Recent Fire Damage Posts

May is National BBQ Month!

5/23/2021 (Permalink)

The month of May is National BBQ Month! Is there anything better than grilled food on a summer day? Just the smell alone is extremely nostalgic in my opinion! Whether I’m cooking hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken or even pizza, the grill is a culinary staple all throughout the warmer months.

As the weather gets warmer in New England and we begin to uncover and dust off our grills, the SERVPRO of Fall River team would like to share some grilling safety tips! 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments around the US reported to an average of 8,900 fires associated to backyard grilling! About half of those fires resulted in structural damage to homes. The NFPA recommends grills are kept clean and closely monitored, among other great tips. Grills should be placed away from your home, deck railings, low hanging tree branches and should never be placed under awnings. The hose on your propane tank should be checked yearly for leaks, which can be done by applying warm, soapy water to the hose and inspecting for bubbles. If using a charcoal grill, the NFPA recommends letting coals cool completely before attempting to dispose of them.

Want a simple test to check your gas grill for leaks? Check out this great video from the National Fire Prevention Association.



Fire Safety! -02721

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher How to operate a fire extinguisher

Do you know that having a fire extinguisher nearby in your home could potentially prevent you from a disaster?  

If you have a small fire in your house, car, boat, etc. and you have an appropriate extinguisher near by, putting out something small on your own can be quick and relatively simple. What you may not have time for however, is reading the instructions fully on how to use the extinguisher. The goal is for you to learn BEFORE the burn.

So here are the basic instructions for most extinguishers. In short, this is what to do...

1-Pull the Pin at the top of the extinguisher. The pin releases a locking mechanism and will allow you to discharge the extinguisher.

2-Aim at the base of the fire, not the flames. This is important - in order to put out the fire, you must extinguish the fuel.

3-Squeeze the lever slowly. This will release the extinguishing agent in the extinguisher. If the handle is released, the discharge will stop.

4-Sweep from side to side. Using a sweeping motion, move the fire extinguisher back and forth until the fire is completely out. Operate the extinguisher from a safe distance, several feet away, and then move towards the fire once it starts to diminish.

POP QUIZ: How long does a fire extinguisher typically last when trying to put out a fire?

A minute, two minutes maybe? NO. In fact, a typical fire extinguisher contains only 10 seconds of extinguishing power! It could actually be less if it has already been partially discharged.

That's why SERVPRO of Fall River encourages you to read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher beforehand and become familiarized with its parts. It is highly recommended by fire prevention experts that you get hands-on training before operating a fire extinguisher. Most local fire departments offer this service.

Once the fire is out, don't walk away. Watch the area for a few minutes in case it re-ignites. Replace or Recharge the extinguisher immediately after use.

Fire Spreads

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Flames SERVPRO logo with flames

We see it often, especially in older neighborhoods where homes are close together.  There is nothing worse than having your home catch on fire, aside from your neighbors home catching on fire.

Aside from the devastating loss they suffer, you could also be at risk for the fire to blow over to your home. Depending on the night and the force of the fire, it can affect your property as well. 

While, as homeowners, we do our best to prevent disasters from occurring and take the necessary safety precautions to keep bad things from happening. However, there are two things we can’t control: the wind, and our neighbors. 

The wind goes where it pleases, and takes whatever it pleases with it. From leaves to embers, the wind can be our friend on hot days when it comes in the form of a slight breeze. Or it can be your greatest fear when it carries flames over to your property. As scary as it may be to see the worst come to play, and as helpless as you may feel, there is still hope for the recovery. 

At SERVPRO of Fall River, we understand that disasters happen, and that’ why we’re here to help. If the winds don’t blow in your favor, we’re here to help you redirect your sails of disaster restoration.

Safe Grillin!

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Grill fire Grill on fire

The long awaited Summer is around the corner and with it comes cookouts, barbecues, and good ole fashioned grilling. It’s the time of year where the hot dogs and hamburgers have a different taste to it, and patience wears thin as the smell coming from the grill makes our tummies rumble. 

Although, if the cook isn’t careful, that flavorful scent could soon turn into smoke and flames if the grill has not been properly cleaned. Did you know that grill fires are responsible for roughly 100 injuries and 10 deaths per year? In addition to the danger they pose, they also cause roughly $37 million in damage each year. 

One of the main causes is the mishandling of propane grills. As popular as propane grills are, many forget the dangers it can cause if not handled properly. Here are a few summer grilling safety tips to ensure that only your meat is taking on the heat: 

1. Although it’s tempting to step out on your deck and grill right there — all grills should be at least 10 feet away from your house and shouldn’t be used on a combustible surface. A concrete pad is helpful in offering stability and lowering the risk of the fire spreading.

2. Check the hose and connection for leaks and blockages.

3. Check for bees! Bees will get inside of grills and create hives there. 

4. Clean your grill of built-up grease from previous uses. Cleaning your grill regularly also lowers the risk of flare-ups and fires. 

5. Be extra careful when changing the tank as this can be a biggest potential for a leak occur. 

6. Never leave the grill unattended and make sure children and pets are at a safe distance. 

7. Don’t pour water on grease fires! The water will quickly evaporate and cause more smoke, making it worse 

8. Make sure to have a fire extinguisher nearby, just in case. 

9. If you see that the fire is too much to handle, call 911 and evacuate.

10. Call SERVPRO of Fall River for all your fire damage cleanup and restoration needs. 

Happy (and safe) grilling! 

