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Grease Fire Safety

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Charred aftermath of a grease fire in Lauderdale, MS Have the proper tools on hand to put out a grease fire before it gets out of hand!

Beginning in 2020 and continuing through today, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, more people than ever turned to their own kitchens to relieve stress and feed their families. The rising numbers of new home chefs call for a reminder of basic kitchen safety.

Kitchen Safety 101

Always give your full attention to cooking. It's sometimes difficult to do when family members are both working and schooling from home, but it is essential. Forty-nine percent of home fires begin with cooking equipment, and thirty-three percent of those are from unattended equipment! A moment's distraction could end in tragedy.

A grease fire is the most common type of kitchen fire. Pay attention to your settings -- your burner is too hot if the oil is smoking! Should a fire develop, turn off the heat immediately! When frying on the stovetop, always have a lid nearby to suffocate a fire. A large box of baking soda is imperative to keep on hand to put out a small grease fire. Resist the urge to pour water on a grease fire – it will only make it worse! Every kitchen should also be equipped with a fire extinguisher.

Once you've finished cooking, always clean up any grease splatter on and around the stove. Thoroughly clean the heating elements or glass top so remnants cannot catch fire the next time the stove is in use.

Cooking is a fun and relaxing activity, but sometimes things do go wrong. Should your kitchen become damaged from a fire or water, give us a call! SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is available 24/7 at 662-281-1881. Call in the professionals and we'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

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