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Avoid a Fire in Your Kitchen

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

kitchen-cleaning-fire-after-math SERVPRO employee deep cleaning of the kitchen interior after a fire.

An estimated 358,500 home fires occur every year. 50% of these fires start in the kitchen! In a five-year period, house fires caused $6.9 billion in property damage (NFPA). The main top three causes of fires in homes are cooking, heating equipment, and electrical malfunction (FEMA). It can take just 30 seconds for a small flame to turn into a major blaze (Department of Homeland Security). An average of 358,500 homes experiences a structural fire each year (NFPA). Every day, at least one child dies from a fire inside the home (Stanford Children’s Hospital). Its crazy to think all this is coming from a house fire, but nothing is impossible.

Let’s observe these following safety tips:

  • Heaters- be sure to keep these heaters at least 3 feet away from any flammable objects, such as blankets or curtains.
  • Space heaters- should be kept on tile or ceramic flooring — away from carpets or rugs. (Consider purchasing a space heater that automatically shuts off in the event it’s tipped over.)
  • Be sure to extinguish the embers in a fireplace or the flame of a candle
  • Install a fire alarm in every room and every floor of your home. Install a carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home. Test all devices yearly and replace batteries as needed.
  • If the unthinkable happens and you do find yourself in a house fire, remember:
    • “Stop, drop, and roll” if your clothing is on fire.
    • Crawl low to the floor and keep your airways covered.
    • Touch door handles to test if they’re hot before opening the door.
    • To open and use a fire extinguisher, use the following acronym: PASS
    • Pull the pin
    • Aim low at the base of the fire
    • Squeeze the handle slowly
    • Sweep the nozzle side to side

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