Preventing Mulch Fires

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Spring is in the air which means that it's time to start getting lawns and flower beds ready for spring.  Did you know that mulch is very combustable and is the cause of many fires per year by improperly discarded smoking materials?  

Hundreds of small and large fires are started this way every year.  The risk is that what starts as a small outdoor mulch fire can quickly spread to homes or buildings.  

A mulch fire can be well underway before someone notices or is alerted by smoke alarms or sprinkler systems activating.  Follows these tips to help prevent mulch fires!  

• Provide a minimum of an 18-inch clearance between landscape mulch beds and combustible building materials, such as wood, vinyl siding and decks. 

• Use non-combustible mulch such as rock or pea stone around gas meters and combustible portions of the structure. 

• Provide proper receptacles for smoking materials at all entrances to public buildings and in designated smoking areas. Place them at least 18" away from the building, do not mulch in these areas and remember to regularly empty smoking receptacles. 

• Grounds and maintenance crews should be aware when conditions are favorable for mulch fires and increase surveillance of mulch beds. 

• Keep mulch beds moist when possible. 

We are Here to Help should you suffer a fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Fall River for all your restoration needs at 508-676-9100.  

Preventing Fires - 02720

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

Many fires are preventable and by following a few guidelines, we can help keep each other safe.  

Did you know that older adults (people 65+) are most at risk of dying in a fire in MA. Seniors account for nearly 1/2 of all fire deaths.   

Some useful tips if you’re a smoker:

 -Smoke outdoors

 - Use a large sturdy ashtray or tin can filled with sand

  • Be sure matches & smoking materials are fully extinguished
  • Never extinguish cigarettes in potted plants or mulch
  • If drowsy or falling asleep, put your cigarette out.  NEVER smoke in bed

Heating and electrical fire are also leading causes of death to older adults at home.  Remember to: 

  • Have furnaces & chimneys cleaned & inspected each year
  • Keep 3 feet of space free of clutter & things that can catch fire around furnaces, hot water heaters, fireplaces & wood stoves
  • Keep space heaters 3 feet away from everything that can burn.  

Be sure to check on elderly family and neighbors.  

If you suffer a fire loss or know someone that does, we are always available to start restoring your property.  Call us anytime at 508-676-9100.  

Dryer Safety

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

House on fire Dryer filters not cleaned cause fires

Laundry....it never seems to end.  It may even feel that especially now with kids home more often that there is more than usual; is that possible?  

While it can seem like a simple process, it can also be dangerous if you don't take care of the dryer and keep the filter clean.  It is reported that there are over 17,000 fires related to home dryers each year.  

Here are a few simple tips to follow to help prevent a clothes dryer fire.

Dryer Fire Prevention Tips

  • Clean the filter screen after each load to prevent lint buildup, which can cause fires.
  • An adult should be at home whenever the dryer is in use and the home should have working smoke alarms.
  • Clean the vents outside twice a year to clean out any accumulated dust and lint.
  • Commercial dryers should be cleaned out regularly because of their frequent use and shared venting system.
  • Don't dry mop heads in the dryer. The dryer's heat can ignite the chemical residue on mop heads.
  • Keep the surrounding area clean. The dryer's heat may ignite anything left too close to the dryer.

The safety of your family is important to us and we hope that you don't encounter such a fire.  Be sure you follow these steps to avoid a fire in your home.

Should you encounter a fire, we are Here to Help you restore your home at SERVPRO of Fall River!

Children & The Dangers of Cooking - Fall River 02720

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

mother keeping child away from the stove Protect your children from potentially dangerous fires by keeping them away from the stove while in use.

As busy parents, we are often trying to multi-task, especially around dinner time.  Trying to entertain children while making dinner can be a tough challenge.  Your little ones may want to help or be prone to running around the kitchen area while you focus on mealtime.  This can cause many unforeseen injuries, some that can cause lifelong scars; both physically and mentally.  

In 2011 an estimated 136,000 children were seen in emergency rooms for burn injuries, according to the American Burn Foundation and more than 1,100 children die each year from burn injuries.  

One way to help prevent these types of injuries is to establish a “no-kid zone.”  This is commonly around the stove, oven, and areas where there may be cords attached to crock pots, fryers, or coffee makers.  

Pots and pans should be placed on back burners with handles turned away from the front of the stove.  

If a child does sustain a burn, use cool - not cold - water to stop the burning process.  Remove all clothing from the injured area and cover the burn with a clean dry sheet or bandages. Seek medical attention immediately to ensure the burn is treated properly.  

Establishing safe kitchen guidelines will help eliminate injuries and minimize stress during mealtime. 

Not only that, but it will also help minimize the risk of kitchen fires, the leading cause of residential fires. 

Remember to keep your kids out of the kitchen. But if accidents happen, you can trust the fire damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Fall River.

Tips to Prevent Dryer Fires - Seekonk 02777

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that dryer vent fires are the second leading cause of residential fires in the nation? If you’re not regularly servicing your dryer, you run the risk of falling victim to a dryer vent fire. Here are some things to keep in mind to ensure that your dryer keeps the heat inside:

  1. Use a professional installer 
  2. Regularly service your equipment
  3. Keep the surrounding area free of flammable materials 
  4. Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry
  5. Use only rigid or flexible metal venting material
  6. Ensure air exhaust vent pipe is unrestricted
  7. Do no overload
  8. Inspect Gas Lines
  9. Use the correct plug and outlet
  10. Never run the dryer when you leave home or are sleeping. 

