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5 Great Grease Fire Prevention Tips From Grease Fire Cleaning Pros

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Small grease fire in Atlanta kitchen The grease fire cleaning professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7.

Grease fires are difficult to extinguish and even harder to clean.

A grease fire can occur in any kitchen but is preventable, unlike most types of fires. If you are worried about a potential grease fire or have damages caused by a grease fire, then this post is for you. This blog post will go over the science behind a grease fire, potential damages, prevention tips, and why you should call SERVPRO for grease fire restoration services.

The science behind a grease fire

Did you know that common cooking oils heat up faster than water because of their lower heat capacity? Cooking oil's lower heat capacity increases the likeliness of a grease fire when the oil becomes too hot. A grease fire will break out as it transitions from the boiling point to the smoke point. Keep in mind that the smoke point will vary depending on the type of oil used for cooking. 

As grease heats up from cooking, it creates a flammable vapor that is easier to ignite from ignition sources, such as hot grease splatters. The vapor eventually builds up until the grease catches fire and burns quickly with intense heat.

How to put out a grease fire?

Before discussing how to put out a grease fire, we must first mention that safety should be your number one priority. It is best to call the Atlanta authorities when dealing with a grease fire situation that is out of control. 

The first thing you should do when you have a grease fire is turn off the heat source immediately. After the stove has been turned off, you should cover any nearby flames with baking soda and use a pot or lid to cover the flame.

Unlike most fires, you will want to refrain from using water because that will spread the grease fire to other areas.

Fire damages a grease fire can cause

The most common place for a grease fire to occur is in a kitchen. The amount of fire damage will depend on how long the grease fire burns and if it spreads.

Common damages left behind after a grease fire include:

  • Grease build-up on appliances
  • Smoke/soot damage to the walls, ceiling, and furniture left in the fire area
  • Charring of materials (flooring) that caught on fire

Depending on the amount of fire damage present will dictate how much grease fire cleaning will be needed. Keep in mind that all grease fire damage is preventable when you follow our grease fire prevention tips.

5 Grease fire prevention tips

  1. Never leave the stove unattended while cooking.
  2. Turn the heat down at the first sign of oil starting to smoke.
  3. Never use the same oil more than once.
  4. Have a working smoke detector near the kitchen
  5. Ensure there is an adequate amount of space between cooking areas and combustible materials.

The best company for grease fire cleaning services

When it comes to cleaning grease fires, one company always stands out from the rest in Atlanta, and that company is SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta. SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is independently owned and operated by Rick Northen, who prides himself on delivering quality restoration services to every customer.

All of the team members at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta have gone through rigorous training from the IICRC to ensure Atlanta customers receive top-of-the-line fire restoration services. When you choose to hire SERVPRO, you have a team quickly on-site ready to remove debris, clean soot, and restore your property.

Final thoughts

We hope you enjoyed learning about grease fire prevention and what it means to hire SERVPRO for grease fire cleaning services. Contact us today for questions or inquiries regarding fire restoration services.

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