Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fall Brings Football & New Fire Dangers | SERVPRO® of Allen

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of Allen is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

When fall hits, it’s football time in Texas. Along with football, comes tailgating, cooking…and additional fire dangers.

While it might not be cool yet here in the heart of Texas, cooler weather brings some unique fire risks. It’s worth taking the time now to learn how to protect yourself and your property.

Outdoor Fires

People like to spend more time outside in the fall after the oppressive heat of summer begins to fade. Favorite outdoor activities often involve hanging around a fire, whether it’s the grill or a fire pit.

Grilling and tailgating go together, so let’s discuss them both. The single largest cause of fire with grills involves excessive grease buildup. Regular cleaning of the grill will easily prevent fires from excessive grease.

Campfires and fire pits should also be a source of concern. Knowing where and how to build a campfire is as important as knowing how to put it out.

Use a match or lighter to set fire to dry leaves or twigs, then add dry wood and bigger sticks. Never use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid.

Fires should be far away from buildings and other flammable objects. Make sure to extinguish your firecompletely before leaving your campsite or fire pit. Slowly douse it with a bucket of water and make sure no embers remain—anything you leave behind can start up again with the right breeze.

Burning Leaves

After a long, hot Allen summer, many homeowners look forward to cleaning their yards in the fall. This includes raking, and some will burn their leaves and other yard debris.

Open burning is legal in Allen but don’t forget about the “open burning rules” in Texas. 

Space Heaters

Portable space heaters are one of the most frequent causes of home fires in fall and winter. While there may be no need for a heater yet here due to the outdoor temperatures, it’s worth mentioning in case ice-cold AC in the office has you reaching for a space heater.

Keep your heater away from anything flammable. Ensure it’s on a stable level surface and not near where any children may want to play. If possible, don’t use extension cords with heaters; plug them straight into the wall.

Halloween

We’ll talk more about this later, but costumes and decorations can be fire hazards, and all these things are ubiquitous during the Halloween season, so be attentive and responsible as you celebrate.

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

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Your Fire Safety Checklist for Warmer Weather | SERVPRO® of Allen

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

flames and smoke from a bonfire Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Allen to learn more.

As popular as New Year’s Day is, many people look forward to spring as the start of something truly new.

The weather feels nice again, the outdoors seems more inviting and new life is springing up everywhere. Something about it just feels right, doesn’t it?

Spring also beckons us to barbecue. We’ll use any old reason to break out the smoker or grill—graduation parties, family cookouts or high school reunions. But this also leads to an increase in accidental fires.

In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year. But don’t worry; we’ve got the safety tips that will keep you on the path to a safe, enjoyable season around the house.

The grill. Grills are a common culprit for springtime fires, which is why they are often the first thing we think about for fire safety. The basics of safety: Make sure your grill is stable and in good working order, keep it cleaned between uses (almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning), use only recommended accelerants and fuels, and keep it at least three feet from the house (and 10 from any brush or leaves).

The fire pit. Picture yourself hanging out with good friends, and you may also envision a fire pit. Fire pits add a cozy glow to a cooling spring or summer night, but it’s important to operate them safely. Keep a bucket of water nearby—use it to slowly cool the fire to cold embers once the night is through, or as an emergency snuffer. Keep kids away from any fires unattended. And don’t use leaves or pine needles to stoke the fire, as they may create runaway embers.

Chimneys and dryer vents. Your chimney can get a backup or buildup of ash, and spring is at least a pleasant time to do the unpleasant job of cleaning it out so that next fall you’re not lighting fires in a clogged chimney. As for the dryer, use this season change to check all its connections, hoses and vent pipes for built-up lint.

Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

How to Avoid Furnace Fires | SERVPRO® of Allen

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

a person in a blue shirt reaching up to change a furnace filter If you experience any property damage due to a fire, we are here to help. Contact SERVPRO of Allen to learn more.

Wow! This summer has definitely been a warm one. But with fall upon us, we may be thinking about cranking up our furnaces again. Waking up with toasty toes rather than a freezing nose has its temptations.

About 62 million houses in the U.S. use natural gas furnaces for heat. Other houses use wood furnaces, and a proud few still burn coal. These suggestions focus on gas furnaces, but it’s important to perform preventive maintenance on any type of furnace.

