A fire is one of the most devastating events that can happen to your home. Unattended candles, discarded cigarettes, and faulty electrical equipment are just a few hazards that can cause fires, but your kitchen is actually the breeding ground for potential fire hazards. Firefighters and emergency personnel are there to help save your life, not your property so it’s important to take the proper precautions to avoid a fire in the first place.

Cooking brings families together and provides an outlet for creativity for those who like to cook, and a treat for those who like to eat, but did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries?  By following a few safety tips you can prevent home fires.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen. Grease fires cannot be contained by water so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • Double check your smoke detectors. A working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.

  • Don’t wear loose or ill-fitted clothes while cooking. Hanging sleeves can brush stove tops and ignite quickly.

  • Don’t leave cooking food unattended, even in the oven. If frying grilling, broiling, or boiling, don’t leave the kitchen. If you’re simmering, baking, or roasting, don’t leave the house without turning off the oven.

Knowledge is power; educate yourself and your family on how to react if there’s fire. Calm, cool collected heads produce better outcomes in emergency situations.

  • Grease fires – Keep lid closed to smother flames, never pour water over a grease fire!

  • Oven fires – Keep door closed and turn off oven.

  • Always keep emergency contact phone numbers nearby.

  • Plan emergency exit routes and practice with your family.

Fire can cause major smoke, water, and burn damage to your home and the things you cherish. Follow the above safety tips and teach your family fire prevention and what to do in case of a fire. If you have recently had a fire in your home, please contact the disaster recovery experts at FLA-CAT by visiting our website. Our team is ready to respond 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Smoke, soot, water and odor from a fire can linger and spread to other unaffected areas of your home or business if not properly treated.  Whether it’s grease, plastic, wood or electrical fire, FLA-CAT has experience responding to all types of Florida fire damage. We will help prevent further damage and ensure a successful restoration of your home or business.