Cooking Fire in Jacksonville Home
The accompanying before and after photos show smoke and fire damage from a cooking fire in a Jacksonville home and the subsequent restoration. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast was called in to restore the damage, which was caused when the homeowner, an elderly woman, left the kitchen to check on her spouse.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
What you should know about home cooking safety
- Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
- If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
- If you have a cooking fire, just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
- If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
- Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
- For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
Practice these tips to avoid cooking fires in your home. If you do, however, have smoke or fire damage, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Northeast at 904.729.2401.