Clean-Up Time

Clean around the furnace. Do a quick clean-up, making sure no insulation, paper, boxes or anything else is stored within three feet of the furnace.

Clean the furnace itself. Dirt can cause motor overheating, and it can prevent you from seeing problems with wiring or other issues.

Look at Your Air Filter

Is your air filter clean? Dirty air filters can reduce air flow and lead to overheating, increasing the chances of fire.

Check Chimney Flues and Outside Vents

Check for buildup inside the vents, as well as outside obstructions such as birds’ nests.

Is Your Smoke Alarm Working?

It’s a good time to check both your smoke and CO alarms. If you don’t have them—get them.

For Some Things, You Need a Professional

Every year, it’s a good idea to have your furnace serviced by a professional. They can check for items such as a cracked heat exchanger, incorrect pressure in the furnace and even flame color, which can indicate how well your furnace is functioning. If you haven’t had your furnace serviced lately, this is a good time to make an appointment.

If your home has suffered fire damage, SERVPRO of Allen can help. Our agents are on call around the clock so we can start helping you get back to normal, fast. Contact us at any hour for assistance.

Planning and Executing Workplace Fire Evacuation Drills | SERVPRO® of Allen

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

red fire alarm hanging on gray concrete wall If your business experiences any fire damage, you can count on us. SERVPRO of Allen specializes in fire restoration.

Understanding your business’ risk levels from a market perspective is key, but it is important to also understand the risk levels you face from disasters and emergencies. Fires at businesses occur every year, and for those who do not focus on lessening their impact, they can be devastating.

While there are many elements to fire safety in the workplace, we highly encourage businesses to start with what will keep their staff as safe as possible by creating a system for evacuation drills. These drills will not take up much time and will help your staff know exactly what to do if the fire alarm sounds.

Create a System for Evacuation Drills at Your Business

Consult with your local fire officials. There are many online resources available for business owners to do their research regarding fire safety, but do not forget about community resources as well. The local fire squad will likely be able to schedule a visit and provide you with valuable counsel regarding the best evacuation routes to set up based on the specifics of your building.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. After you have decided what evacuation routes suit your needs, be sure they are labeled clearly and your staff is aware of the upcoming drill. Keeping everyone looped in will create more transparency and be sure every one of your staff members are prepared when the drill begins.

Have fire drills frequently. While it is possible to have drills too frequently, we generally find that the problem is not scheduling them often enough to make an impact. You should have them with enough regularity that they are fresh in everyone’s mind, so that even if a fire does start unexpectedly, everyone remembers exactly what the protocol is.

Run different fire scenarios. Fires can start and spread in a multitude of ways, especially in a commercial or office space. Keep your drills dynamic by taking this into account—have the drill begin in different spots around the office, so your staff can become accustomed to using different exits with little notice just as they would need to in a real fire.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact us today.

Two Types of Smoke

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Two Types of Smoke?

Did you know that there are two types of smoke? Well, there are!

The two types are wet and dry smoke:

Wet smoke comes from plastic and rubber, usually low heat, with a strong odor, and is sticky and smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean than with dry smoke.

Dry smoke is usually fast burning, with high temperatures; the heat rises, which means the smoke does too!

These sorts of distinctions are only some of the reasons that you should choose SERVPRO of Allen to respond when you encounter fire or smoke damage in your home or business. Our history serving folks in the Allen area, regardless of the type of damage sustained, is a strong indication that you can trust us to care for you in your time of need. Give us a call, and let us help you with your fire or smoke damage!

Soot and Smoke Damage

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot can permeate into unseen areas of your home. Let SERVPRO of Allen help.

Smoke and soot are very invasive, and can cover even non-visible surfaces within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. SERVPRO of Allen's smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action to remove it and restore your home.  

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 Allen will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pre-testing. 

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

Have questions about fire, smoke, or soot damage? Call us today at 469-247-4429

Fire Damage - What to do Until Help Arrives

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers a fire loss, here are some things to do and things to avoid

Things to 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.

Things Not to Do:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Allen.
  • Don't attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Allen.
  • Don't 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.
  • Don't consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water (they may be contaminated).
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Call SERVPRO of Allen for all your fire and soot damage restoration needs! 469-247-4429