Preventing Kitchen Fire

Happy Thanksgiving to The Flood Guys family and friends.  We hope everyone has a safe Thanksgiving, but if Kitchen Fire disaster strikes, call The Flood Guys for Fire & Smoke damage clean up.  The Flood Guys offer board up and roof tarp serves to protect your home from theft and additional damage from the elements.  In addition, we offer Disaster Moving & Storage services to inventory, pack, clean, store and then return your belongings to you when you are ready.  To avoid the worst, use these Tips for Preventing Kitchen Fires Tips and What To Do In Case of Fire in the Kitchen.


Tips for Preventing Kitchen Fires – Practice Safe Cooking

  • Never leave your stove unattended while cooking. Stay in the kitchen while you’re frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food. If you have to leave the room—even for just a moment—turn off the stove.
  • Keep your cooking area free of combustible materials. Keep anything that can catch fire, such as food packaging, oven mitts and towels, away from your stovetop.
  • Create a kid-free zone. Create a space of at least three feet around your stove and other areas where hot food is prepared.
  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. This way, they can’t be bumped into and children can’t grab them.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Make sure you have the correct type of extinguisher and know how to properly use it.
  • Keep cooking equipment clean. Crumbs in a toaster, built-up grease on the stovetop, and excess dust behind your appliances are fire hazards.
  • Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves. Loose clothing can catch fire if it comes in contact with a gas flame or electric burner.
  • Never throw hot grease in the garbage. Let grease cool before disposing of it in the garbage. Never pour grease or oil down the drain.
  • Avoid using kitchen appliances if you’re sleepy or have consumed alcohol.

In Case of Fire

By practicing safe cooking in the kitchen, you can help reduce the risk of fire or injury. If a fire does occur, it’s important to be prepared.

  • Your safety comes first. If you cannot safely extinguish a fire, get outside quickly, close the door behind you to contain the fire, and call 9-1-1.
  • Smother grease fires. To smother a small grease fire, slide a lid over the pan, turn off the stovetop, and leave the pan covered until it’s completely cooled.
  • Keep oven and microwave fires contained. Turn off the heat and keep the door closed until the flames are completely out.

Thank you to the City of San Jose for these tips.


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