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According to the National Fire Protection Agency, nearly half of residential fires start in the kitchen. Because of the risk of fire in this area, it’s important to take precautions when it comes to residential fires, even when you aren’t cooking a meal. By staying in the kitchen when you’re cooking, making sure appliances are off, and following these other tips, you can significantly reduce the chances of a kitchen fire in your Tampa, Florida, home.

Stay in the Kitchen

One of the most common causes of residential fires stems from people leaving the kitchen unattended. With food left unattended on the stove, a fire can break out at any moment. The same goes for the oven or the broiler. If you have to leave the home, make sure to take all the food out of the oven or off the stove and turn the appliances off, even if you’re only going to be gone for a short while.

Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby

Even seasoned veterans in the kitchen can have a mishap. That’s why you should always keep a fire extinguisher handy. It may seem like overkill, but you’ll be glad you have it if something goes awry.

Dispose of Grease Properly

To prevent a clog in the sink, you need to dispose of grease elsewhere, but many homeowners choose to do so in the garbage can. However, the hot temperature of grease, even if it isn’t smoking, can cause many items in the garbage to catch fire. Instead of throwing it away, let the grease cool and place it in an old coffee tin until it’s time to throw it away.

By following these steps, you can ensure that you’ll seldom have to worry about a kitchen fire. If the worst does happen, that’s when you should contact us. The pros at ServiceMaster 24 Hour can repair any fire damage to make it look like it never happened. Call us today at 813-603-2001.

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