Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fall Fire Safety

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

Autumn is the favorite time of year for many people- the temperatures are cooler, the scenery is beautiful and colorful, and there are plenty of events and activities to keep us all busy. But, there are also some unique fire hazards, and it is to your advantage to plan to ensure your fall season is safe and fire-free. 

Keep these tips in mind: 

  • Be careful where you put your fall decorations; many are highly flammable so don't place them near open flames or heat sources
  • Don't block escape routes with decorations
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames avoid billowing fabric when choosing Halloween costumes
  • Try to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in jack-o-lanterns
  • Use extreme caution if using a real candle.
  • Be aware of the dangers of an excess of carbon monoxide. 

CO poisoning can occur from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, or idling cars left in enclosed spaces. Be sure that you have fuel-burning appliances inspected yearly, that your fireplace and fuel-burning equipment is properly vented, and only use BBQ grills outside.

New Time New Batteries

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke detectors play a vital role in saving lives and can help reduce fire damage to your home by reducing the reaction time of the fire department. It is best practice to check the batteries in your smoke alarms when we set our clocks back for Daylight Savings.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters, and on every house level. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to meet specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements. 

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees, or client to escape quickly and safely in an emergency. 

Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance. 

-Install smoke alarms on every level of the home including the basement. 

- Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance. 

-Test smoke alarms at least once a month using a test button. 

-Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps" the battery is low and should be replaced immediately. 

-Replace all smoke alarms when they are ten years old. 

"3...2...1 Happy New Year"

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Everyone screams as the ball drop before the fireworks go off as pure excitement fills the air. With so many people wanting to be around their loved ones during this particular time, a fire would be the hiccup in that plan. 

Please be Responsible!

It's midnight, and you just got done kissing your special someone as the clocks strike midnight and as the fireworks start exploding in the air. Your SERVPRO professionals are here to remind you of the supervisor's responsibilities. 

Be Cautious About Smoke From Fireworks

When people shoot off many fireworks, the ground can collect a large amount of smoke. People with preexisting conditions can feel the effects of this, so when finding the launchpad site, you should think about where you want these people to sit. The perfect location would be upwind, where the smoke won't travel because the fine particles and gases left behind are hard on the lungs. 

Storing Unused Fireworks

Often, people will save some of their fireworks, and that's okay when it's in a controlled environment. The problem arises when they aren't properly stored, and the fireworks ignite inside the home. Finding the perfect location can ensure that your home is safe all year around.

From your SERVPRO, we want to wish you a Happy New Year!

How quickly can you get out?

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. In a matter of moments a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26% of families have developed a fire escape plan. Once a plan is in place it is critical that everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and practicing the escape plan. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan. 

Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.

Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they have escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the planned meeting space on your map.

 Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Make sure everyone in your home can escape, with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.

Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at the nighttime.

Help getting your fire damage under control

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

Experiencing a fire in your home or business is something that can disrupt your entire life. Not only do you have to deal with damage to your home or business, but there are also the lingering traumatization of the experience. That's why we are hear, to take all the agonizing decisions of putting your home or business back to it's original condition before the event. We build it back while you heal from what you just went through.

We understand just how difficult experiencing a house or business fire can be, which is why we have invested plenty of resources, equipment and training into making sure we are ready to handle any fire damage you experience. We can handle the damage quickly and comprehensively, so you can have a home and business that is restored to its pre-damage condition as quickly as possible.

You Can Trust SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties

We Can Handle All Aspects of the Damage

Most folks don't understand how damage from fires in one area of a home or business can effect a completely different part of the building far from the point of origin. It's not about being just where the actual flames were, it's where the secondary damage travels to. Smoke and soot can spread through all areas of your home and business, impacting areas that were nowhere near the initial fire and causing smoke related damage to penetrate the structure and the contents. However, with our extensive cleaning techniques and procedures that SERVPRO utilizes, we can purify the air and remove odors from your contents non porous contents, keepsakes, etc.

We Have a Rapid Response 

When a catastrophic fire event strikes, the last thing you want is to wait on a restoration company’s business hours to respond to your needs. That is why we are here 24/7 and always dispatch a team to you as quickly as possible, so we can get the restoration started right away once we arrive.

We are a Full Service Restoration Provider

After a fire, cleaning up the damage is one thing, but restoring your home to its preloss condition is another. We can take care of all aspects of the restoration process including all phases of reconstruction. Whatever is needed we can provide it. One call to us and we handle all the required services to put your home or business back together.

