Recent Fire Damage Posts

Faulty Extension Cord Starts Fire in Beckley Garage?

2/13/2024 (Permalink)

An extension cord is shown. We are leaders in fire damage restoration services in Raleigh County.

Our local Beckley team is trained and certified to restore fire damage in homes and commercial properties, from the initial cleanup phase to performing rebuilding services required to bring a property back to pre-fire conditions. A faulty extension cord can pose a significant fire hazard for several reasons:

Frayed or Damaged Insulation: Over time, extension cords can suffer wear and tear, leading to frayed or damaged insulation. They can short-circuit, leading to overheating and potentially igniting nearby flammable materials.

Overloading: Plugging too many devices or appliances into a single extension cord can overload it. The excessive electrical load generates heat, which can melt the insulation, damage the cord, or even ignite nearby objects.

Poorly Made or Old Cords: Low-quality or old extension cords may have substandard wiring or connections that are more prone to failure, overheating, and fire.

Improper Use: Extension cords should not be used as permanent wiring or be hidden under rugs, carpets, or furniture. Cords can overheat when trapped or covered, increasing the risk of a fire.

Pinched or Crushed Cords: When extension cords are pinched between heavy objects or crushed under furniture or doors, it can damage the cord, causing exposed wires and potential fire hazards.

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When your home or commercial business in Beckley has fire damage, our local Beckley team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 304-253-6633.

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Fireplace Fire in Glen Daniel Home?

1/16/2024 (Permalink)

Fireplace crackling logs We clean and restore fire, smoke, and soot damage in Raleigh County.

Our local Beckley team has been restoring fire damage in Glen Daniel and Raleigh County since 1999. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths in the United States. Here are some heating fire facts from the NFPA:

Based on 2016-2020 annual averages:

  • Space heaters were the type of heating equipment responsible for the largest shares of losses in home heating equipment fires, accounting for one-third of the fires, but nearly nine out of ten deaths and four out of five of the injuries in home fires caused by heating equipment. 
  • Fires originating in a kitchen or cooking area accounted for the largest share of home heating fires (17%).
  • While the larger (non-confined) fires involving fireplaces or chimneys were involved in fewer than one in ten fires caused by heating equipment (7%), they caused just over one-fifth of the direct property damage (22%).
  • Nearly half of the heating equipment fires (46%) occurred in the three-month period from December through February.

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When your Glen Daniel home or business has fire damage and you need fire damage restoration services, our local Beckley team is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 304-253-6633.

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Grease Fire Damages Kitchen in Beckley Home?

10/10/2023 (Permalink)

A kitchen is on fire. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Raleigh County.

Our local Beckley team has been restoring fire damage in Beckly since 1999. Our technicians are highly trained and certified to perform all phases of a fire damage restoration – from the initial cleanup phase through to the final phases of rebuilding in the restoration process.

October is National Fire Awareness Month and this year the theme is cooking safety. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association to prevent a grease fire from getting out of control:

If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight the fire...

  • On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire…

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the home.

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When your home or commercial business has a fire damage emergency, our local team in Beckley is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Makes Up a Top Choice for Fire Damage Restoration Services in Beckley?

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

A house with fire damage is shown. We are trained and certified to restore fire damage in Raleigh County.

For many years now, our local Beckley team has been helping people restore their fire-damaged homes and commercial properties. We are one of the very few companies in Raleigh County that can fulfill every phase of the restoration, from the initial cleanup phase to the final steps of rebuilding required to bring a property back to pre-fire conditions.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

We pretest every surface and item before cleaning to ensure we are using the most effective method and utilize several cleaning methods, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean before wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

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When your home or commercial business has fire damage and you need fire damage restoration services, our local team in Beckley is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

One Company Delivers Fire Damage Cleanup and Rebuilding Services in Beckley?

8/7/2023 (Permalink)

A kitchen with fire damage is shown. We are a one-stop shop coordinating reconstruction projects in Raleigh County.

Our local Beckley team has been restoring fire damage for Raleigh County residents and businesses since 1999. In 2017, we expanded our services to include experienced and skilled construction team members, allowing us to fulfill all phases of a restoration project.

After the City of Beckley Fire Department first responders extinguish the fire and leave the scene, you are left with smoke, soot, debris, and water damage left from the firefighting efforts. Our team is highly trained to perform every step of the restoration, from the initial mitigation through to the final steps of rebuilding required to complete the job and restore your property to pre-fire conditions.

