Whether you’re a seasoned chef or someone who only cooks when there’s company coming, you probably know at least the basics of kitchen fire safety. Don’t let kids cook without supervision, don’t take a nap with pizza in the oven, and never try to put out a grease fire with water. These are all excellent first steps to kitchen safety, but if you want to keep your Oconto, WI kitchen singe-free for good, the fire mitigation specialists with ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings encourage you to incorporate a few more key steps into your fire damage prevention encyclopedia.
Sure, you may know how to react if something in your frying pan catches fire, but what about a fire in the oven? Oven fires can be dangerous because many people have a natural inclination to open the oven and see just how bad the fire damage is. When it comes to kitchen fire mitigation though, your best option is to keep the oven door shut and call the fire department. Opening the door allows the fire to gain oxygen, which gives it a chance to spread. Ovens are designed to contain a significant amount of heat, so let it do its job containing and call for assistance.
Patience plays a big part in kitchen fire mitigation as a lot of mistakes that lead to fire damage tend to happen when you get hasty. This is especially true when it comes to deep frying. Deep frying may not seem like a major fire damage risk, but the high temperature of the oil plus a risk of splashing makes it ripe for mistakes. Always make sure your food is completely thawed before deep-frying and keep loose cloths or flammable surfaces away from the cooking area.
Finally, no matter what you’re cooking in your kitchen, always keep fire mitigation tools near the kitchen and know how to use them. A fire extinguisher may be what stands between you and needing complete fire damage restoration in your home. If you live in an apartment building always know where the closest extinguisher is or even buy your own. When it comes to fire mitigation you can never be too ready.
If your Oconto, WI kitchen has been impacted by fire damage, or you’re interested in learning more about fire mitigation techniques, call ServiceMaster Recovery by Restoration Holdings today at (920) 336-7411 or visit our website here for additional information.