Call us at 636-456-3422 for all your restoration and reconstruction needs.

Fall Fire Safety

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Autumn is the favorite time of year for many people- the temperatures are cooler, the scenery is beautiful and colorful, and there are plenty of events and activities to keep us all busy. But, there are also some unique fire hazards, and it is to your advantage to plan ahead to ensure your fall season is safe and fire-free.  Keep these tips in mind:  be careful where you put your fall decorations, many are highly flammable so don't place them near open flames or heat sources; don't block escape routes with decorations; teach children to stay away from open flames; avoid billowing fabric when choosing Halloween costumes; try to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in jack-o-lanterns, and use extreme caution if using a real candle. Furthermore, be aware of the dangers of an excess of carbon monoxide. CO poisoning can occur from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, or idling cars left running in enclosed spaces. Be sure that you have fuel-burning appliances inspected every year, that your fireplace and fuel-burning equipment is properly vented, and only use BBQ grills outside.

Fire damage repair

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Heavily soot damaged wood trunk before and after restoration

When your home fills up with smoke and your family sees their belongings immersed in smoke and soot damage, it is hard to imagine that these items could ever look like they once did. However many times your furniture and valued family heirlooms  can be restored as good as new with our SERVPRO deep cleaning process. We can transform items that were once blackened with thick soot back to its original condition. We take pride in treating your valued items as if they were our own. With attention to detail and great care we transform your items back to there original condition. Many times we have transported your belongings to our cleaning and storage facility where they get cleaned and storage facility until your home has been repaired and is ready for their return. Then everything is wrapped and padded for the return trip and placement in your restored home.

Smoke detectors work

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke detectors play a vital role in saving lives, and can help reduce the fire damage to your home by reducing the reaction time of the fire department. 

The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be install in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detectors requirements are met. 

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or client to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation. 

Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance. 

-Install smoke alarms on every level of the home including the basement. 

- Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance. 

-Test smoke alarms at least once a month using a test button. 

-Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps" the battery is low and should be replaced right away. 

-Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. 

Stay Safe This Christmas

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

For many families, lights and Christmas trees are an essential part of the holidays, but they can also cause dangerous fires. A dried-out tree, an unattended candle, or a frayed wire can spark a blaze, resulting in considerable fire damage restoration bills and serious injuries. Below are a few ways to keep your family safe this holiday season.

How to Avoid Fires During the Holidays

1. Service Your Furnace

While your furnace sits unused through most of the year, dust accumulates on the burners and coils, increasing the risk of a fire. Before you start running the heater full-time, have a professional examine the system, clean the components, and make any necessary repairs to keep your system safe.

2. Be Careful With Holiday Lights

Many fire damage restoration projects start because the homeowner plugged too many strands of lights together, overloading the outlet. Before plugging in your holiday lights, be sure the outlet can handle the voltage, and always turn them when you go to bed.

3. Water the Tree

Every year, fire departments across the country respond to hundreds of fires caused by Christmas trees, which can ignite in a matter of minutes. Keeping your tree watered throughout the season will make it less flammable, potentially preventing a life-threatening fire.

4. Stay With Cooking Food

Many holiday fires also start in the kitchen, so be especially careful when preparing meals. Don’t leave cooking food unattended on the stove or in the oven, and keep small children out of the area when you’re working.

If your home has a fire this holiday season, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties to restore your house and possessions. Their fire damage restoration professionals use the most advanced equipment on the market and apply proven techniques to eliminate all traces of the unfortunate incident. Visit their website for more on their fire damage restoration services, get more tips and updates on Facebook, or call (636) 456-3422 for prompt, effective service.

Have a Safe Christmas

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

For many families, lights and Christmas trees are an essential part of the holidays, but they can also cause dangerous fires. A dried-out tree, an unattended candle, or a frayed wire can spark a blaze, resulting in considerable fire damage restoration bills and serious injuries. Below are a few ways to keep your family safe this holiday season.

How to Avoid Fires During the Holidays

1. Service Your Furnace

While your furnace sits unused through most of the year, dust accumulates on the burners and coils, increasing the risk of a fire. Before you start running the heater full-time, have a professional examine the system, clean the components, and make any necessary repairs to keep your system safe.

