Recent Fire Damage Posts

Smoke Webs

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know?

Residues (such as burning plastics or the soot from furnace disorders) form long chains of ionized smoke particles that assemble in corners or at junctions of walls and ceilings which are called smoke webs!

Does your business have a plan? Check out these tips:

Protect your people : Your employees are your most important business asset. These tips can help prevent them from being injured in a fire.

  • Fire Plans: Make sure your employees know what to do if there's a fire, including calling 911 immediately. Conduct a fire drill at least once a year to keep employees aware of your workplace fire safety protocol. 
  • Evacuation Plan: In larger buildings, post a fire evacuation plan in several spots around the workplace. Never include elevators in an evacuation plan; always use the stairs. 
  • First Aid: In case of fire injuries, your employees should be familiar with the location of the first-aid kit, which should be kept where possible hazards can occur most-such as in the kitchen.

https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/planning/3-business-fire-prevention-tips

American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires. So we set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25%.

On average:

  • 7 people die every day from a home fire, most impacting children and the elderly
  • 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
  • Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year

Every day, seven people die in home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. The American Red Cross wants to improve the odds and save lives- that’s why we launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014.

A critical part of the campaign is Sound the Alarm, a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events across the country. Together with fire departments and other community partners, Red Cross volunteers:

  • Canvass at-risk neighborhoods
  • Install free smoke alarms
  • Replace batteries in existing alarms
  • Provide fire prevention and safety education

 

In just three years, our home visits have accomplished so much, including the installation of more than 1 million smoke alarms and preparing more than 1 million people against home fires.

Join us April 28 through May 13 on a Sound the Alarm home visit in your community, where teams of volunteers will be installing 100,000 free smoke alarms in more than 100 cities across the U.S. Together, we can save lives!

Check out www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm for more information and how to help in YOUR community!!

American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires. So we set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25%.

On average:

  • 7 people die every day from a home fire, most impacting children and the elderly
  • 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
  • Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year

Every day, seven people die in home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. The American Red Cross wants to improve the odds and save lives- that’s why we launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014.

A critical part of the campaign is Sound the Alarm, a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events across the country. Together with fire departments and other community partners, Red Cross volunteers:

  • Canvass at-risk neighborhoods
  • Install free smoke alarms
  • Replace batteries in existing alarms
  • Provide fire prevention and safety education

 

In just three years, our home visits have accomplished so much, including the installation of more than 1 million smoke alarms and preparing more than 1 million people against home fires.

Join us April 28 through May 13 on a Sound the Alarm home visit in your community, where teams of volunteers will be installing 100,000 free smoke alarms in more than 100 cities across the U.S. Together, we can save lives!

Check out www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm for more information and how to help in YOUR community!!

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home.

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • 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.

Different Types 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. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Greenville / Troy / Andalusia will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

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.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Wildfire Damage Event

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

The active wildfires in Southern California are increasing their impact as growing Santa Ana winds add fuel to these devastating blazes that are encroaching in our area. According to the New York Times, new fires broke out in Malibu on December 7, with at least 96,000 acres already burned in the Ventura area and 116,000 acres in Los Angeles County. Evacuations have closed hundreds of schools and forced 200,000 of our neighbors to seek safety. The “Thomas Fire” in the Ventura area continues to burn with the aid of strong winds. This fire has caused the closure of the 101 freeway and a boil-water advisory was issued for Ventura County. Santa Ana winds The Santa Ana winds that are enabling the fires to rapidly increase their reach can have speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. They are not expected to diminish until Friday into Saturday at the earliest. The National Weather Service has warned of “very rapid fire growth” in this area. SERVPRO Meteorologist Lela Davis said that the Santa Ana winds were already very dry when they reached the Southern California valley, allowing them to quickly pull moisture out of vegetation, increasing the risk for wildfires. For the first time ever, a purple wind warning was issued for today under the color-coded system used to advise about high winds. This purple warning pushed wind expectations from the “high” category to “extreme”. Ready to help Here at SERVPRO of Greenville / Troy / Andalusia we are monitoring this wildfire situation closely. Our thoughts are with those neighbors who may be put in harms’ way during this event. In many cases, a wildfire can result in a total loss for a home or business, but in others it may be a partial loss, or can result in mild smoke damage. If your home or business is affected by a wildfire, SERVPRO of Greenville / Troy / Andalusia is Here to Help®. 

About SERVPRO of Greenville / Troy / Andalusia

SERVPRO of Greenville / Troy / Andalusia specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home.

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • 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.

