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Kitchen Fire Safety When Using Grease

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Many of us cook every day without thinking twice about the safety hazards that reside in the kitchen. Grease fires are oftentimes more dangerous than other fires because if they’re not extinguished properly, it is easy for them to spread. Using the wrong material to douse the flame can end in you getting seriously hurt and your home severely damaged. 

Here’s everything you need to know about how to stop a grease fire and prevent one from happening.

How to Stop a Grease Fire the Right Way

Let’s say you’re frying your favorite food and suddenly you notice wisps of smoke escaping from the oil you’re using. Before you know it, there are flames leaping up from the pan. What should you do? The key to putting out a grease fire is to suffocate it by cutting off any oxygen flow. Here are a few ways you can do this safely:

1. Turn Off the Heat Source

The very first step is to immediately turn off the burner, thus eliminating a heat source that could make the fire worse. Though this might be second nature, whatever you do, don’t attempt to move the pan or pot to a cool burner. The oil could splash on your or your kitchen, spreading the flames and causing injury.  

2. Cover With a Metal Baking Sheet or Lid

As previously mentioned, you should cut the fire off from any oxygen. You can do this by sliding a metal baking sheet or lid over the pan or pot, cutting off the oxygen and allowing the fire to burn itself out. The key material here is metal. You should never use a glass or plastic lid or sheet as the high heat of the fire can cause these materials to melt or shatter. Leave the sheet or lid on long enough to ensure the fire is completely out. When removing it, slowly slide it off to make absolutely sure the flames are gone for good. 

3. Pour Salt or Baking Soda on the Flame

Another way to help remove oxygen is by pouring salt or baking soda onto the flame. However, this works best if you have a large amount of either solution within close reach. Never use flour or baking powder on a grease fire, as these two materials are combustible and can amplify the intensity of the fire. 

4. Use a Class B Fire Extinguisher

Most people’s first instinct to a kitchen fire is to reach for a fire extinguisher. However, not all fire extinguishers will put out the same types of fires. Grease and oil fires require the use of a class B extinguisher. These extinguishers are designed to fight flammable liquids that include grease or oil. You can also use a multipurpose extinguisher as long as the label includes class B. When using an extinguisher, make sure you aim the extinguisher at the fire from a safe distance. The high pressure from the extinguisher can cause flames to spread if you are too close. 

5. As a Last Resort, Call 911 and Evacuate Your Home

If the steps above don’t contain the fire, you should then call 911 or your local fire department and evacuate your home immediately. Grease fires take only a few minutes to take over the kitchen, so the sooner you realize you need 911 assistance, the better. Fortunately, most types of grease fires—especially if caught early—can be stopped by trying the methods listed above. 

Why Can’t I Use Water to Put Out a Grease Fire?

The first impulse, when faced with a grease fire, is often to try putting it out with water. However, this can create a very dangerous situation that can cause the flames to spread. Oil and water don’t share the same density, so water can’t be used to put out a grease fire. In fact, water that gets thrown on a grease fire can turn to steam within nanoseconds due to the fire’s high temperature. The oil molecules can actually attach themselves to the water molecules and “hitch a ride”, so to speak. This means the steam can carry the flames to other surfaces, igniting the fire in surrounding areas. This makes the fire and smoke damage restoration process following the fire lengthy and much more costly. We can’t stress this enough: NEVER put water on a grease or oil fire, even if you don’t have anything else available to safely quell the flames. Call for emergency services.

How to Prevent a Grease Fire

As scary as they may be, grease and oil fires can be prevented by following a few safety precautions while cooking:

1. Use an Appropriate Oil For Frying or Cooking

Cooking oils have various smoke points, which is the maximum temperature to which they can be safely heated. You should always strive to use cooking oil with a high smoke point for frying. Know the smoke point of the oil you intend to use and use a cooking thermometer when frying to ensure you stay safely below it.

