Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Safety Tips for Turkey Day!!!

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

As people look forward to their Thanksgiving feasts, fire safety is rarely their first concern. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. As you begin plans for turkey and stuffing, be sure to keep these safety tips in mind to help prevent injury and property loss due to fire.

BE PROACTIVE

  • Test the batteries in your smoke alarms. Press the test button on your units to make sure they work.
  • Prevent fires by making sure your oven and stovetop are clean and free of grease and dust.

BE ATTENTIVE IN THE KITCHEN

In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving. Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths, and cooking equipment was involved in nearly half (48 percent) of all reported home fires.

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop and keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey as well, and check on it often.
  • If you must step away from your cooking, set a kitchen timer so you don’t get distracted by guests.
  • Keep children at least three feet away from the stove, oven, hot food and liquids. Steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep items that can catch fire away from the cooking area.
  • Make sure the floor is clear of tripping hazards.
  • Turn pot and pan handles inward and away from the front or edge of the stove.

BE MINDFUL OF OPEN FLAME

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, candles are responsible for an estimated 15,600 residential fires per year, resulting in 150 deaths, 1,270 injuries, and $539 million in property damage.

  • Ensure matches and utility lighters are out of the reach of children.
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.

BE CAUTIOUS DEEP-FRYING YOUR TURKEY

In recent years, it has become trendy to deep-fry turkeys instead of cooking them in the oven. Deep-frying a turkey, which involves submerging an entire bird in hot cooking oil, is so dangerous that the NFPA specifically discourages this cooking technique. A small amount of cooking oil coming into contact with a burner can cause a large fire, and without thermostat controls, deep fryers may also overheat the oil to the point of combustion. In 2015, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that there had been more than 168 turkey-fryer related fire, burn, explosion, or CO poisoning incidents since 2002, causing 672 injuries and $8 million in property damage.

  • Never use a deep fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage, or in an enclosed space.
  • Fryers should only be used outdoors on a sturdy, level surface isolated from anything that could burn.
  • Keep children and pets out of the 3-foot radius around your fryer to protect against burn injuries.
  • The pot, lid, and handles of a turkey fryer can be incredibly hot. To protect hands and arms against burns, wear long, well-insulated cooking gloves.
  • Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby and never use water to extinguish a grease fire.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and thoroughly dried before it is placed in a fryer. The water from a frozen turkey will not mix with the oil in the fryer and can be an explosion hazard. The National Turkey Foundation recommends that you add 24 hours of thaw time in the refrigerator for every five pounds of turkey weight. Thawing in the refrigerator is the safest option, and turkeys should never be defrosted on the countertop.

Fire Damage Restoration Clean Up Tips!!

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire – even in small amounts – can be extremely dangerous even if the after-effects are not immediately visible. There are a few things that need to be known before entering the home after you have had a fire. Fire damage restoration is almost always necessary.

First, consult a fire marshal and ensure that it is safe to re-enter the home after fire damage. Even though you may want to inspect and see what survived the fire, you need to be safe for obvious reasons. Fire can cause the home to be extremely unstable and dangerous.

Immediately following the fire, call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball to help assess the damage in the home and begin the cleanup process. Our trained and certifies professionals can save a lot of money, time and keep your family safe when dealing with fire damage, but here are some things you can do before we arrive to help speed up the process a bit more.

Remember: DO NOT enter your home without approval from a fire marshal!

Fire Damage Restoration Clean Up Tips:

  • Open all windows and doors to ventilate and help get the smoke out as much as possible.
  • Cover any clean, unaffected pieces of furniture up with plastic to make sure they are not damaged in the cleanup process.
  • Do not try to clean anything yourself. The soot and smoke that has set into the furniture and carpet can be dangerous.
  • Don’t plug in any electronics. Call an electrician to inspect for any electrical damage from the fire.
  • Throw out any open of possibly exposed foods that make have been contaminated from the fire.

Fire and smoke are very tricky problems to deal with, and should only be taken care of by professionals who are well educated in the field. At SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, our highly trained fire damage restoration technicians know that areas of the home that may look unaffected by the fire may still possibly be dangerous. We promise to inspect every cavity of your home to make sure every bit of smoke damage is taken care of so you can get back into your home as soon as possible.

