Avoid Kitchen Fires

The number one rule to avoiding kitchen fires, is to never leave the kitchen while you are cooking. If you are frying, boiling, broiling or grilling any food, it’s important that you are watching, so that nothing catches fire. If you need to leave, turn the burner off first.
Some fires results from cooking at too-high of a temperature. So, keep a watch on your food, and turn off the burner if you see smoke or grease boiling.

Change your top if you are wearing long, loose sleeves. Loose clothing can easily drag through food, touch an open flame, or snag on pot handles. Remove scarves or ties as well, as they too can become a hazard while cooking. Lastly, you’ll want to tie back any long hair, as this can cause a very similar hazard as wearing loose clothing.

Keep an oven mitt and metal pot lid nearby while cooking. These will help to smother small stove top fires. Should a fire occur, turn off the burner, put on your oven mitt, then slide the metal lid over the fire, and hold there until if feels cool. Don’t lift the lid too early, this could give oxygen to it, and the fire could start again.

If you do not have a metal lid, grab your fire extinguisher. If your extinguisher isn’t within reach, throw a few handfuls of baking soda or salt on the fire to cut off the oxygen supply, while you get the extinguisher. If in doubt…. get out and call 911.

With a grease fire NEVER fight the fire with water, that will only cause the fire to spread. Below are photos taken by a fire department showing the dangers of trying to put out a grease fire with water.

 

 

 

 

 

If you should experience a kitchen fire, call the professionals at Stutters Disaster Kleenup, and we will ensure that we work to get your home back to pre-loss condition. Our trained and experienced Project Managers and technicians will ensure that you do not have the stress of looking after the cleaning, and other structural work required.

Stutters is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 365 days a year to better serve you. You can call us at 1-877-763-1540, and will have a technician on-site immediately.

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