While these steps are simple and pretty easy to carry out, they are also crucial in helping to prevent a dryer fire. If you find yourself dealing with the heat outside of the dryer, call SERVPRO of Fall River (508) 676-9100 for our fire and smoke damage restoration services. We’d be glad to help!

It's Getting Hot in Here - Seekonk 02777

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is the season for opening up the windows and letting the breeze flow through. Or in many cases, cranking up the A/C because the air is too hot to bear. 

It’s no secret that during the summer months, in an attempt to escape the heat and humidity, most people leave the A/C running all hours of the day — whether they are home or not. 

While that’s a great way to ensure your home is always cool, it’s also a great way to increase your risk of an electrical fire. Air conditioner units, like any other type of equipment or machinery, needs to be regularly inspected and serviced. Neglecting your central air conditioner unit can cause you to skip over small adjustments that could play a big role in preventing an AC fire. Make sure to regularly service your AC unit to ensure all parts are working correctly, such as having a professional replace the fan therefore preventing heat traps that may cause the temperatures to rise and ignite the combustibles near the heating pipes. 

It would be ironic to have the AC unit be the cause of a home fire. This is why we at SERVPRO of Fall River hope this leaves you aware of the potential dangers an AC unit, if not served regularly, can cause. 

While we are not AC professionals, our technicians are thoroughly trained to deal with fire and smoke damage restoration. Call our office at 508-676-9100 for a free estimate. 

Back Off My Grill - Swansea 02777

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

The sun is out and so are the grills! If you’re anything like most south-coasters, you’ve been grilling outside since the weather hit 55 degrees. There’s nothing like it!

While we’re just like anyone else that enjoys a good barbecued meal, it’s important to take the correct precautions before dubbing yourself as the Grill Master — such as making sure your grill is at least 10 feet away from your home or structure. 

The truth is, accidents happen. Sometimes it’s a stroke of bad luck where sparks turn into explosions with the help of propane tanks. Other times its simple distractions, like pets or kids that occupy our attention for a second too long. No matter the cause, the outcome is the same and ends with a fire that can damage your home or worse, you and your guests. 

Per fire prevention officials, It’s recommended to keep grills, fireplaces, and any open flames at least 10 feet away and at a safe distance from your home or structure. Officials also recommend having a fire extinguisher handy in case the flames get to be too much. 

When disposing of coals and ashes, make sure to properly extinguish the fire with water and place the ashes in a metal bin. Trust us, there’s nothing that ruins a cookout more than a fire that's gotten to be too big for its grill. 

When disasters such as these happen, the important thing is to call 911 first, and then your local SERVPRO of Fall River. Our technicians are trained in fire and smoke damage restoration and will make sure your grilling season isn’t completely ruined by making your disaster, “Like it never even happened.” 

Comments to the Cook - Fall River 02723

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised if we told you that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in the United States. 

If you ever cooked a meal, you can understand how easy it is to get distracted or carried away with other tasks in the kitchen. But even with the high probability of something catching on fire and spreading throughout the kitchen and the home, cooking is still something we do every day without hesitation. The truth is, we’ve gotten comfortable controlling the kitchen; fire, flames and all.

While it’s always nice to be a great cook, it’s often that level of comfort that can lead to a laid-back approach in the kitchen. 

The next time you decide to “chef it up” in the kitchen, make sure to use the same level of care and caution as you did when it was your first time whipping up a meal. There’s no such thing as too much attention when a fire of any size is involved. In the way you give your meal extra care and attention, our technicians at SERVPRO of Fall River do the same with the work they do in providing our fire and smoke damage restoration services

If it gets too be too hot in the kitchen, you can be certain that our crews are familiar with the heat. If you find yourself cooking up more than a meal, give SERVPRO of Fall River a call. We’re Here to Help!

Killing the Mood - Somerset 02722

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

No matter what kind of mood you’re in, candles have a special power of turning a regular Tuesday into a relaxing night of self-care and aromatherapy. 

It’s no secret that candles are a great way to get us relaxed, and even invite some romance in the air. But, if you’re not careful, candles can set a completely different mood if not handled properly. 

Candles are one of the top leading causes for home fires. As with any open fires, they are not on a “set it and forget it” schedule. Despite their small flame, a fire of any size poses a threat. It can quickly set a curtain on fire, or a mishap can cause it to fall and spread the flame. As a general rule of thumb, fires, candles included, should be closely monitored at all times. Make sure to keep it away from any flammable materials such as fabric, and keep it away from children and pets. If you are leaving the room, make sure to snuff out the fire.

Fires are traumatic disasters and many times, it can be totally preventable. While the technicians at SERVPRO of Fall River are trained in fire and smoke damage restoration, they’re not known for setting a romantic mood when called into your home. But they will make you fall in love with the way we can make your disaster look “Like it never even happened.” 

We hope you enjoy your candles responsibly, but we’ll be here if you need us: 24/7/365

Oh Truck! - Fall River 02720

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

The last thing a warehouse facility manager wants to see is one of their trucks catch fire. Never mind it catching fire while attached to the warehouse bay and compromising the structure of the facility and its products. 

