Avoid These Common House Fire Causes
It is important to understand some of the most common causes of small house fires in order to keep yourself safer throughout the year. One such cause is overloaded power outlets. Overloading an outlet can provide the perfect storm for sparks or electrical arcs to catch nearby materials on fire. Stressed outlets are one of the primary causes of household fires.
When your Toledo Southwest home experiences fire damage, you need to find out what happened in order to avoid a repeat. Our SERVPRO team can help clean up your mess and restore the damage, but we also have the experience to help determine where the fire began based on the severity of the damages.
You need to know how to operate your power outlets within safe parameters. This information can potentially save your house from damages, but more importantly, save your life.
People ask too much of their power outlets all the time, but this gets even worse around the holidays. When you combine indoor and outdoor lights, the tree, and other decorations in with already stressed power sources, you are brewing a recipe for disaster. To make matters worse, the spark of a fire can occur from this overloaded outlet at any time.
The sooner you respond to restoring your home after fire damages the better. Our experienced SERVPRO professionals can clean up the damages and bring the structure and contents of the room back to its original conditions. We’ll make it like it never even happened.
Our Pros Can Identify the Different Types of Smoke Damage
Our pros can help identify the type of smoke damage, and the best course of action for cleaning it!
Smoke and soot can spread worse than a fire, leaving hidden damage and odor that can take forever to be rid of. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow 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 Toledo Southwest 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
Smoke and fire damage can differ per situation. Our professionals have the equipment and expertise to handle whatever kind of damage you experience.
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Develop a Fire Evacuation Plan for Your Home
Nobody wants to even think about a fire starting and spreading through their home, but it is important to be prepared in case an emergency does arise. Developing a fast and seamless evacuation plan is crucial to keeping your family members safe. Designing and practicing the plan can help ensure that everyone is prepared in case of a disaster. Here are the most essential components of a home evacuation plan:
- Escape Routes
Indicating designated escape routes within your home will help to avoid confusion and help make for faster thinking. Take note of all the exits in your house, including doors and windows. It’s preferable to indicate two escape routes for each room so that everyone has more options to get out safely in the event of a home fire.
- Smoke Alarms
Be sure to check that all smoke alarms are functioning properly. There should be one installed in each bedroom as well as outside of each sleeping area. Smoke alarms must also be present on each level of the house, including the basement. Having the right number of functioning alarms in your home is a vital aspect of basic fire preparation.
- Meeting Area
It is important to designate a meeting place, especially because your family may be confused or panicked after escaping your home. This meeting place will allow you to be sure that everyone made it out okay. Examples of a meeting area include:
- Street sign
- Light post
- Another house far away from yours
Be sure that the meeting place is sufficiently far from your home and clearly indicate it to all of your family members.
The most effective way to ensure that everyone follows the plan in a real emergency is to practice it repeatedly. Conducting drills will help familiarize your family with the plan, so it comes naturally in case of a fire. When everyone is prepared, they can react calmly and stay safe.
Creating a reliable fire escape plan is only the first step towards recovering from a fire. To have your home return to its normal state, contact us at SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest.
Could Your Business Benefit From SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile®?
You can never fully anticipate water damage or a fire to strike in your office, but that doesn’t mean you should not prepare as much as you can for any kind of disaster. Many businesses never reopen following a disaster; those that survive did so because they had some type of plan in place. With the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile®, you can minimize your business’s interruptions by knowing what to do before a disaster occurs. This is key to timely mitigation and can help to minimize the effects that a fire or water damage can have on your business.
Call SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest today and get a NO COST assessment of your business’ facility today. All it requires is a little bit of your time today, but if needed will save a lot of time in the future.
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Clean Airducts Make for a Healtheir Environment
Have you ever noticed at home, or in your office at work, how quickly dust builds up on your desk or furniture? Think about the dust that you see and imagine the dust that you can’t! Poor air quality can lead to a multitude of negative health effects. Ventilation systems are the number one culprit for poor air quality indoors. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.
HVACs that have been operating for some time without maintenance can circulate pollen, dander, bacteria, and other harmful particles through the air, even mold.
Keeping your airducts clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and time, and give you cleaner air to breathe.
The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
- May help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. We’ll provide you with peace of mind and handle your HVAC needs.
SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest Supports the American Red Cross
Often, when people think of disasters and disaster relief the first thing that comes to mind is the American Red Cross. We share many of the same values as the American Red Cross, and we appreciate everything they are able to do when disaster strikes.
SERVPRO is and has been a national sponsor of the American Red Cross and their Ready Rating Program since March of 2013. The ready rating program is free and is web-based. It is designed to help businesses, organizations, and schools become better prepared in case of an emergency. There is no such thing as being too prepared, and the American Red Cross helps these organizations prepare for any kind of emergency.
In January 2016, SERVPRO renewed its commitment to the American Red Cross. The strategy is now focusing more on their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign by supporting Disaster Responders.
