Recent Fire Damage Posts
Fire Damage Restoration Tips: What to Do While Waiting for Your Contractor
Blog Summary: Navigate the restoration process with ease by following SERVPRO’s four tips for preparing for fire restoration services while waiting for your contractor, from addressing safety concerns to minimizing the chance of further damage.
The first step in the fire restoration process should always be calling a trained professional. However, many homeowners find themselves at a loss for what to do after that.
The experts at SERVPRO put together this list of things to do while waiting for a fire restoration contractor to help with that. They also stress that no one should enter the building until it has been cleared for entry by the fire department.
SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co. is a local leader in the fire damage restoration industry. In addition to fire restoration, they offer a wide range of other emergency restoration services, such as water removal and mold remediation.
Fire Damage Restoration Tips: What to Do While Waiting for Your Contractor
#1: Start an Insurance Claim
While the fire restoration contractor will likely help manage the insurance claims process—SERVPRO does—it helps to notify the applicable insurance company of the fire as soon as possible and open a claim. Likewise, it's vital to take pictures of all the damage before moving anything or beginning any clean-up efforts. Detailed documentation is key to a successful claim.
#2: Air Out the House for Mold and Mildew
Firefighters often use large amounts of water and sometimes even chemicals to put out house fires. A problematic side effect can come in the form of mold and mildew that develops in dark and damp areas. These fungi can compromise the internal strength of the house while also posing potential health effects.
Mold should only be removed by a trained professional due to the risk of exposure to harmful spores. Instead, leave it alone and open the windows to help air out the space. This step may also help with humidity levels.
#3: Only Move Around the House if Necessary
The main concern with initiating cleaning is the possibility of exacerbating any damage. This also holds true for soot which can stick to shoe soles and transfer to other surfaces.
Avoid spreading unnecessary stains and creating more work by limiting movement throughout the space. To this end, it may be prudent to focus on areas further from the damage and leave more significant damage to the fire restoration contractor.
#4: Inspect and Clean Personal Items
Smoke can affect clothing and other personal items in addition to interior surfaces. Avoid loading affected clothing in the washing machine as soot and other small particles can build up and cause clogs. Instead, check the local area for dry cleaners that can handle fire-damaged clothing.
Kitchen items may also require attention if the space is still inhabitable. Try soaking any dishes, utensils, and other kitchen gadgets in water and bleach to remove smoke damage. Do not consume any food or ingredients that were near the fire or suppression efforts, whether it remains intact or not.
After fire damage, SERVPRO helps Grapevine and NE Tarrant county residents take control and restore their homes. For more information on fire damage restoration services in the Keller area, call SERVPRO today at (817) 595-2506 for a fast and free quote.
SERVPRO of Grapevine / NE Tarrant Co.
1670 Keller Pkwy Ste 209
Keller, TX 76248
Fire Prevention Tips For Your Hotel
If you run a hotel business, you will want to do everything you can to protect it from disasters such as water damage and fire damage. Being prepared for any kind of disaster is always a good idea. Today, we’re sharing some tips that can help you prevent fire damages as well as some helpful tips in the event a fire ever does happen:
- Take steps to ensure that the address numbers for your buildings or suites are highly visible, enabling emergency responders to easily find your location quickly in the event of a fire or other emergency. Numbers should contrast with the background used, such as black on white, while the numerals should be no less than six inches in height.
- All fire extinguishers should be no more than 75 feet from all work areas for easy access, and they should be mounted in a highly visible spot. Make sure your extinguishers are inspected and serviced at least once a year by a licensed fire extinguisher company.
- Exits need to be clearly marked with EXIT signage that is illuminated at all times with a battery backup for power outages. Emergency lighting should be kept in working order, and the exit areas and spaces around the building outside kept clear of debris and plant material, reducing the fire risk outdoors as well.
- In order to prevent a fire from ever starting, all stored materials need to be stacked at least two feet below the ceiling in an orderly manner. For buildings with an automatic sprinkler system, 18 inches of clearance is required, allowing smoke to collect up high, which gives people adequate time to exit and the sprinklers a clear area for their spray pattern. Entries, hallways, and storage spaces should be kept clear of clutter or obstructions to allow quick exit and access for fire personnel. These instructions have been put in place by your area fire marshal, and if not followed, can result in fines.
- Electrical outlets should have no more than one item per outlet plugged into them, which may include a power strip with a circuit breaker. All electrical cords should be kept in good repair and replaced when needed.