In that situation, one can easily feel overwhelmed and helpless until the firefighters arrive. Possibly even more helpless when they take inventory of the damage that occurred. It’s tough to figure out where to even begin to restore some sense of normalcy and get back to business as usual.

Thankfully, SERVPRO of Fall River has dealt with warehouse fires on more than one occasion and is well prepared and equipped to handle disasters at any time and any size. 

Whether that means assembling crews at 4am to get to work after the fire has occurred, or pulling in additional resources from other regional SERVPRO franchises to help with manpower and equipment if it is a large loss. 

SERVPRO of Fall River is here, and we are Ready for Whatever Happens. 

Fire Damage? We Can Help - Somerset

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

House fires are stressful enough, never mind the aftermath that comes with putting the pieces back together. This is why the technicans at SERVPRO of Fall River are Here to Help. 

Here are a few of the top reasons why you should always call the professionals:

  • Our unmatched support – We know how alarming it is dealing with a fire or flood in your home. Instead of taking everything on, you can count on our team to help you. It puts less of a worry on your shoulders when all you want is your life back to normal. We've literally dealt with fire damage restoration hundreds of times, and we can guarantee that we've seen just about everything. We're here for you. 
  • We have all the tools – Our specialists have been providing restoration services for many years, so you can rest assured that we have the right tools for the job. We use only the best cleaners and provide specialty equipment to help repair your home. We also focus on developing our greatest assets: our technicians. We pride ourselvs in holding IICRC certifications that prove we know what we're doing. 
  • Get accurate advice – When we have a problem, it seems like everybody has their own advice. But when that advice isn't backed by years of experience, training, and without your best interest in mind, is it really good advice? Aside from being a company that specializes in disaster restoration, your local SERVPRO is exactly that: local. Meaning we're here to serve our community because it's our community too.

When you are seeking fire restoration services, you can count on us at SERVPRO of Fall River as a helping hand.

Fire Safety Tips You'll Fall for This Season

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

As the cool fall weather starts to roll in, it is important to practice fire safety in the home to ensure your holiday season goes uninterrupted. Things like heating, holiday decorations, and candle burning can all leave room for disaster if not addressed properly.

Home Heating Safety Tips

Central Heating

If you heat your home centrally, it is important to have your system inspected and cleaned of any build-up before the start of the fall season. A blocked air duct can be a potential fire hazard waiting to happen. Make sure to get your system routinely checked by a certified HVAC professional, and call SERVPRO of Fall River for any cleanings it may require.

Fireplace

You should have your chimney inspected every year to make sure it’s in safe, working condition. Utilize your local Chimney Sweeper when necessary, and have any cracks within the foundation of the chimney filled if need be. It is also advised that a fireplace screen be used to keep sparks within the pit, and unwanted debris out. Finally, you should never use gasoline or any other combustible substance to start a fire and most importantly, never under any circumstances leave a fire unattended!

Space Heater

Space heaters are a great resource for heating areas of the home that otherwise don’t receive a lot of airflow. There are many precautions to follow when relying on a space heater, though, which include making sure there is at least a 3-foot radius of empty space between your space heater and any other objects. You should also never place clothing or any other flammable articles on your space heater, and avoid putting it near furniture or curtains. Lastly, it is very important you turn off and unplug your space heater when leaving the house or going to bed to avoid the possibility of fire.  

Holiday Décor Safety Tips

Jack-O-Lanterns

Although Jack-O-Lanterns are a great way to add spook to your home during Halloween, you should never burn a real candle within one. Instead, try safer alternatives like a battery-operated light.

Fried Turkey

One of the biggest fire starters on Thanksgiving Day is the infamous fried turkeys!

If you plan to deep fry your bird this Thanksgiving, we suggest you follow these tips so not to blow your house up;

  • Set up the fryer you’ll be using AT LEAST 10 feet away from the home, or any other structure for that matter, and make sure it is situated on a level surface
  • Make sure the turkey is thawed and dried out completely
  • Keep a watchful eye on the oil temperature

Christmas Tree Lights

Make sure when leaving the house or going to bed you turn your Christmas tree lights off and unplug them. Christmas trees are beautiful, and we all want to show off our decorating skills, but leaving your lights on when away from the home is dangerous. You’ll also want to make sure you’re watering your tree enough to prevent the pines from becoming dry and brittle, whereas they are extremely flammable in this state.

Fight Fire with Fire - Swansea 02777

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

We didn't start the fire -- but we'll be there to make it "Like it never even happened."

When your home or office is feeling the effects of fire damage, you need someone you can call that will “smoke out” the smoke and soot damage to your damage. You need someone who will bring the heat. We understand that when a fire sparks, it’ll looking to consume more than your home or office. It’s looking to consume your life. That’s why SERVPRO of Fall River crews train to deal with extensive fire damage — not just to restore the property damage, but also a sense of normalcy as well. From advanced and top level industry standard training, to the experience our crew chiefs bring to each job — SERVPRO of Fall River brings the heat to fight against the flames of disaster that have interrupted the normal, everyday routine of your life. From the first sparks to the last wipe off, SERVPRO of Fall River will be there every step of the way. 

Common Causes of Fire - Somerset 02726

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

One of the worst nightmares for a home or business owner are one of the things we at SERVPRO of Fall River deal with everyday. A fire in your home or office can you leave you feeling vulnerable and unsafe. Oftentimes, a small spark will set a whole building or house on fire. We’ve seen it all. Fires are extremely traumatizing and for that reason, we decided to compile a list of the most common causes of fire so you can prevent the likelihood of a disaster happening in your home. 

