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Grease Fires and How To Prevent Them
This kitchen suffered fire damage from a grease fire in the local Charlotte area.
Grease fires are one of the number one causes of home fires and home injuries. A grease fire can potentially cause you to lose your kitchen, our even your home if they are not dealt with properly. Here are proper ways to deal with a grease fire and ways you can prevent a grease fire.
First off, how does a grease fire start?
- A grease fire can occur when cooking oil becomes too hot and begins to ignite itself. Vegetable oils commonly have a smoking point of 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
I've created a grease fire, what do I do?
- DO NOT PUT WATER ON A GREASE FIRE. Some may think the number one way to put out a fire is with water. As that may be correct in some situations, within this situation it is not. The water instead will cause the burning oil to splash which will cause the fire to spread instantly.
- Instead of using water, you want to starve the fire of oxygen so grab a metal lid or baking sheet and cover the fire.
- Turn off the heat source
- If the fire itself is small ,you can pour baking soda or salt to put it out. If you don't have those, you can use a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire.
IF YOU CANNOT EXTINGUISH THE FIRE, EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY AND CALL 911
How do I prevent a grease fire?
- If you are ever cooking, frying, boiling, or any type of cooking, it is best to stay in the kitchen at all times to keep an eye on everything
- Keep anything flammable away from your stovetop
- If you exceed recommended grease temperatures and notice it begin to smoke, turn off the burner and let it cool.
- Keep a lid near the pan you are cooking in
Remember anytime you are cooking with heat, be smart and be prepared!
Ways to Prevent Kitchen Fires
Kitchen Fire Spreading Quickly
House fires happen year around. Kitchen fires are number 1 on the list of leading causes of house fires. The kitchen is an area of the house that is used daily, but can be the most dangerous. There are a few safety tips SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County would like to share with you. Next time you are in the kitchen try to do the following:
1) Pull back your hair and roll up your shirt sleeves to keep them away from cooking services
2) Keep children and animals away from cooking surfaces.
3) Use kitchen time so you know when food is done.
4) Check and make sure the stove top and oven are completely off when exiting the kitchen.
5) Keep a lid close by when you are cooking to smother small fires.
6) Keep pot holders, towels, paper towels away from the stove top.
7) When using cooking oil don't leave the kitchen and be very attentive.
These are things we often forget about, but can cause a kitchen fire quickly.
Davidson and Cornelius Smoke and Soot Clean up
Smoke & Soot damage can cause a pervasive odor in your home
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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