Different Types 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. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Greenville / Troy / Andalusia will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

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.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Wildfire Damage Event

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

The active wildfires in Southern California are increasing their impact as growing Santa Ana winds add fuel to these devastating blazes that are encroaching in our area. According to the New York Times, new fires broke out in Malibu on December 7, with at least 96,000 acres already burned in the Ventura area and 116,000 acres in Los Angeles County. Evacuations have closed hundreds of schools and forced 200,000 of our neighbors to seek safety. The “Thomas Fire” in the Ventura area continues to burn with the aid of strong winds. This fire has caused the closure of the 101 freeway and a boil-water advisory was issued for Ventura County. Santa Ana winds The Santa Ana winds that are enabling the fires to rapidly increase their reach can have speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. They are not expected to diminish until Friday into Saturday at the earliest. The National Weather Service has warned of “very rapid fire growth” in this area. SERVPRO Meteorologist Lela Davis said that the Santa Ana winds were already very dry when they reached the Southern California valley, allowing them to quickly pull moisture out of vegetation, increasing the risk for wildfires. For the first time ever, a purple wind warning was issued for today under the color-coded system used to advise about high winds. This purple warning pushed wind expectations from the “high” category to “extreme”. Ready to help Here at SERVPRO of Greenville / Troy / Andalusia we are monitoring this wildfire situation closely. Our thoughts are with those neighbors who may be put in harms’ way during this event. In many cases, a wildfire can result in a total loss for a home or business, but in others it may be a partial loss, or can result in mild smoke damage. If your home or business is affected by a wildfire, SERVPRO of Greenville / Troy / Andalusia is Here to Help®. 

About SERVPRO of Greenville / Troy / Andalusia

SERVPRO of Greenville / Troy / Andalusia specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Don’t Burn the Kitchen Down…

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage   Don’t Burn the Kitchen Down… Kitchen Fire

There is someone, somewhere or other, cooking dinner at this very moment. We do not know who or where, but I guarantee you someone is not paying attention to what they are doing and a flame has begun to flicker.

You can be an experienced Chef or someone that could not boil an egg if your life depended on it. Starting a fire in the kitchen can happen to all of us. No matter what side of the cake batter you are on. 

There are many reasons why…

DO NOT forget that you are deep frying French Fries when the phone rings and you get so caught up with the latest gossip that you sit down, put your feet up and wait until your fire alarm goes off before you remember them.

DO NOT try to impress a date or spouse with cooking skills that you do not possess. It is imperative not to try making a Banana Foster Flambé with liqueur that is one hundred twenty proof when you want to keep your kitchen in tip top condition. (SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia cannot even make your eyebrows “like it never even happened” if you try that stunt.)

DO NOT wait for a cleaning fairy to come wash the buildup of grease and oils in your oven, on the stove and/or the Grille.

DO NOT sit your toaster near the Kitchen curtains while you toast bread that you have impulsively buttered before hand.

The above is not meant to be comical.

It is meant to grab your attention for just a few moments…To make you think, reflect, and realize the dangers of not paying attention while you are working in the kitchen.

Life is demanding…Multi-tasking is how most of us live each day. So many things to do that we often forget the little details that can save us from a future disaster. Slow down.

If you need us, though, we are there. Visit our home page and click on the “Fire” link. It will guide you through what SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia can do for you.

Don’t Burn the Kitchen Down…

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage   Don’t Burn the Kitchen Down… Kitchen Fire

There is someone, somewhere or other, cooking dinner at this very moment. We do not know who or where, but I guarantee you someone is not paying attention to what they are doing and a flame has begun to flicker.

You can be an experienced Chef or someone that could not boil an egg if your life depended on it. Starting a fire in the kitchen can happen to all of us. No matter what side of the cake batter you are on. 

There are many reasons why…

DO NOT forget that you are deep frying French Fries when the phone rings and you get so caught up with the latest gossip that you sit down, put your feet up and wait until your fire alarm goes off before you remember them.

DO NOT try to impress a date or spouse with cooking skills that you do not possess. It is imperative not to try making a Banana Foster Flambé with liqueur that is one hundred twenty proof when you want to keep your kitchen in tip top condition. (SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia cannot even make your eyebrows “like it never even happened” if you try that stunt.)

DO NOT wait for a cleaning fairy to come wash the buildup of grease and oils in your oven, on the stove and/or the Grille.

DO NOT sit your toaster near the Kitchen curtains while you toast bread that you have impulsively buttered before hand.

The above is not meant to be comical.

It is meant to grab your attention for just a few moments…To make you think, reflect, and realize the dangers of not paying attention while you are working in the kitchen.

Life is demanding…Multi-tasking is how most of us live each day. So many things to do that we often forget the little details that can save us from a future disaster. Slow down.

