Recent Fire Damage Posts

Don’t let a grease fire ruin your kitchen

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

The kitchen can be the heart of the home and the place where many memories are made.  When meals are being prepared there are usually people gathered in the kitchen helping out, so keeping everyone safe is a top priority.  What happens if a grease fire breaks out?  These types of fires can spiral out of control quickly.  Do you know what to do if this happens in your kitchen?  

Here are some things you should never do when dealing with a grease fire:

  • Do not pour water on the fire
  • Do not try to move the pot
  • Do not use any other baking product other than baking soda

So what should you do if a grease fire breaks out in your kitchen?

  1. Turn off the heat.  The first thing you should do if the oil starts to smoke is turn down the heat.  If there is already a flame, then cover the pot with a metal lid to cut off the oxygen supply to the fire.  
  2. Use baking soda on the fire.  Baking soda can put out small fires, but you do have to use a lot of it.  Putting baking soda on the fire will help keep the fire from spreading, and if it gets on your food it will still be safe to eat.
  3. Use a chemical fire extinguisher.  If nothing else is working then use a chemical fire extinguisher or help put out the fire.  It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with a fire extinguisher before you ever have to use one so that in an emergency you know what you are doing.  Once you use a chemical fire extinguisher on anything it will contaminate whatever it touches.  If a chemical fire extinguisher is used then proper fire cleanup is the only way to undo its effect.  

No one wants a fire to break out in their home, but if it does, give SERVPRO of Campbell County a call to properly get your home restored.  

Teach your family about how to prevent a fire in your home

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

As adults we know the right and wrong when it comes to fire safety, but what about your kids?  Teaching our children about fire safety and prevention is essential, so here are a few quick tips to help keep everyone safe. 

  • Smoke alarms- install smoke alarms throughout your home and make sure to check the batteries often.  Teach your kids about what a smoke alarm does and what they should do when one goes off.  
  • Keep all lighters and matches out of the reach of children.  Consider using flame less candles in the home.  There are many great options out there now, and it will help prevent any accidental fires. 
  • Keep,kids away from the stove or grill while you are cooking
  • Fire Escape Plan.  Create one for your family and practice it.  Make sure your kids know what to do if a fire were to break out in your home.  Teach them to stay out of the home once they get out and to call 9-1-1.

Fires can happen very quickly and knowing what to do in an emergency can save your life.  Educating everyone in your home can help keep you all safe.

You have a fire extinguisher, now what?

1/31/2021 (Permalink)

Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home?  If a fire were to break out would you know how to use it?  Fires can happen quickly and can spread at a rapid pace.  Fire extinguishers are a great tool to help stop a fire quickly, but they can be a little overwhelming if you don’t know how to use them. 

Most household fires fall into one of 4 categories:

Class A:  These are fires of ordinary materials such as wood, paper, or cloth

Class B:  These are fires fueled by flammable liquids such as oil, petroleum, and gasoline

Class C:  These fires are caused by things like faulty wiring, appliances, or a fuse box.  

Class K:  These are your cooking fires caused by animal fats, greases, vegetable fats, and cooking oils

All fire extinguishers are labeled as to which type of fire they can be used for.  Most extinguishers used for the home are multipurpose and can be used for Class A, B, or C fires.  A Class K fire would require a heavier duty extinguisher.  

How to use a fire extinguisher 

Acting quickly in a fire and knowing how to properly use an extinguisher can help keep any damage to your home to a minimum, and can help save the lives of you and your family.
Identify a safe escape route:  Before you open the extinguisher make sure you have a clear path out.  If you can’t put out the fire you will need to have a safe way to get out of the home

Stand back:  Keep your back to the safe escape route and face the fire.  Stay between 6-8 feet of the flames as you operate the extinguisher 

Discharge the extinguisher- PASS:  In an emergency situation it can be hard to remember what to do.  Just remember the acronym PASS to guide you through the steps of using an extinguisher:

  • Pull the pin on the extinguisher 
  • Aim the nozzle on the hose low towards the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the lever on extinguisher 
  • Sweep the nozzle side to side.  Keep aiming towards the base of the fire and moving the hose side to side until the fire is out.  

Keep an eye on the fire:  After the fire seems to be extinguished, keep an eye on the area to make sure it doesn’t reignite.  If it does repeat the PASS steps

Call the fire department:  When a fire breaks out, sometimes your first reaction is to try and put it out before calling 911.  If you didn’t call the fire department before using the fire extinguisher then now would be the time to do it.  They can come out and make sure that the fire is properly extinguished.

Go to a safe place:  once the fire is out or if you can’t extinguish the fire, find a safe place away from the fire.  