- Trash receptacles need to be kept at least five feet away from combustible roofs, windows, and entryways and not stored in the path of exits.
- Have your sprinkler system tested and serviced every 12 months or less by a licensed fire sprinkler company. This practice should also be used for your fire alarm system.
- If your hotel has a restaurant kitchen onsite, make sure your stove hood has been cleaned at least once every year to prevent excessive grease buildup. Ceiling exhaust fans and bathroom heater/light/fan combinations can also be a risk due to a buildup of dust and grease, resulting in increased operating temperatures.
- Make sure your local fire department has your valid contact information on file for your business.
The SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County team is experienced in cleanup projects after fires both large and small. We are also mold remediation specialists, and here to help in the event of water damages, fire damages, and storm damages.
What You Need to Know About Fire Damage Responsibilities
Blog Summary: A fire can be devastating and affect the lives of both tenants and owners. Understanding the responsibilities of both can make the recovery process after a fire significantly smoother. Find out what the tenant and owner responsibilities are after a fire and how the experts at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. can have your property looking like new.
Rental Properties: Who is Responsible for Fire Damage?
According to the National Fire Protection Association, non-wildfire structural fires cost Americans over $11 billion in 2019. Living through a fire is stressful, especially when it comes to dealing with the aftermath. From cleaning to recovering your lost goods, the entire process is full of heartbreak.
The effects of fire damage are even worse in tenant/landlord relationships. Determining who is at-fault and untangling the legal mess can lead to litigation and sleepless nights.
Preparation is the best way to avoid much of the stress of dealing with fire damage. Landlords and tenants should understand their responsibilities before signing a lease. They should also know their roles in the fire restoration process.
Who is responsible for coordinating cleanup? What insurance policies are needed?
Answering questions like these makes navigating the process much smoother.
The property owner is responsible for providing a safe living space for the tenant, which means addressing potential fire hazards. Items like bad wiring, unsafe appliances, and construction that does not meet building code can pose a fire risk.
After a fire, the landlord will need to work with their insurance company to restore the building. In most cases, the property owner has to pay for structural repairs, as well as replace building fixtures like cabinets and plumbing.
In most cases, the landlord is not responsible for replacing the tenant’s property, only items that come with the rental.
The tenant is liable for their personal property, such as furniture, clothing, and electronics. Many property owners require that tenants have renter's insurance for precisely this reason. These policies cover their personal belongings in the event of natural disasters, theft, and other incidents.
Even more important, renter’s insurance can pay for fire damage should the tenant be at fault. If the tenant was cooking unsafely or simply knocked over a candle, they could be held responsible for repaying the damages.
Who Caused the Fire?
Insurance companies want to avoid paying out large amounts, so they will want to know who started the fire.
If the tenant can show that the fire was due to poor maintenance on the landlord's part, the landlord may be liable for the renter's property. Similarly, if it's clear that the fire was the tenant's fault, the landlord may seek damages and compensation from the tenant.
In both cases, every party must be adequately insured, but this is especially important for landlords.
Property owners must have insurance that covers the damage to the building and fixtures. More importantly, they need to let their insurer know that someone is renting the property. Without a landlord policy, the owner would not receive compensation for lost rent payments and could be underinsured.
The Recovery Process
After the fire, the owner and renter need to document everything. If possible, walk through the property and take photos and videos.
Both parties should notify their insurance companies as soon as possible after the fire. The insurers will investigate the cause of the fire and determine the financial cost. To do this, the insurance company will send an adjuster to review the fire damage.
Even if the fire was small, it helps to call the fire department for an objective view. They can inspect the cause and demonstrate how the fire spread.
Unless there's clear evidence that the tenant caused the fire, it falls on the landlord to work with a building restoration service or fire restoration companies.
Fire restoration service is about more than just repairing fire and smoke damage — it's also about water removal and water cleanup. In many cases, the water used to extinguish the fire will flood the property. If this water is allowed to seep into the floors and walls, it may result in mold growth and unsafe living conditions.
Typically, it's in the landlord's best interest to work with a commercial cleaning service that offers comprehensive fire restoration and addresses secondary damage as well, such as mold removal, flood cleanup, and even an air duct cleaning service.
About SERVPRO of Grapevine
There will be sleepless nights after a fire, but there are ways to mitigate that stress. With the right preparation, insurance, and response, both parties can start the restoration and compensation process.
If you've been the victim of a fire and need a cleanup service, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Grapevine. They are your local fire damage restoration service, having served the Keller, TX area for decades.
