It happens to everyone– you preheat the oven and in a few minutes, some melted cheese from last night catches fire and the smoke billows through the kitchen. Or a crumbly piece of dry bread ignites in the toaster. After you put out the fire, reset the smoke alarm, and open the windows, you look around at the damage.
How serious is the situation? Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries, causing 48% of home fires that resulted in 21% of the home fire deaths and 45% of the injuries, based on 2012-2016 data from the USA.
Two-thirds of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials. Ranges or cooktops account for almost two-thirds of home cooking fire incidents. Unattended equipment is a factor in one-third (32%) of reported home cooking fires and a half (45%) of the associated deaths.
Burning things leave different types of residue and odors, which makes fire restoration difficult. Techniques that remove smoke and smell from some substances don’t work on others. Knowing what works best on various surfaces is often beyond the skill set of most homeowners, which is why insurance companies usually recommend hiring experts.
If the affected area is small and the surfaces are not porous, you might be able to clean up with a few supplies for the home improvement store. While many people may want to attempt to clean up fire damage themselves, particularly after a small fire, you could find that the costs end up racking up. With the real risk of further damage and inefficient results, the money spent on a DIY clean can easily outweigh the cost of hiring a professional clean and restoration from the start.
A fire restoration company is always necessary after a large fire, make sure not to touch anything before the emergency responders arrive.
While living on pizza and take-out might prevent a kitchen fire, it isn’t practical. Instead, practice fire safety. Never pour water on a grease fire. Never discharge a fire extinguisher onto a pan fire; it can spray or shoot burning grease around the kitchen. If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing.
When you face kitchen fire by yourself, it can turn into a huge project. Rely on Champion Cleaning Systems for a project larger than a few square feet. Their industrial-grade dehumidifiers, high-speed air movers, and documented drying process will return your kitchen to a safe, beautiful and comfortable home.