Apartment Complex Fire Damage

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

An apartment complex located in Houston, TX experienced a major fire that caused damage to multiple units. SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball was notified of the loss and we sent our trained professionals to assess the job to get the complex back to "Like it never even happened."

If you experience fire damage to your commercial property, give us a call! We will have someone out as soon as possible to do an inspection. After our inspection is complete, we will have a crew out as soon as you want them to start the cleanup and demo process. 

To be prepared for instances such as a fire, call us today to set up an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). An ERP will speed up the inspection process as well as the cleanup process! 

Kitchen Fire Safety When Using Grease

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Many of us cook every day without thinking twice about the safety hazards that reside in the kitchen. Grease fires are oftentimes more dangerous than other fires because if they’re not extinguished properly, it is easy for them to spread. Using the wrong material to douse the flame can end in you getting seriously hurt and your home severely damaged. 

Here’s everything you need to know about how to stop a grease fire and prevent one from happening.

How to Stop a Grease Fire the Right Way

Let’s say you’re frying your favorite food and suddenly you notice wisps of smoke escaping from the oil you’re using. Before you know it, there are flames leaping up from the pan. What should you do? The key to putting out a grease fire is to suffocate it by cutting off any oxygen flow. Here are a few ways you can do this safely:

1. Turn Off the Heat Source

The very first step is to immediately turn off the burner, thus eliminating a heat source that could make the fire worse. Though this might be second nature, whatever you do, don’t attempt to move the pan or pot to a cool burner. The oil could splash on your or your kitchen, spreading the flames and causing injury.  

2. Cover With a Metal Baking Sheet or Lid

As previously mentioned, you should cut the fire off from any oxygen. You can do this by sliding a metal baking sheet or lid over the pan or pot, cutting off the oxygen and allowing the fire to burn itself out. The key material here is metal. You should never use a glass or plastic lid or sheet as the high heat of the fire can cause these materials to melt or shatter. Leave the sheet or lid on long enough to ensure the fire is completely out. When removing it, slowly slide it off to make absolutely sure the flames are gone for good. 

3. Pour Salt or Baking Soda on the Flame

Another way to help remove oxygen is by pouring salt or baking soda onto the flame. However, this works best if you have a large amount of either solution within close reach. Never use flour or baking powder on a grease fire, as these two materials are combustible and can amplify the intensity of the fire. 

4. Use a Class B Fire Extinguisher

Most people’s first instinct to a kitchen fire is to reach for a fire extinguisher. However, not all fire extinguishers will put out the same types of fires. Grease and oil fires require the use of a class B extinguisher. These extinguishers are designed to fight flammable liquids that include grease or oil. You can also use a multipurpose extinguisher as long as the label includes class B. When using an extinguisher, make sure you aim the extinguisher at the fire from a safe distance. The high pressure from the extinguisher can cause flames to spread if you are too close. 

5. As a Last Resort, Call 911 and Evacuate Your Home

If the steps above don’t contain the fire, you should then call 911 or your local fire department and evacuate your home immediately. Grease fires take only a few minutes to take over the kitchen, so the sooner you realize you need 911 assistance, the better. Fortunately, most types of grease fires—especially if caught early—can be stopped by trying the methods listed above. 

Why Can’t I Use Water to Put Out a Grease Fire?

The first impulse, when faced with a grease fire, is often to try putting it out with water. However, this can create a very dangerous situation that can cause the flames to spread. Oil and water don’t share the same density, so water can’t be used to put out a grease fire. In fact, water that gets thrown on a grease fire can turn to steam within nanoseconds due to the fire’s high temperature. The oil molecules can actually attach themselves to the water molecules and “hitch a ride”, so to speak. This means the steam can carry the flames to other surfaces, igniting the fire in surrounding areas. This makes the fire and smoke damage restoration process following the fire lengthy and much more costly. We can’t stress this enough: NEVER put water on a grease or oil fire, even if you don’t have anything else available to safely quell the flames. Call for emergency services.

