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NFPA Dryer Safety Tips
Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
If you have suffered a home fire due to a dryer or otherwise, please call SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville today!
The Importance of Proper Smoke Remediation after Smoke or Fire Damage to your Dallas area Home
After a fire in a home it's very possible that contaminating smoke has touched every item and area in your home. In smoke, there are residual amounts of chemicals and other bi-products due to burning plastics and other chemical-based items in your home that may have burned in the fire. Those residual chemicals have been transferred by the smoke and is now left on your walls, furniture, floors, personal items, and other contents in your home. Even things like your light bulbs in your lamps must be decontaminated or disposed of properly.
It's important to remove and remediate the items in the home that were exposed to the fire and smoke so that they do not further contaminate your home. The residual amounts of chemicals and other bi-products can irritate: eyes, lungs, skin, and other parts of the body.
SERVPRO® of Flower Mound / Lewisville uses special equipment, techniques, and cleaning products to remove the smoke and soot from your home and salvageable contents. SERVPRO® of Flower Mound / Lewisville will also remove the odors using our industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment. In most cases, air ducts will need to be cleaned as well along with new HVAC filters installed.
SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville will help to make it "Like it never even happened."
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 Flower Mound / Lewisville 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.
Smoke Alarm Tips
Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.
Here's what you need to know:
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.
- Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
- Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
Source: NFPA Online
3 Myths About Fire Restoration
Myth 1: Fire does the most damage
While the initial incineration from the fire can level homes and businesses in a matter of minutes, it is the aftershock of the smoke damage that in fact can be the most damaging. The aftershock of the residual water damage, soot, and smoke can continue to destroy structures and everything within them for days, weeks and months after the fire.
Myth 2: Just “air it out”
Once the initial fire event is over, the most frequent reaction for homeowners and business owners alike is to open all windows, doors and start the fans. Unfortunately, these initial reactions can often make matters worse as waterlogged furniture, flooring, and more can foster mold growth for years to come even if the surfaces do not seem wet anymore.
Myth 3: Everything must go
SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville knows how important your possessions are. We try our absolute best to salvage what can be salvaged. Adopting a “restore first” mentality is crucial to help lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. This process relies upon specialized training and industrial equipment to restore your property and possessions back to pre-fire condition; something in which SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville specializes.
SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville is available 24/7 and works easily with your insurance. Give us a call today.
2020 Fire Prevention Week - "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!"
Fire Prevention Week 2020 in United States will begin on Sunday, October 4th and end on Saturday, October 10th. This year’s theme is all about fire safety in the kitchen. Since we are all home more in 2020, we are home cooking more. In order to reduce the amount of kitchen fires in 2020, the National Fire Protection Association has named this year’s fire prevention week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!TM”
Did you know?
Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen.
3 Safety tips from the NFPA regarding kitchen fires:
- Never leave the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, or cooking food.
- Never leave kitchen towels, oven mitts, or flammable items on top of or near the stove.
- Kitchen fires spread quickly. If you do have a cooking fire in the kitchen, get out immediately.
Getting Rid of Cigarette Smoke Odor
Is there a lingering odor in your home or business?
It's obvious to a non-smoker when a home smells like cigarettes. The smell of tobacco and/or cigarette smoke and tar is stubborn because it "sticks" to all surfaces in your home as it spreads through the air. So, how do you get rid of the cigarette odor? The short answer is that it's very difficult. ALL surfaces in the home need to be scrubbed and deodorized, including the: flooring, walls, furniture, appliances, knick-knacks, and clothing. Even the air in the home needs to be deodorized during the process. It's not an easy task, but the experts at SERVPRO® of Flower Mound / Lewisville have done it many times and are more than willing to help you. Give us a call today and start breathing fresh smelling air! Here to Help
Understanding fire extinguisher classes
There are four classes of fire extinguishers – A, B, C and D – and each class can put out a different type of fire.
Class A fire extinguishers
Class A fire extinguishers are used for ordinary combustibles, such as paper, wood, cloth, and some types of plastic. These extinguishers typically use water or certain types of dry chemicals to either absorb heat or coat the fire.
Class B fire extinguishers
Fires that originate from flammable liquids and gas can be extinguished by a class B fire extinguisher. This is the type of extinguisher you’ll want to use on a fire caused by oil or fuel.
Class C fire extinguishers
Class C fire extinguishers are effective against electrical fires from live wires, panels, and circuit breakers. The extinguisher works by releasing materials that stop the conduction of electricity.
Class D fire extinguishers
Class D fire extinguishers are used on combustible metals. These include magnesium, sodium, aluminum, and titanium.
Class K fire extinguishers
Commonly used in restaurant kitchens, class K fire extinguishers can effectively put out fires caused by cooking fats, greases, and oils. They use a process called saponification by releasing an alkaline agent to create a foam that traps vapors and puts the fire out.
Purchasing your fire extinguisher
Now that you know how many extinguishers you need and what types to get, you can head to the hardware store. Look for fire extinguishers that you can easily lift. Larger extinguishers may pack more power, but you must be able to use it properly.
Source: Safety Online
Make Sure to Have a Fire Extinguisher in Your Dallas 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 Dallas 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.
For more information regarding fire damage restoration from SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville, click HERE.
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!