Residential Fire Damage Restoration Process

  • Board-up and roof tarping service
  • Assessment of fire and smoke damage
  • Water extraction and drying
  • Removal of soot and smoke odor
  • Clean all restorable items
  • Provide all rebuilding services

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When your home or commercial business in Beckley has fire damage that requires rebuilding services, our team in Beckley is Here to Help. ® We are uniquely positioned to provide all aspects of the fire damage restoration, giving our customers peace of mind knowing they have one qualified company managing the entire restoration from start to finish. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Candles Cause Fire Damage in Mullens Home?

8/1/2023 (Permalink)

Lit candles are shown. We restore fire damage 24 hours a day in Raleigh County.

Our local Beckley team has been restoring fire damage for Mullens residents and businesses since 1999. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), candle fires are one of the leading causes of home fires in the United States. More than one-third of home candle fires start in a bedroom, and three out of every five candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle.

Here are some candle safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface
  • Light candles carefully
  • Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down. Put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.
  • Keep candles at least 1 foot away from anything that can burn

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When your home or commercial business in Mullens has fire damage, our team in Beckley is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Safety Tips for Beckley Babysitters?

6/20/2023 (Permalink)

A babysitter plays counting games with a child. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Raleigh County.

Our local Beckley team restores fire damage in Raleigh County every year. If you use babysitters, it is a good idea to show the babysitter your home escape plan and make sure they understand it. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association for babysitting fire safety:

  • There are two ways out of every room
  • Where the outdoor meeting place is located
  • The fire department or emergency phone number
  • The address of the home
  • How to unlock all doors and windows
  • Keeps your child at least three feet away from the stove
  • Keeps your child at least three feet away from the microwave oven
  • Never leave the room while cooking
  • Keeps anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop
  • Keeps pets off surfaces and countertops
  • Get out of the home quickly with your child to safety when the smoke alarm sounds
  • Use the second way out if smoke is in the way
  • Get low and go under the smoke to the exit if an escape must be made through smoke
  • Store matches and lighters out of your child’s reach
  • Your babysitter should not use candles
  • Make sure your babysitter keeps a three-foot “kid-free zone” around space heaters

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When your home or business has fire damage, our team in Beckley is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your fire damage in Beckley “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Smoke Detector Safety and Maintenance Tips for Beckley?

1/31/2023 (Permalink)

A smoke detector alerts people to leave a smoke-filled house. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

Our local team in Beckley witnesses firsthand the difference working smoke detectors make in a home’s escape plan. When smoke detectors are working correctly, they save lives and allow people to leave their homes quickly. Here are some smoke alarm safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Smoke Alarm Safety
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every ten years

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When your home or commercial business in Beckley has a fire damage emergency, our team in Beckley is Here to Help. ® We can manage all phases of the restoration process, from the initial cleanup phase to providing any rebuilding services when required to complete the restoration. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Christmas Tree Safety Tips for Beckley Residents?

12/13/2022 (Permalink)

A Christmas tree is loaded on top of a car. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

Do you know that most home fires occur in December and January and on Saturdays and Sundays? Our local team in Beckley wants everyone to have a safe and fire-damage-free holiday season this year and offer these tips from the National Fire Protection Association for selecting and decorating your tree:

PICKING THE TREE

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched

PLACING THE TREE

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

LIGHTING THE TREE

  • Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed

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When your home or commercial business in Beckley has a fire damage emergency, we can help. Our local team in Beckley has the training, equipment, and experience to restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Portable Fire Extinguisher Purchasing Tips for Beckley Residents?

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

A person uses a portable fire extinguisher to put out an oven fire. We are leaders in fire damage restoration services in Raleigh County.

Our local team in Beckley has been restoring fire damage in Raleigh County since 1999! Portable fire extinguishers can save lives and minimize fire damage when used correctly. Here are some tips for selecting a fire extinguisher for home use from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • For the home, choose a multi-purpose extinguisher (that can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle
  • Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory
  • Read the fire extinguisher instructions and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher training.
  • Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.
  • Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every household should have ahome fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.

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When your Beckley home or commercial business has a fire damage emergency, our local team in Beckley can help. We'll restore the damage "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Will My House Fire Damage Be Restored in Sophia?

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

A firefighter is putting out a house fire. We are leaders in fire damage restoration in Raleigh County

Since 1991, our local team in Beckley has been restoring fire damage in Albemarle County. Sophia residents can rest easy knowing that we follow a comprehensive, seven-step process for every fire restoration.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event to help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

We will board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes most of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration may involve minor or major repairs, such as reconstructing various areas or rooms in a home or business.

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When you have fire damage in your Sophia home or commercial business, our local team in Beckley can help. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Equipment is Used to Restore Smoke Damage in Beckley?

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke is filling a room. We are trained and certified to restore smoke damage in Raleigh County.

