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The Top 4 Kitchen Fire Risks

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Grease fire in a Lehigh Acres, FL property

Safety Tips to Avoid Fire Damage at Home

The kitchen is the most likely location for home fires. Find out more about the top four kitchen fire risks, along with helpful safety tips to avoid fire damage at home in Lehigh Acres,FL.

1. Unattended Food

Most fires start when someone who is cooking leaves food unattended. It may take longer to get back to the kitchen than you anticipate, or you could forget about the food until it becomes burnt or starts a fire. Stay with food, leave someone in charge or set a timer to remind you to check on its progress.

2. Grease Fires

Grease reaches its smoke point shortly before a fire ignites. The smoke point for most fats is about 375 degrees Fahrenheit, while most vegetable oils start to smoke at 450 degrees. Any kind of grease fire should be extinguished by smothering the flames or dousing the fire in baking soda and salt or suppressant from a Class B or K extinguisher. One of the most important tips is to spray an extinguisher from a distance to avoid spreading grease and fire.

3. Combustible or Flammable Materials

Keep paper or plastic food packaging and other flammable materials away from open flames and hot burners. Do not store oven mitts or towels above the stove where these items may fall on the surface.

4. Microwave-Safe and Oven-Safe Materials

Another common risk is associated with materials heated in microwaves or ovens. Some packaging is not intended for heating, and doing so may increase the risk of fire. Make sure cookware and dishes are rated for the preparation methods you plan to use.

Although awareness of fire risks can increase the safety of any residence, kitchen fires can still break out even if you follow these tips. Should a fire occur, depend on a certified fire damage restoration service to clean and rebuild your home in accordance with the highest standards.

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