Of all the things I cook, bacon is the most likely to end up causing a grease fire. Imagine pouring excess bacon grease out of the frying pan and a little grease dribbles onto the outside of the pan. You set the pan back down on a hot burner, then the excitement starts.
How do you put out a grease fire? I knew water wouldn’t do the trick; my first thought was pour salt on it. That’s wrong! About.com says to simply smother it by putting a metal lid on the pan and turn off the heat. If you can’t find the fitted lid, use a cookie sheet. Fire won’t burn without a supply of oxygen. You could pour baking soda on the fire, but it takes a lot. Wikihow has more info on putting out a grease fire, mentioning a dry chemical fire extinguisher as a last resort if you’re going to handle the fire yourself. Think safety first.