When you have smoke damage, our local team in Beckley can help. Every fire leaves a unique signature based on the fuels burnt during the fire event. Here are examples of the types of specialized equipment we use to restore smoke damage:

Air Scrubber or Filter

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning system (HVAC) air scrubber, or a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) air purifier can capture larger smoke molecules. There will still be some residual odor from smaller molecules or surface residues.

Ozone Generator

This is a fast and highly effective smoke odor restoration method. These machines emit ozone, which follows the same paths through the air as smoke and oxidizes any residual traces in the air or on surfaces.

Thermal Fogging

Thermal fogging is an intensive treatment involving fogging machines. After residents evacuate, smoke cleaning professionals fill a structure with petroleum distillates that neutralize odors and ventilate the area.

Hydroxyl Generator

This is a slower and gentler alternative to ozone. These machines rely on ultraviolet light to generate hydroxyl radicals that eliminate smoke odors. It will take about three to five days of continuous operation to achieve the same results as a single ozone treatment.

Vapor Modification

This odor elimination method relies on aromatic compounds and a blower or fan to neutralize smoke odor.

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When smoke damages your home or commercial business in Beckley, our local team in Beckley will restore your damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Microwave Fire in Oceana Home?

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

A person is starting a microwave oven. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Wyoming County.

Microwave ovens are great for busy households, and they simplify our lives and make it easy to reheat a meal or quickly defrost a dinner. Our local team in Beckley wants everyone to be safe around microwave ovens and offers these microwave oven safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • PURCHASE a microwave oven that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Make sure to complete and return the product registration card. This way, the manufacturer can reach you if there is a recall of the product.
  • PLUG the microwave oven directly into the wall outlet — never use an extension cord
  • MAKE sure the microwave oven is at a safe height, within easy reach of all users
  • OPEN food slowly, away from the face. Hot steam or the food itself can cause burns.
  • FOOD heats unevenly in microwave ovens. Stir and test before eating or giving to children.
  • NEVER heat a baby bottle in the microwave. Since a microwave oven heats unevenly, it can create hot pockets, leading to burns. Warm-up a bottle in a bowl of warm, not hot or boiling, water, or by running it under the tap.

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You never know when you will need fire damage restoration services for your home or commercial business, but if you do, our local team in Beckley is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your fire damage in Oceana, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Restoration Services for Fire-Damaged Belongings in Beckley?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

A polished silver coffee and tea service sit on a silver tray. We restore fire-damaged keepsakes and family heirlooms in Raleigh County.

Our local team in Beckley has helped many families and businesses restore fire damage over the years in Raleigh County. Each fire is different and leaves behind a unique signature based on what fueled the fire. We pre-test every item before cleaning to ensure we are using the most effective cleaning method. Depending on what we are restoring, we may use any or a combination of the following cleaning methods:

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

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Jewelry, silverware, furniture, upholstery, drapes, clothing, and other household items require specialized cleaning techniques. Although we may not be able to restore every item damaged in the fire, we may be able to minimize further damage and salvage many of your things. When your Beckley home or commercial business or home needs fire damage restoration services, our local team in Beckley is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Smoking Materials Fire in Shady Spring?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

House fire in upstairs window. We restore fire damage in Raleigh County - no matter how big the job is!

Our local team in Beckley responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Shady Spring. E-Cigarettes have gained in popularity, and many people use them as part of a smoking cessation plan. However, e-cigarette batteries have been known to explode. Here are some smoking safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Electronic Cigarettes

Never leave charging e-cigarettes unattended. E-cigarettes should be used with caution.

  • Battery failures have led to small explosions
  • Fires have occurred while e-cigarettes were being used

o   While the battery was being charged

o   While the device was being transported

Smoking Safety

  • If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms, and dens or in bedrooms.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet

Put It Out

  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  • Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves, or other things that could ignite easily
  • Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that

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When your Shady Spring home or business needs fire damage restoration services, our local team in Beckley is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Winter Storm Fire in Glen Daniel?

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

Flashlights sit on a shelf. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

SERVPRO® of Beckley offers these tips for Glen Daniel from the National Fire Protection Association to keep you fire-free during and after a winter storm:

  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home
  • Plan two ways out of the home in case of an emergency. Clear driveway and front walk of ice and snow.
  • Make sure your house number can be seen from the street
  • Be ready in case the power goes out. Have flashlights on hand. Also, have battery-powered lighting and fresh batteries. Never use candles.
  • Stay aware of winter weather. Listen to the television or radio for updates. Watch for bulletins online.
  • Check on neighbors. Check on others who may need help.
  • Generators should be used outdoors. Keep them away from windows and doors. Do not run a generator inside your garage, even if the door is open.
  • Stay away from downed wires. Report any downed wires to authorities.
  • Be ready if the heat stops working. Use extra layers of clothes and blankets to stay warm. If you use an emergency heat source, keep anything that can burn at least three feet away.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room. Turn them off when you go to bed.

