Recent Fire Damage Posts

Campfire Tips

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

The weather is starting to warm up and with chilly nights you may way to add some of that warmth to your night. If you decide to have a nightly fire to enjoy those cool temps, here are some tips to help keep your house and your family safe.

  • Keep fires at least 25 feet away from any structure and anything that could possibly catch on fire.
  • Always clear away any dry leaves, low hanging branches and shrubs too.
  • Avoid starting fires on windy nights/days. It is easier for fires to spread due to wind.
  • Always keep a close eye on pets and animals near campfires.
  • Never use gasoline or other combustible liquids. 
  • Always keep a bucket of water or a shovel to quickly put out a fire if it gets out of hand.
  • Lastly, Always make sure the fire is completely out before you leave.

Cooking With Caution

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended and most of those involve the stove. Here are some tips to help reduce the number of kitchen accidents.

  • Create a kid-free zone of at least 3 feet around the stove and where hot foods or drinks are prepared.
  • Always be on alert. Never use the stove or stove top if you are tired or have consumed alcohol.
  • When using the stove always stay in the kitchen. If you need to leave for any amount of time always turn off the stove.
  • Keep anything that could catch fire away from the stove top. Including, oven mitts, food packaging, towels or curtains. 
  • If you do have a small grease fire you can always smother it by putting a lid over the pan. Never use water.

If you ever have doubt about a fire in your home always call 9-1-1. 

Some Common Causes of Home Fires

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Common Causes of Home Fires:

There are several ways that fires can start in a home. As important as house fire prevention is if we were to try to list all of the ways that a fire can start in a home the list would quickly become longer than most people would want to read or be able to remember. With this in mind we will cover a few different and more common causes of house fires in this post and more causes in additional posts as well.

 Cooking: Overheating pots or pans, cooking with oil, using high temperatures, becoming distracted, and leaving the kitchen or becoming distracted are all contributing factors to fires that start from cooking in homes.

 Heating Systems: Ways to avoid your heating system becoming the source of a home fire start with proper maintenance such as an annual inspection of your furnace by a qualified technician, and having your chimney cleaned.  It is also helpful to keep portable heaters a safe distance from flammable material.

 Smoking: The use of deep ashtrays can be helpful in avoiding a fire caused by smoking. Ensure that all cigarettes are extinguished, keep ashtrays on nonflammable surfaces, and ensure that all cigarettes/embers that have fallen are removed from any furniture that they may have fallen on.

 As was mentioned this list of common house fire causes is not all inclusive. While we always hope that you are not affected by a house fire we know that even when preventative measures are taken house fires still happen. If you experience a house fire one of the best things that you can do is to call SERVPRO of Cedar City/Fillmore at 435-251-9241. We have extensive experience with the cleaning and remediation of fire damaged homes. We also are well versed in working with insurance companies. Our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened."

Additional Common Causes of House Fires

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Common Causes of Home Fires:

There are several ways that fires can start in a home. As important as house fire prevention is if we were to try to list all of the ways that a fire can start in a home the list would quickly become longer than most people would want to read or be able to remember. With this in mind we will cover a few different and more common causes of house fires in this post and more causes in additional posts as well.

Electrical Equipment: ensuring that cords and plugs don’t have loose or frayed ends, outlets are not overloaded with plugs, Avoiding the over use of extension cords are all important things to be aware of as they can cause house fires. Another aspect of electrical equipment that is important to be aware of is the quality of the electrical wiring in the house. If the quality of the electrical wiring in the house is not sufficient for the electrical needs of the people in the home the wiring can overheat and start a fire.

Candles: Candles can be a cause of a house fire starting. It is important to only use candles in places where they are not close to combustible materials. Candles should not be left burning when no one is in the room with them. It is also important to make sure that candles are placed on a surface where they are not likely to tip over or be tipped over.

Children Playing With Fire:

As wonderful as children are they are also full of wonder. One of the things that is a large source of wonder for children is fire. Curious children often have an interest in fire and sometimes they will not make the best choices when it comes to satisfying their curiosity or wonder about fire. Matches and other devices used to start fires should always be stored in places that are not easily accessible to children. Parents should also take time to educate their children about fire and the dangers associated with its use.

While we always hope that you are not affected by a house fire we know that even when preventative measures are taken house fires still happen. If you experience a house fire one of the best things that you can do is to call SERVPRO of Cedar City/Fillmore at 435-251-9241. We have extensive experience with the cleaning and remediation of fire damaged homes. We also are well versed in working with insurance companies. Our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened."

Cedar City Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/12/2017 (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 Cedar City/Fillmore 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 – (435)251-9241

Holiday Cooking Fire Danger

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holiday Cooking Fire Danger Unattended Cooking Fire

The holidays are such a wonderful time of the year to spend with your family and cooking is a big part of that time spent together. It is important to be safe while cooking so here are some safety tips.

*Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.

*If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking.

*Keep anything that can catch fire— oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains—away from the stove top.

*Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stove top.

If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe.

*Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.

*Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.

*For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

*If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out. 

*Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove top. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.