1670 Keller Pkwy
Keller, TX 76248
How to Safely Use Your Fire Pit
Be sure fire is 10-15ft from the closest building structure.
Now that it’s becoming cooler outside, many of us are uncovering our firepits and looking forward to spending time gathering around them to enjoy time with family and friends. Practicing fire safety is going to be an important thing to remember.
Let’s have a quick refresher on how to safely use your firepit:
Whether you prefer a built-in or portable fire pit, choose one that is not too large for the area. The pit should be a minimum of 10 feet away from any structures or combustible materials as well as away from trees, fences, sheds, power lines, and telephone wires.
Make sure that the seating area is large enough and properly placed for comfort and ventilation.
Don’t start your fire if it’s really windy; a strong breeze can easily blow sparks onto nearby flammable materials, such as firewood piles or roofs, and can hurt people, too.
Burn only dry material. Damp material will create excess smoke.
Don’t use lighter fluid or gasoline to get your fire going as it can easily burn out of control or even result in explosions. Don't burn tires, aerosols, fireworks, or anything containing paint or foam to avoid toxic fumes which could also explode and cause injury.
To start the fire, use a lighter to ignite crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks. Then, add larger sticks and a log or two to keep it burning.
Wear non-flammable clothing and hard-soled shoes when starting, sitting near, or extinguishing the fire.
Never leave the fire unattended, and keep pets and children far away from the fire as they will be attracted to it.
Keep the proper fire extinguishing equipment, or at least a water hose, handy in case there is an emergency. You could also fill a bucket with sand, which can be used instead of water to help extinguish a fire.
As the fire dies down, use a shovel and spread out the ashes to allow them to cool down. Then slowly pour water over those ashes and watch them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain or reignite. Put the cooled ashes in a specially designated ash storage metal can.
SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County is dedicated to providing the quickest response to any fire event that may occur in our area. Immediate action is crucial to limiting the damage, and we have a trained and experienced team, along with the specialized equipment necessary for prompt recovery and restoring your home or business. Reach our office at (817) 595-2506 for any questions regarding smoke or fire damage.
5 Space Heater Safety Tips
As the temperatures drop lower and cold weather rolls in to stay for awhile, you’re probably breaking out the space heaters to warm up your home or business. While space heaters provide wonderful warmth during the colder months, they also can be safety hazards if they aren’t properly set up and monitored to ensure they don’t pose any risks to you or your home. A space heater fire is never on anyone’s agenda, so we recommend following these 5 space heater safety tips to avoid any unwanted fires from occurring:
- Carefully place your space heater at least 3 feet away from flammable objects. If any objects come in contact with the space heater’s electric heating face or a hot surface, it poses a serious fire risk. As a general rule, never sit or drape anything over your space heater, don’t set it near rugs, furniture, bedding, clothing, window treatments, or other flammable materials. Also, make sure that it’s sitting on a level surface so that it doesn’t accidentally fall or tip over.
- Don’t use extension cords. Plug your space heater directly into an outlet. There’s a much higher chance of your space heater overheating or otherwise malfunctioning if it’s plugged into an extension cord or an outlet strip. Minimize these dangers by plugging your space heater directly into an outlet that has the power capacity necessary to fire it up and keep it running.
- Unplug it when you’re not using it. This should go for almost all appliances, but it’s especially relevant for your space heater. When you’re not using your space heater, you should first turn it off and then you should unplug it. Having a space heater running while you don’t want it to be running poses a fire hazard as well as a waste of energy.
- Clean, inspect, and maintain your space heater. On a regular basis, you should clean your space heater and wipe it down to avoid dispersing dust and other allergens throughout your house. You should also carefully monitor your space heater to ensure that it’s working as it’s supposed to and nothing wonky is happening. If anything seems out of order, turn it off and unplug it right away until a professional can inspect it and you can safely run it again. Alternatively, you can just dispose of it and purchase a new space heater.
- Don’t run your space heater in the bathroom or a basement. Space heaters should never be run in places that are humid or wet because space heaters are not meant to be wet. Don’t handle your space heater if your hands are wet or you just got out of the shower. The electricity from the space heater could run through the water and shock you. This is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.
While we love our space heaters as much as the rest of you, it’s important to run them safely when you have them operating. SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County is here to help you with any fire damage, water damage, storm damage, or mold that comes your way this fall and winter season, and we’re available 24/7 at (817) 595-2506. Give us a call today to discuss how we can help you fix any damage to your home or business.
