Recent Fire Damage Posts

Preventing Kitchen Fires This Fall

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

The first full week of October is Fire Prevention Week and you and your loved ones must be aware of the ways to prevent house fires as colder temperatures move in. People will be cooking more during the fall and winter seasons which, unfortunately, may lead to kitchen fires. 

Fires can quickly spread to all corners of the home within a matter of minutes causing the entire structure to become layered with soot as smoke moves through the hallways. Having a plan in place to exit your home and dial 911 is important as well as a pursuing method of preventing house fires in the first place. 

A few quick tips on ways to prevent home fires. 

  1. Never leave your stove range or oven unattended. 
  2. Put a lit on cooking when not actively stirring or pouring ingredients in. 
  3. Don’t attempt to cook while intoxicated.

If your home or business requires our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, 336-229-1156. 

Facts About Homes Fires

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

The first full week of October is Fire Prevention Week which makes sense. As the colder weather moves inward pushing out the warm temperatures from the summer more people will be spending time indoors. Which, unfortunately, means the likelihood of home fires may increase. While your SERVPRO of Burlington crew is here to assist you if you do experience a home fire we want to offer your tips and advice to prevent fires in the first place. 

First here are the facts on home fires. 

  1. 49% of home fires are caused by cooking.
  2. 14% of home fires are caused by heating. 
  3. 1-% of home fires are caused by electrical means. 

https://nfpa.org/News-and-Research 

To prevent home fires remember 

  1. Never leave cooking unattended. 
  2. Put out your wood-burning fireplace before going to bed. 
  3. Have all electrical work done by a professional, reputable electrician. 

SERVPRO of Burlington serves the communities of 

  1. Graham, NC
  2. Mebane, NC
  3. Glen Raven, NC
  4. Snow Camp, NC
  5. Elon, NC
  6. Gibsonville, NC 
  7. Haw River, NC 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.

Fire Prevention Week Is Oct. 4-10

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Fall is an exciting time of year! With the season change, more people will be spending time indoors cooking and lighting the fireplace. All great occurrences to make memories and pass the time. Unfortunately, cooking can sometimes lead to kitchen fires and fireplaces can set homes ablaze which is why the first full week of October is Fire Prevention Week.  

October 4 - October 10 is Fire Prevention Week where organizations across America include the National Fire Protection Association highlighting the importance of preventing fires and offering training, videos, tips, and advice to inform the public on practices that should be used in order to prevent fires. Protocols such as never leaving cooking unattended.

Fire Prevention Week also asks parents to take the initiative in speaking with their children on fire protection and prevention. Teaching them how to first prevent fires by not using the stove without a parent present. Calling 911 in the case of an emergency and how to get out of their home safely if there is a fire. 

SERVPRO of Burlington also serves the communities of 

  • Graham, NC
  • Mebane, NC
  • Glen Raven, NC 
  • Elon, NC
  • Snow Camp, NC

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage, perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.

Soot Cleanup After House Fire

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Dealing with the after-effects of a home fire is difficult. From filing a claim with your insurance provider to figuring out where you’ll stay while cleanup, restoration, and repairs take place. All of those thoughts swirling through your head can easily weigh you down. In these sorts of situations hiring a professional fire cleanup crew is the best decision you can make.

Deciding how to clean your recovered items including those layered with soot is an important decision. Soot is a sticky substance that if left on curtains and furniture for too long may sink further into the fibers. Diminishing the likelihood of it being removed completely. 

Cleaning soot is a tedious process requiring rubber gloves, chemicals, tools, and hours of work to effectively remediate the soot. Chemicals and time most people don’t have especially during a hectic situation such as a home fire. 

Soot particles can cause health effects. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.

Who Can Clean My Smoke Damage Furniture?

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

It can take less than 30 seconds for black smoke to consume your entire home from the beginning of a fire. Layering your furniture with soot and leaving behind a stringent odor only a professional cleaning crew is capable of removing. Accessing the damage left behind due to a home fire and rectifying its effects is a high burden no homeowner should have to confront on their own. 

