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Kitchen Safety for Your Alexander, AR Home

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher sits on a kitchen counter near a stove. A fire extinguisher is good in a pinch, but follow proper kitchen safety to prevent grease fires.

People have been getting more and more creative in the kitchen over the past two years.  The pandemic kept everyone home for most of 2020 and 2021.  Restrictions relaxed quite a bit in 2022, so people were excited to get out of their homes and head to restaurants.  Then came unprecedented inflation.  Prices shot through the roof on basically everything, so a lot of people had to forego the luxury of dining out.  There's a pretty good chance that home cooks throughout the South are going to fry something on the stove more than once.  Give us our comfort food and understand that's just how it goes in Arkansas!

So, let's revisit some basic kitchen safety tips to keep the good food coming with none of the nasty grease fires!

Kitchen Safety 101

Always give your full attention to cooking.  It's sometimes difficult to do when family members are home and everything is hectic, but it is essential.  Forty-nine percent of home fires begin with cooking equipment, and thirty-three percent of those are from unattended equipment!  A moment's distraction could end in tragedy.

A grease fire is the most common type of kitchen fire.  Smoking oil is a sign that your burner is too hot!  Should a fire develop, turn off the heat immediately!  When frying on the stovetop, always have a lid nearby to suffocate a fire.  It is also important to keep a large box of baking soda on-hand to put out a small grease fire.  Never pour water on a grease fire – it will only make it worse!  Every kitchen should have a fire extinguisher as a last resort.

Once you've finished cooking, always clean up any grease splatter on and around the stove. Thoroughly clean the heating elements or glass top so remnants cannot catch fire the next time the stove is in use.

Cooking is a fun and relaxing activity, but sometimes things do go wrong.  Should your kitchen become damaged from a fire or water, give us a call!  SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs are available 24/7 at 501-776-2222.  Call in the professionals and we'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

We're always here to help.

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