Office Fire Safety Precautions to Observe
In the event that a fire ever occurs in your office, it’s important to have a few fire safety precautions in place to keep your employees and commercial building prepared for dealing with one. While having a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors goes without saying, do your employees know what to do if the alarm sounds or they have to use the extinguisher?
Here are a few fire safety precautions that you should ensure are in place:
- Make sure your employees know how to use a fire extinguisher. Every 6 months or so, hold a training session where your employees learn how to use a fire extinguisher if they don’t already know how to use one. Something as simple as this could be the difference between an accidental office fire from a microwave or a lighter being extinguished or burning up everything in sight. Here’s a great article on how to use a fire extinguisher.
- Regularly change your smoke detectors’ batteries and ensure one is installed in every room. As a general rule of thumb, test your smoke detectors once a month and replace their batteries twice a year. By ensuring that your smoke detectors do their job and have the battery juice to sound, you can prevent office fires whenever smoke occurs first.
- Share your office’s evacuation plan. Depending on the size of your office, you need to have one or multiple evacuation plans to adhere to the building’s fire code. Make sure to take into account any legal requirements for fire evacuation plans before you post them around the building and share them.
- Do a few fire drills. Sharing your office’s evacuation plan isn’t enough. Hold a couple fire drills and run your employees through the proper evacuation routes so they know where to go if the building catches on fire. Rehearsing an evacuation plan makes it that much easier to take action in the event that a fire actually occurs.
With all of these fire safety precautions in place, we hope that you’ll never have to manage the aftermath of an office fire. However, If you ever end up dealing with fire damage, water damage, mold, or other natural disaster damage, give SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call at (817) 595-2506. Our team of professionals are trained and equipped to help you manage restoration and cleaning.
What to Expect From a Fire Damage Restoration Project
A fire damage event is difficult for the home or business owner on many levels, and the restoration process that follows can be intimidating. Today we are sharing what you can expect from a fire restoration project. Each fire event is a little different, and each will require a unique solution, although the overall general process stays the same. The steps we are listing below will illustrate the SERVPRO process for the average fire damage emergency.
- Emergency Contact. Your restoration process begins the moment that you contact us. Our representative will ask you questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us to respond with the appropriate equipment and resources for your particular situation.
- Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment. Our team will carefully inspect and test all the adjoining rooms of your home or business to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is vital to us, allowing us to develop the perfect plan of action for your property.
- Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service. Fire damage will often compromise the condition of windows, walls, and roofing. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we will board up missing windows and walls, and place tarps on damaged areas of the roof.
- Water Removal and Drying. If water damage is present, the water removal process will begin almost immediately, with the goal of removing the majority of the water. Our team will then employ dehumidifiers and air movers to remove any remaining water and complete the drying process.
- Removal of Smoke and Soot From All Surfaces. SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and all other surfaces.
- Cleaning and Sanitizing. We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. Our team uses a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to the condition they were in before the fire. We are also trained to remove lingering odors, using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
- Restoration. This is the final step - getting your home or business back to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, installing new carpet, or painting surfaces, or it may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various rooms or areas.
Here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County, we are ready to help if your Grapevine home or business suffers from damage due to fire or water. You can also count on us when it comes to mold remediation and prevention.
Safety Tips For Using A Fire Extinguisher
OSHA states that fire is the most common emergency occurrence owners of homes and small businesses should plan for. One of the best ways to be prepared is by having a fire extinguisher readily available, making sure it’s properly maintained and audited, and by being educated on its proper use. This will already be a fire safety requirement for any business, and it’s a good idea for the homeowner, as well.
OSHA requires employers to train their staff thoroughly on how to use a fire extinguisher correctly and to accurately assess the situation if a fire is to occur so that it can be determined if/when an evacuation needs to take place. OSHA has established annual training for employees as a minimal requirement for all places of business, and this training is helpful for homeowners as well.
The PASS training technique is recommended:
- P. Pull the pin on the extinguisher.
- A. Aim the nozzle of the hose at the base of the fire.
- S. Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
- S. Sweep the nozzle from side to side, directed at the base of the flames, until the fire is extinguished.
Once someone knows how to properly operate a fire extinguisher, they should then also be trained to follow fire safety protocol. Such training should enable anyone to be able to:
- Locate and activate the fire alarm.
- Call the fire department and emergency responders immediately.
- Determine a safe evacuation route that will direct people away from flames, excessive heat, and smoke. They should also know how to keep the route from becoming blocked.
