Recent Fire Damage Posts

Electrical Fires May Help You Avoid One In Your Home

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

Electrical Fires

Fires involving electrical failures or malfunctions accounted for the highest share of civilian deaths (18%) and direct property damage (20%). This is according to a National Fire Protection Association report that was done in 2019.

Home electrical fires can start in wiring, electrical distribution systems, and lighting equipment, as well as in any equipment powered by electricity such as cooking, heating, office and entertainment equipment, washers and dryers, as well as electrical distribution or lighting equipment.

If you own an older home, it's important that you have your outlets and wiring checked. Aging electrical systems in older homes can be a source of arc faults, either through normal wear and tear or because the systems cannot accommodate the greater demands of modern appliances.

We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Fire Research Information Might Help To Keep Your Family Safe

More than one-quarter of the reported fires occurred in home environments, according to the National Fire Protection Association. They have also researched specific causes.

Most home fires and fire casualties result from five causes: cooking, heating equipment, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials.

Here are some tips to help avoid some of these causes:

Cooking


Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.

If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.


Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.


Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove.


Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.


Smoking


Smoke outside and completely stub out butts in an ashtray or a can filled with sand.


Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away.

Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.


Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used, even if it is turned off.

Oxygen can be explosive and makes fire burn hotter and faster.


Be alert - don’t smoke in bed! If you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy, put your cigarette out first.


Electrical and Appliance Safety


Frayed wires can cause fires.

Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.


If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet.

Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.

We are ready to help when you have fire damage

Average Time for Fire Damage Repair

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

If your home has been damaged by fire, you may be wondering how long it would take to repair it. While small damage can be repaired in a few days, serious damage can take weeks or months to fix. However, no fire damage restoration can commence until the fire service has cleared the area. Depending on the jurisdiction, this process can take many days or weeks. Here's all you need to know about repairing fire damage.

First and foremost, the property must be secured. This includes enclosing the area with fencing and cleaning up any debris left behind. To prevent cross-contamination, you should also seal off roofs and tarp them. After the initial cleanup, you should hire an expert to help you.

Fire damage restoration typically entails rebuilding the home's structural parts as well as repairing or replacing destroyed items. Painting and drywall installation are examples of additional services. Some fire damage restoration businesses provide complete reconstruction services, while others merely perform certain repairs. If you have a lot of drywall damage, you might want to hire a business that specialises in removing and storing smoke and soot stains. Jenkins Restoration can help you restore your house or apartment to its original condition, regardless of the type of fire damage restoration you require.

What to do if you have fire in your house?

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

FIRE IN A HOUSE

Fire could result from several different causes including cooking equipment, old electrical equipment, and flammable materials. Should you experience a sizable fire in your home for any reason, there are some important steps to take during the fire. Remain mindful of the following actions:

  • Get The fire extinguisher
  • Raise an alarm
  • Call 911
  • Leave Valuables behind
  • If your clothes catch on fire. Don’t run just stop and roll over.
  • Cover your nose. The smoke is more dangerous than the fire.
  • Safety Evacuation spot.
  • Contact your local Red Cross. They can help provide food and provisions
  • Notify your insurance company about the fire
  • Do not re-enter your home until instructed to do so. Talk to firefighters about what can be salvaged instead

Always remember to make sure that everybody is safe. close the door behind you. Research has proven that closing doors prevents fire from spreading, which simply means the fire will be relegated to a spot for a while. Nobody wants a fire in his house but simple don’t panic.

Don’t forget to call SERVPRO to restore your house "Like it never even happened."

COMMON CAUSES OF HOUSE FIRES

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Can you guess the most common causes of house fires? Fire damage may result in ways you least expect. Take precautionary measures now to protect your home from the following fire instigators.

  • Cooking equipment: Cooking equipment is the number one cause of house fires. Pots and pans can quickly overheat when left unattended or mishandled. Be sure to turn handles towards the middle of the stove to avoid children from accidentally grabbing it from the burner. When leaving the house, remember to turn off stove-top burners and ovens.
  • Smoking in Bedrooms: Avoid smoking in bedrooms at all costs. A cigarette butt can stay lit for hours and cause a flame after coming into contact with clothes or furniture. Open flames such as candles also pose a danger for many residents.
  • Old electrical equipment: Older lampshades and light fittings may build up heat, and weak bases could pose a tipping hazard. Electrical equipment such as these should be checked for faulty cords, and the power point must not be overloaded with double adapter plugs.
  • Flammable liquids: Liquids such as petrol, kerosene, or methylated spirits should be kept away from heat sources and stored properly according to their label.

Nobody wants to come home to irreparable damage. By knowing these common causes of house fires, you and your neighborhood can live a little bit safer. When accidents happen, SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach / Signal Hill is here to clean fire damage and restore your home quickly and professionally.

What to Do After a Fire

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

Immediately after a fire is a very stressful time. With all of the fire damage and loss, it can difficult to see what to do next. The first thought on most people's minds is to repair the damage, but there are a few things that you should consider doing even before that. The very first thing you should do is call your insurance company. The second is to secure your home.