  • Faulty Electrics
  • Flammable and Combustible Materials
  • Human Error
  • General Negligence
  • Arson

Here are the most common causes of home fires:

  • Electrical Equipment
  • Cooking Equipment
  • Candles
  • Heating Mechanisms such as space heaters
  • Smoking in bedrooms
  • Electrical equipment
  • Curious children
  • Barbecues
  • Flammable liquids
  • Lighting

If you ever find yourself facing a fire damage in your home or office, call SERVPRO of Fall River and we’ll be happy to help restore the damage. 

Candle Safety - Somerset 02726

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Who doesn’t love candles? There’s nothing quite like lighting an ocean breeze scented candle after a day of cleaning in the middle of spring. Or maybe even an apple cinnamon smell during the holidays. Whatever your nose prefers, there’s a scent for everyone’s taste. 

However pleasing that smell may be, candles can play an extremely dangerous role in the event of a fire. Here are some tips to make sure you’re never the victim of a candle fire.

  • Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
  • Keep candles out of reach of children
  • Make sure candles are on stable surfaces
  • Don't burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
  • Don't burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace
  • Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year

We here at SERVPRO of Fall River understand that mistakes happen — if you ever find yourself burned by the result of candles — give us a call. We can assure there is no job too big or too small when it comes to servicing our community. 

Have Smoke or Fire Damage Questions? - Fall River 02722

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

When your Fall River home or business experiences fire or smoke damage, you need professional help quickly. SERVPRO of Fall River is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration.

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We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your property back to pre-fire condition.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Learn More

Our Restore vs. Replace Mentality

Our “restore first” mentality helps to lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. This focus relies upon our specialized training and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO of Fall River Brings the Heat - Rehoboth 02769

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

One of the hardest parts about what we do here at SERVPRO of Fall River is having to see families and business owners struggle with the aftermath of a fire. It can be a very emotional time to see your home or business caught in flames. What was once so familiar is now being devoured by unceasing flares and when the smoke settles, you’re the one left to pick up the pieces. While this can be a very traumatic and trying time, it is not one you have to go through alone. We believe in being there for you from the first spark to the final dust off. From handling insurance claims to painting ceilings, the crews at SERVPRO are not only highly trained in clean-up and restoration industry standards, but we also pride ourselves in employing empathetic and attentive technicians who understand the magnitude and trauma our customers face. In the event of a disaster, let SERVPRO of Fall River help you carry the burden of the aftermath. 

Call the Trusted Professionals when Dealing with Fire Damage - Seekonk, MA. 02771

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Life after a fire loss is possible with SERVPRO of Fall River

Fire. Man’s greatest discovery. The one thing that we can no longer live without. It has many practical, and powerful uses which, naturally, come with tremendous responsibility and caution when utilizing.

There are many causes of fire damage, whether it be electrical, cooking, smoking or something entirely different. One thing many fire damages we come across have in common, however, are that they are accidental. No matter how the fire starts, SERVPRO of Fall River will be there to make the aftermath “Like it never even happened.” Getting your home or business back to preloss conditions is what our franchise has been doing for 25 years, you can trust that our team of qualified professionals will treat your home and belongings the same way they’d treat their own, guaranteed.

Next time you’re faced with an emergency, call the experts at SERVPRO of Fall River at 508-676-9100.

Fire Safety Tips you’ll Fall for this Season - Seekonk, MA

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let this happen to you!

As the cool fall weather starts to roll in, it is important to practice fire safety in the home to ensure your holiday season goes uninterrupted. Things like heating, holiday decorations, and candle burning can all leave room for disaster if not addressed properly.

Home Heating Safety Tips

Central Heating

If you heat your home centrally, it is important to have your system inspected and cleaned of any build up before the start of the fall season. A blocked air duct can be a potential fire hazard waiting to happen. Make sure to get your system routinely checked by a Certified HVAC professional, and call SERVPRO of Fall River for any cleanings it may require.

Fireplace

You should have your chimney inspected every year to make sure it’s in safe, working condition. Utilize your local Chimney Sweeper when necessary, and have any cracks within the foundation of the chimney filled if need be. It is also advised that a fireplace screen be used to keep sparks within the pit, and unwanted debris out. Finally, you should never use gasoline or any other combustible substance to start a fire and most importantly, never under any circumstances leave a fire unattended!

Space Heater

Space heaters are a great resource for heating areas of the home that otherwise don’t receive a lot of air flow. There are many precautions to follow when relying on a space heater, though, which include making sure there is at least a 3-foot radius of empty space between your space heater and any other objects. You should also never place clothing or any other flammable articles on your space heater, and avoid putting it near furniture or curtains. Lastly, it is very important you turn off and unplug your space heater when leaving the house or going to bed to avoid the possibility of fire.  

Holiday Décor Safety Tips

Jack-O-Lanterns

Although Jack-O-Lanterns are a great way to add spook to your home during Halloween, you should never burn a real candle within one. Instead, try safer alternatives like a battery operated light.

Fried Turkey

One of the biggest fire starters on Thanksgiving Day are the infamous fried turkeys!