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When you have fire damage in your Glen Daniel home or business, SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Damage in Beckley Home?

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

Snow is covering a wooden fence damaged in a fire. We are leaders in fire damage restoration in Raleigh County.

Fires can happen at any time and for many reasons in Beckley. This fence burnt when someone dumped hot ashes from a wood stove into the home’s backyard’s garbage bins. SERVPRO® of Beckley offers these fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Watch your cooking
    Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food
  • Give space heaters space
    Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach
  • Inspect electrical cords
    Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections
  • Be careful when using candles
    Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Have a home fire escape plan
    Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
  • Test smoke alarms
    Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than ten years old.

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When you have fire damage in your Beckley home or business, SERVPRO® of Beckley is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fireplace fire in Oceana?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

A dog is sleeping next to a roaring fire in a house. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Raleigh County.

January is cold in Oceana. The average high temperature is 42 degrees, and the average low temperature is a freezing 23 degrees. It is the perfect time of the year to have a fire in the fireplace.  SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to fire damage emergencies every year and offer these safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Fireplace Safety

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from the fireplace
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month

Wood Stove Safety

  • Install wood-burning stoves following the manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the installation. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

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When your Oceana home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Beckley’s technicians have the advanced training, equipment, and experience to mitigate and restore fire damage to preloss conditions. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Electrical Fire in Glen Daniel?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

Christmas lights frame the windows of a home. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Raleigh County!

SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to fire damage emergencies often during the winter months. Here are some electrical safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association to keep Glen Daniel residents safe from electrical fires:

  • Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician
  • Only use one heat-producing appliance plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time
  • Devices and appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Do not use extension cords and plug strips.
  • Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home.
  • Use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of shock. GFCIs shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and basements. All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected.
  • Test AFCIs and GFCIs once a month according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets, so you don’t have to use extension cords.

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When your Glen Daniel home or commercial business needs fire restoration services, SERVPRO® of Beckley’s technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to serve you. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Safety Tips for Shady Spring Pets?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

A happy dog is surrounded by a human family. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

Do your pets want to know about pet fire safety?

Sometimes I wish my pets could talk, and then I think about it some more, and I’m glad they can’t! SERVPRO® of Beckley knows there are lots of animals lovers in Shady Spring, and we want you all to know about pet safety. The National Fire Protection Association  offers these pet fire safety tips to keep your pets safe around a fire:

  • Keep pets away from stoves and countertops
  • Keep pets away from candles, lamps, and space heaters
  • Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place
  • Keep pets away from a chimney’s outside vents.
  • Have a “pet-free zone” of at least three feet away from the fireplace. Glass doors and screens can stay dangerously hot for several hours after the fire goes out.
  • Some pets are chewers. Watch pets to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords. Have any problems been checked by a professional?

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When your home or commercial business in Shady Spring needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of highly trained and certified restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day to assist you. Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Brush Fire in Beckley?

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

A pile of brush is burning. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

The West Virginia Division of Forestry’s website has a section focused on wildfire danger and has a wildfire danger map. This allows West Virginians to compare the ratings and descriptions to determine if your area is safe for burning. 

SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Beckley and Raleigh County. Our fire restoration technicians have the equipment, advanced training, and experience to mitigate and restore fire damage quickly and efficiently and with minimal disruption to your home or loved ones.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Although every fire damage situation will vary in size and scope and require a different solution, the general process stays the same. When different types of materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of highly trained and certified restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day to assist you. Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll restore your fire damage in Beckley, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

House Fire in Glen Daniel?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

The side of a house has been destroyed by fire. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

It’s Grilling Time in Glen Daniel!

Summer is the time of the year when there are more people grilling outdoors and more grilling fires in the United States. SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Glen Daniel. We want everyone to have a fun and safe grilling experience this year and offer these grilling safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Propane and charcoal barbecue grills should only be used outdoors
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill
  • Never leave your grill unattended
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it

The NFPA reports that over 10,600 home fires are started by grills each year, and 64 percent of United States households own at least one outdoor barbeque, grill, or smoker.

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business needs emergency fire damage restoration services in Glen Daniel, SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of highly trained and certified restoration technicians available  24-hours a day to respond to your call. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Dryer Fire in Beckley?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

A dirty lint trap is shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year Beckley, and in many cases, these fires may have been prevented by performing some routine maintenance. The National Fire Protection Association reports that the leading cause of clothes dryer fires is the failure to clean them.

