Recent Fire Damage Posts
How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher
Once you've made your fire extinguisher purchase, familiarize yourself with your fire extinguisher directions so you’ll be prepared in case you need to put out a fire. Typically, fire extinguishers are fairly easy to use in the case of a fire. Most of the types operate using the P.A.S.S. technique:
- Pull the pin on the fire extinguisher in order to break the tamper seal.
- Aim the fire extinguisher low, with the nozzle pointed at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the handle of the fire extinguisher to release the extinguishing agent.
- Sweep the nozzle from side to side while pointed at the base of the fire until it is extinguished.
- If the fire re-ignites, repeat the last 3 steps.
If your home or business has suffered a fire, please give SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia, and Cleveland a call today. We will work with you and your insurance company every step of the way. For more information about fire damage restoration, click HERE.
Make Sure to Have a Fire Extinguisher in Your Houston area Home or Business
Not only is it smart to keep fire extinguishers in your home and/or business, it’s also the law in many states.
It's important to make sure you have the right types of fire extinguishers on hand to put out common household fires and don't forget to make sure you have the right insurance coverage if your Houston area home or business sustains fire damage.
The first thing to do when choosing a fire extinguisher is to decide which rooms in your home or business need an easily accessible fire extinguisher. You should keep at least one on each level of your house. Make sure you keep fire extinguishers handy where fires are more likely to start, like in the kitchen, HVAC room, and the garage.
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Fireworks Safety Tips
We hope everyone has a safe 4th of July!
Be Safe with Fireworks this 4th of July
Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
- Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in Dallas area before buying or using them.
Source: CPSC Online
Removing soot and odor from textiles!
Before and after on a stuffed lamb affected during a fire.
Our Esporta Wash System utilizes a patented hydraulic action to force organic and inorganic contaminants out of the objects to be cleaned. Laboratory testing shows the technology removes 99% of contaminants and restores close to 90% of textiles damaged by odor, soot, grime, mold, and mildew to "food-grade" clean. It is capable of removing toxic substances from soiled items previously thought impossible to clean.
After securing the premises, we offer an emergency cleaning service that provides homeowners with clothes to wear. On the day of the fire loss, we ask each of the house occupants to select two weeks' worth of clothing, undergarments, kid's backpacks - any item normally worn within a two-to three-week period. It's an interim solution with a 24-hour turnaround.
One claim involved a single mother and her three kids who were especially attached to their stuffed animals, cherished outfits, and home-made blankets. They were thrilled we could remove the toxic smoke and water damage quickly!
Did you know there are different classes of fire damage?
If you experience a fire damage, call our team of professionals who will help walk you through the restoration process.
If you experience a commercial fire damage, it is crucial to work with professionals who can help you restore your property. However, fire damage can take many different forms. Watch out for the following types of commercial fire damage and call the experts as soon as possible to prevent the damage from getting worse!
One of the first and least dangerous types of fire damage is known as Class A fire damage. This kind of damage can occur on any property, and it is often the result of a solid catching fire and spreading throughout. The fire damage from Class A fires has quantifiable sources, and the solids may include rubber, plastic, paper or cloth. This damage may spread from a single source, and it is often easy for individuals to contain if they are quick and isolate the burning source with a fire extinguisher.
Class B fire damage is another variety, and it is one of the most dangerous types that could occur. Class B fire damage typically results from flammable liquids or from solids that have become liquefied. These are commonly caused by melted plastics and waxes as well as various types of oils, including petrol and grease. While they are often caused by materials similar to cooking oil, cooking oil fires do not often count as Class B fires. These fires often spread quickly and cause tremendous damage because of water displacement issues.
Class C fire damage involves flammable gasses and similar substances. These can include fires caused by gas leaks such as hydrogen or propane, or they may be due to deposits of natural gas. They can spread quickly through the property and result in a great deal of sudden surface damage. More often than not, this type of damage is explosive and can cause tremendous destruction in the property's structure. It is one of the most common examples of Saginaw commercial fire damage, and it may result in a long-term loss if not handled quickly.
Finally, Class D fire damage is a common variety of fire damage that occurs in industrial locations. It is typically caused by combustible metals. Some of the most common metals involved include sodium and potassium, and this type of fire is large and encompassing of the work area. This damage can result in a variety of harmful ambient effects, so if you experience this sort of damage, it is crucial to have it taken care of as soon as possible. If left unattended, unwanted chemicals may become airborne and result in a variety of problems around the work area.
If you are interested in working with a locally owned business you can count on, be sure to call SERVPRO of Flower Mound/Lewisville. We can help you manage any and all commercial fire damage as necessary. 972-420-4771
Restoring Your Sentimental Items After a Fire Loss
Sometimes after a loss contents are deemed "unsalvageable" due to their small monetary value however, sometimes these contents have the highest sentimental value to our customers. After a fire it's customary for an insurance company to make decisions whether it is more economical to clean and restore contents or to go ahead and pay to replace them. After they have done their review and it turns out to be more cost effective to replace then those contents are deemed "unsalvageable".
This scrap book was removed from a house fire by our restoration crew and because it was covered in soot and smoke, the scrap book was deemed "unsalvageable". This customer is a widow and the photos inside contained memories of her and her husband throughout their years together. Our cleaning team took it upon themselves to clean the scrap book along with every photo inside in order to return it to the customer.
SERVPRO of Flower Mound/Lewisville takes pride in our work and strives to go above and beyond for all of our customers. If you experience a loss in your home, give our team a call and know that we are here to make it "Like it never even happened."
Fire Prevention Week
Residential escape plan in the event of a fire.
This year's theme for Fire Prevention Week is "Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!" Keeping this in mind, remember to make a home escape plan with all members of your household and practice it!
Draw a picture of your home just as you would see in a commercial space with red arrows showing the best exit routes. A home escape plan should have two exits from each room in your home (typically a door or window). Make sure those exit routes are clear of clutter and windows can open easily.
After you have your exit routes planned, discuss where everyone will meet once safely out of the house. Practice this a few times to ensure everyone is familiar with the plan. For more information, visit www.fpw.org!
Electrical Fire at a home in Fort Worth, TX
Electrical Fire caused structural damage as well as smoke damage throughout the home.
Did you know that home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year? Electrical distribution systems are the third leading cause of home structure fires causing nearly 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage.
The SERVPRO of Flower Mound team is here to help after you experience a fire loss in your home. Our caring team will help guide you through the claims and restoration process. We are certified to restore the structure, electronics, textiles, contents, and can perform rebuild services as needed.
If you experience an electrical fire in your home like the customer shown in the photo, please don't hesitate to give our office a call. Our team of professionals at SERVPRO of Flower Mound will help every step of the way to ensure a smooth process. 972-420-4771