- Use the PASS technique for discharging a fire extinguisher (outlined above), and know the importance of backing away from the area if the fire flares up again.
- Evacuate the area immediately if the fire is still going and the extinguisher is empty, or if the fire grows beyond what can be safely handled without fire department personnel.
NOTE: Fire extinguishers are made to handle small fires only. If the environment becomes too dangerous, everyone should know when and how to evacuate. Excessive smoke and heat, impaired evacuation routes, and poor visibility are all conditions that can evolve very quickly, and people need to understand that safety comes first and foremost.
SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County is here to help with cleanup projects both large and small and are dedicated to getting your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. We also handle mold prevention and remediation, as well as fire damage and water damage.
Esporta - A Game Changer in Fire Restoration
Esporta Wash System and Dryers
Fire Damaged Clothing
Here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County, we specialize in the restoration of fire damaged items. A lot of items that come out of a home or business that have been affected by a fire are heavily affected by smoke and soot. Many companies will determine that these items are non-salvageable due to the extreme conditions. However, our technicians deem everything as salvageable until we can prove that it cannot be salvaged. The most common items that are usually replaced rather than restored are the soft cloth contents including, clothes, shoes, purses, etc. Our crews understand that these items can be important and hold value/memories that are not replaced by buying a new one.
Our team attempts to salvage these items with our Esporta Wash System. Our facility is one of the only restoration facilities that has this machine available for use and is operated by an Esporta Certified Operator. Third party independent laboratory testing has verified that the Esporta Wash System restores contaminated items to FOOD GRADE CLEAN by removing 99% of contaminants. Esporta’s patented and proprietary technology is the most effected washing solution available in today’s market. The items are held stationary and passed through detergent-laden water. The combination of the patented hydraulic action and the environmentally friendly detergent results in the removal of over 99% of the organic and inorganic contaminants. This process is five times more effective than traditional laundry.
What can be restored in the Esporta Wash System?
- Leather goods of all kinds
- Laundry of all kinds
- Wash and fold
- Press and Hang
- Household goods of all kinds
- Sleeping bags
- Stuffed animals
- Unique articles such as sports equipment
- A wide variety of other articles
Not only does the Esporta Wash System have the best cleaning and disinfecting results, but it also maintains the structural integrity of the items during the multi-stage computer controlled patented cleaning process.
Upon arrival to a fire damaged home or business, the first-priority of our crew is to work with the customer to determine if they have any, what we call, 911 items. These items are a guaranteed 24-hour turn around for the customer so that they can have their most valuable/most important items returned as soon as possible for their convenience. This also leads to a simpler and faster claim settlement and a satisfaction guarantee ensuring delighted customers and insurance professionals.
If you have any questions, please call our office at 817-595-2506.
Lighting Damage Prevention
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), lightning strikes were the cause of an estimated average of 22,600 fires each year, that’s a lot of fire! With some homes being struck in last night, it’s important to know about the options for your home when it comes to lightning safety. Although the chances of your home getting struck by lightning is fairly slim, it can happen. It’s hard to predict mother nature, and what she is going to do, which is why you can install preventative measures to your home to make sure that a fire does not get started because of a lightning strike.
For example, you can hire a company to come out to install copper tubes on the top of your house, which will distribute the current away from your home and into the ground to prevent fires. If you’re worried about the aesthetic of your home – after all, who wants big copper poles sticking out of the top of your home? Don’t worry! They only come up about a foot off the top of your roof and are unnoticeable. In the long run, it’s a great investment to keep your home safe.
If you’ve been affected by a recent fire, give us a call today at 817.595.2506!
Fire Damage To Your Fort Worth Home? Let us take care of it!
Fires are extremely overwhelming, your home and the personal things you’ve had in them seem to be destroyed, all those irreplaceable heirlooms are gone. On top of that, you’ve got to deal with the cleaning and reconstruction of your house, and how are you going to get rid of that awful soot smell?
That’s where we here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County come in! We are experts in restoring, not replacing. So you don’t need to worry about any of it, we take it from the moment your fire is put out. We will pack up and move all of those important heirlooms and pictures and clean them all so they are back to preloss conditions. You don’t even have to worry about buying an all new wardrobe. We have an Esporta machine - which can handle up to eight loads of laundry at a time and with special blends of laundry detergents, we can get the smoke smell out of almost anything.
So, for all your fire restoration needs give us a call today at 817.595.2506!
