Recent Fire Damage Posts
Heating Safety Tips
Heating Safety Tips:
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.
Test smoke alarms monthly. Always use the right kind of fuel,specified by the manufacturer, forfuel.Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
If your property does suffer fire damage,contact SERVPRO of Plano at 972-403-9004
Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season
Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season Pretty lights, candles anddecorations are just a few ofthe items bringing charmand cheer to the holiday season—however, if they are not used carefullyyour holidays may go from festive tofrightening.The American Red Cross offers thefollowing safety tips to help greatlyreduce the fire risk in your home orbusiness this holiday season.Place Christmas trees, candlesand other holiday decorations atleast three feet away from heatsources like fireplaces, portableheaters, radiators, heat ventsand candles.Make sure light strings andother holiday decorations arein good condition. Do not useanything with frayed electricalcords and always followthe manufacturer’sinstructions.Always unplug tree and holidaylights before leaving theproperty or going to bed.Never use lit candles to decoratea tree. Always extinguishcandles before leaving the roomor going to bed. Use only sturdy tree standsdesigned not to tip over. Keepcurious pets and children awayfrom Christmas trees.Keep anything that can catchfire—pot holders, oven mitts,wooden utensils, paper orplastic bags, food packaging andtowels or curtains—away fromyour stove top.Designate one person towalk around your propertyto ensure all candles andsmoking materials are properlyextinguished after guests leave.SERVPRO of Plano and Staff wish you a safe andhappy holiday season!972-403-9004
WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES
CALL SERVPRO OF PLANO TODAY AT: 972-403-9004. A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems.Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thoroughprofessional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is importantto take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Plano arrives. The following tips may help reduce damage andincrease chances of a successful restoration.WHAT TO DO * Limit movement in the hometo prevent soot particles frombeing embedded into upholsteryand carpet.* Keep hands clean. Soot on handscan further soil upholstery, wallsand woodwork.* Place dry, colorfast towels or oldlinens on rugs, upholstery andcarpet traffic areas.* If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and propdoors open to help prevent odor.* Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim andappliances, then protect thesesurfaces with a light coating oflubricant.* If heat is off during winter, pourRV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls,holding tanks and tubs to avoidfreezing pipes and fixtures.* Tape double layers of cheeseclothover air registers to stop particles ofsoot from getting in or out of theHVAC system. WHAT NOT TO DO * Don’t attempt to wash any wallsor painted surfaces without firstcontacting SERVPRO of Plano The Professionals.*Don’t attempt to shampoo carpetor upholstered furniture withoutfirst consulting SERVPRO of Plano.*Do not attempt to clean anyelectrical appliances (TV sets,radios, etc.) that may have beenclose to fire, heat or waterwithout first consulting anauthorized repair service.* Do not consume any food orbeverages that may have been storedclose to fire, heat or water, as theymay be contaminated.*If ceiling is wet, do not turn onceiling fans. Wiring may be wet ordamaged and cause electrical shock,and air movement may createsecondary damage.* Don’t send garments to the drycleaner. Improper cleaning may setin smoke odor.
Lightning Strikes to Homes
With upcoming storms this weekend Please be aware of Lightning strikes!
SERVPRO of Plano is here to help walk you through the very difficult time of assessing your damages.
Here you will see how much debris is left when lightning struck a roof.
SERVPRO starts immediately cleaning up the sheetrock and insulation, pulling wet carpet and pad then we inventory box and pack, remove and secure all of your treasured contents.
Contents are then hand cleaned, Ozoned to remove smoke odor and then re-boxed with new material, labeled and stored in our climate controlled facility until your home is rebuilt. SERVPRO of Plano works directly with you the Homeowner and your Insurance company to get you back into your home as soon as possible.
Call SERVPRO of Plano today to help with your FIRE or WATER DAMAGE needs 972-403-9004 #SERVPROofplano #SERVPROcleansfires
SERVPRO of Plano was called out to a large garage FIRE/WATER Damage. Once onsite our supervisor Consoled the homeowner and walked them step by step through the whole process.
Our crew started the extraction process first and then proceeded to begin the fire damage and deodorization restoration process. SERVPRO has a standard that we live up to and that is the 1-4-8 pledge. Contact the homeowner in one hour dispatch crew in 4 hours and have a report of the loss to the adjuster with in 8 hours.
Our SERVPRO TEAM works 24-7 to complete these large losses and are proud to say we value each and everyone of our clients,#SERVPROofplanofirecleanupteam.Call us today if you need our assistance 972-403-9004
Do you Think FIREWORKS Landing on your roof could cause a FIRE?
