What to do if you have fire and smoke damage in your kitchen.
After a minor kitchen fire, it’s important to know the facts about fire and smoke damage before you try and do the cleanup yourself.
Attempting to do your own cleaning after a kitchen fire can be a health risk and cause more damage to your property. Vacuuming, wiping down the walls, handling fabrics, or any other attempt at cleaning, can put you at risk of inhaling the dangerous chemicals that are present in smoke, soot and ash, and cause further damage to your property. Ash and soot require specialized cleaning from a professional fire restoration company.
After a fire, if smoke, soot and ash are not removed from the site quickly, the acidic chemicals present in these substances will continue to contaminate the indoor air quality of your home and cause further damage and corrosion to surfaces and materials.
Smoke, soot and ash particles continue to be airborne and cause permeating odours in your home for weeks or even months after the fire is out. Advanced deodorization tools such as ozone and other professional treatments can effectively eliminate after-fire odour from your home.
Primary concerns to consider after a kitchen fire in your home:
Smoke and soot damage
Soot, smoke and ash residue will contaminate the indoor air quality of your home and corrode surfaces, causing further deterioration of your property. It is critical to begin professional fire damage clean up as soon as possible after the fire is extinguished.
Fire and smoke odour damage
As well as physical damage caused by fire to your home, smoke and ash particles continue to be airborne and can cause permeating odours to remain for a long time after the fire is out. Advanced deodorization tools such as ozone and other professional treatments can effectively eliminate odour from your home after a fire, so you can breathe easy again.
Water damage from fire-fighting
Water used to put out the fire can be devastating to your kitchen floors, walls, furnishings and other possessions. If not taken care of immediately, the excess water in your home can also cause extensive damage to the structure of your home, and quickly lead to the growth of hazardous mould.
At ServiceMaster Restore of Saint John, we have the experience, resources and expertise to restore your kitchen after a fire. We provide professional services for cleaning and removal of smoke, soot, ash, odours and excess water caused by fire, before further damage occurs.
ServiceMaster Restore of Saint John has been Restoring Peace of Mind® by providing professional fire and smoke damage restoration to homeowners. We work directly and collaboratively with our customers to provide the optimal solution for each situation. Day or night, we are available to take your call 24/7, every day of the year. The experts at ServiceMaster Restore of Saint John work to get the job done right and stay by your side until you are satisfied with the results.
When the unforeseen happens, call the fire and smoke damage professionals at ServiceMaster Restore of Saint John right away.
Facts about kitchen fires
Over 50% of home fires are caused by cooking, and they result in over 21% of home fire deaths and over 45% of the injuries.*
- Approximately 66% of cooking fires in the home start with the ignition of food or cooking materials.
- Unattended cooking is a factor in over 30% of reported cooking fires in the home, and in half of the associated deaths.
- Frying and grease-related cooking is a leading cause of home kitchen fires.
- Clothing ignitions lead to 14% of the home cooking-related fire deaths.
- Ranges or stovetops account for approximately 66% of fire location incidents in the home.
- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home kitchen fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
Sources: 2018 NFPA's Home Cooking Fires and Home Structure Fires reports
*Homes include one-and two-family homes and apartments.