Being prepared can help save your home and your loved ones.  Become familiar with your fire safety plans and how to use a fire extinguisher.  In an emergency situation, knowing what to do can make all the difference.  

Staying safe during the holidays

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Strands of blue, green, yellow, red lights Holiday lights can be fun and festive if used properly

It’s that time of year!  The holidays are right around the corner and many people are already starting to decorate their homes and business with lights, trees, and inflatable yard decorations.  All of this can be fun and exciting, but if not done properly it could be dangerous.  Here are some tips to remember when decorating to help keep everyone safe. 

  1. Don’t leave burning candles unattended.  During the holidays candles of all sizes and fragrances are burned to create an ambiance in a home or place of business.  If you leave the room where a candle is lit remember to blow it out.  Make sure that a candle is placed away from anything that could catch on fire such as curtains, furniture, blankets, etc.  
  2. Keep real Christmas trees watered at all times.  Even though Christmas tree fires are rare, a dry tree can be engulfed in flames in less than a minute.  These types of fires can cause extensive damage to your home.  If you have a real Christmas tree be sure to keep it watered.
  3. Check holiday lights for broken bulbs and frayed wires.  Holiday lights are one of the most popular decorations this time of year.  Before you hang any, make sure there are no broken bulbs or frayed wires because that could lead to a fire.  If your lights are older they get hotter than the new LED lights, so make sure they aren’t close to anything flammable.  
  4. Don’t overload electrical outlets.  Most outdoor electrical outlets are ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets, which means they will cut the power to the outlet if it’s overloaded or if there is a short in the lights.  If you are tripping the outlet, then you may have too many lights causing an overload, or there could be a frayed wire or broken bulb somewhere.  Overloading a non GFCI outlet can cause a short leading to a fire so it is important to not overload a single outlet with too many strands of lights.
  5. Keep pets away from holiday decorations.  Cats and dogs sometimes like to climb or chew on the holiday decorations.  This could not only be dangerous and potentially deadly for your pets but it could also lead to a house fire.  Keep an eye on your pets and try to prevent them from chewing on wires or knocking anything over.  

We at SERVPRO of Campbell County hope that you and your families have a wonderful and joyous holiday season.  Stay safe and remember that we are always here if you need us.  

Space heater safety

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Black space heater with orange heat waves coming out Space heaters are a great way to warm up a room if used properly

The cold weather has started making its way into the tri-state area which means we are all trying to make our homes warmer on the inside.  With the weather being really cold one day and warmer the next right now, many people may not want to turn their heat on just yet and rely on space heaters to help keep them warm.  Space heaters are a great way to keep you warm, but they can also be dangerous if not handled properly.  Here are some ways to keep you and your loved ones safe while using a space heater.

Clean the space heater 

Dust and other particles can build up on the heater during the off season, and can cause the unit to overheat or catch on fire.   Before using it for the first time make sure to clean it thoroughly and check it regularly to make sure it is clean.  

Keep the heater away from other objects

Space heaters should have 3 feet of space around them.  They should not be touching any furniture, walls, carpet, blankets, etc.  This can lead to burned items including the heater, or could potentially lead to a fire.

Never leave a space heater unattended 

If you have to leave the room that your space heater is in then be sure to turn off the heater before you leave.  They can overheat and cause a fire in your home.  You can always turn the heater back in when you return to the room and it will quickly heat back up for you.  

Avoid putting space heaters in children’s areas 

Space heaters can sometimes look like a really cool toy and invite kids to want touch them and push buttons.  The heaters can become very hot and cause burns if kids aren’t careful.  They can also easily tip over which could lead to a fire.  It is best to keep the heaters in areas where kids aren’t running and playing a lot to avoid injury or anything worse.  It is also best to keep them away from pets that roam the house for the same reasons.  

Space heaters are a great way to help keep you warm, as long as they are used properly.  Following these steps can help minimize your chances of any fire damage happening to your home.  As the days and nights start to become colder stay warm and stay safe 

How to create an effective escape plan

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

When a fire strikes your home or business you have very little time to get to safety. There is no time to create a plan.  You need to already have an escape plan developed, because an effective escape plan can help save lives.

  • Pull everyone in your home or business together and walk through all the possible exits and escape routes.
  • There should be smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside every sleeping area, and on every level of the home.  Be sure to make sure that the smoke alarms are working properly 
  • Choose a meeting place outside that is a safe distance in the front of the home.
  • Have everyone memorize the emergency number for the fire department 
  • Once you are out, stay out!  Do not go back inside a burning building

Once you have a plan in place, practice it.  Put your plan to the test at least twice a year and make the drill as realistic as possible.  During the drill, make sure everyone is able to wake up to the sound of the smoke alarm.  If someone does not wake easily to the alarm, designate someone to make sure they are awake during the drill and in the case of a real emergency.  Closed doors can also help the spread of fire and smoke, so on your way out during the drill close all doors that you pass.  This can allow you more time to get to safety.  

