Cleaning GuidesHow Often Should You Clean Your Oven
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You’ve seen it a lot in movies and on TV. A scatter-brained cook rushes to a kitchen engulfed in smoke, opens the oven door and behold – the Christmas turkey is on fire. The whole oven is on fire and the smoke alarm is going crazy. However, this doesn’t happen only in movies, it’s a common accident.
So, if you:
Then read on! This article is for you.
As mentioned above, there are several reasons why an oven can catch fire. However, what about cases when you simply forgot to turn it off after taking the cooked food out? Can leaving the oven on cause a fire? It depends on several factors.
If there are grease splatters or if parts of the food have leaked all over the oven bottom, then even if it’s practically empty, an oven that’s still running on high temperature can cause a small fire. If your oven is clean there shouldn’t be any worry as fires need an ignition source (an electrical heating element or gas burner), fuel (vegetable oil splatters, grease buildups, food scraps) and oxygen. If you take one out, then there shouldn’t be any fire in sight.
Self-cleaning ovens rely on high temperatures (500°C to be precise) to burn off any leftovers and grease spots left from cooking. Thanks to their pyrolytic ground coat, such ovens can reduce any food bits to ash, making it easier for you to clean the inside of the oven. For extra safety, the oven walls are coated with special porcelain which is resistant to heat and acid.
Another safety feature is a mechanical interlock which keeps the oven door tightly shut and locked during and after the self-cleaning cycle. This is to make sure that you, your kids or your pets, won’t get burned by accidentally opening the door midway.
So can a self-cleaning oven actually catch fire? There are actually reports by owners who say that their self-cleaning oven caught fire midway through the cleaning cycle. So it’s actually possible, but it’s not that common. The most common cause of flames in these ovens are food scraps and too much grease buildup.
If you leave larger bits of food inside or know that there’s a tiny puddle of grease but still decide to turn on the self-cleaning feature, then you’re bound to end up with a grease fire inside the oven. Always make sure to remove any bigger food bits and grease buildups before using the self-cleaning cycle. There are also special cleaning products for self-cleaning ovens that are used before turning on the program.
Another possible cause for a fire in a self-cleaning oven can be poor insulation or cracks in the porcelain coating. If you notice any of these, don’t use the self-cleaning feature before you fix them.
Every year the fire brigades work hard to fight fires and prevent any casualties. According to official statistics, the number one cause of accidental house fires as of March 2022 are cooking appliances. Ovens, stoves and other cookers are the number one source among all appliances. You can find more statistics related to house fires on the government site.
Here’s what to do if there is a fire in your oven:
Panic will not help in this situation.
If you open the oven door, the flames will grow stronger as they have more access to oxygen. Not to mention that you can get severely burned all over your face and hands.
This will make it easier for the fire to die out.
Remember that you should keep an extinguisher in your kitchen at all times. It’s best to have one for oil and gas fires.
Even if you use a fire extinguisher, grease fires can be stubborn and it’s better to have professionals deal with them.
Water will only cause the oil to splatter and cause the flames to expand.
You’d need a bucket or two of baking soda to smother a grease fire if it’s out of control. Apply this method only on really small, smoking grease splatters.
You might think that once your cooker has been in flames, you can’t use it again and should buy a new one. Chances are you actually can use an oven after a grease fire. You just have to make sure you’ve cleaned it thoroughly and it’s functioning properly. But how do you clean an oven after a fire?
There are several specific steps that you must take when cleaning an oven after fire extinguisher use.
If the grease fire in your oven was rather small, chances are it died out on its own once the oxygen in the oven ran out. Maybe you’ve poured salt or baking soda over it just in case, to make sure it’s completely out. The cleaning process is basically the same as after fire extinguisher use. You have to vacuum any salt or baking soda, loosen any caked bits and remove any bits of burnt food. Once this is done, proceed with a regular oven cleaning.
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Cleaning after a grease fire can be hard work, as not only will you be removing grease, you’ll have to get rid of any soot and leftover residue, which can take hours to remove. Here at Fantastic Services, we’ll supply you with a professional to make sure your oven is spotless in no time.
The professionals use the best detergents and the best methods to provide you with amazing results, all of which are included in the oven cleaning cost. Plus you can use your oven immediately after the cleaning is done.
A professional can restore your oven’s shiny look faster.
A small fire should not have ruined your oven. And depending on the scale of the grease fire, ovens can usually be used again. But just to be on the safe side, after you’re done with the cleaning, contact a technician and have them determine whether the oven is safe to use again after the fire. It’s important to know whether there’s been any damage to the parts and inside surface of the oven before using it again. Don’t skip this step as it involves your safety.
Preventing a grease fire is actually a lot easier than most people think. You don’t need any special equipment or knowledge. All you have to do is:
Have you ever dealt with a grease fire? Share your experience with us in the comments below.
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