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Stopping a Kitchen Fire in Seconds | SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton & Fayette

3/15/2024 (Permalink)

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Whether you consider yourself a gourmet chef or the most time you spend in the kitchen is to make your favorite mac and cheese cup, we all need to feed ourselves! Since we spend so much time making meals, it should be no surprise to learn that the majority of house fires start in the kitchen. 

Kitchen fires can quickly get out of hand due to the heat and fuel that is present in a kitchen space. Oftentimes you only have a few seconds to get the situation under control before it becomes too dangerous to stay in your home. 

Knowing what to do when a fire breaks out in your kitchen can help you stay calm and act quickly in the face of a true emergency, so check out our tips below. 

Tips for the Kitchen 

Staying close to your cooking food is the single most important part of reducing your risk of a serious fire. It only takes a split second for a malfunctioning toaster to catch on fire or for a grease bubble to pop and catch fire. If you are near the kitchen when a situation like this begins, you can quickly throw a lid over the pan to smother the flames.

You should also be cognizant of the amount of flammable materials that you have in your kitchen. Kitchen towels, wooden utensils and pot holders that are left too close to your heat source can easily catch on fire and that fire can quickly turn into a full blaze as it licks up your cabinets and curtains. Keep the flammable materials to a minimum and be sure your fire extinguisher is easily accessible to everyone in your home. 

What to Do First 

If the fire starts on your stove, toss a lid on top of your pan or pot right away to remove the source of oxygen and turn off the burner. If the fire starts in your oven, do not open the oven door. Turn off the heat and keep the door shut until the fire consumes the available oxygen and burns out. 

Just remember, water and grease are never a good combination and water should never be used as a method of fire extinguishing in the kitchen. Grease fires always need to be smothered or put out with a fire extinguisher. If the fire is out of control by the time you discover it or if you ever feel unsafe staying to fight the fire, back away and call 911 right away.

Recovering After the Fire 

Whether you put out the fire yourself or the fire department did it for you, chances are that you will have significant fire and water or chemical damage to deal with. That’s where we come in! Our fire damage restoration team will handle your entire recovery to make it as simple and as stress-free as possible.  

We will focus on removing damaged debris, cleaning and sanitizing your space, and tackling stubborn smoke odors. Once your entire space is ready, we will get started on your repairs. We can rebuild single rooms or even entire levels or sections of your home if needed. We always have your back when it comes to fire damage, so call us 24/7 for immediate assistance. 

Kitchen fires can become serious in seconds. Call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette for a quick fire damage restoration.

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