2. Be Careful With Holiday Lights

Many fire damage restoration projects start because the homeowner plugged too many strands of lights together, overloading the outlet. Before plugging in your holiday lights, be sure the outlet can handle the voltage, and always turn them when you go to bed.

3. Water the Tree

Every year, fire departments across the country respond to hundreds of fires caused by Christmas trees, which can ignite in a matter of minutes. Keeping your tree watered throughout the season will make it less flammable, potentially preventing a life-threatening fire.

4. Stay With Cooking Food

Many holiday fires also start in the kitchen, so be especially careful when preparing meals. Don’t leave cooking food unattended on the stove or in the oven, and keep small children out of the area when you’re working.

If your home has a fire this holiday season, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties to restore your house and possessions. Their fire damage restoration professionals use the most advanced equipment on the market and apply proven techniques to eliminate all traces of the unfortunate incident. Visit their website for more on their fire damage restoration services, get more tips and updates on Facebook, or call (636) 456-3422 for prompt, effective service.

Your Fire Damage Restoration Company

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to home in Lincoln county. We can help if this happens to you.

There’s a fire at your home or business. You realize everything you’ve worked so hard for, everything you’ve saved for, everything you’ve built there may be damaged. You’re overwhelmed and trying to process everything. It leaves you contemplating your next action step. Who do you call? You call SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties. We are Here to Help you and your family throughout the entire journey. We are your professional and experienced fire restoration company. This is what we do. We help put lives back together.

Whether you have residential fire damage or commercial fire damage, you need a company that will be able to respond quickly. And the team at SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties do just that -- and more. With this type of damage, quick response time is vital. You can have confidence knowing that we have the capacity to handle any size job -- residential or commercial. We are faster to any size disaster.  

Commercial restoration presents unique challenges, but the team at SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties know how to effectively and efficiently tackle it. We have proven processes in place. We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

We understand emergencies do not occur at regular business hours. That’s why we are available to respond 24/7 for those emergencies that may happen at 3:07 a.m. or noon or, perhaps, while you’re on vacation. We are here for you.   

SERVPRO® of Lincoln & Warren Counties is your local fire restoration company. We can restore your home or business to pre-fire condition. If you find yourself in need of fire mitigation and restoration services we are here to help. Simply call us at 636-456-3422

Stay Safe on Thanksgiving

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with Thanksgiving being the peak day for cooking-related fires. Review the following safety tips to help ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.

--Never leave cooking food unattended–stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.

--Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.

--Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

--Keep anything flammable–pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.

--Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. n Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup. 

--If using the deep frying method of cooking your turkey be sure to do this outside, not in your garage, and away from anything that could catch fire. Be very sure your turkey is fully thawed before placing it into the hot oil.

--Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Contact the local fire department for training on the proper use of extinguishers.

--Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.

--Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year. SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties wishes you a happy and safe holiday!

Can You Get Out Fast Enough

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. In a matter of moments a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26% of families have developed a fire escape plan. Once a plan is in place it is critical that everyone in the home understands the plan. The best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place. There should be a smoke detector in each bedroom and at least 1 on each floor. Practice your escape plan keeping in mind where, in your home, fires would most likely occur.

The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan. 

Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily, and can provide exit to the ground.

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.

Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they have escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the planned meeting space on your map.

 Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Make special considerations for everyone in your home with special needs such as the elderly or disabled individuals.

Practice your fire escape plan during the day and when it is dark and the power is off.

Stay Safe this Holiday Season

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with Thanksgiving being the peak day for cooking-related fires. Review the following safety tips to help ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.

--Never leave cooking food unattended–stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.

--Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.

--Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

--Keep anything flammable–pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.

--Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.  Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup. 

--Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Contact the local fire department for training on the proper use of extinguishers.

--Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.

--Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties is here to help should something happen and we wish you a happy and safe holiday!

Reversing the effects of fire damage

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

This home in Montgomery County had substantial fire damage and heavy soot damage.

After a family sees their belongings immersed in smoke damage, it is hard to imagine that these items could ever look like they once did. In many cases your belongings can be returned to preloss condition using our SERVPRO deep cleaning process we can make items that were once blackened with thick soot be restored back to its original state.  Part of our fire cleaning process is to test clean and evaluate your belongings to determine what can be cleaned and what should be replaced. We will review our findings with you and work with your insurance adjuster to establish the proper course of action.

If you experience a fire in your home or business give us a call. We are prepared to come out and go over the mitigation process with you. Our technicians have the experience you will want in a mitigation professional.

