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This Fall, Watch What You Heat

Fall is in the air, which means pumpkins, leaves changing, apple picking, hayrides, and Thanksgiving! As you prepare for this year’s feast, ServiceMaster by Hedden would like you to keep mind these safety tips to prevent kitchen fires:
• Never leave food unattended while cooking.
• When cooking on a stovetop or oven, keep a close watch over your food.
• Avoid wearing loose clothing that can hang over stovetop burners.
• When cooking on a stovetop, turn pot handles inward to avoid spills and potholders to grip the handles.
• Keep items such as oven mitts, towels, paper, and curtains away from cooking surfaces.
• To prevent grease splatters, heat oil slowly and use extra caution when preparing deep-fried foods.
• Make sure to clean all cooking surface regularly to prevent grease build up.

Too much grease can cause a grease fire.
• Keep a pot lid nearby to smother a pan fire.
• After cooking, ensure you have turned off all burners and appliances.
Severe fires can start in a matter of seconds. They commonly occur when the person is distracted or leaves the kitchen while food is cooking. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

What to do if you encounter a cooking fire:
• Only attempt to extinguish small fires – when it is in its early stages.
• Extinguishing a stovetop fire:
– Never throw water on a grease fire.
– Put a lid on the pan to smother the fire.
– Sometimes pouring a lot of baking soda on a very small fire can
extinguish it.
– When using an extinguisher on a stovetop fire, make sure to stand at
least 10 feet away from the fire and aim a little bit above the pan rim.
Being too close to a fire with the extinguisher could spread burning
grease across the kitchen and spread the fire.
– Once the fire is extinguished, turn off the heat and let the pot cool.
• Extinguish a microwave oven fire:
– Unplug the oven or turn it off.
– Keep the oven door closed.
Before a fire ever occurs:
• It is important to outline and practice an escape route so that you and your loved ones know what to do to get out of your home as quickly and as safely as possible.
• If the fire is too big or gets out of control quickly, leave the building as fast as possible. Once you are in a safe area, call 911.

After a fire happens, ServiceMaster by Hedden is here to help. Our Maple Grove, MN, St. Paul, MN, and Madison, WI branches are equipped with trained technicians working around the clock to assist you in your time of need. Our services include 24/7 Emergency board up and site security, emergency pre-cleaning to high-risk materials, full inspection and job scope, complete smoke and soot removal, ozone, and air quality control, dry out of wet areas due to fire control, reconstruction and repairs, and much more. Day or night our team of professionals is ready to help you restore your home or business after disaster strikes.

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