Recent Fire Damage Posts
Fires Can Happen In Your Commercial Property
An office or store fire can be devastating, not only to the owners but to the community as well. People could lose their jobs and the community could lose a vital service, but more importantly, people could lose their lives and property could be lost.
Some businesses will have a hard time recovering after being shut down for several months due to the pandemic. The loss from a fire will make it that much tougher to recover. Every year there are 17,000 office and store fires in the U.S., causing over $800 Million in property damage. Add to that the monetary loss caused by the pandemic and many businesses will never reopen.
However, there are important fire safety practices that employers and employees should follow to prevent workplace fires, keep them all safe and keep their businesses open.
- Check for damaged or overloaded electrical outlets, cords or cables.
- Never leave portable heating devices unattended.
- Keep workplace and equipment clean, dry and well ventilated.
- Plan and practice multiple escape routes.
- Ensure windows can be opened and screens can be removed.
- Make sure smoke alarms and fire sprinklers are installed properly and working.
- Post clear fire escape plans on every level.
- Conduct regular Emergency Drills.
If there is a fire...
- Call 911
- Notify co-workers of the fire
- Walk, don't run! Use the stairs and never the elevator.
There's Still Some Time To Grill This Summer- Be Safe!
Grilling at home is something that nearly everyone enjoys and that can be done safely with a few precautions. Now and then a grill fire breaks out and more often than not the only casualty is the food on the grill. However, if a person is not careful or does something unwise, the fire can get out of control and involve the home. Keeping the following things in mind should avoid a disaster when cooking outdoors:
- Do not cook too close to the home
- Do not operate the grill near flammable items such as a gas can
- Never operate a faulty grill
- Secure the connections from the gas tank to the grill
- Never leave the grill unattended
It is a good idea to clean the grill on a regular basis. This keeps oils and fats to a minimum and avoids the flaring up of flames.
What To Do During a Grill Fire
It is important to keep calm. Panic only makes things worse. So long as you are not too close to your home and there is nothing combustible nearby, the grill fire should stay contained. If it is not too hot, turn off the burners and then turn off the line from the gas tank. In a short time, the fire will simply go out. It is a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case the fire gets serious. You might ruin your food, but you could save your home.
What To Do After a Home Fire
A grill fire that spreads to a home can be a devastating event. Calling in a professional fire remediation company can help you recover quickly. A trained team will have the experience and the resources to put your home back together again. Fire damage will soon be a thing of the past. The repair and restoration process is completed with as little disruption as possible to your family.
Always Remove Dryer Lint!
Here’s How Dryers Work
A clothes dryer works by forcing hot air through a turning drum. The wet clothes then pass through the drum to be dried by the hot air. Most wet clothes contain one and half gallons of water. While most of the lint goes into the lint filter some of lint is carried through the vent system along with moist air. Lint is a very combustible material that can accumulate both in the dryer and in the dryer vent. Accumulated lint leads to reduced airflow and can be a potential fire hazard.
Here are some tips to keep your dryer clean:
- Have your dryer cleaned and installed by a professional.
- Do not use your dryer with a lint filter.
- Make sure you clean the lint filter before and after every load of wash.
- Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating.
- Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
- Don't leave the house when the dryer is on.
- If your clothes are not drying then call a professional to come look at your dryer.
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Red, White, and SERVPRO
The 4th of July is quickly approaching! This is the time for BBQs, swimming, and of course firework displays. Fireworks are fun and pretty to watch, but they can also cause a lot of damage and injury if not handled properly. Follow these simple tips to keep you and your family safe!
Water: Make sure to have a source of water close by.
Fire: Never light fireworks near dry grassy areas.
Clothes: Be careful of wearing loose clothing articles when handling fireworks.
Wind: Be cautious of wind conditions on the day or night that you are wanting to use fireworks.
If you find that a fire damage has occurred at your home or business, do not hesitate to let Our trained professionals come in and take care of the situation. There is no job too big or too small for our crews to handle. We will make it "Like it never even happened."
Generator Do's and Don'ts
This time of year, for our area, is known for severe weather. It can strike at any time and can cause serious damages. If you have a generator on hand for power outages, follow these tips to keep you and your family safe.
- Never use a generator, or other natural gas, or charcoal burning equipment inside your home, or in an enclosed area.
- To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rainy or wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface under an open canopy-like structure. Never touch the generator with wet hands.
- Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide in the home. Although it can’t be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and even death. Even if you cannot smell the exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to carbon monoxide. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.
- Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.
Restore and Replace: What's the Difference?
The first 48 hours after fire damage occurs can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton and Fayette can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. Our trained professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory. These services can help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.
A wave of different emotions can sweep over the after a fire goes through a home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of what will happen can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames and smoke have cleared.
After the first wave of heroes have help the property, let us help you restore it.
Call us today, we are always here to help!
Heating Safety for the Winter
The winter weather is fast approaching our area and according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Please follow these tips from NFPA to stay warm and safe this winter:
- Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
- Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
- Never use your oven to heat your home.
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
If your home or business ever experiences a fire or smoke damage, do not hesitate to give us a call!
Fire Odor Removal
After a fire cleanup, home deodorization can be an important next step to making the area livable again. When setting up the cleanup process SERVPRO professionals recommend these three steps for successful odor removal.
- Identify the Source
Knowing the source of the smoke odor can help determine the best cleanup plan. Odor can come from cigarette smoke, a house fire, or even extended use of a fireplace. In the event of a house fire it may be important to know what type of materials were burned, how long the fire lasted, and how long it’s been since the fire occurred. Smoke odor from cigarettes may also be stronger the longer it has been allowed to settle.
- Use the Right Tools
When it comes to home deodorization, masking the smoke odor is only a temporary fix. Things may seem fresh for a while but over time the odor will reemerge. This is why it’s important to use the correct tools and cleansers from the start. The method used may depend on the severity of the smoke damage, but in most cases an ozone machine or thermal fogger may be the best tool for the job.
- When in Doubt Call a Professional
Whether you’re dealing with cigarette smoke or fire cleanup, you may want to consider contacting a professional for your smoke removal needs. Many professional teams already have the tools needed to successfully remove the smoke odor from your home. They also have the knowledge they need to access the odor’s source and determine the best cleaning plan.
The process for home deodorization requires knowing the source of the odor, and which tools are best for the problem. Knowing these thing can help you formulate a plan for smoke odor removal. In many cases it may be best to contact a professional as they already have the tools and cleaning solutions needed for the job.
Many factors determine the needs of your home following a small fire. Our team's rapid response team has the experienced personnel and industry-leading equipment designed to make restoration as efficient as possible in a traumatic time like this.