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Holiday Safety Tips

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holiday Safety Tips Cooking Fires

Local SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Specialist Offers Wilmington Families Tips on Cooking Up a Safe Holiday Season

Startling statistics underscore the need for caution in the kitchen

Wilmington, DE (Grassroots Newswire) -- Holiday party planning begins now for many families, and Tara Brown of SERVPRO of Newark offers some important reminders to Wilmington residents to help ensure this season glows with the warmth of good food and good friends, and not with the glare of a devastating home fire.

“The holiday season is a time when many families plan big and elaborate meals for large groups of people,” says Brown. “But all that cooking creates an extraordinary risk of fire. For a safe and festive holiday season, it’s important to understand that risk and take steps to minimize it.”

Cooking Fire Safety

Research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reveals that in 2017, on average, U.S. fire departments responded to a home fire every 88 seconds.1 Cooking equipment was the leading cause2 of home fires and fire injuries, causing 47 percent of home fires. These fires resulted in 20 percent of the home fire deaths and 45 percent of the injuries.

“Wilmington families should keep these statistics in mind as the holidays approach. According to the NFPA, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and Christmas Eve2,” says Brown. “Families should also be aware that frying poses the greatest risk of fire, in fact, the NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.3 This video graphically illustrates the danger these devices can pose.” https://youtu.be/j3rF8F0JQRQ.

Brown offers these additional cooking safety tips from FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration.4

  1. Keep an eye on what you fry: If you see any smoke or the oil starts to boil, turn the burner off.
  2. Stand by your pan: If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
  3. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so that no one can bump them or pull them over.
  4. Wear short sleeves or pull sleeves up: 18 percent of cooking fire fatalities in 2016 were caused by ignited clothing.2
  5. Keep a pot lid or cookie sheet nearby to cover a pan if it catches on fire.

“Taking common sense precautions like these and keeping kids and pets out of the kitchen during meal prep can help keep your holiday celebrations safe,” says Brown. “The precautions you take could help prevent a devastating home fire, a tragic injury, or even the loss of life. While SERVPRO disaster response professionals are fire damage restoration specialists, they know how important it is to keep the focus on fire prevention, because for some types of loss, there is no remediation.”

SERVPRO is an industry leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services. For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPROnewark.com. For more information on SERVPRO of Newark, please contact them at 302-733-7933 or office@SERVPROwilmington.com.

Citations

1 https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fire-statistics/Fires-in-the-US

2 https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fact-sheets/CookingFactSheet.ashx?la=en

3 https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Cooking/Turkey-fryers

4 https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html

Wet Smoke vs. Dry Smoke

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Wet Smoke vs. Dry Smoke Minor Carbon Chains from a Wet Smoke Damage

Smoke and soot can be very invasive and penetrate cavities within your home or business, causing odors and hidden damage. Did you know there are different types of smoke? There are two different types of smoke – wet and dry. Different types of soot residue are left behind as a result of the different smoke. SERVPRO of Newark has the experience to inspect and accurately assess the damage to come up with a plan of action.

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber. These types of fires usually are slower burning, tend to smolder, pungent odors, sticky and smeary, carbon chains likely to form

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood. These types of fires are fast burning, at high temperatures causing some to rise because heat naturally rises.

Protein Fire Residue- Evaporation of a material. The smoke is practically invisible, varnishes and discolors paints, odors are pungent

Soot Clean Up

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot Clean Up Soot Clean Up

Soot and smoke clean up can be a tedious task. Soot is very invasive and penetrates a lot of nooks and crannies of a home. When the smoke goes into all these cavities it causes odors. SERVPRO of Newark specializes in accurately assessing the extent of damage and helps develop a comprehensive plan of action. Each smoke and soot damage situation are different therefore requiring different techniques. Depending on what caused the fire from what actually burned or melted in the fire makes a difference. There are different types of smoke that will play a factor in determining which cleaning method is best to do. Wet Smoke, mostly from plastic and rubber will differ from Dry Smoke, mostly paper and wood and they both will differ from Protein Smoke.

Fire Prevention Month

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Month Great Chicago Fire

Fire Prevention is a dedicated way to try to improve conditions and make efforts to correct an issue before it turns into a problem. Fire Prevention Week is during the period of which October 9 falls. Did you know Fire Prevention Week goes as far back as 1925? The oldest membership section of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is the Fire Marshals Association of North America (FMANA). They sponsored this week to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire. Click for more on Great Chicago Fire The association found a way to keep the public informed on fire safety as well as observe the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. This fire, according to President Calvin Coolidge, could of been prevented if the conditions of the building were better. Due to this devastating fire over one hundred thousand people became homeless and lives were lost. Please use this month of October to try and help your home or business from fires.

