Kitchen Fire Prevention
While everyone enjoys a home cooked meal, nobody likes dealing with fire damage in their kitchen. While accidents happen and sometimes there’s just nothing you can do about it, there are some things that you CAN do that can help prevent dangerous kitchen fires from damaging your home.
- Always watch your cooking – it can be tempting to step away from the stove, especially when you’re missing your favorite TV show but make sure that you never leave your stove unattended while the heating elements are on
- Set a timer – Set timers so that you don’t forget that an appliance is turned on and being used or so your food doesn’t start to burn
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen – Make sure you have a fire extinguisher near your cooking area and also that it is accessible quickly in the event of an emergency
- Clean appliances -Be sure to wipe down appliances when you’re done cooking to prevent any grease or food buildup that could catch on fire
- Dust your kitchen – Dust buildup around electrical wiring is a big fire hazard
- Smoke alarms – Make sure that you have a smoke alarm in your kitchen and most importantly that it is functioning properly
- If something does catch on fire in a pot or pan, if possible, cover the fire with a lid to smother the flames and immediately turn off the burner
- If you have a grease fire DO NOT use water to put it out, instead use baking soda to absorb the grease and smother the flames. Water can actually make a grease fire worse.
Follow these tips to help make sure your home is safe from kitchen fires but remember when accidents happen SERVPRO of Chesterfield and SERVPRO of Tri-Cities, Plus is here to help.