3 Steps to Follow After a Fire

Secure Your Home

Securing your home does not mean lock your doors. Remember that there could be hundreds of access points after a fire. Between the flames, smoke, and the fire department, the damage can be extensive. When you secure your home, you will need to board up holes, windows, and doors.
Here's why you need to tarp or board your home:

  • Vacant homes are catnip to vandals and thieves
  • Your insurance may require it
  • Rain, wind, and sun can make the damage worse
  • Someone could go in and hurt themselves


You must cover all the exposed areas of your home as soon as possible.

Take an Inventory

When you are allowed back into your home, you will need to take an inventory. Take a look at what you need to throw out and what can be salvaged. Make sure you board up or tarp anything exposed to the elements while you are doing this. It is far easier to assess the damage and cover things that need to be covered simultaneously.

Fires are devastating. Just remember to board up, take inventory and find a remediation company that can help you. These steps can help you avoid any additional damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Routinely Remove Smoke and Fire Damage from Furnishings

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

What qualifications should I look at for content restoration?

Restoring the contents of your home requires careful planning and expert attention to detail. Our roster of technicians hold qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications- a nationally recognized, independent awarding body. We act responsibly to identify different types of smoke and odor issues in furnishings before performing the necessary steps to return them to a list condition. Soft furnishings can be tricky to restore due to their diverse material composition. Using pH tests and pre-testing, we can ensure that your contents do not suffer from dye bleeding, shrinkage, or fiber wear during the restorative process.

How do I remove smoky odors from soft furnishings?

Soft furnishings tend to be porous in nature, which can lead them to absorb fire damage in your home Soot’s and soils may affect the surface level of materials, while high-pressure fires can lead to odor penetration beneath the surface of the fabric. SERVPRO can deploy air-filtration devices to remove potentially odor-causing soot particles from the area and apply liquid deodorants directly onto furnishings. Standard timings for odor dispersal can vary, but usually, we expect odors to depart at the two-week mark. Using a masking agent, SERVPRO technicians can reduce the impact of unpleasant odors until they disperse naturally and become no longer noticeable.

What equipment do I need to remove fire odors?

  • Misters and ultra-low volume thermal foggers can help to penetrate fabrics or crevices with an odor-neutralizing solvent
  • Odor pellets in problem locations can mask odors temporarily until they dissipate
  • Air filtration using high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters can restore indoor air quality and remove the odor-causing particles

If you need content restoration after a recent fire, contact SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach

Understanding The Research On Electrical Fires May Help You Avoid One In Your Home

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Electrical Fires

Fires involving electrical failures or malfunctions accounted for the highest share of civilian deaths (18%) and direct property damage (20%). This is according to a National Fire Protection Association report that was done in 2019.

Home electrical fires can start in wiring, electrical distribution systems, and lighting equipment, as well as in any equipment powered by electricity such as cooking, heating, office and entertainment equipment, washers and dryers, as well as electrical distribution or lighting equipment.

If you own an older home, it's important that you have your outlets and wiring checked. Aging electrical systems in older homes can be a source of arc faults, either through normal wear and tear or because the systems cannot accommodate the greater demands of modern appliances.

We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Fire Research Information Might Help To Keep Your Family Safe

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

More than one-quarter of the reported fires occurred in home environments, according to the National Fire Protection Association. They have also researched specific causes.

Most home fires and fire casualties result from five causes: cooking, heating equipment, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials.

Here are some tips to help avoid some of these causes:

Cooking


Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.

If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.


Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.


Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove.


Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.


Smoking


Smoke outside and completely stub out butts in an ashtray or a can filled with sand.


Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away.

Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.


Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used, even if it is turned off.

Oxygen can be explosive and makes fire burn hotter and faster.


Be alert - don’t smoke in bed! If you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy, put your cigarette out first.


Electrical and Appliance Safety


Frayed wires can cause fires.

Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.


If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet.

Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.

We are ready to help when you have fire damage

Does Renters Insurance Cover Fire?

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Because the property owner's insurance does not cover the personal property of tenants, it is important for renters to purchase their own coverage. The short answer to the question of whether renter’s insurance covers fire is that it does. However, different types of coverage apply to fire damage in different ways.

Different Types of Renter Insurance Coverage for Fire Damage

Personal Property

The primary reason for renters to purchase fire coverage is to replace personal property damaged or destroyed in a fire. Examples of personal property include:

  • Clothing
  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Home decor
  • Cash


Some types of property may be specifically excluded or have different limits, such as jewelry, cash, guns, and musical instruments. Most policies cover personal property at replacement value, but some may cover it at actual cash value, which is the replacement value less depreciation. If you need a fire restoration service, to clean your smoke-damaged property, this may be covered by your policy.

Liability

Another coverage provided by most renters insurance policies is a liability. This means that if you accidentally cause a fire in your rental unit, your liability coverage may pay for any damages to the building or injuries to other tenants or guests that you are legally liable for.

Medical Payments to Others

Most renters’ policies provide a small amount of coverage for medical payments to others. This is no-fault coverage, so it applies, even if you didn't cause the fire. This coverage might apply if you had a guest in your apartment and that person needed medical attention due to smoke inhalation from a fire in your kitchen.

