Recent Fire Damage Posts

How to Extinguish Small Fires?

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

A fire can be scary but understanding what to do when it happens can prevent a small fire from growing.

When a fire is just starting, it could be small enough to be extinguished with a fire blanket or a fire extinguisher. But if it starts to scatter fast or takes longer than five seconds to be defeated, call 911 or pull the alarm. In case of a fire, do the following;

Electrical Fires 

  • Turn appliances off or pull the plug.
  • Do not use water.

Cooking Fire

  • Shut off the stove
  • Do not use water or turn on the exhaust fan.

Grease fires

  • Keep your oven grease free and clean up afterwards.
  • Hot grease can can spatter and ignite paper.

Gas fires

  • Shut off gas supply.
  • Never light a match near a heater or a stove.
  • Do not turn on any light switches.

No matter the type of fire, we always recommend to call 911...it's better to be safe than sorry!

If you do have a fire disaster SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown is open 24/7 to begin restoration just call us at (856) 728-7350

Helpful Fire Prevention Tips

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that home fires make up the majority of the 70,000 annual disasters that the American Red Cross responds to each year? When fires strike, experts estimate that you may have as little as 2 minutes to exit a burning home. With such a high prevalence paired with a limited reaction time, it’s critical to ensure that you and your family are ready should this happen to you.

Here are some useful tips:

  • Check Your Alarms.

Because fires can grow quickly and sometimes silently, the first line of defense in your home is your smoke alarm. To ensure those detectors will work hard for you when you need it, schedule regular battery tests. A good rule of thumb is to check your alarms twice a year when Daylight Savings Time begins (Spring) and ends (Autumn). Working alarms can make all the difference if a fire starts unnoticed in your home.

  • Clean Your Chimneys.

Many home fires start in the chimney, due to the left-behind residue of burning material called creosote. Creosote is black to brown in color and can be crusty, flaky, or sticky; it is highly combustible. If it builds up and the flue temperature is high enough – the result could be a chimney fire which can spread to the roof of the home.

  • Create An Exit Strategy.

Get every member of the household together and discuss what to do and what not to do for a fire of any scale. Who will be the point person to act if the fire is small and manageable? If the fire is uncontrollable, discuss the best and quickest emergency exists and how to stay safe. It’s necessary to have a set plan of action, but it’s also important to teach your family to respond fast and flexible, so review a variety of options in case you need to shift at a moment’s notice.

  • Practice Makes Perfect.

As many as 82% of Americans have never practiced a fire drill at home, an essential step in home fire preparedness. Schedule time with your family to run-through how to escape from any room in the house to safety. Review your escape times, highlighting just how serious it is to exit a burning home fast.

Our team here at SERVPRO Berlin/Williamstown is ready to help you when disaster strikes. Call Us at 856-728-7350

Cooking Fires

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Year after year cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking accounts for about 47% of home fires and 45% of the fire-related injuries reported across the country each year. The NFPA says holidays are the peak seasons for these incidents. Make sure you keep yourself and your family safe this year with these safety tips.

REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE IN THE KITCHEN

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says 6 out of 7 cooking fires occurred while the cook was out of the kitchen, and 2/3rds of these fires happened in the first 15 minutes of cooking. So the BEST THING you can do to keep you and your family and property safe this year, ALWAYS watch what you’re cooking. If you’re using the stovetop, stay in the kitchen and watch closely. Also, experts recommend setting a timer periodically to remind you to check the oven.

OTHER FIRE PREVENTION TIPS INCLUDE

  • Roll up sleeves and don’t wear loose fitting clothing that could catch and open flame or heating element
  • Ban children and pets from a 3-foot “safe zone” around the stove
  • Keep the stove and oven clean, turn pot handles in to avoid spills and cleanup any messes when appropriate
  • Keep potholders, dishtowels, oven mitts, food packaging and other clutter off and away from the stove.
  • Clean cooking equipment thoroughly because built-up grease can catch fire.
  • Don’t overheat your oils, and wait for grease to cool before disposing, tossing hot grease in a trashcan could turn into a disaster

Smoke detectors are your first line for defense against a fire disaster situation so make sure you have one installed in or near the kitchen and make sure it’s working properly.

IF A FIRE DOES HAPPEN, CONSIDER THESE SAFETY TIPS

  • Just get out, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

People often try to put out cooking fires themselves with a fire extinguisher or even water. NEVER use water on any grease fire. Store fire safety equipment in a cabinet or under the sink – It’s important to have a fire extinguisher close by as well as a box of baking soda or salt for grease fires. The first step you can take is turning the stove off and having a lid handy to put over the pan you can also smother the fire with baking soda or salt. If the fire is in your oven just close the door and turn off the heat. Done improperly your cooking fire can spread to other parts of the kitchen, any time you are unsure of how to combat a fire your best option is to leave and call your local fire department.

Although we hope this never happens, our SERVPRO team is ready to help the community of Berlin, Williamstown, Clayton, Atco, Clementine, Cedar Brook, and West Berlin in any type of fire and water disaster. Just call us at 856-728-7350.

What Now?

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

When the firefighters leave, it may seem like the danger has passed and the home is safe from further destruction, but without professionals to help clean the smoke damage, the building may never return to normal.

While the principles behind fire restoration are fairly simple, it requires a lot of experience and manpower to perform adequately, and this means that it shouldn’t be attempted by a homeowner on his or her own.  The trained professionals at SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown should be called on-site immediately.  We can clean smoke damage and restore items affected by a fire, but we must be brought to the site as soon as possible to halt the ongoing issues that ash residue can cause.  

The only way to properly clean smoke and fire damage is to be extremely thorough. Ash residue is easily disturbed and can spread through the building with ease, causing nearly everything to need restoration. The experts at SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown will identify what can and cannot be salvaged, and will remove any built-up ash residue that is coating surfaces. Over time, ash builds up in layers, and may eventually form into a lacquer-like consistency. Once this is done, the restorers will locate the source of the odor, and treat it with specialized detergents that are formulated for neutralizing this kind of odor. Once materials are treated, they may be sealed off to prevent any further odor from permeating the air in the future.


For more information on the services that SERVPRO of Berlin/Williamstown provides regarding water and fire damage cleanup for your commercial or residential structure, please visit us at:https://www.SERVPROberlinwilliamstown.com/fire-repair-process call us today at(856) 728-7350