It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that most fires that occur in the home begin in the kitchen. Most kitchens have several potential fire hazards, and the first step towards fire prevention is identifying potential fire hazards and taking proactive steps to reduce your risk of fire.
While taking steps to prevent fires is a smart idea, you should always keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen in the event that a fire does occur. Make sure to have an extinguisher rated for the types of fires that occur in a kitchen and that you know how to use it.
Stove Fires and How to Prevent Them
In the fire damage restoration industry, we see a lot of fires that start in the kitchen, and of those most are related to the stove. There are a lot of things that can go wrong when dealing with flames or high heat on the stovetop, but luckily using a little common sense can prevent many of these things from happening.
Make sure to keep anything flammable away from the stove, even when you’re not actively cooking. Things like curtains, paper towels and potholders can easily ignite. You should also keep things like oil and non-stick sprays away from the stove, as these too can ignite and cause a fire.
Many of the fires our fire damage technicians see are due to unattended cooking. You should always monitor food left on the stove to cook. When cooking with grease, you should always keep a close eye on the food to make sure grease is not escaping the pan or has the potential to boil over. Never leave the room or your house when cooking—kitchen fires can spread quickly and cause a significant amount of damage in only a few minutes.
Inspect Your Appliances
Kitchen fires don’t always start on the stove, and other appliances in your kitchen like your toaster and microwave can also cause fires. Electrical appliances in the kitchen can increase your fire risk, especially if the appliances are poorly maintained.
Keep your appliances clean and check cords and cables regularly for signs of wear or damage. Avoid using extension cords or power strips it the kitchen, as this can be dangerous and increase your fire risk.
Steps to Take After a Kitchen Fire
Unfortunately, even with the best prevention, kitchen fires can and do happen. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and use smoke detectors to alert you of a possible fire, but also remember to recognize when a fire is burning too quickly and too dangerously that you should evacuate and call 911. Never put your own life at risk trying to save your property.
After the fire is out and it is safe to enter your home, call a fire damage restoration company like Regent Restoration in Dallas to clean and restore your home. Fire damage restoration is a complex job, and working with a professional ensures that not only the physical damage from the fire is addressed, but the secondary damage from smoke and soot are also taken care of. Call Regent Restoration for your fire and smoke damage restoration needs.
- Most fires begin in the kitchen
- Reduce risk by identifying potential hazards
- Keep flammable objects away from stove
- Clean and restore your home before re-entering