Loss of Use

If a fire makes your apartment uninhabitable, loss of use coverage may apply. This coverage may reimburse you for additional living expenses, such as paying for a hotel room.

Renters insurance provides a variety of coverages for various types of fire damage. If you are unsure what your policy covers, your insurance professional can review your policy with you and make adjustments as needed.

What to Do After a Fire

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Immediately after a fire is a very stressful time. With all of the fire damage and loss, it can difficult to see what to do next. The first thought on most people's minds is to repair the damage, but there are a few things that you should consider doing even before that. The very first thing you should do is call your insurance company. The second is to secure your home.

3 Steps to Follow After a Fire

Secure Your Home

Securing your home does not mean lock your doors. Remember that there could be hundreds of access points after a fire. Between the flames, smoke, and the fire department, the damage can be extensive. When you secure your home, you will need to board up holes, windows, and doors.
Here's why you need to tarp or board your home:

  • Vacant homes are catnip to vandals and thieves
  • Your insurance may require it
  • Rain, wind, and sun can make the damage worse
  • Someone could go in and hurt themselves


You must cover all the exposed areas of your home as soon as possible.

Take an Inventory

When you are allowed back into your home, you will need to take an inventory. Take a look at what you need to throw out and what can be salvaged. Make sure you board up or tarp anything exposed to the elements while you are doing this. It is far easier to assess the damage and cover things that need to be covered simultaneously.

Fires are devastating. Just remember to board up, take inventory and find a remediation company that can help you. These steps can help you avoid any additional damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Routinely Remove Smoke and Fire Damage from Furnishings

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

What qualifications should I look at for content restoration?

Restoring the contents of your home requires careful planning and expert attention to detail. Our roster of technicians hold qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications- a nationally recognized, independent awarding body. We act responsibly to identify different types of smoke and odor issues in furnishings before performing the necessary steps to return them to a list condition. Soft furnishings can be tricky to restore due to their diverse material composition. Using pH tests and pre-testing, we can ensure that your contents do not suffer from dye bleeding, shrinkage, or fiber wear during the restorative process.

How do I remove smoky odors from soft furnishings?

Soft furnishings tend to be porous in nature, which can lead them to absorb fire damage in your home Soot’s and soils may affect the surface level of materials, while high-pressure fires can lead to odor penetration beneath the surface of the fabric. SERVPRO can deploy air-filtration devices to remove potentially odor-causing soot particles from the area and apply liquid deodorants directly onto furnishings. Standard timings for odor dispersal can vary, but usually, we expect odors to depart at the two-week mark. Using a masking agent, SERVPRO technicians can reduce the impact of unpleasant odors until they disperse naturally and become no longer noticeable.

What equipment do I need to remove fire odors?

  • Misters and ultra-low volume thermal foggers can help to penetrate fabrics or crevices with an odor-neutralizing solvent
  • Odor pellets in problem locations can mask odors temporarily until they dissipate
  • Air filtration using high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters can restore indoor air quality and remove the odor-causing particles

If you need content restoration after a recent fire, contact SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach

What Is the Easiest Way to Clean the Ceiling After Fire Damage in My Apartment?

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Resources that Match the Cleaning Challenge Making It Easier to Restore Your Soiled Ceiling

Cleaning the ceiling can present many challenges, especially considering most smoke residues settle on its surface when there is a fire in your property. SERVPRO technicians have several resources that can help ease the cleaning of the ceiling in your Syracuse property.

What complicates ceiling cleaning after fire damage in your homes?

  • The unusual position
  • Delicate materials
  • Ceiling fixtures

The location of the ceiling leads to awkward posture when cleaning, which can complicate the process or even lead to injuries. Our technicians use various accessories to simplify the process. For instance, we have different types of ladders, which help ensure proximity to the soiled areas. Alternatively, we can attach extension poles to regularly brush or clean sponge holders, for telescopic access to the ceiling when standing on the floor and at a less tiring angle.

Do ceiling materials affect the cleaning process?

Houses have various types of ceiling constructions, including:

  • Conventional ceiling
  • Suspended ceiling
  • Tray Ceiling

Apart from the conventional ceiling, the other types add some level of difficulty to the cleaning process because of the design or the materials used to make them. For instance, if you have a suspended or drop ceiling, it is made of lightweight acoustic materials. Regular cleaning can damage it by over-wetting the panels. Our SERVPRO technicians use specialized cleaning methods such as Peroxide Active Cleaning, which eliminates overwetting.

We also overcome problems associated with different designs. For instance, the waffle-like coffered design or the multiple levels of the tray ceiling create crests and basins, which make it harder to remove residues. Our technicians have access to different resources, including chemical sponges and compressed air equipment, to help reach the residues conveniently. 

With the right support, it is easier to remove soiling from a ceiling after fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach

4 Tips For Preventing a Fire in Your Home

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

No one likes to think about the possibility of having a fire in their home. Fires can be devastating physically, emotionally, and financially. Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent the likelihood of a home fire. Here are four tips for preventing a fire in your home.