If you need us, though, we are there. Visit our home page and click on the “Fire” link. It will guide you through what SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia can do for you.

Smoke & Fire Alarms are Important!

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke & Fire Alarms are Important! Get a Smoke & Fire Alarm Today.

In Alabama, there have been thirty deaths due to home fires so far this year. There were one hundred thirteen deaths in 2016.

In the United States, FEMA reports that eight hundred fifty-nine people have died so far this year in home fires, two thousand two hundred ninety-one people in 2016.

These numbers are down from the previous years, thirteen out of fourteen homes now have a working Smoke or Fire Detector/Alarm in their home, but the statistics continue to prove the importance, as over sixty percent of all fatalities stem from homes without one.

At SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia, we have seen what a house fire does to a home, a family, and there is enough heartache to deal with, without losing yourself or your loved ones. This is why we want to stress the importance of making sure you have a working Fire/Smoke Alarm in your home today. 

We can clean up after a fire, but we can’t bring your loved one back.  

How Smoke Alarms Work

Smoke and Fire Alarms use a sensor to pick up any traces of gasses, smoke or heat.

There are two types of Smoke Alarms (also called Smoke Detectors), that you can install in your home – Photoelectric and Ionization…Each with their own special capabilities. A Photoelectric Alarm is installed in the wiring with backup battery for when the power is out. These are more expensive, but can detect a slow, smoldering fire. (Great for kitchens and near bathrooms since it doesn’t pick up steam). An Ionization Alarm can be very inexpensive and allows you to install several throughout your home. (We’ll discuss this later) They will alert you in seconds of a fast moving fire.

Installing and Servicing

Fire and Smoke Alarms are easy to install. Just find the highest place on the ceiling or/and on a wall about four inches below the ceiling, and follow the directions included.  Smoke and Gasses rise, and you want them overhead.

Install one on every floor, including basement, and beside every bedroom in the house.

Check your batteries often and remember to replace the Unit every ten years.

Important Steps to Remember

When an alarm goes off at night, wake everyone up immediately and get out!

Remember to do a head count and make sure everyone is safe.

Do not run back in your home for anything that is not breathing.  

Use your cell phone or a neighbor’s phone to call the fire department.

Stay together while the fire is being put out.

And then, after the last smoldering flame is extinguished…

Call us.

SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia will do everything in our power to make it

“Like it Never Even Happened”.

 

Smoke & Fire Alarms are Important!

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke & Fire Alarms are Important! Get a Smoke & Fire Alarm Today.

In Alabama, there have been thirty deaths due to home fires so far this year. There were one hundred thirteen deaths in 2016.

In the United States, FEMA reports that eight hundred fifty-nine people have died so far this year in home fires, two thousand two hundred ninety-one people in 2016.

These numbers are down from the previous years, thirteen out of fourteen homes now have a working Smoke or Fire Detector/Alarm in their home, but the statistics continue to prove the importance, as over sixty percent of all fatalities stem from homes without one.

At SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia, we have seen what a house fire does to a home, a family, and there is enough heartache to deal with, without losing yourself or your loved ones. This is why we want to stress the importance of making sure you have a working Fire/Smoke Alarm in your home today. 

We can clean up after a fire, but we can’t bring your loved one back.  

How Smoke Alarms Work

Smoke and Fire Alarms use a sensor to pick up any traces of gasses, smoke or heat.

There are two types of Smoke Alarms (also called Smoke Detectors), that you can install in your home – Photoelectric and Ionization…Each with their own special capabilities. A Photoelectric Alarm is installed in the wiring with backup battery for when the power is out. These are more expensive, but can detect a slow, smoldering fire. (Great for kitchens and near bathrooms since it doesn’t pick up steam). An Ionization Alarm can be very inexpensive and allows you to install several throughout your home. (We’ll discuss this later) They will alert you in seconds of a fast moving fire.

Installing and Servicing

Fire and Smoke Alarms are easy to install. Just find the highest place on the ceiling or/and on a wall about four inches below the ceiling, and follow the directions included.  Smoke and Gasses rise, and you want them overhead.

Install one on every floor, including basement, and beside every bedroom in the house.

Check your batteries often and remember to replace the Unit every ten years.

Important Steps to Remember

When an alarm goes off at night, wake everyone up immediately and get out!

Remember to do a head count and make sure everyone is safe.

Do not run back in your home for anything that is not breathing.  

Use your cell phone or a neighbor’s phone to call the fire department.

Stay together while the fire is being put out.

And then, after the last smoldering flame is extinguished…

Call us.

SERVPRO of Greenville/Troy/Andalusia will do everything in our power to make it

“Like it Never Even Happened”.