If you plan to deep fry your bird this Thanksgiving, we suggest you follow these tips so not to blow your house up;

  • Set up the fryer you’ll be using AT LEAST 10 feet away from the home, or any other structure for that matter, and make sure it is situated on a level surface
  • Make sure the turkey is thawed and dried out completely
  • Keep a watchful eye on the oil temperature

Christmas tree Lights

Make sure when leaving the house or going to bed you turn your Christmas tree lights off and unplug them. Christmas trees are beautiful, and we all want to show off our decorating skills, but leaving your lights on when away from the home is dangerous. You’ll also want to make sure you’re watering your tree enough to prevent the pines from becoming dry and brittle, whereas they are extremely flammable in this state.

Oven and Stove Top Safety- Fall River 02721

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

A stove and oven are a necessary household item. We use them on a daily basis for small meals and large meals alike. The stove is a critical component of the household and life would be hard without one, but life can be dangerous if you are not practicing safety and caution while using a stove.

Cooking fires are the primary cause of residential fires in the U.S. For the most part, kitchen fires are preventable, if you follow the safety tips provided below.

PURCHASING A STOVE TOP & OVEN:

  • Make sure it has the label of an independent testing lab.
  • Register your oven either online or with the provided card. This allows the manufacturer to contact you about recalls or potential dangers.
  • Be sure that your oven is installed properly, with safe clearance from the hood and proper wiring.
  • Consider installing "after market" safety devices, especially if small children are in your household. 
    • Stove Knob Stops
    • Stove Locking Straps
    • Stove Safety Guards

USING YOUR STOVE TOP & OVEN:

  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Keep it clean. Food particles and grease residue can ignite and cause a fire.
  • Create a “Kid-Free Zone” that children are aware they are not allowed to enter.
  • Check for body safety.
    • Tie back long hair.
    • Roll up long sleeves.
    • Remove loose jewelry.
    • Be sure footwear is non-slip.
  • Before each use, do an oven safety check.
    • Be sure you do not smell gas leaking from a gas stove.If you do, open a window and leave the room.
    • Make sure there is nothing in the oven. An oven should never be used for storage.
    • Make sure that there are no food particles or grease residue on the stove top.
    • Position your oven racks before pre-heating to prevent scalding.
  • Be sure to follow safety guidelines when using stove top burners.
    • Use burners on the back as much as possible.
    • Never use a pot that is too small or big for the burner.
    • Never leave a burner on that does not have a filled pot or pan on it.
    • Do not leave an empty pan on a hot burners.
    • Turn all pot and pan handles inwards. They can be pulled and knocked over when they are turned out.
  • Close the oven door immediately after removing or testing food.
  • Keep oven mitts and other cloth and paper out of the way of the burners.
  • Use oven mitts and oven sticks to remove pots and pans from the stove top or oven.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, baking soda and metal lids nearby to put out fires quickly.

IN CASE OF FIRE:

  • Never use water on a grease fire.
  • If it is small in the pan, throw baking soda on top of it or cover it with a metal lid.
  • Never use flour or fan the flames with a towel.
  • Use an ABC rated dry chemical extinguisher. Be sure it is placed next to an exit so that you can back out of the kitchen and home if the fire becomes uncontrollable.
  • If it is too big to smother with a lid or put out with an extinguisher, turn off the burner, move the pan off the burner if you are able to, and evacuate the house.
  • If it is in the oven, keep the door closed and turn off the heating element.
  • Do not remove a lid or open the oven door until the pot or pan has completely cooled.
  • Before trying to fight a fire, be sure to evacuate everyone from the home.
  • Turn off the burners or oven.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Fall River Today – (508) 676-9100

Facts About Cleaning Up After a Fire- Westport, MA 02791

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

The Facts About Cleaning Smoke Damage After a House Fire

Many homeowners think that they can clean-up smoke damage to their home after it has been burned in a fire. Unfortunately, that is never a good idea. Cleaning up smoke and soot damage requires professionals to do the job.

Bring in the Fire Damage Pros

First off, a house that has been burned in a fire is typically not safe to enter or spend time in. The integrity of walls and floors may have been damaged, along with other hazards. It’s important not to enter the home until professionals tell you it is safe to do so. 

While you should not undertake trying to clean up smoke and soot damage from a house fire yourself, you should get the professionals into your as soon as possible. Ash and smoke, if left untreated, will cause corrosion, discoloration and a lingering powerful and offensive odor. Ash, specifically, will start causing damage and discoloration almost immediately and the damage may be permanent and irreversible. Anything that was made of plastic will begin discoloring within minutes. Metals will easily tarnish and corrode and fiberglass will begin to yellow. 

If you get fire damage restoration professionals in soon enough after a house fire, they can mitigate or eliminate the smoke and ash damage from the fire and prevent further damage to your property. Unfortunately, if you don’t get the pros in early, the damage becomes worse and worse and the costs to repair will begin to skyrocket within just a few weeks!

What a Trained and Certified Fire Damage Restoration Professional Does

A trained and certified fire damage restoration professional will first identify all affected materials and the source of odors, if possible. They will be extremely thorough. They will identify what can be salvaged and cleaned and what cannot be and must be completely replaced. They will then begin the clean-up process by removing built-up ash residue. Once the ash is cleaned, they can better identify the sources of odors, which they will treat with special detergents made to neutralize the odors. Once fire damaged materials are treated, they will be sealed to prevent future odors from emitting into your home.