How to Prevent a Grease Fire

As scary as they may be, grease and oil fires can be prevented by following a few safety precautions while cooking:

1. Use an Appropriate Oil For Frying or Cooking

Cooking oils have various smoke points, which is the maximum temperature to which they can be safely heated. You should always strive to use cooking oil with a high smoke point for frying. Know the smoke point of the oil you intend to use and use a cooking thermometer when frying to ensure you stay safely below it.

2. Remove Moisture From Food Before Frying

Any food you intend to fry should be completely defrosted and thoroughly dried off. Never place frozen food into hot oil as the water can splatter and bring hot grease with it.

3. Never Leave the Stove Unattended

47% of kitchen fires are caused by an unattended stove. It only takes a few minutes for a pot or pan to get overheated, so always keep your full attention on your cooking.

4. Keep a Means of Extinguishing the Fire Nearby

Whether it’s a metal cooking sheet, class B fire extinguisher, or a large container of salt, always keep one of these emergency tools within safe reach when cooking with oil or grease.

By following these tips, you’ll ensure a grease fire doesn’t have a chance to start in the first place.

Quick Action Can Stop a Grease Fire

Knowing the correct way of putting out a grease fire can help prevent injury to yourself and your loved ones, as well as preventing serious damage to your home.

Call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball today at (281)374-6454 for your fire restoration needs. We are always here to help!!

Fire Safety For Independence Day!!

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is here and SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball is here to prepare you with fire safety tips for your commercial or residential property. 

Independence Day is just around the corner and between the barbecues, fireworks, and bonfires during the heat of the year, we want to make sure that our community is safe from fire damage. 

July is one of the peak months for grilling fires. Enjoy grilling your favorite meals this summer while also keeping your family safe.

  • Check gas grill hoses for cracks, holes, and leaks.
  • Keep children away from grills. Gas leaks, blocked tubes, and propane tanks can be a cause of grill fires and explosions.
  • Never grill indoors, in the garage, in an enclosed area or on a surface that might catch fire.
  • Keep the grill at least two feet away from decks, siding, branches and any outdoor equipment that can catch fire quickly.

If you experience fir damage, you can call us 24/7/365 at (281)374-6454

SERVPRO Is Here To Help You!!

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Experiencing a fire in your home or business can be an overwhelming and traumatic experience. It can be difficult to know who to call and what steps to take to mitigate the damage while coping with your loss. At SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, we are here to help. Our experienced and compassionate team will be your guide throughout the restoration process and will work directly with your insurance company to ensure your property is restored as quickly as possible. Our crew teams will be out immediately after you make the phone call. We have teams on call 24/7/365.

We are a full-service operation and are certified, licensed, and prepared to perform fire and smoke damage cleanup and repairs. Fire damage restoration is extremely complex, and often requires emergency board-up or tarping, contents pack-out, smoke cleanup, and even water cleanup. At SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, we are equipped to handle all of these complexities with ease, simplifying the entire process for our customers. Give us a call at (281) 374-6454

Do You Struggle With Bad Odor In Your Home?

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure, including fire damage!

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other shortcuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call at (281) 374-6454, and leave the restoration to us.

Why are Fire Alarms Important?

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms are very important!

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), three of every five home fire deaths results from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%). A majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there is not adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock, and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm. All in all, smoke alarms are crucial elements in the early detection of fires. If you have not checked your smoke alarm in years or several months check out these statistics from the NFPA. 

Click this link The Smoke Alarm Effect

If you acquire fire or smoke damage, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO Spring/Tomball at (281) 374-6454. We are always here to help!

SERVPRO Is Here For You!

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spring and Tomball will there immediately to assist you in any way we can!

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball professionals know just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. Our  crew members are trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible and as fast as possible. 

Step1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Repair

Step 7: Restoration

Call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball at (281) 374-6454 to make your home or business look "Like it never even happened". We are here to assist you 24/7, 365 days a year!

Smoke and Soot

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your 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 Spring/Tomball 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. 

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored to 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 – SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball at (281)374-6454

Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips!

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires but with preparation and common sense, many home cooking fires can be avoided. 

