Last Updated: October 10, 2022

Is Stove Safe To Use After Fire

Written By
Timothy Spencer
Fact Checked By
Brian Dean
Edited By
Josh Reynolds
Table Of Contents

picture of a stove on fire

USING GAS STOVE AFTER FIRE

Have your kitchen met with the accident of fire, and now you are curious if you can use your gas stove after the fire or not? Here, in this article, we will describe each and every detail and complication that you will have to meet and the requirements that must be fulfilled before using your gas stove after the fire.

Key Highlights

Yes, your gas stove is safe to use after the fire. However, there are certain procedural, codal, and legal formalities that you must have to fulfill before proceeding any further:

  • Get Police Clearance to enter your Apartment;
  • Do some necessary restoration;
  • Seek a report to ascertain the reason for Fire Cause;
  • Get your Kitchen Inspected:
  • Get your Stove and Gas pipeline inspected by the Plumber;
  • Test the gas stove in front of the Plumber

The above mentioned points must be complied with in order to avoid any kind of adverse situation.

infographics for safety tips post kitchen fire

If you want a detailed insight into the topic then as to why we considered these things to be as mandatory before using your gas stove after fire, then keep on reading to find out more!

Police Clearance:

If the kitchen, apartment, or any other area has burned down due to a fire eruption the first thing that any sane person should do is to contact the Police or Fire Department immediately and seek their assistance in this regard.

Assuming that there is a fire in your kitchen and you have called the police. Now that the fire has been extinguished the very first thing you need is permission from the Police Department to enter the premises of your apartment.

If you have sought this, then the first step is clear for you and you are good to go.

Restoration / Renovation:

After getting the approval from the police, the next thing you have to do is to restore your home and do some renovation such as clearing debris and checking how much damage has been made.

Get Report from Authority:

Before proceeding to give your gas stove a go, it is pertinent to get a report from the authorities and check what had caused the fire in the first place.

Inspection:

Get your home checked by Inspectors, it will double-check what caused the fire and help you to find the bone of contention and eradicate it so that you can be safe from any such incidents in the future.

Getting inspected your kitchen is very lucrative. However, if you have obtained the report and root cause of the fire initiation then there is nothing to worry about.

Call Plumber/Expert:

After getting clearance from all the above-mentioned aspects the next thing is to call a Plumber. Now, this is the most important thing and must not be neglected or ignored. The presence of a plumber is necessary and you must get your kitchen checked by the plumber.

Checklist:

  • the Burner, igniter, and other components of your gas, and repair anything if required.;
  • Whether the gas line has been damaged or not;
  • All kinds of joints that are connecting the gas stove with the main gas pipeline i.e. the duct tape, the stove pipes, etc.

Testing:

After getting everything checked by the plumber. It is also important for you to ask the plumber to test the gas stove in front of you. Checking the gas stove in presence of a plumber is beneficial as there will be no threat left for you because you are getting the appliance checked by the expert.

So, if there is something malfunctioning, he’ll be liable to rectify it and you won’t have to fear anything.

Tips for Using a Gas Stove after fire:

There are some tips that you should know before using your gas stove after a fire:

Keep everything that can catch fire away from your burner, including potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels, and curtains.

Keep the oven, stovetop, and burners spotless.

To avoid pets from dropping items onto the burner, keep them away from counters and kitchen areas.

When cooking, dress, in short, fitted clothing or sleeves that are tightly rolled. It's possible for loose clothing to hang onto stove burners and ignite if it makes touch with a gas or electric flame.

Use only kitchen and heating appliances that are made for such purposes as cooking and heating your home. If equipment is utilized for a purpose other than what it was designed for, there is an increased risk of fire, injury, or even death.

Visualization of kitchen fire

Additional Considerations:

Now that you get everything checked and repaired the requisite things that were damaged in the fire then you are good to go and use your kitchen. However, there are some optional additional considerations that you may like to know.

Keep Things That Can Catch Fire and Heat Sources Apart

Get your vent hood clean every twice a year

Check for the Gas Alarm System after every three months.

Get a UL or FM approved fire extinguisher in your apartment for additional safety while cooking on your gas stove

Get your gas stove cleaned at least two times a year.

The smell of gas. If you smell natural gas or propane or hear a hissing sound, you need to leave the area right away and get far away from it, and do not try to use your gas stove.

If your cooktop uses a propane tank, close all of the valves and get in touch with a propane supplier so they can inspect the system before you use it once more.

Watch out for animals that may have gotten into your homes, such as rodents, snakes, spiders, and insects. Tap loudly and frequently on the floor of your home while you inspect it to let people know you are there.

Furniture or stairs that have been damaged could be unstable. Moving close to them requires extreme caution.

Conclusion:

Yes, we do know that this is a long list of things to do and you may have gotten annoyed by it. You may also be wondering why not many have offered this list on the internet and we are exaggerating the situation here.

To answer this, one thing we want to assert here is that your safety is our top priority. If you follow all the above-mentioned steps that the chances of catching this adverse situation again will become absolute zero.

Hope we could help.

External References:

  1. SCDF. "Post Fire Guide". 
  2. American Red Cross. "Checking Home After Fire".

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