Here are some dryer safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Dryers should be properly grounded
  • Check the outdoor vent flap to make sure it is not covered by snow
  • Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes, cleaning supplies and clothing, etc.
  • Clothes that have come in contact with flammable substances, like gasoline, paint thinner, or similar solvents should be laid outside to dry, they can be washed and dried as usual
  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry
  • Remove lint that has collected around the drum
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed

Call Us Today!

When you have a fire damage emergency in Beckley, SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of highly trained and certified restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to your call.

Call us today at 304-253-6633.

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Wildfire Risk Reduction Safety Tips for Beckley?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

A wildfire is burning in a forested area. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

Wildfire Season is Coming to Beckley

The City of Beckley Fire Prevention Department provides public education for local businesses and citizens of the Beckley community. Some of the services they offer include fire extinguisher training, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, and fire safety education. As we get into warmer weather, wildfires become a greater risk and SERVPRO® of Beckley offer these wildfire risk reduction safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association to help make your home and neighborhood safer:

Action Items to Improve Your Home’s Survivability

  • REMOVE leaves, pine needles, and other flammable material from the roof, gutters, and on and under the deck to help prevent embers from igniting your home
  • SCREEN areas below decks and porches with 1/8-inch wire mesh to help prevent material from accumulating underneath
  • COVER exterior attic and soffit vents with 1/8-inch wire mesh to help prevent sparks from entering your home
  • ENCLOSE eaves to help prevent ember entry
  • INSPECT shingles or roof tiles
  • REPLACE missing shingles or tiles
  • COVER ends of tiles with bird stops or cement to help prevent ember penetration during a wildfire

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of highly trained fire restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to fire damage emergencies in Beckley. Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Escape Tips for Apartment Living in Beckley?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

A fire-damaged apartment is shown. We are leaders in fire mitigation in Raleigh County.

Escape Tips 101

This is a “before picture” of an apartment that was damaged by fire, soot, and smoke. We were called in when the apartment manager realized the cleaning and restoration job was too difficult. We arrived quickly, and in no time the apartment was restored to preloss condition. SERVPRO® of Beckley has been helping Beckley businesses and residents restore fire-damaged buildings and homes for years.

Here are some fire escape tips from the National Fire Protection Association for people living in apartments:

  • GO to your outside meeting place and stay there. Call the fire department. If someone is trapped in the building, notify the fire department.
  • If you can’t get out of your apartment because of fire, smoke, or a disability:
  • STUFF wet towels or sheets around the door and vents to keep smoke out. CALL the fire department and tell them where you are.
  • OPEN a window slightly and wave a bright cloth to signal your location. Be prepared to close the window if it makes the smoke condition worse.

Fire department evacuation of a high-rise building can take a long time. Communicate with the fire department to monitor evacuation status.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Beckley has fire restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to any fire damage emergency you may have in Beckley. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Space Heater Fire in Pineville?

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

A space heater is shown glowing and setting off heat in a room. Raleigh County residents rely on us to clean and restore fire damage.

Many West Virginians use space heaters to take the chill out of a cold room during the winter months, but according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), space heater fires were responsible for 43 percent of home heater fires in the United States between 2011 and 2015.

SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to fire damage emergencies in Pineville, and offers these tips from the NFPA on portable heater safety:

  • Purchase a heater with the seal of a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Keep the heater at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn, including people.
  • Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection.
  • Place the heater on a solid, flat surface.
  • Make sure your heater has an auto shut-off to turn the heater off if it tips over.
  • Keep space heaters out of the way of foot traffic. Never block an exit.
  • Keep children away from the space heater.
  • Plug the heater directly into the wall outlet. Never use an extension cord.
  • Space heaters should be turned off and unplugged when you leave the room or go to bed.

Call Us Today!

When your home or business has a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® Beckley has a team of restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to respond to your call. We can usually arrive within four hours and immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll restore your property damage in Pineville, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fire in Beckley

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beckley understands that cooking equipment is a leading cause of fire damage and fire injuries in your Beckley home.

To help prevent fire damage, SERVPRO of Beckley shares these tips. They make more sense than not cooking at home.

  • Many kitchen items can catch fire, including dish towels, oven mitts, recipes, wooden tools, and loose clothing
  • Never operate the stove or oven when you are tired or have been drinking alcohol
  • If you are frying, broiling, grilling, or boiling food, stay in the kitchen. If you leave, even for a short time, turn off the heat
  • Keep flammable items at least three feet from the stovetop
  • Do not allow children within two to four feet of the stove or oven
  • If you must leave the house while cooking of any kind, turn off the heat sources

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside your Beckley home.



SERVPRO of Beckley reminds you that fire prevention is the best strategy against fire damage. 