1. Install Smoke Alarms
Fire preparation begins with installing smoke alarms in every sleeping room of your home. You should also have smoke alarms placed in hallways, kitchens, and family rooms. Once you’ve ensured you have the right number of alarms, be sure to test them monthly and replace batteries annually.

2. Educate
Education is key to increasing the safety of your loved ones. Teach children the following fire safety basics:

  • Stop, drop and roll
  • Fire crawl
  • Checking doors for heat
  • Escape routes
  • The location and sound of smoke alarms
  • Emergency phone numbers

3. Create an Escape Plan
Everyone should create a fire escape plan. Creating a plan is one of the best fire preparation tips to keep your family safe. Draw a floor plan of your house and mark all possible exits, including doors and windows, in each room. Walk through your home and ensure that exits are free from clutter and that children know how to open and safely exit each window.

4. Practice Your Plan
Once you have a plan in place, it’s wise to practice it. Choose at least two times a year to hold fire drills. These drills can either be planned or spontaneous. A good run-through of the plan will identify any areas that need to be adjusted or improved. Remember to emphasize that once you get outside, you should stay outside. Never go back inside a home that is on fire.
Fire preparation is one of the best things you can do to keep your kids safe in the event of a fire. If you ever experience a fire in your home, there are restoration specialists that can help restore your home.

Salvaging Smoke Damaged Items Through Cleaning

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Having an insurance policy that covers fire damage to your property is one part of responsible commercial property ownership. Working with a qualified fire restoration service provider is another. If you ever experience a property fire, an expert in fire restoration knows and understands the best methods of content cleaning to quickly bring your property back to pre-fire conditions. From dry-cleaning to smoke odor removal, your professional restoration provider has the training and equipment to minimize the interruption to your operations.

Understanding Restoration vs Replacement

You may think that a fire restoration process automatically means the replacement of damaged content. On the contrary, the right professional provider looks for every opportunity to salvage items through cleaning before considering replacement. This includes testing items to see which ones can be returned to a pre-fire condition. Common cleaning methods include the following:

  • Dry-cleaning. Appropriate for light residues or as a pre-clean to wet cleaning
  • Wet cleaning. Best for moderate to heavy soil.
  • Spray and Wipe. Used for objects that can’t be wet cleaned.
  • Foam cleaning. Best for upholstery fabrics that may shrink or be otherwise damaged by wet cleaning.
  • Abrasive cleaning. Refers to wiping surfaces through agitation and friction.
  • Immersion cleaning. Involves dipping objects into a bath for cleansing.

Even electronic devices that have been damaged by the fire may be saved through a cleaning process. Fire restoration providers have the knowledge and equipment to thoroughly inspect electronics for repair and safe operation.

Letting the Pros Handle the Cleanup Process
The fire repair process requires consideration on several levels. In addition to fire and water cleanup and dry-cleaning, other services may be necessary including content storage to protect items from further damage. Your fire restoration pro can coordinate any move-out or pack-out work necessary to get your property back to a pre-fire state. Trust the pros to understand what is needed to get things back to normal.

FIRE SAFETY TIPS TO AVOID FIRE DAMAGE

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

How to Avoid Fire Damage and Keep Your Home Safe

Fires can happen anytime/anywhere and the impact of fire damage is overwhelming. That’s why SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill is open 24 hours a day, every day, just in case an emergency, such as a fire, strikes your home. We are always looking out for the safety of our customers and ways to assist in keeping emergencies, such as fire damage, at a minimum. With fire season in California upon us, it is important to always be updated on fire safety measures in your home. Here are some recommended steps:

Smoke Detectors

-Install at least one smoke detector on every level of the home, near the bedrooms, and one in the garage.

-Test all the batteries monthly

-Clean your smoke detectors from dust and dirt to keep them working properly

Fire Escape Plan

-Establish a planned escape route for every room in the house

-Determine an outside meeting place for all family members

-Review your plans and practice a fire drill with household members twice a year

Electricity

-Use fire-safe electric outlets

-replace fraying cords

-Do not overuse one plug

Outdoor Tips

-Fire Resistant Plants

-BBQ grill away from the house

The safety and security of our customers are important to all of us at SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill. By taking these preventative measures, you take steps toward avoiding fire damage and the loss and suffering it can cause. If you do find yourself affected by smoke damage, fire damage, or other emergencies, we’re here to help. Call us 24/7 at 562-420-0030.

 

How to prevent fire damage and keep your home safe?

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

The most effective method to Avoid Fire Damage and Keep Your Home Safe

Flames can happen whenever/anyplace and the effect of fire harm is overpowering. That is the reason SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill is open 24 hours per day, consistently, just in the event that a crisis, for example, a fire, strikes your home. We are continually paying special mind to the security of our clients and approaches to help with keeping crises, for example, fire harm, at least. With fire season in California upon us, it is imperative to consistently be refreshed ablaze security quantifies in your home. Here are some suggested advances:

Smoke alarms

- Install in any event one smoke alarm on each degree of the home, close to the rooms, and one in the carport.

