Kitchen Fire Safety
Cooking fires are the primary cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen while food is cooking. On average, they cause 44 percent of home fires, 15 percent of home fire deaths and 38 percent of home fire injuries each year. Homeowners can minimize fire risks by removing hazards and maintaining your kitchen. Never leave food that is cooking on the stove unattended. The food can become too hot resulting in a fire.
As a homeowner by making sure all appliances are serviced, cleaned and in good working condition is a preventive measure to reduce the chances of a kitchen fire. Appliances that are plugged in continue to draw electricity and any faulty wiring could pose a fire threat. Be sure to replace faulty equipment that is found before your next use.
Grease buildup is flammable and should be cleaned up after each use of the stove. Do not keep dish towels, paper towels or other flammable material near the stove when in use. Following safety procedures and never leave cooking food unattended can greatly reduce the chance of a grease or stove fire to start or spread.
If a kitchen fire starts take quick action to confine and keep from spreading. Never use water to put out a grease fire due to how water repels grease. Lids can be put on pans and pots to smother the fire. Use the fire extinguisher if it is not possible to put a lid on. If the fire can not be contained and is spreading immediately call 911 and remove yourself from the home.
Fires are devastating to your home and family. During this time homeowners need to know their concerns are being handled by professionals specialized in fire restoration. At SERVPRO our technicians are highly trained and have experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They can also remove the smoke odor and deep clean soot from your upholstery and carpet. SERVPRO offers laundry and dry- cleaning service along with contents storage in our warehouse.
Visit our website to see helpful tips on how to protect yourself and your family during a fire. We are available 24/7 for your emergency service and a Preferred Vendor for Many National and Local Insurance Companies.