Christmas by the Numbers
SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454
Festive celebrations, flickering lights and winter greens are hallmarks of the holiday season, but they also present fire risks that can quickly turn this festive time of year into a devastating one. For this reason, SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball would like to provide you with some resourceful statistics to ponder over this holiday season:
- Between 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 16 injuries, and $16.2 million in direct property damage annually.
- On average, one of every 34 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.
U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 860 home structure fires per year that began with decorations, excluding Christmas trees, in 2009-2013. These fires cause an annual average of one civilian fire death, 41 civilian fire injuries and $13.4 million in direct property damage.
Half (51%) of the December home decoration fires were started by candles, compared to one-third (35%) in January to November.
Texas A&M University Awards SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball
Texas A&M University recognized SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball at its 12th Annual Aggie 100 event. The 100 Aggie-owned or Aggie-led businesses with the highest annual growth revenues are honored and we were proud to receive this award for the second year in a row.
The Power of O3: Odors Worst Nightmare
SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball 281-374-6454
How does one defeat a powerful odor? Well it is simple and the remedy comes in a form of a highly reactive molecule called ozone (O3)! For all you non-scientist out there, ozone is quick to chemically react to particles that it comes into contact with in the air and on surfaces. The extra oxygen atom in the ozone attaches itself to other molecules, chemically changing their structure to create non-offensive molecules – which eliminates the smell.
By the same token, a common scenario involves people who have “tried everything” to get rid of a smell, but are still left with lingering scents that just don’t seem to go away. One reason that ozone is effective in these situations is because, as a gas, ozone effectively “cleans” any place that air can go. This includes air, walls, ceilings, ductwork, carpet fibers, gaps between floorboards, cracks in walls, and more. Ozone is able to penetrate into these areas and destroy odors that it finds there.
The information provided by: http://www.ozonesolutions.com/journal/2009/how-does-ozone-remove-odor/