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Should Professional Fire Damage Restoration Be Done After a Grease Fire in a Gatlinburg Kitchen?

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

aftermath of kitchen fire; charred microwave, cabinets Kitchen fires usually involve grease and proteins, and are difficult to remove. SERVPRO is always on call to restore your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Handle Any Size Housefire Cleanup in Gatlinburg

A grease fire in a Gatlinburg kitchen can quickly wreak havoc, leaving behind a large amount of fire damage in its wake. SERVPRO has some tips for homeowners to help prevent this type of damage and what to do if it happens. 

One of the biggest mistakes made that leads to the need for fire damage restoration in Gatlinburg properties is when a homeowner attempts to extinguish a flaming pan on a stovetop with water. The water instantly turns into vapor upon contact with hot oil and spreads the fire around the kitchen, creating a high heat, fast-burning fire. Another mistake is throwing flour or sugar on an active fire, even a smoldering one, both of these foodstuffs are flammable and only add fuel to the ongoing fire. 

What to Do If a Grease Fire Happens

Attempting to take a flaming pan outside the home can spread the flames or cause burns to people or pets in the house. Instead, do the following: 

  • Turn off the stove at the main power supply if the stovetop is inaccessible 
  • Use a tight-fitting metal lid to deprive the flames of oxygen and extinguish the fire 
  • Use baking soda or salt to extinguish the fire
  • If using a fire extinguisher, use only a class B containing AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam)

It is not unusual for SERVPRO techs to remove the cabinets and appliances during the fire restoration process. Smoke damage is a large part of this type of fire, and thick, foul protein residues are another frequently seen challenge. The technicians bring professional-grade cleaning agents to remove these substances without marring surfaces. 

SERVPRO of Sevier, Jefferson & Cocke Counties at (865) 429-8885 serves the local Gatlinburg community through professional fire damage restoration services. 

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