SERVPRO of Beckley is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/ 

How to Use Fire Extinguishers in Beckley

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Beckley, we hope you never experience the devastation that comes with fire damage. However, in the event that disaster strikes, be aware that our IICRC certified technicians are qualified in all aspects of cleaning up the damage left by smoke and fire in your business or residence in Beckley.

Fire extinguishers may help prevent fire damage or smoke damage, but only if you know how to use them. 

SERVPRO of Beckley wants to share these tips from FEMA. You can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You have alerted others in the building that there is a fire
  • Someone has called the fire department
  • You are physically able to use a fire extinguisher
  • The fire is small and contained (like a wastebasket)
  • You are safe from the fire’s smoke
  • You have a clear escape route

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher: SERVPRO of Beckley suggests you remember 

PASS:

Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism

Aim at the base of the fire

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

Sweep the nozzle side to side



SERVPRO of Beckley is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/ 

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/extinguishers.html

Electrical Cord Fire in Beckley?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

An old, faulty electrical cord is shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Raleigh County.

Shocking!

Electrical fires happen more often during the winter months than any other time of the year. SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to fire damage emergencies often and although there are many causes for electrical fires, many may be prevented by routinely inspecting your home for visible and hidden electrical hazards.

Here are some tips from The National Fire Protection Association to prevent electrical fires in your home this winter:

  • Check electrical cords to make sure the wires are not damaged, cracked or loose. If the cords need to be repaired, take the item to a professional repair shop, hire an electrician or replace with a new item.
  • Make sure cords are not running across doorways or under carpets. If they are, have a qualified electrician install more outlets.
  • Keep children away from electric cords and outlets. Cords placed in the mouth can cause a burn and objects placed in a receptacle can cause a shock, burns or electrocution.
  • Make sure that all receptacle outlets and switches have faceplates.
  • Never put more than one plug in each receptacle. An outlet may have one or more receptacles — one to receive each plug.

Call Us!

You can rely on SERVPRO® of Beckley to restore fire damage quickly and efficiently. We have a team of fire restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to respond to any size fire damage emergency. Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll restore your fire damage in Beckley, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Arson Fires in Beckley

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beckley wants you to be aware of the causes of fire damage and fire injuries so that you can help prevent them.

Top Causes of Fires in Beckley: 

  •  Arson & intentional fires. An “intentional fire” is one that is not set to cause harm, but it gets out of control.  Arson is a fire that is set to cause harm. Most of the time, arson and intentional fires are set outside. Deaths, injuries, and fire damage usually happen indoors
  • Candles. SERVPRO of Beckley has more information here.
  • Cooking.  Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fire injuries and home fire damage
  • Electrical. Use all electrical equipment according to the directions 
  • Heating. Heating equipment is the second most common cause of death in home fires
  • December, January, and February are the months that have the most home heating fires
  • Smoking. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other smoking materials are the biggest cause of fire deaths in the U.S. Think of preventing tragedy when explaining why to quit smoking
  • Children. Children should never be left alone with matches, lighters, candles, or other dangerous materials. Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries every year

Please pay attention to fire safety. While we can help restore your City or County home or office, prevention and family safety should always come first. Share this blog with a friend who might want to learn more about fire prevention. 

SERVPRO of Beckley is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire

Christmas Tree Fire in Pineville?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Presents are shown laying underneath a Christmas Tree. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24 hours a day in and around Beckley.

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

I’ll never forget the time my big Airedale Terrier, Scooter, went to sleep under the Christmas tree. I came into the room with another armload of decorations, and he saw me and tried to stand up really fast and knocked the tree over. All of the decorations went flying through the room with a crash! The poor dog was so horrified that I didn’t have the heart to scold him. I just petted him and told him it was okay; everyone has a bad day now and then!

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Christmas trees caused $10 million in direct property damage between 2013 and 2017. SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to fire damage emergencies in the Pineville area every year and has seen the damage that Christmas tree fires cause.

Here are some safety tips from the NFPA to help prevent a Christmas tree fire:

  • Cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk before placing it in the stand.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit
  • Add water to the tree stand and add water daily

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Beckley a team of highly trained fire restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to respond to any size fire damage emergency. Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll restore your fire damage in Pineville, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fire in Beckley

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

woman with kitchen fire When fire damage strikes your home, trust SERVPRO of Beckley.

SERVPRO of Beckley understands that cooking equipment is a leading cause of fire damage and fire injuries in your Beckley home.

To help prevent fire damage, SERVPRO of Beckley shares these tips. They make more sense than not cooking at home.

