Recent Fire Damage Posts
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.
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October is National Fire Prevention Month
October is National Fire Prevention Month.
The American Red Cross says that on average there are 36 people that are injured and 7 people killed per year due to house fires. Also they state that every year there is 7 billion dollars worth of damage as a direct result of house fires.
There are many things you can do to help prevent a fire in your home and help you avoid being a statistic.
- Never use appliances or electronics with damaged electrical cords
- Never leave portable fireplaces, candles and heaters unattended
- Never leave appliances such as ovens, curling/flat irons on and unattended
- Have your HVAC tested and always repair when needed
- Be sure to keep flammable materials away from sources of heat
- Make sure you always empty the lint tray when you use your dryer
- Keep lighters and matches in a safe place that is not accessible to children
Even with multiple habits and measures in place to prevent a fire it is always best to be prepared for a fire and be ready for action if one was to break out.
- Teach children how to dial 911 in case of any emergency
- Have at least two emergency escape routes and be sure that all members of the household know what they are
- Everyone in the house, no matter what age needs to know how to stop, drop and roll in case an article of clothing catches on fire
- Have fire detectors located in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on every floor of the house
- Test fire detectors monthly
- Replace the batteries in fire detectors at least once a year
If a fire does happen to touch your life we here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant County are always here to help! Give us a call anytime, our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 817-595-2506
5 Steps When Faced with Fire Damage in Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co.
Step 1: EMERGENCY SERVICES & BOARD UP
Once firefighters are onsite and attempting to extinguish the fire, they may have to knock out windows and cut holes into walls and the roof to provide ventilation. Doing this will provide ventilation and will slow down the fire’s growth. Once they have successfully extinguished the fire we are able to start extracting any standing water, plus properly board up any holes in the exterior of your home. The purpose of boarding up your structure is to protect your home and your belongings from the elements.
Step 2: ASSESS THE DAMAGE
We will evaluate the severity of the fire damage to your home or business. Depending on the extent of the damage and what type of fire it was we will estimate the full scope of work needed to remediate your possessions and property to their original conditions.
Step 3: SMOKE & SOOT REMOVAL / DEODORIZATION
Smoke and soot contain chemicals that are harmful to your health. They can also permeate drapes carpets, basically, all textiles will have been vulnerable to be affected by the fire. With immediate cleaning by our extensively trained staff using industry approved methods we eliminate not only the odor but the potential risk of breathing in these toxins.
Step 4: THE CLEANING & DRYING PROCESS
SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. will now be able to extract what remaining water they can throughout all effected areas. Once this is done, we place dehumidifiers that will pull the moisture from the air and industrial air movers to accelerate evaporation. This is the fastest most controlled drying process possible. Once every part of your home has reached the dry standard we go back through and cover all areas that were affected with an antimicrobial disinfectant.
Step 5: CLEANING & RESTORATION OF YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY
We have a dedicated space where we handle disinfecting and removing hazardous soot and smoke residue from all of your salvageable personal belongings. From family heirlooms, framed artwork, to your kitchen’s glassware and dishes. Our restoration goal for your personal items is to get them back to the exact state they were in prior to the fire.
If your home or business has been affected by a fire, we here at SERVPRO of Grapevine/NE Tarrant Co. are always here to help! Our phones are answered 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week just give us a call (817-595-2506) and we’ll be on our way!
Commercial Fire and Water Damage - Fort Worth, Texas
An electrical fire in the attic was the cause of the fire and water damage in this Fort Worth, Texas office building. There are a number of common causes of office fires, including:
- Extension cords overheating
- Presence of combustible materials
- Damaged power cords
- Failed cooling mechanisms in computers
- Use of faulty electrical equipmentWe are Flooded Office Specialists:
- This fire started when an electrical box failed in the attic of the commercial building. The heat from the fire made the plastic water line melt. The water from the damaged line put out the fire, but it flooded the building. In just a few short days, we were able to clean up the fire and water damage and get them back in business. The customer was very satisfied with our service.
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Fire and Smoke Damage - Grapevine, Texas
A kitchen fire was the cause of the fire and smoke damage in this apartment unit in Grapevine, Texas. We were called in to clean up the disaster. We were able to tear out the damaged materials and sanitize and deodorize the home. Fortunately, the fire was contained in the kitchen and quickly extinguished so the damage did not spread throughout the apartment.
So how can you prevent kitchen fires?
- Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling.
- Turn off stove or broiler whenever you leave the kitchen.
- Set a timer while cooking and check it regularly.
- Don't leave the house and take the chance that you might forget about the food cooking in the kitchen.
- Keep things that can catch fire, such as potholders, towels and food packages, away from heat.
- Everyone in your home who cooks needs to know what to do in case of a kitchen fire:
- When in doubt, get everyone out! Close the door behind you. Call 911.
- If a small grease fire starts and is confined to a pan on the stove, put on an oven mitt and smother the fire by sliding a lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Don't move the pan and keep the lid on until the pan is cool.
- In case of an oven or microwave fire, turn off the appliance and keep the door closed. Unplug the microwave if you can reach the outlet. Do not use the equipment again until it is certified safe.
- If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands, and roll over and over — or back and forth — to put out the fire.
- If you get a small burn, immediately put it under cool water for 3 to 5 minutes. If the burned area is bigger than a fist — or if you have any questions — seek medical attention right away.817-595-0004 or 817-595-2506Follow us on Twitter @SERVPROHEBG
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