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. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Fall River Today – (508) 676-9100

Thoughts on Fire Damage in your home

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

When smoke and flames consume a residence, trying to pick up the pieces and return to a normal life may seem impossible.   Fire damage restoration is an important first step in the process of rebuilding the structure and making it a livable space once again. The process of remediation after this kind of loss is time-sensitive and involves a number of steps. Finding a professional organization to perform this process can lessen stress, on the body and mind as well as financially, and help property owners return to the home that they love. A professional fire damage restoration team follows a number of steps in achieving the goal of returning the affected property to its former state. Proper cleaning of the structure itself, proper cleaning of your contents as well as properly cleaning your air conditioning unit will ensure that your home will be smoke free and you can get back to normal.

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (508) 676-9100

Are you prepared for house fire?

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

House fires can be devastating for a family. You may never truly feel prepared, but there are steps you can take to become prepared. The American Red Cross has gone to great lengths on their web page providing tips and suggestions on home fire prevention. 

The 7 Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire

  1. Install the right number of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.

  2. Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.

  3. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.

  4. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.

  5. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“ to alert everyone that they must get out.

  6. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.

  7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Water Damage Occur With a Fire

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Forbing homes usually suffer most from smoke and soot after a fire. Massive structural damage is a rarity, but even cleaning and removing those residues can take days or weeks. In some cases, restoration costs can be higher than simply removing and disposing of the affected property and building materials. 
 
Restoring the effects of fire damage to Forbing homes requires much more than a mop, bucket, and a bottle of cleaning and deodorizing chemical. To eliminate residues and the accompanying odors, we use specialized equipment not available to the general public. Every SERVPRO office maintains an extensive inventory of devices and machines to permanently remove both types of damage, and not just cover them up. 
 
We start with Ventilation Fans. This high velocity, industrial grade, box fans shift 3000 to 5000 cubic feet of air per minute. Not only are they superb for removing odors, but they can also help to dry out furniture and building material like drywall. If the outside air is drier than inside, our technicians can use the fans to displace the odor-filled, damp air with the odor-free air from outside the home. 
 
Once the fans are in place, SERVPRO team members bring out Electric Pressure Sprayers. We use these to disperse cleaning and deodorizing agents directly onto large surfaces, like carpets, and

furnitures

such as sofas and chairs. These

sprayers

are very effective with light to heavy residues and mild to strong odors. 
 
For small items or small stains on large items, we use Injectors. These are hand-held pumps with a large needle attached. Team members inject small amounts of cleaners and deodorizers directly into the stain. We prefer using this method to hopefully prevent the need to lift and remove a carpet or go to the expense of recovering an upholstered chair or sofa. 
 
For very strong odors that have penetrated deep into wall framing and other support structure, we use Ozone Machines. These devices heat up and generate a gaseous molecule that binds with odor-causing molecules. The ozone molecules can penetrate as deeply as the odors, altering the molecules and eliminating them completely. 

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. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100


 

What You Should Do When Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Home

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Life has enough interruptions and bumps along the way without the unwanted disaster of a house fire. The aftermath is almost as bad but much longer-lasting. Even small fires can use the assistance of a professional cleanup/restoration company. Cooking fires that spread beyond the stove, barbecue grills that go up in smoke, and even small appliances that catch fire can cause damage to surrounding areas. 

Small Fires can Pose High Risks 

While you should never pour water on a grease fire, nor on an electrical one, many times that is a person's first reaction anywhere. This can cause even more damage. Cooking fires and electrical shorts are common causes of Seattle home and business fire damage.  It can also create physical risks to people standing nearby. With grease fires, baking soda should be poured into the pan and any grease or oil that has caught fire outside of the cooking pan or skillet instead of water. 

With electrical fires the appliance should be unplugged if it can be safely done, but not by pulling on the cord. This can cause the cord to snap, leaving the plug, without the cord, still in the outlet. The power to the area where this is happening should be shut off at the fuse box as quickly as possible to eliminate the hazard. 

After the Fire is Out, It's Time to Repair the Damage 

When there's been a localized fire, you should have someone assess the damages for you. This can often help with insurance documentation.

Damage can range from blackened walls and countertops to heavily burned surfaces, electrical wires being damaged and requiring replacement, to floors suffering damage so severe they must be replaced to be safe again. Having experts conduct the repairs needed can expedite insurance claims being resolved, as well. 

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. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Fire Restoration

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

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. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.



  1. Emergency Contact

  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

  6. Cleaning and Repair

  7. Restoration


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Removing odor after a fire

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Fall River is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.

Fire Pack out

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive.

In many instances your Fall River property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Here at SERVPRO of Fall River we will pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs
If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Fall River can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

-A quicker remodeling process
-Protecting items from potential damage
-Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Have Fire or Smoke Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Fire Extinguisher after affect

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

The most versatile fire extinguisher type for home use is the dry chemical fire extinguisher, which is recommended for normal fires as well as grease fires and electrical fires. Unfortunately, dry chemical extinguishers come with a downside. When used, a dry chemical extinguisher coats the surrounding area in a layer of chemicals that, while great for smothering flames, makes a huge mess and can damage electronic equipment. With these instructions, you can minimize the mess and efficiently clean the chemicals from this type of fire extinguisher.