Fire: What you need to know

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to fires, what you need to know is how it can affect your home or business and its contents. One thing you need to know is the importance of timing. Two minutes may not seem like a long time, but, as it relates to a fire, it can feel like an eternity and cause significant fire damage. In just 120 seconds, a fire can become life-threatening. Something else you need to know is the team at SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties are experts in the fire damage repair and restoration industry. We come to your rescue to make it “Like it never even happened.”    

Do you know the amount of time it takes for a residence to become engulfed in flames? Five minutes. According to Ready.gov, heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.

Some may be under the impression that the actual flames of a fire kill people. However, it’s the smoke and toxic gases that kill more people. Another thing you need to know, according to this resource, is fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.

SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren  Counties’ “restore first” mentality reduces interruption and gets you back to your life. We have specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment. We can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. When it comes to a fire, there’s so much more you need to know. Download your personal fire brochure to learn more.


When it comes to fires, what you need to know is that SERVPRO of Lincoln & Warren Counties is your leading local professional fire damage repair and restoration company. Our experienced and qualified team can get your residential or commercial property back to preloss condition “Like it never even happened.” If fire damage strikes your home or business,  you can call us at 636-456-3422.

Thanksgiving Cooking Fire Safety

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with Thanksgiving being the peak day for cooking-related fires. Review the following safety tips to help ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.

--Never leave cooking food unattended–stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.

--Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.

--Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

--Keep anything flammable–pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.

--Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. n Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup. 

--Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Contact the local fire department for training on the proper use of extinguishers.

--Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.

--Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year. SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties wishes you a happy and safe holiday!

Fire Safety Reminder!

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

The wildfires in California have caused record breaking destruction for residents. Families are being evacuated from their homes at an alarming rate. Even if you might not live in an area where wildfires are prominent this doesn't mean you shouldn't be properly equipped. Fires can happen anywhere at anytime. A portable fire extinguisher can be a life and property saving tool when used correctly. In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Prevention Association suggests remembering the word PASS: Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism. Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire. Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly. Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side. Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. Remember, extinguishers do have limitations. It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your facility. For more information on the different types of fire extinguishers and to ensure you have the proper one, visit nfpa.org.

Space Heaters & Heated Blankets

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

During the winter months its hard to stay warm. We bundle ourselves up in coats and heat up our cars a good while before we get in them. However once we get home we tend to use blankets, fires and space heaters. All of these items can allow us some level of comfort when the weather is chilly. However, do you really know the safety precautions to take for these items? Heated blankets are great for snuggling on the couch but once it is bedtime make sure they are unplugged and away from children. Ditch the old heated blankets! Newer heated blankets have timers and heat settings on them. Space heaters should not be left on during sleep either. It is important to keep running space heaters away from comforters, curtains and any object within its reach that could potentially catch fire. 

Importance of Smoke Alarms

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level, including the basement. Extra smoke alarms may be needed in large homes. Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA). If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross. Be sure your home has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills with your family.

Learn About Fires!

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Learn About Fires

  • Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.
  • Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.
  • Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
  • Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio

Develop Fire-Safe Habits

If you do nothing else:
  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Smoking materials are the leading cause of residential fire deaths in the United States. If you smoke, take precautions: Smoke outside; choose fire-safe cigarettes; never smoke in bed, when drowsy or medicated, or if anyone in the home is using oxygen.
  • Use deep, sturdy ashtrays and douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before disposal.
  • Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended, even for a minute.

 For more information visit: http://www.redcross.org  

Light The Night Safely

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Pretty lights, candles and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season, However if they are not sued carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening. The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the risk of fire in your home or business this holiday season. 

Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators and heat vents. 

Make sure that light strings are other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, and heat vents. 

Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturers instructions.

Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed. 

Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed. 

Kitchen Cautions

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fire and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. its important to be alert to prevent cooking fires. 

Be alert! if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don't use to the stove top. 

Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food. 

If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking. 

Keep anything that can catch fire-oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains-away from the stovetop. 

The Behavior of Smoke

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke--Wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. 

SERVPRO is thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins SERVPRO will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows SERVPRO to focus on saving your precious items. 

SERVPRO knows smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke: 

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure. 
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.  
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process. 

Types of Smoke: 

  • Wet smoke (plastic and rubber) Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean. 
  • Dry smoke (paper and wood) Fast burning, high temperatures; heat rises, therefore smoke rises. 
  • Fuel oil soot (furnace puff backs) while "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO can restore contents and structures quickly. 
  • Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue) Special loss situations require special care. 