  • Do not leave stoves, ovens, and ranges unattended—stay in the kitchen so you can keep your eyes on the food.
  • Make sure to keep children away from the stove as the steam or splash from the food on the stove can cause serious burns.
  • Roll up your sleeves or wear short sleeves while cooking so your clothes do not start on fire.
  • Keep pot holders and food wrappers away from heat sources while cooking.
  • After your guests leave, be sure all cooking appliances are off and all candles are blown out.
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if an oven fire occurs!
  • Fry outdoors, away from buildings and other combustible items. Never use a fryer indoors. Keep children and pets away while frying.
  • Follow instructions on what size turkey should be used, how it should be cooked and what type of oil to use.

Follow these simple steps in keeping safety in your kitchen during the holidays!

From our team here at SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and a very Happy New Year!

Pet Fire Safety

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

We want to help you protect your pets from potential danger. 

  • The best way to protect your pets from the effects of a fire is to include them in your family plan. This includes having their own disaster supplies kit as well as arranging in advance for a safe place for them to stay if you need to leave your home.
  • When you practice your escape plan, practice taking your pets with you. Train them to come to you when you call.
  • In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. But remember: never delay escape or endanger yourself or family to rescue a family pet.
  • Keep pets near entrances when you are away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes close by in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.

The 4th of July!!

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

The 4th of July is right around the corner which means FIREWORKS! Please keep these tip in mind when you're popping Fireworks!

Firework Safety Tips

  • Follow the directions on all fireworks and don't use them for anything other than what they're intended for.
  • Don't attempt to alter or combine fireworks products.
  • Never use homemade fireworks.
  • Report illegal explosives to the nearest fire or police department.
  • When lighting fireworks, always have water handy. A hose is best, but a bucket will suffice.
  • Spectators should remain a safe distance from the fireworks being lit.
  • Whoever lights the fireworks must be sober, wear safety glasses, and keep clothing well away from the flame when lighting.
  • Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface, away from all flammable materials including dry leaves and paper.
  • Never try to relight fireworks that appear to be duds. Wait up to 20 minutes for a possible delayed ignition. Then if nothing happens, soak the firework in a bucket of water and dispose of it.
  • Dispose of all firework materials by first soaking them in water before putting them in the trash.
  • Keep sparklers away from clothing and other flammable materials.

We hope everyone has a fun and SAFE 4th of July!!

Fire Hazards!

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Below are the most common Fire Hazards in your home.

  • Alcohol and Fire

It's a fact that many house fires are caused by someone attempting to cook or smoke while under the influence of alcohol. 

  • Candles

Candle fires happen in places like bedrooms and bathrooms where people use them as mood enhancers. Unfortunately, people can fall asleep with a candle still burning or leave the room without snuffing out the flame. Candles should NEVER be left burning unattended!

  • Cooking

Many items in the kitchen can catch fire easily including pot holders, dish towels, and product packaging. Keep curtains away from the stove and clean up all spills on the stove top or near by counters.

  • Electrical 

Unsafe use of electricity can be a  ticking time bomb! An electrical fire can happen at any time. Follow-up when a fuse or circuit breaker blows. Don't just reset the breaker or replace the fuse. Find out what caused the problem.

  • Cigarettes

Too many fires are caused from careless disposal of smoking materials

Preventing Commercial Kitchen Fires

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

While commercial kitchens are a fast, convenient way to prepare food, they can also present significant fire hazards if not properly maintained.

  • Have Proper Equipment

With so many flammable ingredients in one concentrated area, you will want to take all safety precautions available to prevent a kitchen fire. Once your building has been outfitted with the proper fire protection equipment, don’t forget to schedule your regular fire alarm tests and fire extinguisher refills.

  • Keep It Clean

    The majority of kitchen fires begin when flammable cooking material or byproducts, such as oil and grease, are ignited. Not only does grease build up on cooking surfaces, it can also collect bits of food and paper, increasing flammability.

  • Train your staff. Even with the best preventative equipment, fires can happen and it’s important that the kitchen crew has the training to know what to do in an emergency. Have meetings and drills about fire prevention, evacuation of patrons, and how to use extinguishers. Make sure new hires are brought up to speed.

Fire in your home....

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know what to do if there is a fire in your house?

4 Tips if there is a fire in your home!

1. Decide if you should fight the fire or flee.

Don't attempt to extinguish any fire if there is a threat to your safety. If the fire is small and you know how to use a fire extinguisher, you can attempt to extinguish the fire. You must note that fires can increase in size and intensity in seconds, blocking the exit path can create a dangerous atmosphere. 

