The Most Common Cause of House Fires
Fires can start for many reasons, but when it comes to your home, the leading cause is cooking, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). By taking a few common-sense precautions, your family can savor the aroma of delicious meals, instead of dealing with the smoke and damage from a kitchen fire.
SERVPRO’s Tips to Avoid Cooking Fires
- Watch the heat: The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking, so stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. Also be sure to check the food regularly if you’re baking, roasting, or boiling.
- Keep flammable items away from heat sources: Oven mitts, potholders, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, curtains, and paper or plastic bags can catch fire.
- Dress thoughtfully: Remember that loose clothing, long sleeves, and scarves, can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
- Clean often: Clean up spills, grease, and oil as soon as possible when the stovetop or oven is cool.
- Stay alert: Too little sleep, alcohol consumption, and some medication can make you drowsy and less able to concentrate on cooking safety.
Make kitchen safety a priority every day and you’ll be less likely to start a fire that can cause serious damage. If a cooking fire does break out, you can count on SERVPRO of Aberdeen/Holmdel can start the fire cleanup and restoration process almost immediately. You can feel more at ease knowing we have specialized fire restoration training, personnel, and equipment to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.
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