Holiday Fire Safety For Your Fort Worth Home
We have started our fire busy season! As bad as that sounds, it’s the truth. Fires tend to escalate in the fall and winter months due to the holidays. People like candles, I know I do. There’s nothing better than the smell of apple cider or forests to bring some extra coziness to their homes when it’s chilly outside and you’re wrapped up in blankets. But it’s important that we practice fire safety.
It seems elementary, but it’s incredibly important and doesn’t hurt to have reminders every once and a while. Make sure to keep candles away from pets, and make sure that they are away from decorations. All ways be sure to blow out a candle before you leave a room. You can also invest in a wax warmer to keep fall scents in your home and keep the flames out. Just make sure to follow the manufacturers warnings and instructions for usage.
If you find yourself in the midst of a fire during this holiday season, give us a call today at 817.595.2506!
Kitchen Fire Tips
Between 2012-2016 the NFPA found that cooking was the leading cause of fires within the United States. It’s important to remember safety when cooking in our homes. Don’t leave stove tops or ovens unattended and if you do have to leave the room to host guests or for another reason, be sure to take an oven mitt with you to remind you that something is cooking on the stove or in the oven.
If you happen to have a grease fire in your home, do not pour water on it! It seems like it’s elementary, but when you’re panicked with a fire in your kitchen sometimes you can do silly things. Instead cover the fire with a cookie sheet to suffocate it. If it’s a small fire you can also use salt to put it out as well. Make sure to always have a fire extinguisher on hand just in case a fire breaks out in your kitchen.
For all your fire cleaning needs give us a call today at 817.595.2506!
Fires Caused By Lightning
It seems like every weekend, we seem to have some sort of a storm and rain chance. But, that’s North Texas in the spring time, for ya! While we aren’t in a full-blown drought, it’s important to remember that the fire risk still isn’t over. Besides grilling, which we’ve talked about here, but your home could be struck by lightning during those spring storms.
It’s always wise to call the fire department to do a full inspection of your home if you suspect your home has been struck by lightning because it may not be obvious that there’s a fire. A lot of times, fires tend to spread along the inside walls of a home, unseen until they become a bigger home destroying fire.
A way to prevent your home from being struck by lightning and causing a fire, is to get a lightning protection system installed on the roof of your home. Companies will come out and install about ten-inch-long rods along your roof, that will have copper wires go to the ground of your home. They’ll help disperse the lightning away from your home to prevent damage causing fires. It’s also smart to have surge protectors for all major electronics in your home.
This springtime if you find your home struck by lightning, give us a call at 817.595.2506 today!
Smoke Detectors Are Important!
The importance of smoke detectors have been ingrained into us, it feels like. We learn about fire safety and what to do when you hear a smoke detector first in school – and it’s repeated to us every year until we go to middle school. And – we’ve even been in the home when the batteries run out of the smoke alarm or every time we cook it sets off the alarm because it’s a little too close to the stove so we take down the smoke alarm.
We know this is bad, and we should absolutely think twice before taking out the batteries. Why? Because fire detectors work. According to The National Fire Protection Association every three out of five home fire deaths come from homes that don’t have a smoke alarm.
So, be sure to check your smoke detectors once a year, replace the batteries and make sure each and every fire detector is working in your home – they save lives after all!
For all your fire cleaning needs, give us a call today at 817.595.2506!
Springtime Fire Safety
Always use fire safety when grilling in Grapevine, TX!
When we think of home fire prevention, we think about the things we would normally keep an eye on during the winter months like space heaters, Christmas trees, fire places and ovens during cooking those big holiday meals. But spring time presents its own fire dangers.
For example, you may want to start up your outdoor grill after a long winter trapped inside to grill up some nice steaks. Be sure to give your grill a good inspection before starting her up. Check the propane tank, and the gas line. Make sure everything is clean. If you’re using a charcoal grill, make sure that it’s started with the proper charcoal lighting fluid. And this maybe a given but put the grill in an open area with nothing flammable near it.
If you want to start up your fire pit, make sure all leaves and debris are removed from the pit, as those can create embers that can float into the air. And don’t throw anything like that in the fire. Always keep children away from open flames, and always keep a bucket of water next to you before you start the fire just incase of emergencies.
If you happen to suffer from a springtime fire, give SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. a call at 817.595.2506!
Quick Fire Facts
Understanding how fires start and what you can do to quickly put them out is important to keeping you and your family safe. Check out these quick facts and stats to get a better understanding of how to avoid having fire damage in your home.
- About 50% of home fires are started by cooking accidents. Be sure you keep a fire extinguisher close at hand whenever you are working in the kitchen.
