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Fire Restoration Tips- Don’t Burn Your Dinner…or Your House

December 3rd, 2013

ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning offers tips for avoiding cooking fires. We offer fire restoration in 9 Counties: Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer, Polk, Barron, Rusk, St. Croix, Dunn & Pierce.

Home cooking is one of life’s great pleasures. Family gatherings and parties just wouldn’t be the same without it. That’s especially true up here in West & Northwest Wisconsin. With so many strong ethnic influences, when folks around Boyceville, Menomonie, Hayward, Rice Lake, Cumberland, Spooner, Hudson and River Falls get together you can bet the food is going to be great.

Fire Damage in a Flash

Besides expanding waistlines, there’s another problem that can come along with all that cooking: kitchen fires, and that means the need for fire damage restoration. The biggest danger is from protein fires; that is, fires caused when frying meat, eggs and other foods cooked with oil. Combine those things with a hot stove and getting distracted by a phone call, children or the happy chaos that comes with family and social gatherings and you’re setup for potential disaster.

Cooking fires can happen in a flash. If you don’t react quickly and do the right thing, a small skillet fire can quickly turn into a raging blaze, which means fire damage along with soot and smoke odors.

Oil and Water Still Don’t Mix

To keep a stovetop fire from spreading, keep two things in mind: Fires need oxygen and oil and water don’t mix. If a skillet or saucepan should suddenly flare up, keep calm. The best way to put out a cooking fire is to cut off its supply of air. That can be as easy as simply putting a cover over the pan. As soon as the fire’s supply of oxygen is gone, so is the fire. Whatever you do, never put water on a protein fire or add water to flaming oil. Instead of having one flare-up, the water disperses the oil into smaller bits, each one becoming its own little blaze surrounded by oxygen. Tests have shown that under controlled conditions, as little as half a cup of water poured onto a cooking fire can send a column of flames over 15 feet into the air! That can create some serious fire damage.

When cooking foods that have the potential of causing a protein fire, be aware of distractions. If you’re cooking eggs, browning meat or sautéing vegetables or any other food that involves grease, fats or oil, keep the potential for a flare-up in mind. Have a plan for what to do if a fire happens. Then stay calm and follow the plan.

Fire Restoration in a Flash

It all sounds really basic, but a fire in the kitchen can not only spread, but the fire will send smoke and soot throughout the house even if it has been extinguished. Oily soot and smoke from a cooking fire is extremely difficult to clean and it can get everywhere. Soot settles on walls, ceilings, furniture, carpets and drapes creating soot damage and smoke odors. Improper cleaning will make an even bigger mess. The best course of action is to call in an expert. ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning has been handling fire damage, soot damage and smoke odors all over the Boyceville, Menomonie, Hayward, RiceLake, Spooner, Cumberland, Hudson and RiverFalls area for years.

ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning has a staff of professionals who specialize in cleaning up the unique soot damage and smoke odors resulting from protein fires. We have the experience, equipment and products to restore your home to fresh and new. Call ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning, it’s the first and only call you need to make.



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