also cools the fat.