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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.

Learn More

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