2. The main priority is to get you and your family members out safely.

Your priority should be to get yourself and your family members out as quickly as possible. Please don't think of picking up your valuables. Timing is very important. 

3. If you see smoke, crawl to the nearest exit!

The toxic gases and the super heated air in the smoke makes it more dangerous. Smoke is lighter than air and so it rises above air.

4. If your clothes catch on fire, remember to STOP, DROP, and ROLL!!!

If clothes catch fire, they can spread quickly engulfing the victim in flames. 

How to Prevent House Fires

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Listed below are four common causes for a house fire and how to avoid it!

Faulty Wiring and Outlets Are One of the Top Causes of House Fires!

  • Check the electrical cords throughout your home for signs of fraying, and replace all frayed wires.
  • Do not pinch or cover electrical cords with items such as rugs.
  • Be aware of the capacity of your home's electrical system. Do not overload your circuits. 

Carelessness in the Kitchen May Also Lead to a House Fire!

  • Never leave your pots or pans unattended on the stove.
  • Keep a kitchen fire extinguisher readily available and make sure you know how to use it.
  • Keep your stove and oven clean. Built up food splatter or grease can later ignite when the stove or oven is turned on.

Clothes Dryers Are Another Common Source of House Fires.

  • Clean out the dryer vent regularly.
  • Clean out the lint filter after each load.
  • Lint may also collect under and behind your dryer, make to clean these areas regularly.

Alternative Heating Sources can Also Create a Fire Hazard

  • Avoid using an older space heater, as it may not have adequate safety features compared to newer units. 
  • Do not place a space heater near furniture, curtains or other objects that could easily catch fire.

8 Cooking Safety Tips for the Holidays

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

During the holidays, everybody enjoys a nice meal with their families. Baking a ham, green bean casserole, dressing, and cranberry sauce--YUMM!

When cooking these meals, be sure to be cautious of oven and stove top safety.

1.) Keep spills cleaned up on and around your stove top.

2.) Keep and eye on your pans in the oven. Always set a timer.

3.) Keep a fire extinguisher close by.

5.) Be sure your smoke detector has good batteries in place.

6.) DO NOT throw water on a grease fire.

7.) Keep your body safe guarded at all times by wearing proper safety gloves or mitts.

8.) Keep children and pets away from ovens and stove-tops in use.

Follow these simple steps in keeping safety in your kitchen during the holidays!

From our team here at SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and a very Happy New Year!

THE TREE'S ON FIRE!!!!!

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

You go out with your family and pick out the BIGGEST, MOST BEAUTIFUL Christmas Tree that you all have ever seen. You take it home and decorate it as a family. That tree looks AMAZING!!!!! Every day that you walk through your living room, you admire what a beautiful tree you have.

Well wouldn't you prefer to keep that tree and your home safe?? I don't know about you, but all of the time and effort and love I would have for that Christmas Tree could be wasted effort if you don't keep it nice and hydrated.

Keep in mind that Christmas Trees cause over $17.5 million in property damages each year.

So remember, keep your Christmas trees hydrated and your holidays happy!

From our team here at SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and a very Happy New Year!

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Beware of Candle Flames

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

Candles may be pretty to look at but they are a cause of home fires and home fire deaths. According to the National Candle Association, 70% of households in the United States use candles. Most people don’t see candles as a major fire hazard, but according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) from 1983-1998 candles accounted for 8,690 fires, 104 deaths, 974 injuries and an estimated $126 million in property damage. Between 2001-2002 an estimated 18,000 fires were started by candles with 130 deaths, 1350 injuries and $333 million in property damage.

DON’T GET BURNED! FOLLOW THESE SAFETY TIPS!

  • Use candles only with constant adult supervision
  • Never leave a candle burning!
  • Keep candles away from items that can catch fire, such as Christmas trees, clothing, paper or curtains
  • Place candles and candleholders on a secure piece of furniture. Make sure candleholders are non-combustible and large enough to collect the dripping wax.
  • Do not place candles in windows where blinds or curtains can close over them
  • Keep wicks trimmed to 1/4 inch and extinguish candles when they burn to within 2 inches of the holder
  • Keep candles and all open flames away from flammable liquids
  • Do not use candles in places where they can be knocked over by children or pets
  • Always have a working smoke alarm!