The SERVPRO of Burlington team is made up of industry experts, trained to evaluate the damage to your items, providing an accurate report to homeowners of what our crew can do to help them in their circumstances. The type of furniture impacted and the severity of the damage to the home will influence the strategy utilized. Whether it’s upholstery, leather, or wood we’ll provide a professional opinion of the steps required to move forward. Our crew is equipped with an arsenal of materials needed to clean smoke damaged furniture giving homeowners the ability to focus on other matters while SERVPRO takes care of them. 

SERVPRO of Burlington is here to help Mebane Homeowners salvage and restore as many valued items as possible after experiencing a home fire. Our service area incorporates much of Alamance County granting us the privilege to help property owners in the City of Mebane. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.

https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

Do’s & Don’ts After A House Fire

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Dialing 911 as your home erupts into flames is a frightful event. Your local fire department arriving on scene brings a reassuring comfort to you and your loved one, however it doesn’t completely stem the tide of emotions you’re experiencing. As the firefighters control the blaze and ultimately extinguish the fire it’s understandable to want to quickly start on the recovery of your property soon afterward. 

To get started listed below are a few do’s and don’ts on how to proceed after experiencing a home fire. 

Do’s

  1. Contact your insurance company to file a claim. 
  2. Consult with a professional and experienced fire restoration team.
  3. Follow the recommended steps set forth by the expert SERVPRO of Burlington team before we arrive on site. 

Don’t 

  1. Before doing anything else, it’s critical that no one enters the property before being cleared by the fire department that it's safe. 
  2. Don’t attempt to clean or wash flooring, walls, ceilings, upholstery, or clothing without first consulting with the SERVPRO of Burlington team. Moving forward with your own tools and techniques may cause more harm to your house. 
  3. Don’t consume any food or beverages left in the house after the fire was put out. 

SERVPRO of Burlington serves 

  • Burlington, NC
  • Graham, NC
  • Glen Raven, NC
  • Snow Camp, NC
  • Mebane, NC
  • Elon, NC 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.

Preventing Grill Fires This Summer

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

With the stay-at-home order, now lifted in North Carolina thousands of residents will be firing up the grill. Homeowners choosing to reconnect with loved ones and showcase exterior updates they’ve made from the nearly three-month-long quarantine are feeling the anticipation. However, before inviting guests over for your cookout it’s critical your grill is ready for the party too. 

The possibility for a grill fire to occur regardless if it’s charcoal, propane gas, or natural gas necessitates that you take all the precautions to keep yourself, loved ones, and property safe. 

  1. Proceeding the actual grilling it’s important that you evaluate your grill for any abnormalities. Especially for natural gas grills you want to examine them closely for any leakages or broken lines. 
  2. Remember to keep your grill a substantial amount away from your home. Fires can spread fast and the closer your grill is to your property the higher likelihood there is for not only your deck to be damaged but your entire home as well. 
  3. If a fire begins and gets out of control immediately call 911. The further spread of the fire can impact your neighbor’s homes as well.

The SERVPRO of Burlington team wants everyone to have a great and safe 2020 Summer. 

SERVPRO of Burlington serves 

  • Burlington, NC
  • Graham, NC
  • Glen Raven, NC
  • Snow Camp, NC 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.

Content Cleaning For Fire Damage Items Part 1

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

Fires are worst-case scenarios for any property owner whether it’s your home, place of business, or a public building utilized for community activities. First things first, of course, are to ensure that your loved ones are okay and healthy. Next is accessing the damage to your home which often times will be done by your home insurance adjuster. Being aware of the consequences to your property resulting from a fire is important to reassure yourself as well as educating yourself on how to ask the most insightful questions. 

Depending on the severity of the fire you may be able to salvage items in your home or office. Content cleaning is one of SERVPRO of Burlington services offered to clients after experiencing a fire. During such a stressful time experiencing a home fire, we want to partner with you and provide excellent customer service in deciding which items to keep while discarding those items you choose not to have anymore. 

Stay tuned for much more concerning efficient responses to home fires, office fires, and other sorts of property fires. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156

Property Checkup Checklist For Fire Safety

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

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This upcoming Sunday, March 4 the entire country minus Arizona will be springing forward an hour. During this time people will adjust schedules and also their analog clocks that don’t automatically add an hour when daylight savings starts. It’s also a great time to do a checkup around the interior and exterior of your property for fire safety precautions. 