Smoke Alarms: Life Savers

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association. In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met. Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries. In larger commercial facilities, hard wire or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detecting in just one area. If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross. Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. 

Halt Winter Heating Hazards

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

The winter season is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplace cozy, many people use alternative heating sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters and wood burning stoves. Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of a heating-related fire. 

-Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters. 

-Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home. 

-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. 

-Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

-Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturers instructions. 

-Test smoke alarms monthly. 

Holiday Fire Facts

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

One of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems. 

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 31 reported home Christmas Tree fires result in a death compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires. 

A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four Christmas tree fires.

Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles.

One third of all candle fires start in the bedroom. 

Its is extremely important to go through children's rooms and areas not normally occupied and check for any fire hazards that may cause an accident. 

Make sure all Christmas lights are turned off before going to bed. Tree lights can make trees become hot faster than you think especially while sitting on over night. 

Celebrate Safely With A Recipe For Safety

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Its important to be alert to prevent cooking fires. Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don't use the stove or stovetop. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling boiling or broiling food. If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking. Keep anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels and curtains away from the stove top. If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe. Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. Call 911 or call the local emergency number after you leave. For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed. If you try to fight the fire,  be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out. Keep a lid nearby when you're cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan covered until it is completely cooled. 

Can You Escape Under 2 Minutes?

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. In a matter of moments a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26% of families have developed a fire escape plan. Once a plan is in place it is critical that everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have a working smoke detector in place, building an escape plan, and practicing the escape plan. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan. The following are  few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan.

Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.

Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they have escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the planned meeting space on your map.

 Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Place for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.

Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at the nighttime.

October is Fire Prevention Month

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

 

October is Fire Prevention Month, a perfect time to examine emergency preparedness plans for your home and business, including your fire escape plan. Do you have a fire escape plan? Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries within the last year? 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a week each October to focus on fire prevention awareness. The 2016 theme is "Don't wait, Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years," designed to educate the public on the basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety. The NFPA recommends installing smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths reduce from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep? Smoke alarms save lives. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!

Stay safe and prepare now to ensure you are ready for any disaster. 

*Data provided by the National Fire Protection Agency

Avoid Holiday Hazards

12/1/2015 (Permalink)

Candles, pretty lights and decoration are just a few of the items that add to the charm and cheer of the holiday season. However, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening very quickly. 

Review the Following simple safety tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association, to greatly reduce your risk in your home or business this holiday season. 

  • Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns. 
  • Use sturdy candle holders that are not likely to tip over and place candles on clear, uncluttered surfaces. Consider using flameless candles instead of real candles. 
  • Make sure your tree and decorations are at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents. 
  • Make sure you have the correct type of lights for your desired decor. Some lights are designed for only indoor or outdoor use, but not both. 
  • Carefully inspect light strands before placing them. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of light sets. 
  • Remember to turn off outside decorative lights and Christmas tree lights before leaving or going to bed. 
  • Get rid of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. 
  • Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer. 

Reversing the effects of fire damage:

12/18/2014 (Permalink)

These are matching end tables that had soot damage. The one on the left was cleaned with our SERVPRO wood cleaners and wood paste.

After a family sees their belongings immersed in smoke damage, it is hard to imagine that these items could ever look like they once did. Rest assured, your furniture can be returned as good as new with our SERVPRO deep cleaning process. We can make items that were once blackened with thick soot be revealed back to its original state.  

Fall Fire Safety

10/14/2013 (Permalink)

Autumn is the favorite time of year for many people- the temperatures are cooler, the scenery is beautiful and colorful, and there are plenty of events and activities to keep us all busy. But, there are also some unique fire hazards, and it is to your advantage to plan ahead to ensure your fall season is safe and fire-free.  Keep these tips in mind:  be careful where you put your fall decorations, many are highly flammable so don't place them near open flames or heat sources; don't block escape routes with decorations; teach children to stay away from open flames; avoid billowing fabric when choosing Halloween costumes; try to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in jack-o-lanterns, and use extreme caution if using a real candle. Furthermore, be aware of the dangers of an excess of carbon monoxide. CO poisoning can occur from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, or idling cars left running in enclosed spaces. Be sure that you have fuel-burning appliances inspected every year, that your fireplace and fuel-burning equipment is properly vented, and only use BBQ grills outside.