Recent Fire Damage Posts

Holiday Fire Safety

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. Sometimes there are multiple people in the kitchen taking part in the preparations of multiple dishes. It can be hectic and dangerous, so keeping fire safety in mind is important!

Look at the Facts:

  • According to the NFPA, in 2014, nearly four times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving as on a typical day.
  • And, in the same year U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,730 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires and civilian and tied with heating equipment for the second leading cause of home fire deaths.

Safety Tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

For more information, please visit http://www.SERVPROrichmond.com/  to see what SERVPRO of Richmond can do to help if disaster strikes. We are available for 24-hour emergency fire and water services.

Info provided by: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/wildfire-and-seasonal-fires/thanksgiving-safety

Fire Prevention Week

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire––and how to escape safely in the event of one:

LOOK
Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

LISTEN
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

LEARN
Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

This week is an also an opportunity for local firefighters to visit schools and teach children the importance of fire safety. They want to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family safe. Firefighters are also encouraging smokers to make sure they throw out butts and ashes correctly because it only takes something small to spark a fire if the conditions are dry.

For more info please visit: http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/Fire-Prevention-Week

Top 5 Most Common Causes of House Fires

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Here are top 5 most common causes of house fires as identified by the National Fire Protection Association.

  1. Candles

From 2007-2011, the NFPA says there were an average of 10,630 fires in the U.S. that were started by candles, causing 115 deaths, 903 injuries and approximately $418 million in property damage. That is an average of 29 candle fires per day.

Safety tips:

  • Never leave a candle burning near flammable items.
  • Never leave a candle burning in a child’s room or an unoccupied room.
  • Make sure candles fit securing into candle holders so they won’t tip over.
  • Blow out any candles before leaving a room or going to sleep
  1. Smoking

While the number of fires caused by smoking is trending downward, the NFPA found that there were still an average of 17,600 related fires per year resulting in 490 deaths and more than $516 million in property damage.

Safety tips:

  • If you smoke, consider smoking outside.
  • Use wide, sturdy ashtrays to catch butts and ashes.
  • Look for cigarette butts under furniture and between seat cushions to make sure no lit butts have fallen someplace where they can’t be seen.
  • Don’t smoke in bed, when you’re tired or around medical oxygen.
  1. Electrical & Lighting

According to the NFPA, in 2011 approximately 47,700 home structure fires were caused by some sort of electrical failure or malfunction. These resulted in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage.

Safety tips:

  • Don’t overload outlets or electrical cords.
  • Make sure you have the right cord for the job – inside cords for inside, heavy duty/outside cords for outdoor use.
  • Don’t leave Christmas lights, Christmas trees, or halogen lights on overnight or when not at home.
  • Consider having an electrician perform an annual checkup of your home’s wiring.
  1. Dryers & Washing Machines

Clothes dryer fires happen more often than one might think, accounting for 16,800 home structure fires in 2010 and doing more than $236 million in property damage. 

Safety tips:

  • Clean the lint screen frequently and don’t run the dryer without it.
  • For gas and propane dryers, make sure there aren’t any leaks in the lines.
  • Vent the dryer to the outside of the house and ensure nothing blocks the vent pipe.
  • Clean the vent pipe and the area where the screen is housed.
  • Keep the area around the dryer free of combustible materials.
  1. Lightning

From 2007-2011, NFPA says there were an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes.

Safety tips:

  • Stay away from doors and windows during an electrical storm.
  • Do not use corded phones, computers, TVs or other electrical equipment during storms.
  • Unplug major electronics – TVs, stereo equipment, computers and microwaves to minimize damage if there is a lightning strike close by.
  • Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths and faucets during a thunderstorm.

You experience a fire in your home, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Richmond at 804.740.6151

The Right Equipment for Fire Damages

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

We believe at SERVPRO of Richmond that the right tools for the job is vital to timely mitigation and restoration, but perhaps more important, SERVPRO of Richmond fire damage professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration. For instance, knowing the different types of smoke and their 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, nonsmeary residues.
  • Protein – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs.
  • Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

Deodorization Equipment

Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. The device can also be used to apply fungicides and disinfectants.

Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles.

Fire Damage Restoration for Richmond Home

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

In the event that your home in Richmond suffers fire damage, you may be struggling to complete the restoration process. As many homeowners know, there are numerous tasks that you must complete to get back on your feet and restore your property. Some of those tasks include meeting with insurance agents, doing an inventory of damaged materials, and dealing with the emotions that result from enduring a traumatic event. The above steps are valid for a small, localized fire event. You may need to hire a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO to assess damages and complete the fire damage restoration process. If there is any depth to the fire damage allow SERVPRO to communicate with your insurance adjuster and do an on-site assessment and inspection of the fire damage in your Richmond home. A proper water removal, drying, cleanup and repair plan than can be professionally initiated.