Does your Family have an Emergency Plan for when Disaster Strikes?

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Does your Family have an Emergency Plan for when Disaster Strikes? Fire Devastation

When it comes to preparing for an emergency these 4 steps are crucial. 1. Put together a plan and focus on questions such as: how will we receive emergency alerts and warnings? What is our shelter plan? What is the best way to evacuate? What is our plan to communicate as a family? 2. Considering the needs for your household, what are some of the daily living needs and responsibilities in your family, are there dietary or medical needs? Are there pets living in the home? Are there young children in the home? 3. Make a family emergency plan, there are many resources and examples all over the web. 4. Practice your plan with everyone in your household. Talking, planning, and properly executing will keep everyone safe until the disaster is over.

ERP App

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Our Free SERVPRO ERP App/Service can help your company organize and better prepare your properties in a customized format. Businesses that use our ERP app gain preparedness and security in the case of an emergency. Here are some of the ways businesses benefit from our Emergency Ready Plan App.

Location Management: Businesses with multiple locations are able to manage all of their buildings' emergency needs from this app. Some of our clients use this ERP service for on building, while others use it to manage multiple locations.

Strengthens Protocol: In many cases, our businesses have to address an emergency while the authorized personnel is not on-site. Our ERP App breaks down important information for all employees including water lines, floor plans, and breaker locations.

Faster Response: The ERP app allows you to contact us directly through the app which can be a more direct way to contact us and provide all the information we need to get to the emergency.

Impact of Fire Extinguishers and Soot

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

This photo shows the damage that not only a fire can do, but also the damage that a fire extinguisher can do. Even if someone used a fire extinguisher and contained or put out a fire, there can still be a strong odor and chemicals that need to be removed from the building/home.

The chemicals from a fire extinguisher can coat a room quickly and leave a thick dust behind. Normally this extinguisher dusting comes along with a coat of soot. Even if a fire has been small and quickly put out, the smell and chemicals left behind should be properly cleaned out of the space. You can see in the photo how apparent the soot and extinguisher's affects are. This is just one small portion of the room, but this entire living room was impacted.

Winter House Fire

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Recently our SERVPRO technicians were called out to a property after a large fire. Along with the home owners, our team surveyed the house and the damage to what was left. In this photo, our technicians stand inside the home with the front yard totally visible through the burnt walls. The home was considered a total loss and there was not much left within the property for our team to clean or assist with. As SERVPRO of Newark, we did our best to lend a helping hand to the family in any way that we could especially since this trauma occurred right before the holidays. We assisted them in their move to a temporary living space and checked in with them often to make sure they were okay. 

Board Up Following House Fire

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Board Up Following House Fire Fire and Soot Damage

This picture was taken right before our SERVPRO team cleaned out and boarded up this house. As you can see, there was a major house fire here that affected almost every single room with either fire or soot damage. The fire originated in the kitchen and spread into the dining room, living room, and then to the bedrooms. Luckily, even with the large size of the fire, the structure remained intact and our technicians were able to save and clean some of the contents. Once our team was sure the structure was secure, they started on the demo of the home, removing all soot and fire damaged sections. After the home was rebuilt and brought back to livable conditions, SERVPRO moved the family's cleaned contents back in for them. 

Winter is Coming!

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Winter is coming and for those who have a working fire place in their home, it's important to know the how to operate it safely. Before anything else, you should make sure that your fire extinguisher is accessible and that it works correctly. You should also check you smoke detector and your carbon monoxide detector. The fireplace should be clear of anything around it that could catch fire. You should give the fireplace a range of three feet around it with nothing flammable nearby. Cracks and pops of fire from the fireplace should be sure to not land on anything. Before lighting the fire, check the chimney to make sure there are no blockages or animal nests that are lodged in the chimney. You should have you chimney swept every few years as well.

Once you have taken all these precautionary steps, you should be ready to put your fire place to use!

