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Tips to prevent house fires
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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
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
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
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.
- 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.
- Check for a Shut Off Feature. When the heater overheats there should be a sensor that automatically shuts it off.
- Keep the heater away from water. Most space heaters don’t come with a GFCI plug which prevents electrical shock.
- 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:
- Space Heaters are intended to be placed on the floor so find a hard, flat, nonflammable surface
- 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.
- Also keep space heaters 3 ft away from materials such as bedding, curtains, and upholstered furniture.
- Never use a space heater in a workshop or garage near gas cans, paint, or matches
- 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
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.
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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!
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
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.