What To Do Before The Fire Damage Restoration Company Arrives

You can, if the fire was minor, make sure the main circuit breaker has been turned off. As you think about starting the cleanup process during the fire aftermath, you may be wondering if there are any cleanup activities you should leave to the professionals. The answer is yes. Probably most, or all of the clean up. One activity you should avoid completing on your own is the cleaning of any damaged furniture. There are specific cleaning techniques required for furniture as a result of fire damage. Also, be sure to avoid washing papered or painted walls that may have been impacted by smoke. Attempting to complete this work on your own can generate soot staining issues that will compound the repair and cost of the restoration. Finally, do not attempt to clean carpets and fabrics damaged by smoke or fire on your own.  The home repair and restoration process should be completed by professionals. 

Let The Professionals Of SERVPRO Assist You

Once your home in Richmond has been impacted by fire damage, it's critically important that you obtain excellent, expedient remediation services from a highly qualified company like SERVPRO.  By communicating with you and your insurance company an efficient, cost-effective plan of action can immediately start. Our commitment to excellence, training with IICRC certification, and equipment have made us the industry leader with over 1,650 franchises. Allow us to release you from unwanted stress and get you back home.

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SERVPRO of Richmond is locally owned and operated. Call us for help for fire or water damage assistance. (804) 740-6151

Soot Damage to Delicate Contents

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Soot from a fire damage can have a big impact on walls, appliances, and furniture.  Be sure to have your belongings cleaned as soon as possible to limit the potential damage soot can leave behind.  SERVPRO of Richmond takes the time and diligence necessary to make sure everything is cleaned properly leaving no residue behind to stain. We understand how important it is to save a customer's personal items and return them back looking better than ever. That's why we invest in the best technology in the restoration industry to do just that! Our new ultrasonic content cleaning system is designed to carefully and thoroughly clean items affected from smoke and soot damage. Everything is transported in carrying baskets to cut back on human errors.

The Importance Of Attaining Professional Fire Damage Repairs in Chesterfield

8/23/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Importance Of Attaining Professional Fire Damage Repairs in Chesterfield Fire Damaged Roof Needs Professional Repair

A Fire Damaged Chesterfield Home Needs Restoration

When a Chesterfield homeowner finds himself grappling with a fire in his home, the first instinct is often to run back into the house to remove any valuable possessions. However, this activity can present a host of problems given that fire damage tends to weaken the structural integrity of the house. Additionally, the smoke that results from the house fire can generate toxic chemicals that cause health problems if inhaled. It is wise to stay out of the structure, therefore, preventing the possibilities of injuries from these dangers. It is important to obtain professional fire damage repair services. Restoration companies possess the expertise, experience, and equipment necessary to restore order to your home in Chesterfield. Learn more about the value of attaining professional fire damage repair services by reviewing the following information:

Assessing Fire Damage Repairs

One of the first and most important services a professional restoration company will offer is the assessment of your fire damage. To accomplish this work, the company's professionals will complete a fire damage assessment. The task will consider both exterior and interior fire damage that have affected your property. This process includes numerous steps. Specific tools to measure damage, inspecting for hidden structural damage and taking pictures of the property are just a few of the required steps. Coordination between you, your insurance company and SERVPRO is a good first step.

Fire Damage Repair Services

A professional restoration company is skilled in offering a wide range of helpful fire damage repair services and should specialize in fire and water damage restoration. Restoring your residential property to its original condition as quickly as possible demands experience, equipment and a sense of urgency. First comes the repair and then the restoration to your home. Some of the services provided are:  

• Removing and replacing drywall or flooring that has been damaged by water

• Preventing mildew and mold growth by drying excess water from your property

• Rebuilding and reinforcing your home's structure

• Using tools like ozone machines and dehumidifiers to eliminate smoky smells and moisture from your property

• Replacing plumbing fixtures or appliances so that your home can regain its original condition 

Conclusion

As made clear by the information listed above, a professional fire restoration company can offer a wide range of restorative services once your home has fire damage. As a company committed to consistently offering ethical, excellent work, you can count on the professionals of SERVPRO to provide you with the precise, effective fire damage repair services you deserve. We're ready to assist you if the need should ever arise.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We live and work in Chesterfield  too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Richmond is close by and ready to respond to your fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Chesterfield community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be. 

When fire and water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. We’re dedicated to responding immediately night or day to your Chesterfield home or business. Call us.  (804) 740-6151