- Test all the batteries month to month

- Clean your smoke alarms from residue and earth to keep them working appropriately

Emergency exit Plan

- Establish an arranged departure course for each room in the house

- Determine an outside gathering place for all relatives

- Review your arrangements and practice a fire drill with family unit individuals two times per year

Power

- Use fire-safe electric outlets

- supplant fraying strings

- Do not abuse one fitting

Outside Tips

- Fire Resistant Plants

- BBQ flame broil away from the house

The wellbeing and security of our clients is imperative to us all at SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill. By taking these protection measures, you step toward keeping away from fire harm and the misfortune and enduring it can cause. On the off chance that you do end up influenced by smoke harm, fire harm or different crises, we're here to help. Call us day in and day out at 562-591-1788.

Hot smoke moves to cooler zones and upper degrees of a structure.

3/29/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and sediment is extremely intrusive and can enter different pits inside your home, causing shrouded harm and smell. Our smoke harm aptitude and experience permits us to review and precisely survey the degree of the harm to building up a complete game plan.

Smoke and ash realities:

Hot smoke moves to cooler zones and upper degrees of a structure.

Smoke streams around plumbing frameworks, leaking through the openings utilized by channels to go from floor to floor.

The kind of smoke may enormously influence the rebuilding procedure.

Various Types of Smoke

There are two unique sorts of smoke–wet and dry. Accordingly, there are various sorts of sediment buildup after a fire. Before rebuilding starts, SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill will test the residue to figure out which sort of smoke harm happened. The cleaning methodology will at that point be founded on the data distinguished during pretesting. Here are some extra data:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low warmth, seething, sharp smell, clingy, messy. Smoke networks are increasingly hard to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Quick consuming, high temperatures, heat rises in this manner smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by vanishing of material as opposed to from a fire

For all intents and purposes undetectable, stains paints and varnishes, outrageous sharp scent.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire harm circumstance is somewhat extraordinary, everyone requires an exceptional arrangement custom-made for the particular conditions. We have the hardware, skill, and experience to reestablish your fire and smoke harm. We will likewise treat your family with sympathy and regard and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – 562-591-1788

What to do if you have fire in your house?

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

FIRE IN A HOUSE FIRE IN A HOUSE

Fire could result from several different causes including cooking equipment, old electrical equipment, and flammable materials. Should you experience a sizable fire in your home for any reason, there are some important steps to take during the fire. Remain mindful of the following actions:

  • Get The fire extinguisher
  • Raise an alarm
  • Call 911
  • Leave Valuables behind
  • If your clothes catch on fire. Don’t run just stop and roll over.
  • Cover your nose. The smoke is more dangerous than the fire.
  • Safety Evacuation spot.
  • Contact your local Red Cross. They can help provide food and provisions
  • Notify your insurance company about the fire
  • Do not re-enter your home until instructed to do so. Talk to firefighters about what can be salvaged instead

Always remember to make sure that everybody is safe. close the door behind you. Research has proven that closing doors prevents fire from spreading, which simply means the fire will be relegated to a spot for a while. Nobody wants a fire in his house but simple don’t panic.

Don’t forget to call SERVPRO to restore your house "Like it never even happened."

COMMON CAUSES OF HOUSE FIRES

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Can you guess the most common causes of house fires? Fire damage may result in ways you least expect. Take precautionary measures now to protect your home from the following fire instigators.

  • Cooking equipment: Cooking equipment is the number one cause of house fires. Pots and pans can quickly overheat when left unattended or mishandled. Be sure to turn handles towards the middle of the stove to avoid children from accidentally grabbing it from the burner. When leaving the house, remember to turn off stove-top burners and ovens.
  • Smoking in Bedrooms: Avoid smoking in bedrooms at all costs. A cigarette butt can stay lit for hours and cause a flame after coming into contact with clothes or furniture. Open flames such as candles also pose a danger for many residents.
  • Old electrical equipment: Older lampshades and light fittings may build up heat, and weak bases could pose a tipping hazard. Electrical equipment such as these should be checked for faulty cords, and the power point must not be overloaded with double adapter plugs.
  • Flammable liquids: Liquids such as petrol, kerosene, or methylated spirits should be kept away from heat sources and stored properly according to their label.

Nobody wants to come home to irreparable damage. By knowing these common causes of house fires, you and your neighborhood can live a little bit safer. When accidents happen, SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach / Signal Hill is here to clean fire damage and restore your home quickly and professionally.

ACTIONS TO TAKE IF YOUR TOASTER OVEN CATCHES FIRE

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Since it’s possible for toaster ovens to catch fire and pose safety concerns, SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill reminds you of several tips to avoid fire damage in your Long Beach residence when operating toaster ovens.

  • Do not leave your toaster oven unattended while making food. If possible, unplug the oven while not in use to eliminate the possibility of accidents occurring.
  • In the event of a fire, unplug the oven immediately. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, douse the flames with baking soda until they are put out.
  • If the food in the toaster isn't greasy, you can also throw water on the fire to kill it. Don't do this if grease is present in the toaster since water can make the fire worse.
  • Never use a toaster again after it has caught fire. There could be electrical damage that may lead to electrocutions or another fire. 