FREE CE CREDIT COURSE-Cleaning and Restoring Smoke Damaged Contents

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

TO ALL WHO ARE IN NEED OF CREDITS TOWARD THEIR CONTINUING EDUCATION:

SERVPRO Spring/Tomball will be hosting a 2 hr. Class on July 20th, 2017. The class will be on Cleaning and Restoring Smoke Damaged Contents. 

This course is specifically designed to explain the different approaches and techniques to scoping, cleaning, and restoring smoke-damaged contents. The purpose is to provide you with a better understanding of the work performed by the mitigation vendor at smoke-damaged work sites.

Restoring a customers contents is a pretty big goal for SERVPRO. We have an amazing contents and mitigation crew that are determined to get things back to the way they were.

Classroom Credit= 2 hours

Light Drinks and Snacks will be provided during class time.

TIME: 9am-11am

DATE: 7/20/2017

FOR RESERVATIONS:

Please call 281-374-6454 or Email Us at: jack.goodroe@SERVPROspringtomball.com OR smr@SERVPROspringtomball.com

Safety Tips When Using Heating Equipment

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening are below: 

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • 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.

12 Tips to Prevent Workplace Fires

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

October is National Fire Safety Month and while the main focus is on preventing residential fires, it is also a good time to revisit workplace fire safety and prevention. Below are 12 tips to ensure a fire-safe workplace:

Step 1. Get Organized– Practice good workplace housekeeping. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and emergency equipment.

Step 2. Designated Smoking Areas – Smoke only in designated areas, and extinguish smoking materials safely. Never smoke in storerooms or chemical storage areas.

Step 3. Fire Extinguishers – Maintaining the appropriate type and number of fire extinguishers and learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

Step 4. Electrical Hazards – Report all electrical hazards. Many fires start in faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical equipment.

Step 5. Access to Control Panels – Electrical control panels need to have free access maintained so that the electric could be shut off easily.

Step 6. Maintenance – Maintain machinery to prevent overheating and friction sparks.

Step 7. Sprinkler Systems & Smoke Detectors – Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials. Testing of sprinkler systems and smoke detectors at least annually.

Step 8. Chemical Safety – Use and store chemicals safely. Read the label and the Material Safety Data Sheet to determine flammability and other fire hazards. Provide adequate ventilation when using and storing these substances.

Step 9. Waste Control & Storage – Control the accumulations of flammable and combustible waste materials and residues so that they do not contribute to a fire emergency.

Step 10. Prevent Ignition – Use all precautions to prevent ignition in potentially explosive atmospheres such as those containing flammable liquid vapors or fine particles. Use non-sparking tools, and control static electricity as required.

Step 11. Exits – Emergency exit diagrams should be posted and emergency exits should be well lit with neon-regulation signs.

Step 12. Contact Info – Employees should have a list of emergency contact phone numbers in case of emergency. Remember that people will often panic in an intense situation; therefore basics such as the company address, phone number and floor plan should be posted.

 

How Important Are Smoke Alarms?

10/6/2016 (Permalink)

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According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), three of every five home fire deaths results from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%). A majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there is not adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock, and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm. All in all, smoke alarms are crucial elements in the early detection of fires. If you have not checked your smoke alarm in years or several months check out these statistics from the NFPA. 

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What is Soot?

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

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Dealing with the aftermath of a house fire can be extremely stressful especially when soot has covered all of your belongings. It should be known that soot restoration is one of the most difficult aspects of a house fire. By the same token, soot can develop through three different methods:

  • Wet soot residue—results from smoldering, low-heat fires. This residue is sticky, smeary, and has a very pungent odor.
  • Dry soot residue—results from fast-burning fires with high temperatures. This residue is typically dry, powdery, and non-smeary.
  • Protein residue—almost invisible but can discolor paints and varnishes in your home. This residue also has an extremely pungent odor.

Because each type of soot is different and requires specific expertise to clean it off your items effectively, it is best to call SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball for such needs or concerns. It is our duty to serve our customers and help make it “Like it never even happened.”