Recent Fire Damage Posts

When Left Unattended

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Fires are a brutal force that can destroy and warp almost any material in your home. Often times, fire damages are completely preventable. It is essential to be aware of the possible dangers that can occur and the immediate steps to take to prevent further injury to your home or business. Listed below are the top 3 causes of 'in home' fire and how to prevent them from happening.

1) Candles. A soft glow of candle light may be appealing, but the possible outcome could be deadly if left unattended. Never leave a candle burning in a child's room and be sure to always blow them out before falling asleep or leaving the room.

2) Smoking. Smoking is on a downward trend, but still a leading cause of massive property loss per year. 

3) Electrical and Lighting. Over crowded power cords or Christmas lights being left on overnight are just two examples of what can go wrong when leaving electrical items unattended.

Save time, money and ensure the safety of your home and business by practicing preventative measures at all times. 

Electronic Smoke Damage

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

When you experience a home fire, there are many different ways your belongings will be affected. Smoke damages are always a factor during restoration and can reach places the fire may not have even touched. Your electronics such as cell phones and lap tops are also susceptible. When smoke has infiltrated the circuits its important to know what to be in the hopes of repairing the damage. First, remove the battery if possible and disconnect from all power sources. Wipe the entire exterior of any reside using a microfiber rag or soft cloth. Lastly, utilize a can of air or an air compressor to clear out any residue or smoke debris that may have gotten past the exterior. Concentrate on the vents, ports and access points. SERVPRO has state-of-the-art equipment to handle electronics on a larger scale as well, such as computers and television sets. Give us a call today! 

Where There's Smoke

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke damages are an underrated threat to your health and the safety of your home. It is easy to get sidelined by the destruction that fire itself can cause, but toxic vapors and harmful chemicals can become embedded into your belongings, requiring professional cleaning. Never take your smoke stained clothing to a laundromat. When smoke comes into contact with your clothing, it can become permanent if not cleaned properly. Never enter your property without the correct body protection such as face masks and gloves. Lasting and devastating results can occur if you breathe in or come into contact with certain items that were damaged. It is always a good idea to give us a call at SERVPRO to help assist in the clean up and restoration of your home or business. We have the tools and expertise to keep you out of harms way and to get the job done right the first time.  

Fire Hazards In Your Home

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

There are many fire hazards that you may or may not consider right inside your home. It is important to be aware of what could potentially be dangerous and how to avoid disaster from happening. The most common cause of in home fires start in the kitchen. Pots and pans and the contents inside of them can be very susceptible to starting a fire if left unattended. Always stay in the room and keep an eye on what you're cooking. Portable heaters and space heating units also get top billing for being one of the most notorious home fire starters. Always keep them a safe distance away from curtains and furniture. Candles are also known for their tendency to cause fire damages to property. Never leave a burning candle unattended and always have a fire safe dish or plate beneath it. These are just a few of the dangers that can occur inside your home. Always keep an up to date fire extinguisher on location. Just in case. 

Fire Devastation At Local Residence

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

When a fire happens, your entire life can change. Furniture, clothing, photos, documents and personal effects can all be lost within a matter of moments. It is crucial to have steps set ahead of time in order to keep your family safe. Fires can erupt in any room of your home or business and for multiple reasons. Faulty wiring and kitchen fires are the most commonly known igniters in residential fires. Always be sure to check the batteries on your electronic devices that would alert you to a home fire. Be sure to discuss with your family the steps to take immediately after a fire, such as a meeting point and emergency numbers to call. Having these actions planned ahead of time can mean all the difference. 

Electronics After Fire Damage

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Some of our most important information isn't necessarily in physical documents, they are found in our electronic devices. Family pictures, credit card numbers and every application that we use daily contain our most vital information. What would you do if your electronics were involved in a home or office fire? Would they be able to be saved? Well, that depends a lot on the situation involving the fire. If your devices such as an iPad or cell phone experienced extreme heat, chances are it will no longer be unusable. If your devices were engulfed in smoke, there is hope. Soot is the major culprit with smoke logged devices. Always consult with a professional to clean and decontaminate your devices before powering them on. Doing so gives you a greater chance at recovery for your electronics. Our team at SERVPRO of Racine have top of the line equipment that help expedite recovery time.

