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What To Do In A Kitchen Fire: Know These Safety Precautions

Published by 911 Restoration Mesa on September 7, 2022 in category: Fire Damage Repair

Kitchens are often a place cooking fires can be started, possibly leading to a fire in the house. You may have to work with flames or high heat when you prepare food. The NFPA recommends that you take preventive steps to avoid a house fire. Here are some safety tips for your kitchen and some things to do after a small fire has occurred. Hopefully you’ll never need to know what to do after a fire has occurred in the kitchen, but at 911 Restoration of Mesa, we believe it’s better to be safe than sorry.


How Do Kitchen Fires Start?

A kitchen fire usually starts when something flammable is in direct contact with heat. Most common causes of kitchen fires are cooking oils, grease and fats that drip onto hot surfaces, food left unattended during cooking, and spilled liquids.


How Do Oil Fires Start?

A grease fire can happen when your cooking oil is too hot. Oils boil at high temperatures. Then they start smoking and then catch fire as they heat up. Don’t panic if the oil starts smoking. The oil is at risk of catching on fire if it starts to smoke.


How To Avoid Cooking Fires

A small kitchen fire can pose a danger to your health if you are cooking. These steps will show you how to avoid cooking on a small kitchen fire.


Never leave your cooking food unattended

Unintentional negligence in the kitchen can cause serious injuries and risk to your safety and family. Unattended cooking can lead to kitchen fires. When cooking, ensure that you are within an acceptable distance from the heat source of your food. If you have to be away from an oven, stove, microwave, or other heated cooking device, turn off the heat.


Protect Flammable Objects

Keep flammable items away from heat. Many basic kitchen items, such as pan holders, paper towels and plastic containers, can catch fire if they are placed next to a heating stove. These items should be kept away from the oven and stove. Grease, another flammable substance, can quickly accumulate in the kitchen. To prevent grease buildup, keep your counters and cooking area clean.


Install A Smoke Alarm

Having a smoke alarm in the kitchen will ensure that a kitchen fire doesn’t start. It is also a preventive measure to keep your family and home safe from potential dangers. To ensure that the alarm sounds effective, install it higher than the ceiling or wall.


How to put out a kitchen fire?

When you cook and see a flame in your pan, cover it with a lid to prevent oxygen from getting into the flames. You should turn off the burner immediately and wait for everything to cool down before touching anything. Be careful if there is grease on top an oil-based flame. This can cause hot liquids to splash onto other areas, increasing the risk of spreading fires.

It is essential to have a fire extinguisher in reach. Many kitchen fires are fueled by oil, grease, and gasoline. Water will only make the fire worse. An extinguisher is a great way to put out the flames quickly. Keep it away from the stove and make sure it is easily accessible from your range.


What to do if your food in an oven catch fire?

If food is caught on fire in the oven’s oven, immediately turn off the heat and let the fire go. If the fire does not extinguish on its own, dial 911 and get out of your house. Open your windows and take out the hot pan by carefully opening the oven door if the fire does not go out.


Assessing Kitchen Fire Damage

It is important to remember three things in the event of a catastrophe.

1. Take pictures: Make sure to take pictures and keep a list of all damaged objects so that your insurance company can file any claims.

2. Get Insurance Now: Tell them what happened and call them immediately. This will help to get the process moving along as fast as possible for both of you!

3. Do not clean up: In the event that there are gaps in your coverage, your agent might request an investigation. If you don’t get a recommendation, avoid cleaning up kitchen fire damage. This could put at risk your claim.


How to recover from a home kitchen fire?

A kitchen fire can cause serious damage. It is possible to save your kitchen by quickly putting out the fire. It is important to clean up any soot or smoke particles. You’ll end up with a horrible smoke smell in your home. There is a good chance that your kitchen will have soot-covered stains from fire or smoke. It is difficult to get rid of soot stains and if they are not cleaned properly, can spread across the surface and leave permanent marks. If you need the assistant of a professional fire damage restoration team, feel free to give us a call at (602) 899-6888, we’re available 24/7/365. You may find soot on your countertops, walls, utensils and fixtures. Here are some tips and steps to help you recover from a fire in your kitchen.

  • When cleaning up after a fire, always wear protective gear
  • To help smoke escape, keep windows open and ventilate the area.
  • All contaminated food, including cardboard food, should be thrown out
  • Clean out the kitchen cabinets and drawers.
  • Cleanse steel and metallic surfaces
  • Change your air filters


Is it safe to use a stove after a fire?

To ensure safety, it must be cleaned thoroughly after a fire at the kitchen stove. Clean the stove exterior after a fire. To ensure that the stove is free of any debris or grime, you should clean every part of the stove, including the window and front glass. To remove any remaining soot, you may need to use a solvent. You should be on the lookout for cracks or holes in your stove’s outer shell and replace them if necessary. After these and other inspections are passed, you can likely use the stove to cook on a gas burner. Before you start cooking, make sure the stove is clean and free from any soot or grime.


Is an oven safe to use after a fire?

While most people believe that all appliances should be replaced after a fire has occurred, this may not always be the case. It is safe to use the oven again after a fire if it has been cleaned thoroughly. You should inspect the ceiling and walls of the oven for cracks. These are places where heat can buildup and cause more damage to the oven than the surface.


Is a gas oven safe to be used after a fire?

After you have lit a gas oven fire, you can use as long as the oven has been cleaned thoroughly and checked for structural problems. Check the gas oven’s outer shell for any damage or holes. Make sure the connector is intact. Finally, look for any faulty parts. If you find any of these components aren’t in good condition and not functioning properly, it is best to get a professional to inspect it.


Is electric oven safe to use after fire?

It is crucial to ensure that there are no damaged electric wires after you have started an electric oven fire. Electric ovens can catch fire due to electric wires, electrical surges, and improper use.


How to clean your oven after a fire?

Turn off the pilot light in a gas oven first. Then open the door to remove the burner cover. Turn off the wall’s gas valve. Use baking soda and water to clean the oven after a fire. For a more difficult cleaning job, you can use vinegar. Dry the oven’s exterior and you are ready to go. It is important to prepare for what happens after a fire in your kitchen. 911 Restoration of Mesa is always available with a range of powerful tools and processes to restore your home as quickly as possible. 

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