Recent Fire Damage Posts

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips 

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

It's that time of year again that we all gather together and enjoy great food, and family time.  SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise, along with some safety tips from The American Red Cross, would like to help keep you safe this Thanksgiving.  
 
*Never leave cooking food unattended.   
 
*Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food.  If you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.   
 
*If you are simmering, baking, boiling, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on.   
 
*Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.  
 
* Keep kids away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of three feet around the stove.  
 
* Keep anything that can catch on fire—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top and oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.  
 
* Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.  
 
* Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen.  Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.   
 
* Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.   
 
* Smoke alarms save lives.  Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen. 

A new trend for cooking your Thanksgiving turkey is to fry them.  Please remember safety first! The link below is a video shows what can happen if you do not follow a few simple safety-first rules.  

SERVPRO Turkey Fryer Safety 

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving from all the staff at SERVPRO Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise.   

Candle Fire Safety  

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

According to National Fire Safety Association, “Roughly one-third (36%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 32% of the associated deaths and 47% of the associated injuries. Falling asleep was a factor in 11% percent of the home candle fires and 30% of the associated deaths. On average, 25 home candle fires were reported per day.” 

Some safety tips to remember when burning a candle: 

  • Always keep a burning candle within sight.  Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing. 
  • Use a battery powered candle in your holiday decorations. 
  • Be sure the candle-holder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface. This can help prevent heat damage to underlying surfaces and prevent glass containers from breaking. 
  • Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Don’t burn too many candles in a small room or in a “tight” home where air exchange is limited. 
  • Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This helps ensure they don’t melt one another, or create their own drafts to cause improper burning. 
  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can also blow nearby lightweight items into the flame where they could catch fire.
  • Use a snuffer to extinguish a candle. It’s the safest way to prevent hot wax splatters. 

When putting out a candle fire, never extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might cause a glass container to break. Make sure that you have a fire extinguisher within reach.  Never use water, as it will spread the fire.  If you don't have a proper fire extinguisher nearby, use baking soda, sand or flour to extinguish the flames. 

If you experience a fire in your home or business, give SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise a call at 623-546-1930.  We are always here to help.  

Smoke Alarms could save your life!

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms saves lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state for requirements or contact your local fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replacement batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten tears. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replace every ten years, If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the batteries or unit. Never disable or remove the batteries from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing batteries or disconnected.

If you need help installing, or changing batteries in your smoke alarms contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. for more in formation on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise @ 623-546-1930

Understanding Smoke and Its Behavior

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior 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. SERVPRO  of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise Professional are thoroughly trained in the fire clean up and restoration and know the different type of smoke and there behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun city West/S.E. Surprise Professional will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat and moisture on the building material and contents. 

Different types of Smoke 

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 temperature, heat rises therefore smoke rises. 

Protein Fire Residue ( Produced by evaporation of materials rather than from fire)

Virturally invisible, dis colors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent order. 

Fuel Oil Soot (Furnance Puff Back)

while puff backs can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly. 

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ S.E. Surprise are trained to handle even the toughest loss.  If your home or business suffers fire, smoke damage contact us at 623-546-1930. We are always here to help.

Grill Safety Tips

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Before firing up your grill. 

  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from any structure 5 feet away.
  • Clean your grill regularly
  • check for gas leaks
  • keep decorations away from your grill
  • keep a spray bottle of water handy
  • keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill and know how to use it.
  •  DON'T 
  • Never turn on the gas while the grill lid is closed it causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can exploded in your face. 
  • Never leave the grill unattended. Fires double in size in minutes. Plan a head so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling. 
  • Don't load your grill with food. This applies especially to fatty foods. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up ythat could light nearby things on fire 
  • Never use a grill indoors.  People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. in addition to the fire hazards, GRILLS RELEASE CARBON MOMOXIDE, the deadly colorless, order less gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, and your family and pets. 
  • For more safety tips contact your local fire department. 

Kitchen Fire in Sun City AZ

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

After math of a stove fire

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/Southeast Surprise a Smoke and Soot Cleanup

Fire Damage

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Sun City/Sun City West/Southeast Surprise 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 Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise 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 –
623-546-1930

Smoke and its behavior

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

Wet & Dry Smoke

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior 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. SERVPRO  of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise Professional are thoroughly trained in the fire clean up and restoration and know the different type of smoke and there behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun city West/S.E. Surprise Professional will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat and moisture on the building material and contents. 

Different types of Smoke 

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 temperature, heat rises therefore smoke rises. 

Protein Fire Residue ( Produced by evaporation of materials rather than from fire)

Virturally invisible, dis colors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent order. 

Fuel Oil Soot (Furnance Puff Back)

while puff backs can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly. 

SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/ S.E. Surprise are trained to handle even the toughest loss.  If your home or business suffers fire, smoke damage contact us at 623-546-1930. We are always here to help. 

Safety tips for safe grilling

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

What your grill at all times

Before firing up your grill. 

  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from any structure 5 feet away.
  • Clean your grill regularly
  • check for gas leaks
  • keep decorations away from your grill
  • keep a spray bottle of water handy
  • keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill and know how to use it.
  •  DON'T 
  • Never turn on the gas while the grill lid is closed it causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can exploded in your face. 
  • Never leave the grill unattended. Fires double in size in minutes. Plan a head so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling. 
  • Don't load your grill with food. This applies especially to fatty foods. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up ythat could light nearby things on fire 
  • Never use a grill indoors.  People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. in addition to the fire hazards, GRILLS RELEASE CARBON MOMOXIDE, the deadly colorless, order less gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, and your family and pets. 
  • For more safety tips contact your local fire department. 

Smoke Alarms

4/21/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms saves lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state for requirements or contact your local fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replacement batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten tears. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replace every ten years, If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the batteries or unit. Never disable or remove the batteries from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing batteries or disconnected.

If you need help installing, or changing batteries in your smoke alarms contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. for more in formation on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/S.E. Surprise @ 623-546-1930

Kitchen fire

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

After math of a kitchen fire

Fire Damage

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Sun City/Sun City West/Southeast Surprise 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, SERVPROof Sun City/Sun City West/ Southeast Surprise 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 –
623-546-1930