Recent Fire Damage Posts

What To Do Until Help Arrives: Fire Damage

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire & Smoke Damage: 

Do: 

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet. 
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. 
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor. 
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant. 
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures. 
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants. 
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system. 
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system. 

Don't: 

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional. 
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional. 
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios,  etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service. 
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may created secondary damage. 
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor. 

SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938….here to help! Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Cooking Fires and Safety Statistics

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

"In 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 166,100 home structure fires that involved cooking equipment per year. These fires caused an average of 480 civilian fire deaths, 5,540 civilian fire injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct property damage."

"Cooking by the numbers (Based on 2010-2014 annual averages)

  • Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but these incidents accounted for 18% of the cooking fire deaths.
  • Ranges accounted for the largest share (62%) of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.
  • More than half (55%) of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves."

The above information was quoted from https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Cooking/Reports-and-statistics-about-cooking-fires-and-safety. Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

Remember to cook without distractions. 

SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938….here to help! Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Signs of Outdated Electrical Wiring

2/25/2016 (Permalink)

Electrical problems can be a big factor in home fires. Make sure you take time to notice some of the signs of outdated wiring. 

Signs of outdated wiring: 

1. Frayed wires

2. Smoke

3. Tripping breakers

4. Scorch marks

5. Loose connections 

Call SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938 if you need our help.