It has happened plenty of times... especially when there is debris in the gutters, like dried leaves and twigs. Just because it is an asphalt roof shingle, doesn't mean it won't catch fire... just think... what is asphalt? It is a petroleum based product, on a hot roof, and if it then comes in contact with sparks from a firework, you potentially have a problem.Fireworks were also banned in central Texas this year due to the extremely dry/drought conditions. 72% of Texas is in the highest drought category this year.... whew! Most of the area cities also cancelled their public firework displays due to the extreme fire danger.If a FIRE strikes your home call the professionals SERVPRO of Plano 972-403-9004.
FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER
Mitigation requires quick action. The faster a SERVPRO of Plano arrives on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results—including lower claim costs. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Plano will be on-site to help ensure a fire damage is handled by utilizing the following services. Structural Cleaning After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. Your experienced local SERVPRO of Plano will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your insured’s structure. Contents Cleaning All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO of Plano can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to pre loss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, and much more. Finally, SERVPRO of Plano can provide an inventory list of all “to be claimed” items for your insured. Deodorization SERVPRO of Plano provides specialized services that rid your insured’s home or place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of Plano does not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out the sources of the odor and remove them. Call SERVPRO of Plano today at 972-403-9004
According to the National Fire Protection Association, firefighters respond to a home fire every 79 seconds. Simple stepscan be taken throughout the home to reduce the risk of fire and injury/loss of life:? Working smoke alarms should be found in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of thehey are working properly and the batteries are good? Be sure fire extinguishers are available on every level of the home and that each household member knows howto use them? Reduce the risk of fire outside of the home by removing dying or dead trees and shrubs and by keeping drybrush and debris at least 30 feet away from the home. Keep gutters, roof, and eaves clear of debris? Be sure any candles in the home are placed away from curtains and other furniture, as well as out of reach ofchildren and pets. Consider using safer alternatives such as flameless candles. SERVPRO of Plano is here to help! Please call us at 972-403-9004
Lightning Strike Causes Fire to Home
Storms moved through the area causing a lightning strike to a local home. The damage caused all of the electronics in the home to be destroyed and busted some pipes in the attic. This home shows what a lightning storm can do to your property.
Lightning strikes can happen at anytime of the year and are very unpredictable. When something like this happens to your home SERVPRO of Plano is here to help walk you through this upsetting event in your life.
Water came through all of the light fixtures after the pipe broke causing all the sheet rock to be saturated. SERVPRO of Plano is on the site and mitigating the loss.
Call SERVPRO of Plano when Disaster strikes your home or business. (972) 403-9004.
Dryer Vent Cleaning
The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your home, SERVPRO of Plano can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup. Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a bird’s nest, or other potential obstacles. For more information on cleaning dryer vents, contact SERVPRO of Plano (972) 403-9004
Electrical Fire in Wall Outlet
Electrical FireSERVPRO of Plano was called out to help with an electrical fire loss in an apartment wall. This is just what can happen when a fire starts in an electrical outlet. We are in the process of cleaning and deodorizing all contents back to normal. Please be safe and call SERVPRO of Plano at (972)403-9004 if you should experience this type of loss.
FIRE AT ASSISTED LIVING HOME
When a fire strike at an Assisted Living Facility SERVPRO of Plano is there to help with the damage!
This COMMERCIAL CUSTOMER is an assisted living facility that is a four story building. The tenant has just received a grocery delivery from a local store and had the grocery sacks placed onto of the counter and stove. The customer was unaware that the stove top knob was left in the on position. The fire had started soon after customer left to visit a friend in the building and had come back 30 minutes late to find smoke throughout the apartment. Fire was extinguished and SERVPRO of Plano was contacted.
This has been a Commercial Customer of our for years. SERVPRO of Plano arrived onsite within 30 minutes of this call. Once onsite SERVPRO of Plano technicians started the extraction of water starting on the 4th floor of this facility. The drying process is still continuing. The FIRE/SMOKE clean up has started working our way down cleaning each apartment.
If a Fire Damage happens in your building Contact SERVPRO of Plano today at 972-403-9004.
FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER
SERVPRO of Plano Professionals understand the feelings of frustration and overwhelming concern created by a fire damage. Our priority is to help you regaign control and to get your doors open, fast.
Responding quickly to a fire damage can save your company money, minimize additional extensive damage and shorten the length of down time.
Armed with the latest equipment, processes and technology, SERVPRO of Plano Professionals will help remove smoke, soot and fire damage from walls, flooring and air ducts and work to restore your facility to preloss condition. The leading causes of fire in a business include:
No matter how the fire started, SERVPRO of Plano Professionals are trained in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration.
