Should I Throw Away Food After a Kitchen Fire?

If you have a fire in your kitchen, part of getting back to normal is managing the waste disposal process. Naturally, you will remove any damaged furniture and appliances, but should your food go in the dumpster as well? Here is what you need to know.

Any food that came into contact with water or chemicals used to put out the fire is no longer safe to eat, even if it is in still its packaging. You should also put any foods stored outside of the refrigerator in the dumpster, because it was likely impacted by smoke and fumes. This includes raw foods like fruits and veggies as well as spices in bottles or food in canisters. Get rid of single-use utensils, plates, and glasses and any food that was near the flame, even if it is in cans or packaging.

When damage occurs in your home, rent a roll-off dumpster from Brackenbox to make waste disposal convenient. Reserve a dumpster in Chicago by calling (877) 339-4101.

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