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Fire Safety and Prevention in the Kitchen

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety and Prevention in the Kitchen Make sure to keep towels and other items away from an open flame!

Some say the kitchen is the heart of the home, but it can also be the start of many home fire disasters.  Here are some basic how-to's on how to prevent small kitchen fires from turning into major disasters. 

Stopping Before it Starts: 

  • Keep hand towels/ pot holders, shopping bags, aprons, or other flammable objects away from the stovetop.  It’s also good to not wear loose clothing or long sleeves and to tie long hair back.  
  • Never leave the kitchen while cooking.  Water and other items boil down faster than you think! 
  • Make sure to check old electric grills or other electric appliances for exposed wires.  You are just as much at risk for electrical fires in the kitchen as you are from an open flame.  

I have a fire! What now?   

Small items around your kitchen can help put out small fires before a disaster occurs.   

  • If grease and oil catch fire on your stove DO NOT use water to extinguish.  Water only increases the spread of grease fires.  Use baking soda to spread on the small fire until it has been put out.  
  • DO NOT use a towel to try and dissipate the flame.  Oxygen and air will only fuel the fire.  Instead, use a pot lid over the flame for a make shift snuffer.  
  • Use a class-c fire extinguisher over the affected area. 

These small efforts in the kitchen can help prevent a fire disaster in your home. If you believe a fire is out of your hands, never take a risk and always call the appropriate authorities.   

SERVPRO of West Beaver County will be there when disaster strikes.  Take a look at some of our before and after’s that we have done on fire damage.  

5 Tips to Help Prevent a Fire in Your Home

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire in your home or business can be costly, time-consuming and emotional. Therefore it’s important to take certain precautions to prevent or decrease the likelihood of a fire. These helpful tips provided by the NPFA can reduce the probability of a fire in your home or office;

  1. Watch your cooking! You should always stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. Remember to never let young children near the stove or oven while you are cooking.
  2. Give space heaters space! It’s best to keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn.
  3. Keep matches and lighters out of reach! The safest place to keep matches and lighters is in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.
  4. Inspect electrical cords! You should replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or loose connections.
  5. Be careful when using candles! Be sure to keep candles at least one foot away from anything that will burn.

Not all fires are caused by things we have control over. Some fires can be caused by unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents. Just in case one of these catastrophes may happen, keep in mind that a fire escape plan for your family or crew is always a good idea! Try practicing it at least twice a year. In the event of fire damages SERVPRO of West Beaver is available around the clock to offer exceptional response time and trained professionals ready to restore your property!