The key to your family’s safety is planning and practicing an effective escape route.  Knowing what to do in an emergency situation can help save lives. 

Stay safe while grilling this summer

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

The weather is slowly starting to get warmer here in Northern Kentucky which can only mean one thing.  Grilling season is upon us!  Grilling is such a great way to prepare your food, and I’m sure you have done more grilling than usual here lately since you are at home more.  While grilling is great, there are also some safety tips you should follow to help prevent a fire.

  1. Make sure you grill is stable and on a flat surface and won’t topple over
  2. Keep your grill clean.  Use a good grill brush and clean the grates before and after each use, and remove any grease buildup 
  3. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home, shed, or garage.  It’s also a good idea to move your grill out from under any kind of overhang so that if there is a flare up a fire won’t be started.
  4. Make sure to roll up your sleeves and keep any loose clothing away from the heat
  5. Keep all children and pets away from the grill.  Grilling in the same area where they might be running and playing could be dangerous and lead to the grill being knocked over or even injuring someone
  6. Keep a fire extinguisher close by and know how to use it.  Small fires can spread quickly so keeping you and your loved ones safe is important 
  7. Never leave your grill unattended.  Gather all of your food and utensils and get everything prepped before you begin to grill 

Grilling and cookouts are big part of the summer months, so remember to do it safely. 

Preventing candle fires in your home

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

White candle in glass jar with yellow flame Lit candles in your home are pretty but can be a fire hazard

Candles are a great way to decorate your home or to add your favorite scent to the room, but they can also be a major fire hazard.  Depending on where they are placed they can ignite nearby combustibles or can accidentally be knocked over. It’s also very easy to forget about lit candles if they are in rooms where you can’t keep an eye on them, which could then lead to a fire.  

There are lots of candle alternatives in the market today that can help with your decorating and lighting needs for your home, and will help get rid of the risk of fire.  

  • Battery operated candles.  There are so many different options out there with battery operated candles.  They can range in sizes from tea lights to large pillar candles, come scented and non scented, flicker like a real candle, and some are even on timers to automatically turn on at the same time everyday.  Battery operated candles also come in a variety of colors to fit all your decor needs.
  • Candle warmers.  Choose from electric bases or larger lamp-style models that are designed to accommodate traditional wax candles.  These will warm the wax and help diffuse the fragrance without actually lighting the candle.
  • Reed diffusers.  Placing reeds in oil is a great way to spread a scent throughout your home without having to rely on an open flame or even a battery operated device 

Candles are beautiful and can create such warmth and ambiance to a home, but can also be very dangerous if not attended to properly.  These candle alternatives are great for everyday use in common rooms like kitchens and bathrooms where candles are normally found.  

Tips to prevent house fires

11/3/2019 (Permalink)

A fire in your home can be emotionally and financially devastating for you and your family.  But there are some common steps you can take to help reduce the risk of a house fire. Understanding how house fires start will help you in preventing a fire in your own home.  

  1.  The majority of house fires start in the kitchen.  Never leave a hot stove or oven range unattended. Overheated pots and pans can cause a fire very easily if left unattended.  Stay in the kitchen while cooking and use a timer to help remind you to check your food. Also make sure the oven and stove are free from flammable objects.
  2. Pay attention to your heating system.  Heating systems should be cleaned and maintained every year to make sure they are working properly.  If you are using a portable space heater make sure they are at least 3 feet away from items such as clothing, furniture, and bedding.  Also be sure to turn them off when you leave home.
  3. Only let professionals do electrical work in your home.  Many electrical fires result in improper installation by the homeowner.  When using electrical appliances check for frayed or damaged cords, and remove any that are broken.  Also use the proper wattage of light bulbs in lamps and other light fixtures.
  4. Decorative and scented candles are very popular in homes, but they are also a very big fire risk.  Never leave candles burning unattended and make sure to put them out when you go to bed. Make sure candles are placed away from flammable objects and are placed on a sturdy surface.

Preventing Fires in the Bathroom

11/2/2019 (Permalink)

When you think of how fires can start, you probably don’t think about them starting in the bathroom.  The bathroom is a very popular room in the house and there are some things you can do to help make this room safer.

