Kitchen Fire Awareness For Fall: Tips For Avoiding Fires And Permanent Fire Damage

Posted on: 22 September 2015

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Cooler weather is coming, and that makes baking in the kitchen far more enjoyable. If you plan to use your kitchen more now that the temperatures outside are dropping, it's important to know how to avoid a kitchen fire and what to do to speed your home's recovery in the event that a kitchen fire occurs.

Preventing a Kitchen Fire

You're probably familiar with a lot of the standard fire safety tips that can help prevent kitchen fires. For example, you probably already know to keep paper towels and oven mits away from the stove and not to wear loose fitting clothing while using the stove. The following tips go a little bit beyond the normal kitchen fire-prevention advice.

  • Use your phone timer. Using an oven timer will only work if you're staying in the kitchen 100% of the time while you're baking. Many people do tasks around the house while food is baking in the oven, and if you're not in the kitchen you might not hear the timer buzz. Setting an alarm on your phone and carrying the phone around in your pocket can help ensure that you will hear the timer go off when it's time to take food out of the oven.
  • Install a smoke detector near the kitchen. Placing a smoke detector inside your kitchen is like begging your family members to remove the batteries. So put up a smoke detector close enough to the kitchen that significant fires will be detected but slightly overcooked food won't set it off.
  • Keep track of your fire extinguisher's expiration date. Fire extinguishers expire, so keeping a fire extinguisher on-hand isn't good enough unless you're tracking its expiration date. Mark your calendar every year at the same time to remind yourself to check your fire extinguisher's expiration date.
  • Focus on kitchen cleanliness. Grease buildup on pots and pans, on the stove and in the oven can be a major contributor to kitchen fires. Keeping your kitchen surfaces and utensils clean and free from oil can help prevent this type of event from occurring.

If a Kitchen Fire Occurs

If a kitchen fire does occur, you'll want to be on the road to recovery as quickly as possible. The following tips will help you get your kitchen back in order without causing more damage.

Porous surfaces and materials, like curtains and rugs, can absorb soot and smoke when a fire occurs. Touching these surfaces can smear the soot deep into the pores, causing permanent damage. In addition, water damage to your home from putting out the fire can begin to mold as quickly as 72 hours after the structure becomes wet.

In other words, getting help from a reputable fire damage restoration company is critical. This needs to be done in the hours after the fire occurs. Attempting to restore the kitchen yourself could result in the wasting of precious time (leading to mold damage) and you could inadvertently drive soot deeper into your possessions.

For more information about how to protect your kitchen from fire damage, contact a fire damage restoration company, such as Nordic Services Inc.