2. Remove Moisture From Food Before Frying

Any food you intend to fry should be completely defrosted and thoroughly dried off. Never place frozen food into hot oil as the water can splatter and bring hot grease with it.

3. Never Leave the Stove Unattended

47% of kitchen fires are caused by an unattended stove. It only takes a few minutes for a pot or pan to get overheated, so always keep your full attention on your cooking.

4. Keep a Means of Extinguishing the Fire Nearby

Whether it’s a metal cooking sheet, class B fire extinguisher, or a large container of salt, always keep one of these emergency tools within safe reach when cooking with oil or grease.

By following these tips, you’ll ensure a grease fire doesn’t have a chance to start in the first place.

Quick Action Can Stop a Grease Fire

Knowing the correct way of putting out a grease fire can help prevent injury to yourself and your loved ones, as well as preventing serious damage to your home.

Call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball today at (281)374-6454 for your fire restoration needs. We are always here to help!!

Steps To Follow After A Storm

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Your heart sinks and your mind races after a storm hits and damages your home. What should you do? Can you fix anything yourself? Should you start calling contractors? Help!

Below are some basic steps to follow after a storm strikes your home and causes damage.

Step One: Assess the Damage, call SERVPRO and Take Photos

After the storm has passed and it’s safe to venture outside, grab your camera or smartphone and start taking pictures and capturing video. Remember: Be safe. Downed power lines and high water can be deadly, and it’s not worth risking your life for photos that can be taken at a later, safer time. Call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball to start the inspection to make sure your home gets repaired quick!

Step Two: Stop the Water

If water and wind are getting into your home, don’t stand around waiting for help, try to make temporary repairs. For example, cover broken windows with plywood or a tarp.

Step Three: Save Receipts, Stay Organized

Paperwork is crucial in the world of homeowners insurance. Staying organized now can alleviate headaches and problems later. Receipts are crucial to save as they can possibly be reimbursable. 

Step Four: Call Your Insurance Company Soon and Often

Contact your insurance agency as soon as possible to file a claim. Make sure you know who your insurance adjustor is sending out so you don't have scammers knocking on your door. Disreputable contractors may show up unannounced at your doorstep promising to fix things. Have a conversation with your insurer before any work is done. Most of the time your insurer will tell you who’s showing up and when. Get everything you can in writing. 

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball will be at your doorstep as soon as possible to make sure your home gets back to "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball is Hazmat and Bio Hazard Removal Trained.

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball is hazmat and biohazard removal trained and we are ready to help you when you're in need!

What is biohazard cleanup? Biohazard cleanup is anything from cleaning blood, urine, vomit, human fluids, and animal feces. Here at SERVPRO, we have the proper equipment, PPE, and training to make sure there is no harm caused by these types of incidents. General maid services don't have the expertise to do so. This is why you can rely on SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball to get the job done quickly, safely, and to sanitation standards. Many homes and buildings that have been left unattended and/or improperly cared for will generally require this type of service. SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball will remove all hazardous items and properly dispose of them. If you or your business is in need of biohazard removal, please do not hesitate to call today at (281)374-6454. We have 24/7 emergency response and are ready when you are!

Water Damage Is Unexpected!

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

You never know when water damage could strike your home or business. All it takes is a backed-up sink or toilet, a pipe leak or burst, a leaky appliance or even a flood. No matter the cause of loss to your property, you need immediate water removal and structural drying to get your home or business back to normal before further damage is caused.

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball offers 24/7 emergency response for water damage. We use dehumidifiers and air moves with monitoring equipment and moisture metering to ensure a complete dry out to make your property "Like it never even happened." 

We are here to help you through this process and to make things as easy for you as possible. Call us at (281)374-6454 when you have water damage!

SERVPRO FREE CE CLASSES

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Are you an insurance adjustor and are in need of CE credit? We offer FREE classes almost every month of the year!! 