  • Curling irons and hair dryers are common tools used in the bathroom.  Check the wires and cords and make sure they are undamaged, and throw away any damaged or broken appliances. 
  • Make sure the appliances are far enough away from a water source
  • Unplug appliances when not in use, and never leave the bathroom when appliances are on. 

Exhaust fans are also very common in most bathrooms in the home and in some commercial properties.  They are used to help eliminate odor, help prevent steamed up mirrors and damp walls, and fogged windows.  But if the fans are not cleaned and maintained properly they can present a potential fire hazard. The fans can collect dust and lint over time which can then cause the motor to overheat and ignite the lint.  It is important to clean your exhaust fans on a regular basis to prevent a fire. 

 If your home should experience a fire SERVPRO of Campbell County has the proper tools and expertise to remove the odor and to help put the damage behind you so that return to your normal activities.  Call SERVPRO of Campbell County today (859) 572-4920

Stay Safe on the Fourth of July

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

It’s hard to believe, but it’s the Fourth of July!  This holiday is the perfect time for friends and family to get together for pool parties, backyard bbq’s, and of course fireworks.  Fireworks can be lots of fun and are very pretty to look at, but they can also be dangerous if not handled properly. Here are some tips to help keep everyone safe:

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks.  
  • Older children should handle fireworks while under adult supervision
  • Anyone using fireworks should wear protective eyewear
  • Never light fireworks indoors
  • When lighting fireworks keep them away from other people, homes, buildings, and any flammable materials
  • Never point or throw fireworks at other people
  • Only light 1 firework at a time.  Once you light the firework move away quickly to maintain your safety.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket, or shoot them off from glass or metal containers
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that didn’t ignite
  • Keep a bucket of water or garden hose handy in case of a fire.  Once the fireworks have completed burning, soak them in water before throwing them in the trash to help prevent a fire.
  • Never use illegal fireworks

Whether you are hosting Fourth of July Festivities, or sitting back and letting the professionals do the work, SERVPRO of Campbell County wishes you and your family a happy and safe Independence Day.  

Keeping your Family Safe during a Fire

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Two Minutes.  Could you get your family to safety in just 2 minutes? If a fire were to break out in your home that may be all the time you have to get everyone out, so being prepared is critical.  During a fire, an early warning from a working smoke detector and a well practiced evacuation plan can help save the lives of your loved ones. Learn what else you can do to get everyone to safety.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home including the basement, and both inside and outside of very sleeping area.
  • Test the smoke alarms monthly.  If they are not working then change the batteries.
  • Replace the entire smoke alarm unit very 8-10 years, or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

In the event of a fire, every second counts, so it is important to make sure that you and your family are prepared.  

  • Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Make sure that everyone knows two ways to escape from every room in the home, in case the primary way is blocked.
  • Establish a family meeting place outside of the home.
  • Establish a family communication plan and who they should call if they can’t find each other.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1
  • Teach children to not be afraid of the firemen or to hide from them.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if their clothes are on fire.
  • Practice feeling your way out of the house with your eyes closed or in the dark.  Fires produce a black smoke making everything dark very quickly.

Nothing is more important than your family’s safety.  Having a plan and being prepared is your best defense against a home fire.  Your home and your material items can be replaced, but your family cannot. Practicing your family emergency plan on a regular basis can help everyone be prepared and can help save lives.

Using Space Heaters Safely

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Even though the calendar still says its fall, mother nature is disagreeing!  Snow is covering the ground and temperatures are the coldest we have seen in a couple of months.  It’s a great time to stay home and cozy up with a warm blanket or to switch on a portable heater to get the house nice and toasty.  Space heaters are a great way to get a room warm quickly but they can be a fire hazard if not used properly.

According to Consumer Reports, about 25,000 house fires and 300 deaths occur each year due to space heaters.  Most of these accidents happen because the space heaters are placed too close to curtains, upholstered furniture, or bedding.  Here are some safety tips to help keep you and your house safe if you are using a space heater.

  1. Make sure the space heater you buy has a safety certification label from an independent testing organization such as the UL label from  Underwriters Laboratories.
  2. Check for a Shut Off Feature.  When the heater overheats there should be a sensor that automatically shuts it off.
  3. Keep the heater away from water.  Most space heaters don’t come with a GFCI plug which prevents electrical shock.
  4. Never use an extension cord to plug in a space heater.  Most space heaters are equipped with a 6 ft long cord.