If you experience fire due to a faulty toaster oven, SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill is ready to answer your call. Our technicians are available to walk the premises and provide a solution for proper cleanup and restoration. Don’t hesitate to call 562-591-1788.

TOP FIREWORK SAFETY TIPS

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is often associated with grilling, fireworks, and festive parades, but careless activities can lead to irreversible fire and smoke damage in your Long Beach neighborhood. According to the National Fire Protection Association, more fires are reported on July 4 than any other day of the year, causing on average 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and nearly 17,000 other fires each year.

Remember, legal fireworks can be just as dangerous as illegal ones. We encourage you to remain mindful of the following tips from the National Safety Council to stay safe this summer:

  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire

If you find yourself requiring emergency fire damage or smoke clean-up, SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach / Signal Hill is here to repair and restore your home or business. We’re available 24/7, even holidays, to reduce your stress and get you back on your feet.

TOP FIVE WAYS TO PREVENT A SUMMER FIRE

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

With summer quickly approaching next month, it’s important to remain aware of the most common fire risks in order to prevent fire damage in your Long Beach home or business. With these helpful tips, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable summer, free of smoke and fire damage. 

Grilling

Summer is the time for grilling, but a careless cook may pose a danger to your residence. To avoid common problems while operating a barbecue, maintain a “safe zone” of at least three feet around grills. Never leave a grill unattended and remember to drench all coals with water once you are finished. Afterwards, clean the grill thoroughly and remove all grease buildup to ensure a safe grill for the next barbecue.

HVAC Systems

As we use our air conditioning more during the summer, dust can accumulate and settle over capacitors and other electronic components, resulting in fires. Keep an eye on dust build-up, replace filters as needed, and avoid running multiple cooling units at the same time for extended periods of time.

Damaged Wires

During the winter and spring, pests and rodents tend to invite themselves into homes and might decide to snack on our wiring. It’s a good to check on rarely used wiring and make sure it hasn’t been chewed through by unwanted guests.

Storage

As many homeowners use poisons for pests during the summer and host barbecues, flammable liquids such as propane, lighter fluid, and poisons can become a summer fire risk if they are not properly stored. They should be stored outdoors, preferably in a building not attached to your home, and never in a hot car.

Fireworks

While all fireworks are illegal in the city of Long Beach, Lakewood does permit safe and sane fireworks this year. If you decide to light fireworks in Lakewood or the surrounding cities, maintain careful supervision and use the fireworks only as directed. If a firework does not respond to a lighter the first time, do not attempt to re-light the firework; instead douse it with water and move to the next one. 

Understanding the common causes of fires during the summer can help you prevent fire damage before it happens. At SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill, we’re ready to help reverse the damaging effects of fire and smoke. If you ever find yourself in need of a fire restoration team, we’re here to help; call us anytime at 562-591-1788.

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS - NEED TO KNOW FACTS

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Whether you are a home owner or renter, knowing the basic tenants of fire safety can mean the difference between minor damage or total loss. Having a fire extinguisher on the premises and knowing how to access it can keep you and your loved ones safe. Here we will review the different types of fire extinguishers and how to use one in the event of an emergency.

Fire Extinguisher Classifications

Household fire extinguishers are labeled with a specific class to fight a specific type of fire. Since using the wrong extinguisher could make the situation worse, consider one that is rated for multiple classes.

Class A: For trash, wood, and/or paper fires.
Class B: For liquids and/or grease fires.
Class C: For electrical fires.
Class D: For flammable metals (usually only needed in labs or industrial plants).
Class K: Specifically for kitchen fires when grease and oil are involved.

Fire Extinguisher Effectiveness and Size

When choosing an extinguisher, determine its effectiveness by considering the numbers on the label. Every number before the A means it is as effective as 1.25 gallons of water. For example, 2A means the fire extinguisher is as effective as 2.5 gallons of water. The numbers before B and C are a measure of the amount of square feet the fire extinguisher can put out. For example, a 20: BC fire extinguisher can extinguish a fire over 20 square feet.

Keep in mind that the extinguisher size also varies based on the weight. Typically, there are 4, 5, 10, and 20-pound extinguishers. Bigger isn’t always better; it depends how much you can physically hold and the size of your residence.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

A good way to remember what to do in a moment of panic is the acronym P.A.S.S.

Step 1: Pull the pin.
Step 2: Aim the extinguisher at the fire low with the nozzle at the base of the fire.
Step 3: Squeeze the handle to begin extinguishing the fire.
Step 4: Sweep the extinguisher side to side at the fire’s base until it’s out.

With these helpful tips, we hope that you remain prepared in the event of a fire. Don’t hesitate to call 9-11 if the fire spreads or if you are in need of assistance. We are here to help during the aftermath to repair damage caused by smoke, soot, and fire; call us 24/7 for all your restoration needs.

STORING PROPANE TANKS SAFELY

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

As a clean and natural energy source, propane is an easy to use and affordable product to warm homes, provide heating, and allow barbeque and cooking. It comes in both gas and liquid forms and is also highly flammable. When misused, propane poses a strong fire hazard. Following these 3 tips to store propane tanks properly will keep your home safe and reduce the chance of fire damage.