The goal of this campaign is to reduce home fire deaths and injuries across the country. Our support of Disaster Responders enables them to assist affected families quickly by providing trained volunteers, supplies, emergency response vehicles, and resources to transform community sites into shelters.
On the local level, SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest is always looking for ways to support the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio. Alongside them, we are dedicated to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our friends and family in the community. We are there to help you prepare to avoid disaster, and there to help after disaster strikes.
Have You Taken the Necessary Precautions to Avoid Water Damage?
When water is where it shouldn't be, call the pros!
Water damage can affect your commercial property at any time without notice. No time is the right time to experience disaster. Once the initial shock wears off, you are left to clean up the mess and reopen as soon as possible.
Do you know what to do or how to handle disaster when it strikes your commercial business? Do you have a plan? Who do you call?
Developing a plan of action and doing your part to be prepared can significantly reduce property damage and help your business get back on track as soon as possible.
Large-scale losses can be avoided by taking a few simple precautions. Knowing where your emergency shut offs are located is crucial. Make sure that someone else is aware as well in case you are not there during an emergency. Create an emergency plan with directions of what to do as well as a contact list for disaster relief. Appoint someone you trust to make decisions in case of your absence.
It is a good idea to contact a water restoration company such a SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest. Not only do we have the knowledge and the resources to handle any size disaster, but we also have the capability to help you put together an “Emergency Ready Plan” Before disaster strikes. This “ERP” is not meant to replace an emergency plan that you may already have in place, but it will help you to compile all your emergency contact information and show you how to get your business on the road to recovery.
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Electrical Fire Prevention in Two Steps!
An electrical fire might be far down on your list of worries. “My home is safe, that wouldn’t happen to me.” But, electrical fires can happen to anyone. With over 51,000 fires happening every year, there's a chance that you are at risk, even if you’re unaware of any points of potential danger. But there’s no need to worry! We’re here to let you know what you can do to prevent fire damage to your home!
- Check Your Power Cords and Outlets Regularly
This is the easiest step you can adapt. Power cords are often put in the wrong places, or plugged in improperly. Power cords can be tripping hazards, so it is important to keep your cords organized and out of walkways. Power cords should not be kept under carpets, or anywhere that they will be consistently stepped on. Power cords can fray with constant pressure, which increases the risk of a fire.
- Check Electrical Wiring
This second step is not as easy, but just as important. Every month or so, checking the wiring around your house can be a good way to prevent fires. Look for any loose or general abnormalities with your wiring. It's also a good idea to listen for crackling or sizzling sounds behind halls. If you notice any sizzling, be sure to turn off the source and contact a professional.
Despite taking these precautions, accidents can happen. If you experience fire damage, make sure to call the experts at SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest to repair your fire damage. We’ll make it "Like it never even happened!"
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Take These Precautions to Avoid Kitchen Fires
For some, cooking is a fun hobby and something to enjoy. For others, cooking is tedious and tiresome. And for a few, cooking should probably be avoided at all cost. No matter what category you fall into, it is important to understand how easily kitchen fires can start. Cooking can become mundane, even if you enjoy it, which can lead to inattention and accidents. Keep these five tips in mind next time you cook to avoid the risk of a kitchen fire!
- Never leave cooking unattended. Whether your frying, broiling, or searing, it is important to keep an eye out to be sure nothing is burning or catching fire. If you have to leave the room, turn off the burner on your stove. Nobody wants burnt food, and nobody wants a kitchen fire.
- Timers are your best friend in the kitchen. Not only do they prevent food from being overcooked or burning, but they also remind you that something is still cooking! After a long day at work, it can be easy to forget even something you were just focused on.
- Keep your kids away from the kitchen area. It is important to educate your children on the dangers that come with a stove and oven. Kids are curious, so it is important to establish a safe boundary where they can watch, but can’t play.
- Keep flammable kitchen items, like pot holders, dish towels, or curtains, away from stoves and ovens. Remember that your sleeves or hair may also catch fire, so be cautious of how you dress while cooking.
- Prevent grease build up by cleaning surfaces regularly.
Accidents happen! If you do experience damage from a kitchen fire, be sure to call our experts at SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest for your professional clean up!
The Right Choice for Your Business
We understand the complexities that come along with running a business. When a flood hits, or a fire causes damage, and you are seeking disaster mitigation or commercial clean up and repair, there are many aspects that can go wrong. It is important to trust your business to the experts to avoid any added stress, and to make sure you are taken care of. We understand how important your business is to you, they’re just as important to us at SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest too.
How Do I Know SERVPRO Is Right for Me?
There are numerous reasons why SERVPRO is the right choice when it comes to your fire or water damage repair needs. We have been in business for over 50 years, and our staff is subject to ongoing training at our corporate training facility. Additionally, our IICRC-industry certification and outstanding customer reviews should put your mind at ease knowing your business is in well trained hands!
So, if you have a disaster give SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest a call, and we will handle it for you! 567-368-8187