Fire Prevention Month: How to Safeguard Your Kitchen from Fires
Whether your spending time in the kitchen cooking your favorite meal or preparing a feast for a family gathering, fire prevention should be a priority.
Even professional chefs could tell you how a little grease splatter or a small flame on an open range stove can quickly escalate from being tamed to an uncontrollable fire. If you're not careful with the way you handle certain fire situations, there could be extensive damage to more than your kitchen appliances.
This week SERVPRO of East Brown County is focusing on kitchen fire safety. Here are some tips to help you safeguard against a fire breaking out in one of the highly trafficked areas in your house.
Stay in the Kitchen
An apparent practice for the person making the meal, but, according to the National Fire Protection Association, unattended cooking is the number one cause of cooking fires. If you must leave a stove unattended, turn off the heat and move the pan to a cool burner.
Use a Timer
Check food regularly, whether you're simmering, baking, boiling, or roasting. Using a timer can help remind you to check on your dish.
Keep the Stovetop Clear
Keep dish towels, oven mitts, paper towels—anything that can catch fire—away from your stovetop.
Wear close-fitting clothes and tightly roll up sleeves when you're cooking. Loose clothing can come in contact with burners and catch fire.
Immediately Wipe Up Spills
Cooking on a dirty stove, or in a dirty oven, is just inviting a potential fire. Grease buildup is flammable; clean your stove every time you cook and promptly wipe up any spills.
Don't Overheat Your Oils
Overheated cooking oil can start to smoke and bubble up, which can cause it to spill out and ignite. Uncertain about which oils begin to burn a certain temperature? What’s Cooking America offers an informative chart to help you with those burning questions.
Wait for Grease to Cool Before Disposing of It
Resist tossing hot grease into your trash can. It could go up in flames! It is best to allow it to cool before disposing of it in the garbage. You could even pour it into an old food can before tossing it out.
Keep Your Smoke Detector Working
A smoke detector is a vital fire safety device and your first line of defense. Make a mental note to change the batteries twice a year when you change your clocks for daylight savings time.
With these useful tips, your time can be well spent focusing on perfecting your culinary creations.
SERVPRO of East Brown County wants everyone to practice every precautionary measure while cooking. In case you happen to find yourself in the unfortunate situation where your kitchen sustained fire damage, know that we have Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians available to handle the cleanup of fire, smoke and soot damage. These individuals have the training and specialized equipment to handle all size jobs. We are also on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ready to go into action as needed.
We are locally owned and operated business which means a prompt response time for your home.
Have any additional questions? Call us today at, (920) 499-7050.