Recent Fire Damage Posts

Can Your Bedroom Door Keep Flames and Smoke Out?

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Here is a good video on how safe your bedroom could be during a fire. These little tips could definitely help any person during a fire situation. Enjoy the video. These little tips could keep your family safe and alive. Hope this helps any husband, wife or parent. Here is the link for the story.

https://www.today.com/video/fire-safety-can-your-bedroom-door-keep-flames-and-smoke-out-1344392259981?v=raila&cid=public-rss_20181015

Officials are issuing an urgent alert when it comes to home fires – sleep with your bedroom door closed. Turns out, this simple decision dramatically increases your chance of survival if your house were to catch fire. TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen reports and has an eye-opening demonstration.

Our Guide To Successfully Restoring Your Fire Damaged Home

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Crew Discusses The Restoration Process

If a fire ever takes place on your property in Dover, it is a good idea to call in a professional restoration company like SERVPRO. In many cases, the fire damage can get worse if it is not attended to quickly by experienced technicians. Soot residues can permanently stain surfaces and be harder to remove if not treated promptly. The longer burnt smells exist in a building, the more difficult they will be to remove. In some fire damage situations, water can be an issue if it was used to extinguish the blaze.

Since we know that time is vital, our SERVPRO team responds to every emergency call we receive as quickly as possible. Even though every fire damage project is different, our team always follows the same procedure to make sure all bases are covered. The process always follows a set of steps that ensure we do the best job we can.

The first step of our restoration process starts with the first phone call. Once you call us and tell us you have a problem we take all of your contact information and figure out as much as we can about your situation over the phone. We then schedule a time to come to your home and proceed to the next step.

Next, we arrive at your home and get the remainder of the information we need from you. We find out from you everything that happened so that we get a good idea of where we need to inspect. Then, we go throughout your house and inspect for problems. We also test affected areas and try to figure out if affected materials are cleanable or not.

We then make an initial estimate for you and your insurance adjuster that gives a good idea of the work involved. We outline what we think needs to be replaced and what we think we can save. Next, we schedule all of the working procedures with you and begin the restoration procedures.

The Essentials Avoiding Further Damage After A Fire Damage Experience

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

The Essentials Avoiding Further Damage After A Fire

Determining that you can or cannot refurbish after a fire damage incident is critical when you need to prevent further damage. However, how can you start doing that when at the first place you do not know whether you can safely re-enter your home? That is why you need the input of professional fire restorers as a resident of Dover. The moment we arrive at the site, we perform an inspection that allows us to identify any existing hazards and device appropriate restoration procedures.

Our SERVPRO technicians understand the need of enhancing air movement when attending to fire damage. To do this, we install fans to improve air circulation, and when the area is so warm, we may close the windows set up dehumidifiers to absorb the additional moisture. We normally use refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers at this stage. The dehumidifiers and fans also play a significant role when we are drying your carpets and draperies. It is important to thoroughly dry the items to reduce the chances of mold growth.

After a fire, the oily soot and land on draperies, carpets and other textiles and leave behind stains. To remove the stains from such items, our SERVPRO technicians perform heavy-duty vacuuming. After running the vacuum cleaner, we usually cover the textiles to prevent the surfaces from tracking other soil particles.

Almost all fires leave behind odors that settle on your upholstered furniture, clothing, draperies, and carpets. Despite that, there is nothing like having the same types of odor sources in all fires. That means our type of material that the fire burned helps our SERVPRO technicians to choose the deodorants we use to eliminate the odors. In some cases, we may run an ozone generator to break up the smoke molecules with the aim of eliminating the unpleasant smells.

When Fire Destroys your home

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Our technicians respond quickly, providing a full line of cleaning and mitigation services to help ensure faster recovery. We utilize technology designed specifically to provide you and your insurance company with quick. dependable information necessary to make more informed decisions faster, saving both time and money. 

Avoid Grill Burns!

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

One of America's favorite Fourth of July pastimes is to grill.  According to the NFPA, over 16,000 people a year go to the hospital due to grill-related injuries.  Here are some tips on how to stay safe during grilling season:

  • Wear short sleeves or keep your sleeve rolled up
  • Use long-handled grilling utensils
  • Keep a three foot safe zone around grills

If you do get a burn, here's what to do:

  • Run cool (not cold) water over the burn
  • Cover the burn with a clean medical cloth
  • See a doctor if the burn is bigger than the palm of your hand, is in a sensitive area, or the person burned is a senior or child

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington 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.