First, always store propane tanks upright and outdoors on a hard surface. Should it catch on fire, the potential for loss is much less severe. The hard surface can help prevent the container from accidentally tipping over and causing unneeded damage or harm to the tank itself. Additionally, never leave a cylinder tank inside a car or vehicle.

If you smell gas or an odor like rotten eggs, shut off the propane tank and leave immediately if there are no visible sparks or flames. Avoid using a cell phone, lights, or appliances. Notify the fire department of a potential gas leak and do not return to the building until it has been declared safe for re-entry.

Always turn off the gas line or valve to an unused tank. Leaving it open could cause a leak, leading to dangerous situations where fire or explosion may occur. Remember to treat an empty tank as if it were full, just in case there was an error.

We hope these tips keep you safe when handling propane tanks. In the case of property damage, call SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach / Signal Hill 24/7 for restoration services.

SPACE HEATER DANGERS

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

During the cold months, space heaters are a great way to warm a room in the absence of central heating. Portable heaters, however, can pose certain threats to your home. If left unattended, a space heater can easily cause a house fire or electrical overload. Remain safe and warm by remembering the following safety tips.

  • Leave three feet of space around your heater to avoid igniting flammable material. Keep pets and children from disturbing the heater to avoid burns and injuries. Make sure to also remove any objects blocking air flow or covering cables or components.
  • Avoid leaving a heater running throughout the day, especially unmonitored. It may overload a circuit, causing power failure or a fire. Any unusual sounds or malfunctions should be fixed right away.
  • Don't use extension cords or power strips with a space heater. Plugging them directly into an outlet will help avoid a power overload.
  • Avoid using a space heater in a humid environment such as a bathroom. Water in the air may cause complications with the machine, causing it to malfunction.

As you shop for a portable heater, look for a safety certification label from an independent testing organization and the following safety features to keep your home safe from fire damage.

  • Shut-off features: A smart sensor will automatically shut off the machine when it overheats, and a tip-over switch does the same if the heater is knocked over.
  • Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) plug: This plug helps prevent electric shock. If your heater does not come equipped with one, avoid using it around moist areas.
  • Sturdy cord: Many heaters come with a cord around 6 feet long. Make sure it has a sturdy design and reaches the desired areas. Remember, extension cords or power strips can cause electrical issues.

Educating yourself about the safety hazards that come with the improper use of portable heaters will help you achieve better peace of mind as you keep your home warm and comfortable during this winter season.

CAN YOU GUESS THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF HOUSE FIRES?

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage to contents in a home in Santa Barbara

There are many situations that may cause a fire, but can you guess the most common causes of house fires? It may happen in ways you least expect. Take precautionary measures now to protect your home from the following fire instigators. If an accident occurs, SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach / Signal Hill has you covered.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking equipment is the number one cause for house fires. Pots and pans can quickly overheat when left unattended or mishandled. Be sure to turn handles towards the middle of the stove to avoid children from accidentally grabbing it from the burner. When leaving the house, remember to turn off stove-top burners and ovens.

Moreover, smoking in bedrooms should be avoided at all costs. A cigarette butt can stay lit for hours and cause a flame after coming into contact with clothes or furniture. Open flames such as candles also pose a danger for many residents. While they may have an attractive look and smell, candles should always be blown out before you leave a room.

Furthermore, older lampshades and light fittings may build up heat, and weak bases could pose a tipping hazard. Electrical equipment such as these should be checked for faulty cords, and the power point must not be overloaded with double adapter plugs. Also be mindful of flammable liquids such as petrol, kerosene, or methylated spirits around the house. These should be kept away from heat sources and stored properly according to their label.

If you experience a fire, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Examine you and your family for injuries and seek medical help
  • If you can’t find a place to stay, your local Red Cross can help provide food and provisions
  • Notify your insurance company about the fire
  • Do not re-enter your home until instructed to do so. Talk to firefighters about what can be salvaged instead
  • Once you are cleared to enter the building, check for important documents and keepsakes
  • Make a list of your possessions and note damaged goods
  • Keep track of receipts for expenses as a result of the fire

Nobody wants to come home to a irreparable damage. By knowing these common causes of house fires, you and your neighborhood can live a little bit safer. When accidents happen, SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach / Signal Hill is here to clean fire damage and restore your home quickly and professionally.

KID FIRE SAFETY- BE PREPARED!

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Burned house in Signal Hill Fire damage in a Signal Hill home

You may know what to do during a fire, but do your children? SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill has faced countless losses in homes and businesses due to fire damage so we want families to be prepared. With school coming back in session soon, it's important to make sure that your kids are educated on fire safety. You never want to leave your kids home alone without the proper fire safety education and since you can't predict a fire emergency, fire safety education is key. Here are some important items to remember: 

Make sure that you educate your children on what a smoke alarm looks and sounds like. Make sure they can recognize when a fire alarm has gone off and what to do when an alarm has sound. Know two or more routes to exit your home/school during a fire as well as a meeting point away from the location a safe distance from the fire. The American Red Cross suggests "Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling, and meeting outside." It is crucial your children also know how to dial 9-1-1. 