The checkup of the interior of your property weather a home or residence should most importantly include the fire alarm. Ensuring that your fire alarm is well maintained and functions correction could protect yourself, family, and employees from dubious harm. Check to ensure that the battery has not died out and that the ringing sound for the alarm is audible to all corners of the property. 

Secondly, check all the windows of your property to ensure they’ll able to be opened easily from the inside. Teach your children how to properly open and close a window so that if the worst does occur they’ll be prepared. 

Lastly, when you sleep it’s best to close your bedroom door including your children’s room. Doing so may prevent a fire from entering your or their room for a portion of time allowing them to escape outdoors through a window.

The SERVPRO of Burlington team can be reached at (336) 229-1156.

How to Help Prevent a Fire In Your Home

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Taking the proper precautions and being prepared for a house fire are key to preventing a fire and ensuring safety

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, NFPA, U.S. fire departments respond to a home fire every 24 seconds. That’s over 1,000 fires a day! Home fires can occur for a variety of reasons, but many are preventable, Cooking that’s left unattended accounts for more than half of home fires, followed by heating equipment, electrical malfunction, intentional fires and smoking materials are the top and most common causes of house fires. While house fires are not 100 percent preventable, you can take some necessary steps today and every day to reduce your risk of a house fires in your home. 

Here’s how to reduce your risk of a house fire:

  • Install and maintain smoke alarms on every floor of your home and within every bedroom. Roughly 50% of house fire deaths occur during the night while people are sleeping.
  • Never leave food cooking unattended, especially deep fryers and other frying equipment.
  • Avoid using portable and fixed space heaters, as heating equipment is the second leading cause of house fire deaths.
  • Have a fire plan that gets you out of your home in less than two minutes and practice it. Ensure that your family and anyone else living in your home know the fire plan and how to evacuate quickly and safely. 
  • Avoid smoking in the house.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended. 
  • Never leave fire places with lit fires or embers unattended. 
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children. 
  • Store flammable liquids or materials properly and away from children, heat sources or appliances. 

Should your home experience a fire it’ll result in fire damage. At SERVPRO of Burlington we are here for you in case of fire damage. With our state of the art equipment, and highly trained technicians, we are able to assist with cleanup, soot removal, cleaning the air in your home, removing debris and restoring your home and belongings. Just give us at SERVPRO of Burlington a call at 336-379-1772. We are available 24/7 and 365. 

Types of Fire Alarms For In Your Home

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Fire alarms should be installed in many locations throughout your home

When looking to purchase and instal fire alarms, you’ll notice there are many different brands of smoke alarms to choose from. Mainly they fall under just two categories: ionization and photoelectric. Ionization alarms activate quickly in response to flaming, fast moving fires; while photoelectric alarms are quicker at detecting smoldering, smoky fires. Because fires are so unpredictable, manufacturers have also developed smoke alarms that combine both ionization and photoelectric technologies into one unit. These are called dual sensor alarms. 

According to the U.S Fire Administration, you should install smoke alarms on every single floor of your home, as well as in every bedroom, and in the hallway outside of each sleeping area. You should also consider installing smoke alarms in often-forgotten places like basements, attics, utility rooms, and/or garages.

Smoke alarms should be placed on the ceiling or high on a wall. It’s important to check the manufacturer’s instructions for further information regarding the best place to install your smoke alarm. If you choose hardwired smoke alarms, be sure to have them installed by a qualified electrician so that you’re ensured they’re installed properly. If not installed properly, you run the risk of them not working when you need them to. 

Smoke alarms are either battery operated or hard-wired to your home’s electrical system. Regardless if whether your smoke alarm is battery operated or hard-wired, NFPA recommends that you test your smoke alarm regularly, on a monthly basis. It’s also important to know that battery operated alarms can either utilize 9-volt batteries or long-life lithium batteries. The batteries in 9-volt alarms should be replaced at least once a year, but you should consider changing them every six months instead. A good rule of thumb is to replace your 9-volt batteries when you set your clocks for the start of Daylight Savings Time and then again when Daylight Savings Time ends. Batteries in hard-wired smoke alarms should be replaced once a year, while long-life lithium batteries (as the name implies) can last up to 10-years. Note – you cannot and should not replace lithium batteries. Instead, replace the entire smoke alarm (according to the manufacturer’s requirements). 