- Just above 15% of residential fires are caused by electrical malfunctions or issues with the heating system in the home. This is why it is extremely important to have your appliances checked often and keep up with their maintenance year-round.
- California, Texas, and Georgia lead the nation in fire deaths in 2016. Make sure you have a plan in place, so your family knows exactly what to do if a fire breaks out at home.
Being prepared plays a huge part of avoiding injury and death during a fire. Make a plan and be sure that everyone in the building is familiar with it so that if a fire breaks out, everyone knows exactly what to do.
If you have fire damage in your home, give us a call at 817-595-2506, and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”
Holiday Fire Prevention
The Holiday season is right around the corner, and I personally love this time of year, the weather is cooler and it seems as though everyone is in a good mood. Christmas trees are alight along with fires and candles filling our homes with the warm smells of Christmas.
But that also means a higher risk of fire danger, between candles, decorations, and Christmas trees - it’s one of the most dangerous times of the year. For example, with the invention of artificial trees Christmas Tree fires are not very common, however they can be very serious when they do occur. On average one in every 32 home Christmas tree fires reported resulted in a death compared to the average of one in every 143 regular home fires. When it comes to Christmas tree fires they are started, usually, by a heat source set a little too close to the tree.
When it comes to candle usage, December is the peak time for fires. 12% of fires at home started with candles during the Christmas month, with the top three days for candle fires in the home to be Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.
To protect your home from a fire this holiday season make sure to never leave a room unattended with a candle in it, and never leave anything that could possibly be a heat source near your Christmas tree.
From your friends down at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County we wish you Happy Holidays!
Halloween Fire Safety
I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited! Halloween is exactly THREE WEEKS AWAY from today! It’s one of my favorite times of the year, and I think I’ve successfully eaten half my weight in Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins. But with all the spooky fun that comes along with Halloween, it’s very important to remember that safety – especially fire safety is important this time of year. Nearly 900 home fires a year are started because of decorations igniting. With every two out of five being started by a candle! Here are some tips from the NFPA to keep you and your little ghouls this Halloween.
- Use battery operated, flameless candles or glow sticks in your pumpkins and decorations.
- If you do use candles, be sure to keep any decorations like corn stalks, dried flowers, and crepe paper away from open flames as they can catch fire very easily.
- When choosing your costume for this year, try and avoid long flowing fabrics that can easily catch fire. If your little one is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are big enough for them to see out of.
- Keep all exits clear of decorations to keep from blocking escape routes.
- Test your smoke alarms!
And don’t forget to have fun trick-or-treating with your little ones this Halloween! If you do have any accidental fire or smoke damage this Halloween give SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County a call at 817.595.2506!
Fire & Pets
According to the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected by fires annually. Unfortunately, pets knock over candles and turn on stoves starting over 1,000 fires a year. We here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County love our pets, so we’ve put together some tips to help you both prevent and plan for a fire with your pet.
As always, prevention is the number one way to make sure your pet is protected against a house fire.
- It seems like a no brainer, but make sure all open flames are extinguished before you leave your home or go to bed. Cats are notorious for knocking over lit candles.
- If your stove has knobs, take them off before you leave or go to bed at night. You can also use covers like the ones you’d use for baby proofing. This prevents animals from accidentally turning something on.
- Our pets enjoy warmth during the winter just as much as we do! However, it’s important to keep their bedding and toys away from open flames like fireplaces.
- As always, make sure you’ve got working smoke alarms!
- If your pet likes to chew, keep electrical cords out of reach. A pet could chew a wire and cause a short that starts a fire.
In the Event of a Fire
Sometimes, though the unthinkable happens and your house does catch fire, here are a few things you can do to make sure your pet is safe.
- Your pet should wear a collar with identification tags at all times in case they get lost during the fire.
- If you haven’t already, get your pet microchipped. In the event they aren’t wearing their collar, or they manage to wiggle free of it, they can be easily identified and returned to you.
- If there’s a fire while you’re not home, make sure your neighbors know how many pets you have and their names. If you trust them enough, you can even give them a spare key to use in the event of an emergency.
- Get a sign for your window! Many places offer signs to let firemen and rescue workers know you have pets in your home.
- Have a pet emergency kit available. Some things you’ll want to include are food, water, a toy, first-aid kit, leash, treats, medication, and any important documents you may need.
- When testing your smoke alarm, or when vacuuming, try and see where your pet goes to hide when they’re scared or in distress. This information will make it easier to evacuate with your pet and can let firefighters know where your pet is in the event of a fire.