Call SERVPRO of Plano today for a FREE No Obligation Estimate:972-403-9004
Candle Burning Safety
Here are a 10 tips to keep your home safe while using candles.
- Young children should be taught to stay away from lit candles. Keep lit candles out of reach of children and pets. Candle lighting is not an appropriate activity for small children, so keep all matches and lighters out of the sight and reach of children. Older children can learn to use them under adult supervision.
- Burn candles away from drafts, other heat sources, and all flammable objects or materials. In other words, never use candles near windows or exits.
- Keep burning candles away from curtains, wrapping paper, combustible decorations and displays, flammable liquids, and aerosol sprays, such as hair spray, which can explode. Never allow a candle flame to touch any glass surface. Don't burn candles more than four hours at a time.
- Unattended candles are an invitation to disaster; so don't forget to snuff out candles before leaving the room or going to bed. Blowing candles out doesn't do the trick: Extinguish them by wetting the wick. Here are some tips for burning candles safely:
- Candles other than jar candles must be used in an appropriate non-tipping, non-flammable holder. Make sure that candle containers and holders are made from tempered glass or have a proper glaze. All candles should be placed on a safe, heat-resistant dry surface. If possible, place glass chimneys or shades over them. For Christmas luminaires, use 15-hour votive candles in holders, placed in paper bags filled with at least 2 inches of sand. The candle must be of a size that will allow adequate space between the candles and bag so as not to ignite the bag.
- Remove labels and tags from candles before burning.
- Keep wicks trimmed to ¼ inch at all times. This inhibits smoking and carbon build-up at the tip of the wicks and provides a cleaner burn.
- Sometimes a layer of liquid wax forms that causes the wick to fall to the side. To maintain an even burn, keep the wick centered. This will also protect the candleholder, since a flame that's too close for too long may crack the holder.
- Keep the wax pool free of foreign objects such as wick trimmings and matches. They will interfere with proper burning and are flammable.
- Extinguish taper or pillar candles when they get within 2 inches of their holders. Discontinue use of containers candle when ½" of wax remains. If you experience a smoke damage from a candle please call SERVPRO of Plano at 972-403-9004
SERVPRO Knows Deodorization
Master Bath Fire
Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized.
FIRE, SMOKE and SOOT Damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.
As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fast, Professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.
SERVPRO of Plano Professionals provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. Any restorable item in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including: furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.
SERVPRO of Plano Professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out and remove the sources of the odor.
Ask SERVPRO of Plano to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.
Call SERVPRO of Plano today at (972-403-9004)
Electrical Fires can happen in HOMES or BUSINESS'S
Here are just a few ways an electrical fire can occur.
* Electric wires in attics being chewed on by animals/rodents.
*Plugging in extension cords incorrectly or frayed extension cords.
*Over usage of a electrical socket
*Tree branches coming to close to outside wireing
Please make sure that your home has an updated breaker box and updated wiring.
Check your attic once a month for a rodent problem and treat if necessary.
Highly Trained Restoration Specialists
Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO'S Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:
- IICRC Training
- Employee Certification Training
- Initial Franchise Training
- Continuing Education Classes
Call SERVPRO of Plano today for a free estimate:972-403-9004
Space heater safety
Space Heaters are a great heat source but space heaters are not always safe to use.
Space heaters can cause so much damage this time of year. When temperatures drop and everyone wants to stay warm this is when things can go very wrong for the homeowners.
By taking correct precautions you could prevent damage to your property. Please use the following tips to ensure your safety.
Do not use an extension cord on the heater. Plug heater directly into wall .
Do not place space heater near upholstery items or rugs.
Do not leave space heaters running when you leave your home.
Do not use old space heaters .
Do not use space heaters if there is a frayed cord.
Unplug immediately if the space heater cord feels hot to the touch.
If you notice a burning smell unplug space heater promptly.
Please call SERVPRO of Plano if you should have a smoke/fire loss.
How to Prevent Spontaneous Combustion of Oil Soaked Rags
Garage fire from DIY project
Rags are the most common type of Spontaneous Combustion fires.
These fires are caused by improperly disposed of oil and stain soaked rags. Examples of these products are oil-based paints and stains, teak and linseed oils, varnishes and polyurethane, paint thinners, etc.