Should you experience a fire resulting in fire damage then give us at SERVPRO of Burlington a call at 336-379-1772. We are available 24/7 and 365 in order to assist you in restoring your home after a fire. 

Smoke and Soot Facts You Should Know

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot can be invasive as they spread far beyond the flames and throughout your property

Fires happen and quickly! A fire increases in size every 60 seconds. The aftermath of a fire can be very invasive. While the flames themselves may be extinguished before reaching throughout your entire property, they come along with smoke and soot. Smoke and soot can penetrate various cavities within your home, reaching far beyond the flames and can cause hidden damage and odor throughout. 

Hot smoke will migrate to cooler areas and upper levels of your property. The smoke will flow around your plumbing systems, seeping through holes and vents, allowing it to go from floor to floor and from room to room. 

There are many different types of smoke. Therefore, there are also different types of soot residue. Therefore, the type of fire greatly affects the restoration process. 

Wet Smoke - Plastics and rubbers

• Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary with smoke webs that can be difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood

• Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises and so does the smoke

Protein Fire Residue

• Virtually invisible, discolors paint and varnishes, extreme pungent odor, and is usually a result of cooking

Since each fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution to restore your property. At SERVPRO of Burlington our fire damage restoration expertise and experience allows us to accurately assess the extent of the damage. Our highly skilled technicians along with our state of the art equipment helps to get your property back to pre existing conditions.

At SERVPRO of Burlington we are here to make it “Like it never even happened." Just give us a call at 336-379-1772. We are here for you 24/7 and 365. 

What To Do After A Fire

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Burlington we can board up your doors and windows after a fire in order to protect your home and belongings from intruders

Fires can be very scary and traumatizing to most people. Once out safely, many experience a mixture of emotions and are then left wondering what to do next and how to get it done.

Here are some simple steps to do and be aware of after a fire.

1. Review with authorities such as police and fire departments as to when its safe to enter the home after the fire. Do not go in until you’ve been cleared by authorities to do so. The fire should be completely extinguished, and precautionary measures taken to make sure the structure is deemed “safe” to enter. 

2. Knowing who to contact is important. After the fire department leaves and the dust has settled, you’ll want to first call your home owners insurance carrier and advise them of the situation. A claim number will be provided to you along with contact information to a claim representative to assist you. 

3. You’ll then want to contact a clean up company that specifically specializes in not only cleaning, but in restoration after a fire.  At SERVPRO of Burlington, we can efficiently and professionally assist you with the process from the cleaning to the restoration. We are here to sort through and discard debris while salvaging as much of your home and belongings as possible. We clean the smoke and soot from throughout. You should always hire a professional company like us at SERVPRO of Burlington to do a thorough cleaning and to remove personal property of all soot, smoke and odor. 

4. You’ll want to make sure your property is secure. That is another thing that we at SERVPRO of Burlington handle for you. When a property isn’t secure its possible it could be robbed for remaining property. It can also result in trespassing where another individual can possibly become injured on the property. Boarding up the home properly helps to deter anyone from breaking in and trespassing. 

At SERVPRO of Burlington, we are here to assist you. Interior and exterior damage will most likely have occurred if you’ve had a fire, and it’ll all need to be addressed. We can be reached  24/7 and 365 at 336-379-1772. 

Grilling Safety Tips

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Grilling season is officially underway after Memorial Day, a day in which we remember those who lost their lives serving our country.

The grilling season is here! We just kicked it off celebrating Memorial Day in honor of, and with gratitude for those who passed serving our country. Something that often goes overlooked during grilling season is grill safety. While many of us know how to “throw down” on the grill or smokers, there are potential dangers which should never be overlooked. Before your first grill of the year and often throughout the grilling season, you must be sure to take precautions. Here are some safety tips:

  • First and foremost, propane and charcoal BBQ grills must only be used outdoors. If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces, such as tents, on balconies, they pose both a fire hazard and the risk of exposing occupants to toxic gases and potential asphyxiation.
  • Make sure your grill ready for the job. Keep it clean of grease. Start off the season with it clean and throughout the season periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below the grill so it cannot be ignited by the heat while cooking.
  • Inspect propane fuel lines, and position your grill away from structures, trees and high-traffic walkways.
  • Position the grill well away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Keep children and pets far away from grills: declare a minimum three-foot "safe zone" around the grill to avoid any potential injuries to children or pets.
  • If using a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluids designed specifically for barbecue grills and do not add any fluid after coals have been lit. even if you do not yet have the flames you desire just let it all sit and eventually your coals will all be hot enough. NEVER use gasoline in your grills! You can also build the fire by adding tightly wound paper (just twist it with your hands and ball it up) and twigs to your charcoal. That is an alternative to lighter fluid. It may not start your coals going as quickly but they will take.
  • With gas grills, make sure that the hose connection is tight and check the hoses carefully for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks. If you find any leaks make sure to repair or replace the hoses BEFORE use.
  • If using propane, and your propane cylinders are manufactured after April 2002, then they must have overfill protection devices (OPD). OPDs shut off the flow of propane before capacity is reached. OPDS are easily identified by their triangle-shaped hand wheel.
  • In case of a flare-up or fire were to occur; keep an extinguisher nearby and make sure to know how to cut off fuel lines if you are using propane. 
  • Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto grill and catch fire.
  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for the grill and have the grill. repaired by a professional, if repairs are necessary.

If you should experience a fire and fire damage inside your home, then once it is extinguished, give us a call. At SERVPRO of Burlington, we are here 24/7 and 365 days a year in order to assist you with your fire damage. We are also here to assist you with any water damage which can arise from fires as a result of the fire department needing to come in to extinguish your fire. Just give us a call at 336-379-1772

It's Important to Have Your Fire Extinguishers Inspected, but How Often and Why?

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Routine and Regular Inspections of Your Fire Extinguisher are Important

Imagine if a small fire breaks out in your home or at work, how unfortunate it would be if you went to use your fire extinguisher only to find that it is either broken or will not work. By making sure to have your fire extinguisher(s) inspected regularly can help you to avoid that. Over time, fire extinguishers can become damaged without you even realizing it. Regular inspections are extremely important and necessary to be sure that your extinguisher will work if and when a fire breaks out.

When used properly, fire extinguishers can help you in preventing a small fire from growing into a large fire which can cause lots of damage or lead to complete destruction and loss of your property. Fires grow and increase in size every 60 seconds! A fire extinguisher can therefore play an important role in how big the fire is able to get. NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) standards require that your fire extinguishers be inspected on a regular basis. It is best to ensure that you are inspecting your fire extinguishers at least once a month. To remain code compliant, you can hire a fire protection professional to perform brief visual inspections. They can arrange with you to inspect your fire extinguishers on a monthly basis and to also do a more in-depth inspection on a yearly basis. In most cases, if you bring your fire extinguisher to your local fire department, they may be happy to inspect it for you. It is advised before bringing it to them to do so that you contact them directly first to verify if they will in fact do that for you.

If you have any concerns or questions as to what fire extinguisher(s) to purchase for your home or business, than go to your local fire house. Not only will your local firemen be happy to go over the differences of different types of fire extinguishers so that you can choose which would be best for you, but they will also teach to you how to “P.A.S.S.” , which is the acronym on how to properly use a fire extinguisher. Some fire departments even have to ability and equipment to arrange with you the opportunity for you to practice extinguishing a fire with a fire extinguisher. Practice often can be beneficial in the case of you needing to quickly respond to a fire by using your fire extinguisher. Having the confidence to know what you are doing, and the knowledge, along with regularly ensuring that your fire extinguisher will operate, are all key towards you helping to stop a fire in its tracks.

Be sure to check out our other blogs to learn what the difference is between a monthly fire extinguisher inspection, and a yearly fire extinguisher inspection. Don’t forget BOTH inspections are recommended by the NFPA.

If you should experience a fire and fire damage in your home, then once it is extinguished, give us a call. At SERVPRO of Burlington, we are here 24/7 and 365 days a year in order to assist you with your fire damage. We are also here to assist you with any water damage which can arise from fires as well should the fire department need to come in to extinguish your fire. Just give us a call at 336-379-1772

Soot, Smoke, Fire, and Clean-Up Restoration

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

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 Burlington will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today