Pets and Fireworks

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

The Fourth of July may be a fun time filled with grilling, family, and fireworks.  One member of your family that may not be having such a good time is your pet.  Fireworks and Fourth of July festivities can cause undue stress for cats, dogs, and other animals.  Here are some tips to keep them safe:

  • Never take a pet to a fireworks display
  • Keep your pet in a safe room in your home insulated from sound if you let off fireworks
  • Make sure your pet has an ID tag just in case they run off during a display
  • NEVER let off fireworks near pets!

Also keep in mind: although many fireworks are legal in the state of WV, any that are loud or go up in the air violate Huntington city code.  Folks who use them are subject to stiff fines and penalties, so be aware! 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington 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.

Bonfire safety

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Summer is coming up soon, and one hallmark of summer is bonfires.  Under the right conditions, a bonfire is a summer rite of passage.  Without caution, though, a bonfire can quickly grow out of control.  Here are a few tips to keep things safe:

  • Use a fire pit
  • Avoid bonfires during windy conditions
  • Avoid using lighter fluid or accelerants
  • Wear non-flammable clothing and hard-soled shoes
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby
  • Keep an eye on kids and pets
  • Have a sober fire spotter if alcohol is involved in your celebration
  • Make sure the fire is completely put out when you're done

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington 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.

Spring cleaning fire safety tips

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire hazards can build up in your garage if you're not careful!

It's almost the end of March, which means you're probably knee-deep in spring cleaning. While dusting the out-of-reach places and organizing plastic containers, you can also take some steps to reduce the threat of a house fire.  Here are a few tips:

  • Clean your laundry room of anything around the dryer that could be flammable.  Also remember to clean your lint trap after every load!
  • Install a smoke detector in every bedroom and hallway outside of bedrooms.
  • Test your smoke detector once a month.
  • Check electrical cords for fraying or defects
  • Clean your garage and get rid of flammable items such as newspapers and cardboard boxes
  • Check any storage spaces (garage, under the sink) for flammable liquids that may be leaking

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington 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.

Huntington! Put a freeze on winter holiday fires!

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

With a few handy tips, you can keep your tree and your home safe from fires this holiday season!

The holidays are a time of family, good friends, and great food, but they can also create a risk for house fires.  Although Christmas tree fires are rare, they are dangerous.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, US firefighters responded to an average of 200 house fires between 2011 and 2015 caused by Christmas trees, resulting in six deaths and $14.8 million in property damage. Candles can also be a cause for concern: the top three days for candles causing house fires are Christmas, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.  

Here are some ways to stay safe this holiday season:

  • Make sure your Christmas tree is at least three feet away from any heat source.
  • If you have a real tree, water it every day to make sure it doesn't dry out.
  • Connect no more than three strands of lights together.
  • Replace any burnt out or non-working bulbs.
  • Keep candles 12 inches away from anything flammable.
  • Keep any flammable decorations away from your stove and oven
  • Make sure any electronic decorations have cords that are not frayed or damaged.
  • Get rid of your tree promptly so it doesn't dry out and risk catching fire

Winter Fire Safety Tips

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

A roaring fireplace is a holiday icon but can also cause an increase in house fires during winter if left unattended.

In the words of Game of Thrones, winter is coming, which means an increased risk of house fires.  FEMA reports that a spike in structure fires happens in winter due to faulty heating and unsafe open fires. They also  found that in 2015, firefighters in the United States responded to over 365,500 house structure fires, with West Virginia being one of the top states for house fires.  

How do you keep your home and loved ones safe?  Here are some practical tips:

Candles can be a lovely accent to a home, but can also be dangerous if left unattended.  Make sure you keep an eye on lit candles and do not light near flammable materials.  Be especially cautious if children are in the room with candles.

Do not smoke in bed or near oxygen tanks.  Make sure your ashtray catches any stray ashes and that all cigarette butts are fully stubbed out. Consider smoking outdoors instead of in your home.

Do not overload your outlets or surge protectors.  Do not leave Christmas lights on overnight or while you are not home.  Do not cover electrical cords with rugs or other cloth material.

Have a working smoke detector in each bedroom and on every floor.  Fire extinguishers are a minimal investment that can be a life saver. Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and garage.  

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

House fires can happen to any family.  If you find yourself needing our expert help with a house fire, we are available 24/7 365 days a year. 

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.

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