Tips on how to use a Space Heater safely:

  1. Space Heaters are intended to be placed on the floor so find a hard, flat, nonflammable surface
  2. Never put a space heater in a child’s room.  It is safe to keep a 3 ft area around the space heater free from kids and pets.
  3. Also keep space heaters 3 ft away from materials such as bedding, curtains, and upholstered furniture.
  4. Never use a space heater in a workshop or garage near gas cans, paint, or matches
  5. Turn the heater off when you go to bed or leave the room

Make sure your home is installed with working fire alarms and be sure to check them often.  SERVPRO of Campbell County is locally owned and operated so we are ready and able to respond quickly to any fire damage emergency. If you find yourself in any fire damage situation, give us a call! (859) 572-4920

Preventing Fires during the Holidays

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are already here! With Thanksgiving this week, many of us will be spending time with family, eating lots of delicious foods, and carrying on many yearly traditions. One of those traditions might include getting your house and yard ready for the Christmas season. While the decorations are beautiful and festive, they can be dangerous and can increase the risk of fire in your home if they are not done properly.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2011-2015 U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 200 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an estimated $14.8 million in direct property damage annually, along with causing 6 deaths and 16 injuries. U.S. fire departments also responded to over 800 home structure fires annually that began with decorations that excluded Christmas trees. So when you are getting out all those decorations this year here are some tips from the NFPA to help keep you, your family, and your home safe. 

  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Connect no more than 3 strands of mini-light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.
  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Check the packaging; some lights are only for indoor use.
  • Do not block exits with trees or decorations.
  • Get rid of your tree right after Christmas – or when it’s dry – look for community recycling programs for disposal of your tree.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
  • Keep candles at least 12-inches from ANYTHING that burns.
  • Make sure your tree is at least 3-feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles, and heat vents.
  • When choosing a real tree, make sure the needles are fresh and green and do not fall off when touched. Before placing it in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the tree.
  • Water real trees daily. To find out why, check out this video comparing the flammability of a dry Christmas tree versus one that is watered daily.
  • Make sure if you have an artificial tree, it’s labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire-retardant.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

SERVPRO Campbell County Your Fire Restoration Company

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

House Fires Can Happen

Fires of any kind can be among the most traumatic events a business or homeowner will everexperience.  You can be sure that the professionals at SERVPRO Campbell County are available 24/7 providing quality service to seal your property and prevent any further damage.  

Once on site, we will provide an assessment of damage, develop an action plan and relay a timetable for repairs.  We offer disposal services for those items that can’t be saved, and these services are always eco-friendly.  

SERVPRO Campbell County will provide quality cleanup service removing smoke, soot or dust stains caused by the fire.  We will clean and sanitize all areas preventing possible infection and will remove all odors that may linger following the fire.  Remember, when fire takes control of your life, SERVPRO Campbell County helps you take your life back!

Home Fire

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that speed plays a significant role in reducing property loss?It’s a matter of restoring your personal property or having to replace it.  Your Campbell County SERVPRO professional is trained to assist youimmediately. Whether it’s providing after fire protection to damaged/leaking ceilings, roof and windows to protecting your home’s contents your SERVPRO professional is prepared to advise and assist you through this moment of crisis.

Your Campbell County SERVPRO expert will assess the damage to your property and advise you on such important matters as how far the fire, smoke and soot have traveled and how it has affected your walls and furniture. We can then develop a plan of action which will give you an accurate idea of what the repair costs should be and then advise you of approximate repair time.

With any fire comes the possibility that water damage will also occur. If a fire has caused a pipe to burst or a water tank to leak, water restoration may be needed. Your Campbell County SERVPRO expert will act quickly to resolve the damage by stopping the source of the problem and preventing it from causing more damage.

Your Campbell County SERVPRO professional is trained to use a variety of cleaning methods to resolve your fire related issues. These methods include Dry Cleaning- cleans light residue, Wet Cleaning- which cleans heavier residue, SPRAY and WIPE- used on items that can’t be wet cleaned, FOAM CLEANING- used for upholstery, ABRASIVE CLEANING- which involves agitating the surface and FULL IMERSION CLEANING- where we will dip the item into a bath of a cleaning product.

Your Campbell County SERVPRO provides 24/7 Emergency service! Our fast response time will lessen the damage and ultimately reduce the cost of your fire remediation. When you choose SERVPRO of Campbell County, we will make your clean up “like it never happened.”

Fire Safety Tips

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

It can take just seconds for a fire to spread

According to the American Red Cross, if a fire occurs in your home, you could have as little as two minutes to get out safely. Check out these important safety tips below.

Top Tips for Fire Safety
• Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
• Test smoke alarms every month. ...
• Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
• If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP.

Quick and professional fire damage repair is a key component to making sure a home can be safely lived in again. Once your family is safe, SERVPRO of Campbell County is there to help ease the burden of getting your house back to being your home, with our professional fire damage restoration services. Call us any time day or night, we are always here to help.