  • Many kitchen items can catch fire, including dish towels, oven mitts, recipes, wooden tools, and loose clothing
  • Never operate the stove or oven when you are tired or have been drinking alcohol
  • If you are frying, broiling, grilling, or boiling food, stay in the kitchen. If you leave, even for a short time, turn off the heat
  • Keep flammable items at least three feet from the stovetop
  • Do not allow children within two to four feet of the stove or oven
  • If you must leave the house while cooking of any kind, turn off the heat sources

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside your Beckley home.



SERVPRO of Beckley reminds you that fire prevention is the best strategy against fire damage. 

SERVPRO of Beckley is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/ 

Labor Day is Monday September 2, 2019.

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Homeowner's Summer Holiday Weekend get-away is cut short due to an electrical fire in their home in Pineville WV

Our last long weekend to enjoy what is left of our 2019 summer is almost here. Residents of Southern West Virginia are planning trips to the beach, river, amusement parks, or maybe visiting family or friends for a Cook-Out.

Before you rush out the door to start your trip be sure to check that your home is safe from any fire hazards:

  • Kitchen range and oven have been turned off
  • Items are stored away from your Gas appliances
  • Dryer is not in use
  • Ceiling Fans are off
  • Small Kitchen appliances are unplugged (toasters, coffee maker, can openers)
  • Candles have been extinguished
  • Items are stored away from your Gas appliances
  • Unplug curling iron, hair dryer, iron, chargers, televisions, computers, and printers – all unnecessary electrical devices

Taking a few extra minutes to protect your home from a fire by taking these precautions can actually make your trip less stressful.

Fire Clean up in Bluefield WV

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Damage caused by a grease fire in a kitchen

This fire was caused by grease that became overheated in a cast iron skillet.  The stove and range hood were damaged and cabinets can be cleaned and refinished. The home received minimal damage because the cook was knowable enough to quickly extinguish the fire by covering the flames with a metal lid.

Use the following actions if you are ever faced with a grease fire:

  1. Turn of the Burner – DO NOT move the pan (the fire can spread )
  2. Cover the flames with a metal lid or baking sheet
  3. Douse with baking SODA or Salt – NEVER use flour or baking POWDER
  4. Use a Fire extinguisher (Class K)
  5. Call 911 and get out of the house shutting doors as you leave.

Click the link to see more detail about extinguishing grease fire  

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-put-out-a-grease-fire/

Attic fire in White Sulpher Spring, WV

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Ceiling collapses bringing sheet rock and charred debris to rooms below.

Attic Fires can bring down a lot of charred and wet debris as you can see from this picture. Residents see all of this mess and become astounded with the thoughts of having to clean up their homes and contents. You have other things to worry about, let us take care of this part of your loss.  

Our staff has been trained on exactly what to do with any type of fire or smoke damage. We use special equipment and supplies depending on the circumstances surrounding the cause of the fire.

Relax, let SERVPRO of Beckley worry about all the mess. Actually it is best that you:

DON’T attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces

DON’T’ Shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture

DON’T clean any electrical appliances

DON’T turn on ceiling fixtures, wiring may be wet or damaged

DON’T clean garments, send them to a dry cleaner because improper cleaning may set in smoke odor

Lightning can start a fire in a flash

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

It is estimated that a lightning bolt’s temperature can reach 50,000 degrees

Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions are examples of a natural disaster. Just like other natural disasters lightning strikes are inconsistent. Your home may be struck but the neighbor beside you will be left untouched. Lightning causes major damage to property, structures, vehicles, and household items each year. 

A lightning strike to your home will make an explosive sound so loud and powerful that everything in your house shakes.  Call 911 immediately.

You may not see flames or smoke so you may not realize right away that your house is on fire. The fire may hide in the inside walls or the attic space. The fire department can determine if there is a hidden fire. If they conclude there is not a fire then the next step is to contact a qualified electrical company to do an electrical diagnosis of your homes wiring.

Safety Tips for setting up your Gas Grill

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

A gas grill set up too close to an exterior wall caused siding to melt and smoke damage inside the home.

Damaging fires from grills are more common than you may think.  Here are some tips on how you can protect your family and home from a harmful fire before you fire up the grill.

First purchase a fire extinguisher to keep close to the grill. Water will not put out a grease fire it will actually spread the fire.  Make sure the grill is assembled properly and remember gas grills are fueled by liquid propane that requires special handling and storage.

Another important decision is where the safest place to set up the grill is.  NEVER cook inside your home and NEVER cook inside you garage or on your covered porch. Set up away from tree limbs, and keep 10 feet away from your outside walls and deck railing (unless the manufacturer’s instructions say it can be closer).  

Sometimes no matter how careful you are accidents happen. If your gas grill catches on fire and you have smoke or soot damage inside your home you can count on SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to respond quickly.