Spontaneous combustion of oily rags occurs when rag or cloth is slowly heated to its ignition point through oxidation. A substance will begin to release heat as it oxidizes. If this heat has no way to escape, like in a pile, the temperature will raise to a level high enough to ignite the oil and ignite the rag or cloth. The fire from this can spread quickly to other combustibles and cause great damage to your home or property.
Prevention of spontaneous combustion fires begins with good housekeeping. A clean work area can prevent a fire from spreading and getting bigger by not allowing the fire fuel to burn. Also understanding the potential for self-heating of rags soiled with oils such as linseed oil and turpentine is a key step in eliminating these preventable fires. To properly and safely dispose of oily rags, Bend Fire Department recommends the following steps:
Use a container with a tight fitting lid. A metal can is preferable but a plastic can or zip lock bag can work if nothing else is available.
Place soiled and used rags inside and then fill the rest the way with water, seal the top and do not open it. This will prevent the oils from oxidizing, and thus keeping the rags from heating up and igniting. Contact your local garbage disposal company for their policy on disposal of the can and contents. Some companies will permit disposal in regular household trash.
Please consider the correct way to dispose of oil soaked rags.
Contact SERVPRO of Plano today for a SMOKE DAMAGE ESTIMATE: 972-403-9004
Christmas Tree Safety
One in every 31 Christmas tree fires is deadly, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). ... Dry Christmas trees can also be a major source of fuel in a fire, according to a report by the NFPA. The NFPA says a dry tree can burn faster than newspaper.
11 ways to prevent Tree Fires
- Make sure string lights have no loose connections, cracked lamps or frayed cords.
- Use only a single extension cord that can reach your home's outlet without being too long and being tangled.
- Use UL-approved lights and cords.
- Make sure lights are off when you go out and before you turn in for the night.
- Make sure all outdoor light connectors are away from metal rain gutters and off the ground.
- Never use candles to light or decorate a tree.
- To lessen the chance of a fire hazard, purchase a freshly cut tree.
- Make sure to keep your tree at least three feet away from any heat source.
- Water the tree every day, and remove it from your home after Christmas or once it becomes dry.
- Don't burn Christmas tree branches or wrapping paper in your fireplace.
- Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that could burn.
Kitchen Caution Stay Safe This Holiday Season
Kitchen stove fire
Each holiday season, families gather to celebrate 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. It’s 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—oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains—away from the stovetop. 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. n Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave. n 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 and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. Call SERVPRO of Plano for your no obligation estimate.
Smoke Alarms: LIFE SAVERS
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 larger homes. Test the 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.
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.
For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Plano.
Travel trailer fires
Most people do not realize that every year there are several hundred fires caused by electrical and cook top stoves in travel trailers. These fires can be anywhere from a small amount of soot to the extreme loss. Let SERVPRO of Plano come out to perform a free estimate today.
Most of these fires can be cleaned to Pre loss condition if the owner acts fast. The fire Extinguisher dust can penetrate every inch of a trailer making it very difficult to restore. Trailers need to be mitigated professionally by SERVPRO of Plano.
Contact SERVPRO of Plano 972-403-9004 to help with the restoration process after your trailer fire loss so we can get you back on the road and on with your travels.
Call SERVPRO of Plano today at: 972-403-9004
Lightning struck a house and SERVPRO of Plano was called out to perform a Structure Clean and Deodorization to counteract the smoke and soot.
The longer soot sits the more damage it causes.
Fire Damage is especially devastating during the summer time while the kids are not in school. In addition to the FIRE and SMOKE Damage significant WATER Damage from firefighting efforts may occur. If your home or business experiences a fire loss, call the FIRE and WATER Damage Restoration experts and we will Respond Immediately to get you back to like it never even Happened.
- 24 hour Emergency Service
- Faster to any size disaster
- A trusted leader in the FIRE and WATER Restoration Industry with over 1,650 franchises.
- Highly trained and Certified FIRE and WATER Damage Restoration Specialist
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Knowing the different types of smoke and behavior patterns
This was a fire caused by a lit candle.
SERVPRO of Plano understands the need to restore order quickly and are equipped with the technology and training needed to help ensure your property is restored to its preloss condition. For instance, knowing the different types of smoke and behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.
Wet Smoke-Plastics and Synthetics: Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
Dry Smoke-Paper and Wood,Fast burning, high temperatures,dry,powdery,no smeary residues.
Protein- Virtually invisible,discolors paints/varnishes,extreme pungent odor.
Fuel Oil Soot- Furnace Puff Backs.
Other Types- Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.
It is very imperative to respond quickly to any one of these disasters.
When a Fire strikes your property, contact SERVPRO of Plano for Professional help to restore your home.