- Have an escape plan put into place that includes your pet, and practice it.
- Keep leashes and crates by the door so if there is a fire your pet can be rescued easily, and you can evacuate easily too.
- Train your pet to come when called – it’ll make evacuation and rescue a breeze.
If you and your pet have been affected by a fire, we here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. are always here to help! Our phones are answered 24/7 just give us a call (817-595-2506) and we’ll be on our way.
What to do after a fire in Southlake, TX
A fire can be devastating but know that it is all okay.
A house fire is something we never want to happen to our homes. Unfortunately, they do happen – frequently as well. In 2016 one home fire was reported every 90 seconds, and they are incredibly traumatic events. You’ll be bombarded by so many different emotions at once, it’ll be hard to figure out which way is up. Just take a deep breath and everything will be okay! The most important thing is that you and your family are safe. Call your loved ones and let them know what happened, and then your insurance know as well. Once you do that, restarting your life can begin.
When the fire is finally out, check with the proper authorities to make sure it’s safe to enter your home. The firefighters will go through precautionary measures and procedures to make sure the area is safe for you to enter the home and evaluate the damage.
Sometimes the most surprising thing to occur with a house fire is water damage! A massive amount of water is used to put out the fire and it can sometimes cause more damage than the fire! Water can not only damage your belongings, but it will also pose a more dangerous situation: mold. Call us here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County and we will arrive as soon as possible to assess the damage and gather your belongings to begin work on restoring them.
Lastly, when you leave your property, secure it! Burglars could come in and rob you of your remaining property – making a bad situation worse, or someone could be injured on your property. Ask the authorities on how to secure your home.
If the unimaginable happens, call SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County at 817.595.2506. We are here 24/7!
Common Causes for House Fires
Common Causes of House Fires
There are several causes for house fires. Listed below you will see some of those causes.
Pots and pans can overheat and cause a fire very easily if the person cooking gets distracted and leaves cooking unattended. Always stay in the room, or ask someone to watch your food, when cooking on hotplates.
Keep portable heaters at least one meter away from anything that could easily catch fire such as furniture, curtains, laundry, clothes and even yourself. If you have a furnace, get it inspected once a year to make sure it is working to safety standards.
Smoking in bedrooms
A cigarette that is not put out properly can cause a flame, as the butt may stay lit for a few hours. If it meets any flammable materials such as furniture, it can burst into flames.
An electrical appliance, such as a toaster can start a fire if it is faulty or has a frayed cord. A power point that is overloaded with double adapter plugs can cause a fire from overuse of electricity.
Candles look and smell pretty but if left unattended they can cause a room to easily burst into flames. Keep candles away from any obviously flammable items such as books and tissue boxes. Always blow a candle out before leaving a room.
Homes with inadequate wiring can cause fires from electrical hazards. Some signs to see if you have bad wiring are:
1) Lights dim if you use another appliance.
2) For an appliance to work, you must disconnect.
3) Fuses blow or trip the circuit frequently.
Have a licensed electrician come and inspect you house or contact your landlord if you have any of the above occurrences.
Lamp shades and light fittings can build up heat if they are very close to light globes.
Here at SERVPRO of Grapevine and N.E. Tarrant County, no matter the type of fire loss or residue left, our highly trained professionals understand the behavior of smoke and the cleanup processes to best utilize during fire restoration services. We are ready for whatever happens 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 817-595-2506.
Grapevine/NE Tarrant County Smoke and Soot Damage
Smoke and soot can be very sneaky and invasive possibly causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County allows us to be able to assess the extent of the damage to develop a plan of action.
Smoke & Soot Facts:
Smoke flows around plumbing systems, it seeps through any holes used by your plumbing to go from floor to floor. Depending on what type of smoke it is may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
Wet & dry are the two different types of smoke. As a result, there are different types of soot residue following a fire. Before any restoration begins, SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County will perform a test on the soot to determine what type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning process will then be based on the result of the test. West Smoke is produced from any plastic & rubber. Dry smoke is produced when you burn paper and wood. Protein Fire Residue is produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire and causes and extremely pungent odor.
Fire Damage Restoration Services
Every smoke and fire damage circumstance is a little different. A unique solution is required for each situation that is tailored for the specific conditions. We here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your smoke and fire damage. Our mission is to always treat you and your property with empathy, respect and care.
Have any Questions about Fire, Soot or Smoke Damage? We are always here to help!