4th of July "Innocent" Danger

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

PLEASE protect small children and your home as you celebrate the 4th of July

PLEASE protect small children and your home as you celebrate the 4th of July Celebrations next week.

Did you know that those little SPARKLERS we expose small children to are the most frequent cause of firework injuries? These seemingly innocent little sparklers burn at temperatures of up to 1800 degrees. This type of intense heat mixed with fabric can ignite flames in just seconds.

In an article written on July 1, 2016 by the Boston Globe – Metro:

             “Last year, (2015) emergency rooms around the country treated an average of 267 fireworks-related injuries per day in the 30-day span between June 19 and July 19. The majority of people who are injured are male and most are in their early 20s or younger. In fact, one in five people injured are 9 years old or younger.”

The article categorized the injuries by the type of “firework” devices. The “All other Devices” category accounted for 44% of pyrotechnics injuries and the seemingly innocent sparkler caused a 22% of those!

Please stop and think about the dangers before you buy. Instead of purchasing sparklers seriously consider entertaining the young children with a piñata, confetti popper, balloons filled with confetti, noise maker, or my personal favorite - glow in the dark toys.

Aerosol Container Explosion

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Store aerosol containers in a cabinet or pantry where the temperatures are cool and a good distance away from the kitchen stove.

We recently completed a job in a home after an aerosol can exploded.  The homeowner was hospitalized for burns but has since fully recovered. Damages to the structure were minimal but smoke odors extended throughout the house.

This unfortunate accident could happen to anyone that cooks using aerosol cooking oil. It is so convenient to keep the oil close to the stove within reach while cooking. But be mindful that when placed in an area near a heat source the temperature in the can increases. Pressure in the can will increase as the temperature rises and may lead to an explosion.  If the explosion happens near an open flame a fire will also ignite.

Our customer had been canning most of the day so the heat in the kitchen area was much warmer than normal. He had finished canning and was removing his canned goods from the pressure cooker to the counter. The steam along with the already higher temperatures caused the pressure to rise in an aerosol can sitting on a shelf above the stove.

Heat Wraps can be overheated and cause damage

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Debris from a neck warmer found in a microwave that was left unattended.

Microwavable heating pads or heat wraps are becoming increasingly popular due to the comfort they provide when suffering a migraine or headache, neck or shoulder pain, muscle spasms or cramps, backaches, and other aches and pains.

A home owner left his heat wrap in the microwave much longer that the instructions said to. He returned to the home to find smoke and odor throughout the entire house. Fortunately no fire was reported.

It is important that you read and follow the heating instructions and keep these instructions for reference. Instructions will specify how long bags should be heated and should be strictly followed.

“A product that absorbs and stores heat in this way is a potential fire risk if not used properly. For this reason, it is vital to follow manufacturers’ instructions to avoid possible injury.

Other warnings you may find in your instructions:

  • Do not leave the heat wrap unattended when microwaving.
  • When reheating, reduce the microwaving time to prevent burn.

NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF HOME FIRES – COOKING

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

It will be days, maybe weeks, before you can cook in this Kitchen.

Talk with any family that has gone through the experience of a house fire and they will be able to describe one of the most devastating experiences of their lives. House fires cause destruction, injury and sadly deaths.  Tragic accidents happen - precaution can prevent an accident.


Here are 4 basic suggestions for prevention:



  • Stay in the Kitchen while using the stove top

  • Frequently check the oven while baking or roasting

  • Cooking utensils should be the only items near the stove.


I have a personal experience to share. While preparing Thanksgiving Dinner I had placed wax paper over my dinner rolls while they were raising. When I moved them from the counter towards the oven a corner of the paper grazed the flame on my gas burner. I was shocked at how quick the fire ignited and how high the flames were. We were fortunate that no damage or injury occurred.   


For more Stove Top and Oven safety tip visit:


https://www.thehartford.com/about-us/junior-fire-marshal/cooking-fire-safety

Properly Maintain your Chimney

2/26/2016 (Permalink)

Creosote filled flue

" The Benjamin Franklin axiom that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is as true today as it was when Franklin made the quote. Although many use the quote when referring to health, Franklin actually was addressing fire safety. Franklin wrote this (courtesy of ushistory.org) under an assumed name."

One tip to prevent a chimney fire - CLEAN YOUR CHIMNEY

Fireplace and wood stove chimneys need special care. A buildup of creosote on the flue and chimney walls can cause dangerous fires. The fire can totally destroy your home, or you may be faced with damage to all contents in your house including:

  • Walls
  • Furniture
  • Flooring
  • Cabinets
  • Blinds and drapes
  • Clothes

SERVPRO can clean up the smoke, soot, and water damage but please take preventive measures so it doesn't happen to your family.