The first hints of fall: changing leaves, cooler temperatures, and shorter days give rise to hearty meals aimed at warming the soul. Mouth-watering chili, hearty pastas, and roasted meats create tantalizing aromas throughout our kitchens this time of year. In fact, the kitchen is one of the most popular places to be in nearly every home.
Fire statistics often report that kitchen fires are the number one cause of fires. So, with respect to National Fire Prevention Week, which occurs in October, let’s take a look at how to prevent kitchen fires.
- Keep loose-fitted clothing and curtains away from burners. Aprons, sleeves, curtains billowing from an open window, and other pieces of material need to be kept away from hot stoves.
- Never leave your kitchen unattended if you are using the oven or stove.
- Set a timer for food in the oven, especially the broiler, so you have a reminder that something is cooking and doesn’t burn.
- Check your oven and stovetop to make sure they are clear or empty before you turn them on.
- If your microwave catches fire, turn it off but don’t open the door…call the fire department.
- Unplug countertop appliances when not in use so as to avoid overloading a circuit or any electrical fires.
- Make sure your kitchen has a working smoke alarm and fire extinguisher.
- Keep baking soda on hand and within reach to douse a grease fire.
- Never use water to put out a grease fire!
- Never hesitate to call the fire department for a small fire. These can often escalate quickly.
At LaPointe Construction Board-Up Service we have the skills and experience to reconstruct your home after a fire. The more important matter is to ensure your safety. If a fire breaks out in your kitchen, no matter the size, escape to a safe place outside your home and call the fire department. Kitchen fires are often quick burning as grease will splatter and ignite nearby items. Don’t make yourself a fire statistic and try to put out the fire on your own. Ensure your own safety and your family’s.
The Fire Damage Reconstruction team at LaPointe is always available to restore your home to its previous condition. We have the tools and know-how to repair the damage and cleanup the effects of the fire. Our contractors will help you navigate the road to recovery so your kitchen will be, once again, the central gathering place of your home.
If you practice safe cooking, you’ll reduce your risk of a fire and cooking related injuries that can occur. If you need our expertise, give us a call. You can reach our Fire Damage Reconstruction team at 978-447-5991 or you can learn more about our Fire Damage Reconstruction solutions by visiting our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LaPointeConstruction.