Before SERVPRO Arrives at the Scene

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

  • Leave soot on surfaces until a SERVPRO of Newark professional arrives and can assess the Fire damage. Cleaning surfaces may further damage furniture and walls.
  • Restrain from walking, cleaning, or sitting on damaged furniture, carpets, upholstery, and walls until a SERVPRO of Newark professional has arrived.
  • Electrical appliances like televisions sets, radios, microwaves, etc. that may have come in contact with water, soot, or fire should be avoided. Touching or cleaning electrical appliances should be handled by a SERVPRO professional or after consulting with an authorized repair service.
  • All food, drinks, and water that are close to a fire damage or a water damage may be contaminated. All consumable goods should not be eaten, they should be thrown out. 
  • Leave all ceiling fixtures off. Moving air throughout the damaged rooms may cause more damage. Fire damage or water damage to the electrical wiring of ceiling fixtures are likely to heighten the risk of shock. 
  • Do not send damaged clothing and textiles to the dry cleaner before consulting with your insurance agent and your SERVPRO of Newark professionals. Damaged clothing and textiles are likely to be mishandled at a dry cleaners rather than with the use of SERVPRO of Newark's Esporta services.

Before SERVPRO Reaches the Fire Damaged Scene

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

  • Leave soot on surfaces until a SERVPRO of Newark professional arrives and can assess the Fire damage. Cleaning surfaces may further damage furniture and walls.
  • Restrain from walking, cleaning, or sitting on damaged furniture, carpets, upholstery, and walls until a SERVPRO of Newark professional has arrived.
  • Electrical appliances like televisions sets, radios, microwaves, etc. that may have come in contact with water, soot, or fire should be avoided. Touching or cleaning electrical appliances should be handled by a SERVPRO professional or after consulting with an authorized repair service.
  • All food, drinks, and water that are close to a fire damage or a water damage may be contaminated. All consumable goods should not be eaten, they should be thrown out. 
  • Leave all ceiling fixtures off. Moving air throughout the damaged rooms may cause more damage. Fire damage or water damage to the electrical wiring of ceiling fixtures are likely to heighten the risk of shock. 
  • Do not send damaged clothing and textiles to the dry cleaner before consulting with your insurance agent and your SERVPRO of Newark professionals. Damaged clothing and textiles are likely to be mishandled at a dry cleaners rather than with the use of SERVPRO of Newark's Esporta services.

ASPCA Fire Restoration

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage ASPCA Fire Restoration ASPCA Facility Aftermath

A vicious fire broke out at the Brandywine Valley ASPCA after a car had crashed into the building and caught fire. This was a devastating fire that not only a precious human life was lost but the lives of some animals as well. This ASPCA location is one of the largest in the Delaware area and had been recently renovated. Many cats and dogs were relocated during the restoration and rebuilding process of the facility. Luckily, SERVPRO of Newark was able to respond quickly and help bring the building back to life. We are proud to be a part of the Brandywine Valley ASPCA's rebuilding process and have made a point to get involved in their adoption events and make as many donations we can. 

What We Can Do For You After a Fire

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What We Can Do For You After a Fire Fire Damage in an Office

After a fire, SERVPRO offers many services to restore your home/office/building back to its pre-fire damage state. We offer Structural Cleaning, which includes cleaning of the ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors as well as paint preparation cleaning. We also offer Contents Cleaning. Contents cleaning is the cleaning of the items that were affected by the fire, which includes electronics, wood furniture, artwork, kitchen items, bedding, clothing, and much more. After our main Structural Cleaning, SERVPRO offers Deodorization, which is conducted using our leading technology that attacks the source of smell rather than just covering it up. Beyond these services offered when our customers endure a fire, we also offer other related services. These services include Board-upsInventoryMove-OutsDuct Work, and Metal Polishing.

Fire Safety Tips

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Tips Aftermaths of House Fire

  • Prevent soot particles from further damaging your furniture and carpets by keeping movement throughout the home to a minimum

  • Change your HVAC filter but leave systems off until a professional can come check the home

  • Cover HVAC air registers with layers of cheesecloth to prevent soot particles from getting in/out of your HVAC system

  • If your home electricity is off, empty your refrigerator and freezer to prevent mold and odors. Keep your refrigerator doors open after removing food

  • In the case of your heating being off during the winter, pour antifreeze down your sinks, toilet bowls, tubs, and holding tanks to avoid freezing and bursting pipes

  • When walking on damaged carpets and floors, place towels down to prevent tracking of soot and further damage

Roof Hole

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Roof Hole Roof Tarp

Here is a team of SERVPRO men attending to a hole in the roof as well as the side wall.  In this picture you can see the men working to put down a tarp and securing it with furring strips. They also placed a board over the side window. After a mishap has taken place in a home or building sometimes the structure needs to be secured from additional outdoor elements. Additional elements may be something like additional rain and winds.  The furring strips are placed to help raise, level or help secure the tarp and/or wood. They are placed perpendicular to the joists and then they are nailed in place.  This is a temporary fix until the roof can be properly repaired by a roofer.