From a Flicker to a Flame: Chimney Fire Prevention

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

As the summer days blaze away, we may forget the importance of maintaining items that go unused, for instance, your fireplace. A focal point in any home during the cool fall evenings and the bitter cold winter, but takes a long break before those months arrive. Here are a few simple steps in order to keep your hearth happy and healthy!

1) Clean your firebox: There may be ashes and coals left behind from previous fires. Vacuuming the debris creates a clean space.

2) Damage Report: Check the firebox and flue for any visible damages. Brick and mortar can deteriorate and create weaknesses.

3) Chim Chimeny: Hire a professional chimney sweep. They have the equipment to reach places that are inaccessible safely and will be trained to spot any imperfections in the walls of your chimney.

SERVPRO and our team of experts are here to help you if things go wrong.  

Freeze Fire in Its Tracks: Fire Prevention During Winter

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

There’s nothing like staying warm through a bitter cold evening in Wisconsin. The whipping wind is notorious for its ability to steal your breath away in a matter of moments. Heat is essential and our only defense during the coldest months of the year. December, January and February bring the harshest wrath. As we are in the grips of a record cold forecast ahead of us, listed below are preventative measures and tips to keep in mind to prevent your home from going up in smoke.

Side effects of heating sources: Carbon Monoxide is a silent and invisible threat to every member of your home. It is an odorless and colorless gas that is commonly omitted from cooking equipment and heating appliances. Be sure to have proper ventilation and to have your equipment up to date to prevent the possibility of exposure to the poison. Having a CO reader in your home is an essential tool as well, as it detects the threat immediately.

Mood lighting: Candles are a common threat statistically in the winter months. Never leave a candle lit for more than 4 hours at a time. Supervision of any lit candle is advised at all times.

It’s electric: Electrical units are a leading cause of home fires in the United States. Lighting equipment, washer/dryer fans and space heaters are typically the culprit in these incidents. Following instructions and turning units off when unused is a preventative measure to take to avoid disaster. Never use any heating source unsupervised.

To avoid disaster this winter use these helpful tips to remain safe and cozy during the cold dark days.

Grease Lightning: Fires in the kitchen

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is a universal meeting point to converse while rummaging for a snack and is an essential part of any household. So it should be no wonder to know that nearly 41 percent of fires originate in the kitchen area. Multiple factors can play into the dangers of in home fires, many of which we overlook. We will be going through a list of steps to take when confronted with a grease fire and how to practice the proper techniques to either get the fire under control, or remove yourself to seek help.

Once a fire ignites:

  • The most immediate approach you can take is to smother the flames with a cooking lid or cookie sheet. Leave on flame until it has been extinguished and the surface has cooled.
  • Immediately turn off the heat source
  • Baking Soda or Salt are the only two kitchen ingredients to be used when putting out a grease fire. Never use flour or any other substance to extinguish flames as they can make the fire worse.
  • If all else has failed and the fire is still manageable, use a fire extinguisher to control situation.

NEVER USE WATER TO PUT OUT GREASE FIRE FLAMES. Do not attempt to move burning items outside.

If all else fails:

  • If you cannot get the flames smothered it is imperative to immediately vacate the home and seek help. Kitchen fires can spread very quickly leaving you vulnerable and reduces your points of exit.
  • Close all doors behind you as you leave as it can help contain the spread of the flames.
  • Call 911 immediately from a safe distance.
  • Never under any circumstances reenter your home while fire is in progress.
  • Always have a current evacuation plan composed for your family to know which route is best to safely leave in the case of an emergency.

Home fire loss makes for a long process of recovery as well as the possibility of losing precious items that cannot be replaced. These simple steps and help you prevent disaster from striking and keep your family safe.

Shut the Door!

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

A recent study has discovered that a closed door can save your life. In the unfortunate occurrence of a home fire, it has now been proven that, other than fire alarms, a closed door is essential. Within minutes of a fire located on a lower level, toxic fumes and suffocating smoke will have already made their way to the upper most rooms, stealing precious lifesaving minutes. A closed door acts as a shield between you and the damage raging outside. It also allows you time to formulate an escape plan, or if trapped, for rescue efforts to reach your location. A basic house fire can reach upwards of 1,100 degrees but by having your door remain closed prevents the atmospheric temperate of rising above 110 degrees. Hot, but survivable. By choosing this one simple step for your daily routine could be a lifesaving method that’s as simple as shutting the door.

As always, SERVPRO of Racine is here to give you tips to keep safe and will always be there when things go wrong.

Racine Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Racine Home

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Racine will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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