When making sure your home is up to fire safety standards, make sure to have escape ladders on the upper levels so that you can escape from windows to safety. The American Red Cross also suggests "use quick-release devices on barred windows and doors. Security bars without release devices can trap you in a deadly fire. If you have security bars on your windows, be sure one window in each sleeping room has a release device." It is important to make your children aware of which windows have quick releases on them and how to use them properly. Also have fire extinguishers readily available, and up-to-date and, at minimum, in the kitchen, garage and on the upper levels. 

It's never too soon to start teaching your kids how to be prepared during an emergency, including fires, as they often occur in the home. SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill is open 24/7 in case an emergency strikes. We are dedicated to helping restore your residence to pre-disaster conditions, making it “Like it never even happened”. 

FIRE SEASON IN CALIFORNIA CAUSES WIDESPREAD DAMAGE

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage at a home in Long Beach

There have been recent Fires throughout the State, causing fire damage and smoke damage to residential and commercial properties. Here at SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill, we’ve already responded to a number of fire losses in the last month. The overall incidents across the region cause worry among officials and scientists that fire season may come earlier to California this year, amid drought conditions, raising worries of a destructive season ahead. Last year was the deadliest and costliest fire season in the state’s history. No one wants to see another year of deadly fires.

On a personal level, it’s important to be prepared. Stay tuned in to your favorite tv or radio station to keep informed about current fire locations and their status. An informative website is www.fire.ca.gov for up-to-the-minute reports. They not only tell you if there is a fire close to you, but also the level of containment of the fire and how many acres have been impacted. Be sure to have an emergency bag packed and kept up to date in case an evacuation is announced or your property is affected.

Should your property suffer from fire or smoke damage, SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill is available, 24/7 to help. We’ll work closely with your insurance company, providing the needed documentation and photos to assist in getting the needed approvals to move forward in cleanup, restoration and, reconstruction of your home or business. We can pack up your belongings and keep them safely stored in our warehouse until they can be returned to your property. We have worked with numerous customers affected by loss caused from fire damage, assisting them through this overwhelming process. Look to the certified, trained professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill to help you through this difficult time. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened”.

EMERGENCY EVACUATION KIT: BE PREPARED FOR FIRE SEASON

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a building in Anaheim.

What if I Need to Evacuate My home?

Fire season is in full effect and multiple fires have started across the state of California causing fire damage to residences and businesses. Here at SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill we work on fire restorations and repair when a disaster strikes. We also know it's extremely important to get together an Emergency Evacuation Kit. We've compiled some helpful tips for putting together an evacuation kit. It is important to update your emergency kits every year to adjust to new needs and replace anything that has expired. Ready.gov suggests you have kits ready in your home, car, and at work because you never know when a fire will cause an evacuation.

What to Pack inside the Kit:

  • Scan and save all important documents on a flash drive

These include:

  • Driver’s license
  • The deed to your house
  • Your will and/or trust
  • Proof of insurance
  • Medical records
  • Passport
  • Social security cards
  • Birth certificates
  • Pet paperwork
  • Daily Essentials
    • Flashlights
    • Batteries
    • Clothes
    • Pet supplies
    • Diapers (if needed)
    • Nonperishable foods
    • Hand crank/battery powered radio
    • Medications (as applicable)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Sleeping Bag/Blankets

For more information on how to pack the perfect evacuation kit check out Ready.gov for additional tips. If your home or business experiences fire damage, call SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill. We’re here 24/7 to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

FIRE SAFETY TIPS TO AVOID FIRE DAMAGE

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Home Fire in Tustin

How to Avoid Fire Damage and Keep Your Home Safe

Fires can happen anytime/anywhere and the impact of fire damage is overwhelming. That’s why SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill is open 24 hours a day, every day, just in case an emergency, such as a fire, strikes your home. We are always looking out for the safety of our customers and ways to assist in keeping emergencies, such as fire damage, at a minimum. With fire season in California upon us it is important to always be updated on fire safety measures in your home. Here are some recommended steps:

Smoke Detectors

-Install at least one smoke detector on every level of the home, near the bedrooms, and one in the garage.

-Test all the batteries monthly

-Clean your smoke detectors from dust and dirt to keep them working properly

Fire Escape Plan

-Establish a planned escape route for every room in the house

-Determine an outside meeting place for all family members

-Review your plans and practice a fire drill with household members twice a year

Electricity

-Use fire-safe electric outlets

-replace fraying cords

-Do not overuse one plug

Outdoor Tips

-Fire Resistant Plants

-BBQ grill away from the house

The safety and security of our customers is important to all of us at SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill. By taking these preventative measures, you take steps toward avoiding fire damage and the loss and suffering it can cause. If you do find yourself affected by smoke damage, fire damage or other emergencies, we’re here to help. Call us 24/7 at 562-591-1788.

San Pedro Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your San Pedro 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 Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill 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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 562-591-1788