Please come enjoy breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks on us in an enjoyable environment and state of the art classroom. It is our goal to make your experience as easy and enjoyable as possible! So, please come and join us as you earn your CE credit hours!

We offer multiple four-hour classes as well as combo classes with two, two-hour courses. Some courses are also IICRC approved! All of our courses are hosted by one of our certified instructors. 

If you would like to sign up for any of our upcoming courses or if you have any questions or concerns, please email smr@SERVPROspringtomball.com or call (281)374-6454

Have You Experienced A Commercial Water Damage?

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

There’s no such thing as a small disaster, especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot, and other unseen damage.

Water damage can affect the value of your property. Before you get out the mop bucket and try to clean it yourself, consider how the damage can affect your commercial property. SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Professionals know how disruptive water damage can be for your business and are trained and equipped to manage the drying process from start to finish. With rapid response time and a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, we can help you regain control quickly, by helping to ensure your facility and its contents are properly dried, deodorized and protected.

Before you risk further damaging the value of your commercial facility by attempting to clean the mess yourself, call your local water damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball!!

Hot Water Heater Burst!!!

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Some of our local residents weren't expecting their hot water heater to burst; they weren't expecting to have to call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball.

This home was flooded from a hot water heater, almost every home has one and we don't ever expect it to fail on us, however, you never know when yours will. Be ready to call us at SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, we will always be ready for you! 

Once we received a call from these homeowners we immediately had a production manager on site to assess the job and inspect the home. After our inspection, we had a water mitigation crew out to extract the water and start the demolition process. We then set up our certified fans and drying equipment to make sure all of the water and moister was removed from the home. After the drying process is finished, we send out our build back crew members to begin the repair process to make your home look "Like it never even happened." 

Not only did our crews repair these homeowners home, but we also removed all of their personal belongings into our personal, climate controlled, secured storage units for safe keeping. 

Fire Safety For Independence Day!!

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is here and SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball is here to prepare you with fire safety tips for your commercial or residential property. 

Independence Day is just around the corner and between the barbecues, fireworks, and bonfires during the heat of the year, we want to make sure that our community is safe from fire damage. 

July is one of the peak months for grilling fires. Enjoy grilling your favorite meals this summer while also keeping your family safe.

  • Check gas grill hoses for cracks, holes, and leaks.
  • Keep children away from grills. Gas leaks, blocked tubes, and propane tanks can be a cause of grill fires and explosions.
  • Never grill indoors, in the garage, in an enclosed area or on a surface that might catch fire.
  • Keep the grill at least two feet away from decks, siding, branches and any outdoor equipment that can catch fire quickly.

If you experience fir damage, you can call us 24/7/365 at (281)374-6454

Get With Us To Get Your ERP Ready For Unexpected Commercial Damages

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Standing water anywhere in your residential or commercial property is bad news and must be acknowledged and dealt with as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter if the water came from a leaky toilet, broken pipe, or sewer backup; Even a half-inch supply pipe can leak quickly and cause a big problem.  Of course, once all the water has been removed from your property, there’s still the task of restoring your property. In some cases, mold can begin growing in moist areas in as little as 48 hours. Therefore, it’s very important to ensure there are no moist areas around your property that could serve as a breeding ground for mold growth. That’s where the experts at SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball can help you!! Call us anytime and we’ll get your property back to "Like it never even happened." in as little time as possible.  To ensure a quick process, we also offer Emergency Ready Profiles for your commercial property. Call us at (281)374-6454 to get your's started with us! 

Water Damage;Be Ready

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

2017 saw Tropical Storm Harvey in the United States. Billions of dollars’ worth of damage to economies, communities displaced, and people killed – it’s a terrifying window into the devastating impacts of water-related extremes. Urgent action is needed to manage these hazards and minimize future suffering. SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball acts fast and we are always prepared. Call us at (281)374-6454 as soon as possible after you have water damage in your home or commercial property. It's hurricane season and you need to be prepared!