Fire extinguishers are generally looked upon as being a safety device, so not many people think about the potential dangers they hold. As with anything you bring into a home or workplace, it’s important to fully understand the devices used. While fire extinguisher powder is non-toxic, it is not entirely safe. The chemicals used are considered appropriate for home use, but you should take precautions to avoid touching or inhaling too much of the powder. After a fire, the residue left by a fire extinguisher needs to be cleaned up. Many areas do not permit phosphates or sulfates to be added to the water table. Since the vast majority of fire extinguishers contain ammonium phosphate and/or ammonium sulfate, you need to be careful about cleaning up. The chemicals can irritate skin, so use gloves and avoid inhaling by using a dust mask.

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (508) 676-9100

 

Fire, Soot, and Water Damage

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire is one thing we cannot live without, but it can cause great damages if not properly handled. There are several possible causes of fires.

These reasons range from protein fire whereby you forget food in your microwave, and it ends up burning to a furnace malfunction. Whichever the cause, recovering from a fire loss can be simplified if you get the right service providers.

Damages Related to Fire Damage

The most devastating thing about a fire is that it creates more disaster than just burning. After the firefighters leave the fire scene, you are left with more to deal with including soot damage, smoke damage, water damage from fire, not to forget the need to improve the air quality.

What should a Fire Cleanup Team Do?

Consider getting a SERVPRO of Fall River that has a  well-trained team. A team that will respond promptly to your call for help. Second, they should own powerful and useful equipment that will make the fire cleanup process fast and efficient.

Luckily for you, there are reliable and credible fire cleanup companies in St. George. After putting off the fire, there obviously will be a lot of smoke and soot accumulation. Not to forget the water damage from fire that will have occurred as the firefighters tried to save your property.

Soot damage will not only have befallen on the walls but also on furniture, carpets, and even upholstery. The team you call in should clean up all those and dry them to avoid mold formation. Every corner of the premises should be cleaned up thoroughly leaving it as it was during pre-fire condition.

Cleaning properties such as carpets and sofa sets might require added attention. Small pieces of glasses might have landed on these items. Also, they might have accumulated a lot of soot and smoke smell. In this case, the cleanup company should be ready with right chemicals to help restore your property. Drying is as crucial, this will call for high-powered vacuum cleaners.

Procedure to Follow When Doing a Fire

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances your Fall River property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Fire Plans and Tips

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Every Year there are thousands of injuries and deaths due to preventable fires.


More than 4,000 people die each year in the U.S. as a result of fires. Tens of thousands more are injured. Thousands more lose pets, keepsakes and suffer trauma that haunts them for the rest of their lives.


It doesn’t have to be that way. In many cases, the deaths and injuries could have been prevented by a working smoke detector, or something as simple as an escape plan.


Make a Fire Escape Plan For Your Home


FIRE ESCAPE PLAN


This section of our Web site is meant to assist you in planning your family’s escape route.  



  • Draw a floor plan of your home.

  • Label each room as a sleeping area, kitchen, living room, etc.

  • Label the location of all doors and windows in each room.

  • Label the location of helpful tools in each room such as rope ladders and traditional ladders.

  • Label all locations of smoke detectors.

  • Mark your family meeting spot, located near a distinct landmark, safely away from your home.

  • Post escape plans on each level of your home, in hallways and in every sleeping area.  A good rule of thumb is to make sure your family’s escape plan is posted with the same frequency as your smoke detectors

  • Make sure overnight guests, caretakers and/or babysitters know where escape plans are posted and review them.

  • Practice your escape plan at least once a month.  Don’t get caught with no way out!


FIRE ESCAPE TIPS



Don’t Get Caught With No Way Out!


In the United States, firefighters are called every sixty seconds to respond to a house fire. Worse, it is reported that an individual is killed in a house fire every three hours. In a fire, every second counts. It is important to react rapidly and accordingly, so that everyone can safely escape the fire. An escape plan can get you and your family out of the home quickly and save lives.


Follow these steps when creating your escape plan: 



  • Practice escaping from EVERY room in the home:  The best escape plans have two ways out of each room and are practiced monthly.



  • Security bars require special precautions:  If you have security bars on doors or windows, ensure they have a “quick-release” latch and that everyone in your family knows how to use them.



  • IMMEDIATELY leave the home:  Designate an individual to call 911 from a neighbor’s home and avoid the temptation to save property.



  • NEVER open doors that are too hot to the touch:  Use the back of your hand to feel the top of the door, the doorknob, and the crack between the door and the door frame. If it’s hot, use your secondary escape route.



  • Get down low:  More people succumb to smoke and toxins in the air before burns. Always remember, “Bad air up, good air down.  Stay low and go.”



  • ONCE OUT, STAY OUT!  Designate a meeting place outside and take attendance. NEVER go back into the home.



  • Install working smoke detectors in the home:  Make sure there are smoke alarms on each story of the home, in each bedroom, and in hallways if you sleep with your bedroom door closed. Replace batteries once a year, and test smoke alarms once a month.


 


SERVPRO of Fall River is locally owned and operated—so we are part of the Fall River community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large-scale disasters.


 


What you can do until help arrives


After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:



  • Is it safe to stay in the house?

  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.

  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!


 


What To Do After A Fire



  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.

  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.

  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.

  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.

  • Change HVAC filter.

  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.


What NOT To Do After A Fire



  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.

  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.

  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.

  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke 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. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.



  1. Emergency Contact

  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

  6. Cleaning and Repair

  7. Restoration


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100