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Taking Control of House Fires the Smart Way | SERVPRO of Kent

12/22/2023 (Permalink)

devastating house fire We know how damaging an unexpected fire can be to your home. That's why we have a team of experts ready to help. Call SERVPRO of Kent now!

What is your favorite meal to prepare in your kitchen? Whether it is an extravagant three-course dinner or a simple box of mac and cheese, chances are that you will be using heat to cook your food—and that can be risky from time to time. 

The majority of house fires start in the kitchen, and they can quickly get out of control if you don’t know how to extinguish the flames in the right way. Follow these tips below to learn different ways to reliably put out a kitchen fire so you can take control during a true fire emergency.

Start With Safety

The best kind of house fire is the one that never starts! Preparing your work surface is a crucial part of reducing your risk of a kitchen fire. Start by removing as many flammable materials as possible, like pot holders, oven mitts and kitchen towels, and keep your sleeves rolled up while you work.

Grab a lid from your pot and pan set and keep it next to the stove while you are cooking. If a spark flares up or a flame from your gas burner grows really big unexpectedly, you can quickly throw the lid over your pan and that will extinguish the fire fast.

It is never recommended to put out a kitchen fire with water because water and grease do not mix well. Always remember to smother a grease fire.

What to Do First

If you are cooking away and a fire breaks out, use your lid right away to toss over your pan. Either the flames will go out immediately or the lack of oxygen will slowly extinguish it. 

If the fire grows outside the barrier of your pan, run to grab your fire extinguisher and pass it over the flames. If the fire started inside your closed oven, DO NOT open the door. Turn off your oven and wait for the flames to slowly die out.

Remember, if you ever feel unsafe or unwilling to stay to put out the fire, back up and get out of your home right away. Kitchen fires can quickly consume entire rooms and homes in minutes, so getting to safety should be your first priority and then call 911. 

How SERVPRO® Can Help You Recover

The trusty firemen and women will take control and put out your fire completely, but they are not going to stick around to help you recover and restore your home. That’s where SERVPRO of Kent comes into play!

Our fire damage restoration team will confidently handle your recovery from start to finish. We will remove standing water and chemical residue, tackle smoke odors and work on rebuilding your home. Lean on us when you suffer a house fire and we will take care of you and your home!

House fires can be really destructive. Let SERVPRO of Kent handle your entire restoration. 

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