Recent Fire Damage Posts

Tips to prevent home fires.

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Iron the has flames coming out of it Most fires are preventable. These tips can help.

Home fires are preventable!

Cooking

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time turn off the stove.
  • Wear short, close-fitting, or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
  • Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher available.

Electrical and Appliance Safety

  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.

Space Heaters

  • Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from portable heating devices.
  • Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Check to make the portable heater has a thermostat control mechanism and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene in kerosene heaters. Never overfill it. Use the heater in a well-ventilated room.

Fireplaces and Woodstoves

  • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.

More Prevention Tips

  • Never use a stove range or oven to heat your home.
  • Keep combustible and flammable liquids away from heat sources.
  • Portable generators should NEVER be used indoors and should only be refueled outdoors and in well-ventilated areas.

After a fire: What you can do until help arrives.

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

kitchen fire We hope these tips can help you if you are in this situation.

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

  • 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 your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • 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 the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Christmas Tree Safety Tips!

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Christmas tree on fire SERVPRO of Provo can help if you find yourself in this type of disaster!

7 tips for preventing a Christmas tree-related fire

  • Pick a fresh tree
  • Keep the tree watered
  • Keep the tree away from heat
  • Shake the tree
  • Check the tree lights
  • Turn tree off when you’re not home
  • Get rid of your tree soon after the holidays

Winter holiday fire facts

  • Between 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 15 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually.
  • On average, one of every 52 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 135 total reported home fires.
  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 44% of home Christmas tree fires.
  • In one-quarter (25%) of the Christmas tree fires, some type of heat source, such as a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree.
  • One-fifth (21%) of Christmas tree fires were intentional. 
  • Roughly three-quarters of Christmas tree fires occurred in December or January.
  • Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room.

What fire suppression system do you have?

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Hanger in provo that has foam in it from a fire Thamkful SERVPRO could help these guys out. SERVPRO made it "Like it never even happened."

If you are using foam fire suppressants in your fire protection system.  They are a leading company in the distribution of foam for fire protection in the world.  Foam is an effective fire protectant for challenging fire hazards in industries such as the military, airports, petrochemical plants, and power plants.  There are many different types of foam fire suppressant products available from high expansion to Class A foams to name a few.

High Expansion Foam

As stated above, there are several types of foam and they all have their different uses.  High expansion foam is one of the types of foam used in the market today.  Facilities would choose this type of foam if they need a large volume of fire protectant that can fill a space in a hurry.  Facilities such as airport hangars have large open spaces that may need to be protected in a hurry so having a fire protectant that can fill that space rapidly becomes important.  This type of foam is used often in the event of Class A fires and also flammable liquid fires.  Normally running at a concentration of 2%, they have a high expansion foam that can be used in a variety of applications.  They also have a medium and low expansion foam as well that can be used depending on the specific hazard that is being protected.

Class A Foam Concentrates

Class A foam concentrates are used in many different firefighting applications.  They mix the foam with water which will help suppress Class A fires.  Class A fires are fires that deal with solid materials such as wood, paper, and or textiles.  Their Class A foam concentrate also has specific properties that when combined with water allow it to cling better to surfaces which minimize runoff and reduce the amount of water needed to extinguish the fire.  This makes it a more environmentally friendly foam concentrate than some of the other products on the market.

Fire Damage

Thanks to this foam fire suppression system this hanger here in Provo was saved and there was no significant fire damage done. This system did its job. SERVPRO came in and cleaned the foam up.

Home Fire Tips!

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Before and after of a house fire SERVPRO cleaned up. Remember these tips if you have a home fire.

Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States. But unlike other disasters, home fires can be prevented! It’s important to know this: Fire is fast! There is no time to gather anything or make a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire could kill you. In five minutes, a house could be swallowed in flames. Fire is hot! Heat and smoke could be even more dangerous than the flames. Fire is dark! It can be hard to find your way out of your house in a fire.

BEFORE:

-Create a fire escape plan and practice it twice a year.

-Have smoke alarms in every bedroom and every floor of the house.

-Remind your parents to test the smoke alarms in your house every month.

-Find two ways to get out of each room. A window might be a second way if the door is blocked by fire or smoke.

-Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.

-Sleep with your door closed. It helps prevent fires from spreading quickly.

DURING:

-Get low and go! Crawl under the smoke to an exit. Heavy smoke and deadly gases collect along the ceiling.

- If you hear a smoke alarm, get out fast! You may only have a few seconds to escape.

-If smoke is blocking the door, use your second way out of the room or house.

-Feel the doorknob and door before opening it. If either is hot, leave the door closed and use the second way out. If you see smoke coming around the door, use the second way out.

-If you do open a door, open it slowly and be ready to shut it quickly if there’s smoke.

-Don’t hide from firefighters! They may look scary with all of their equipment, but they are there to help you.

- Tell firefighters if there are any pets trapped in the house. Don’t try to get them yourself!

-If your clothes catch on fire, stop-drop-roll! Stop, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands. Then roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out.

AFTER:

-Don’t go back into any building unless a firefighter or your parents say it is safe.

Most common places for house fires!!

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage in the kitchen Be prepared with the correct knowlegde when you have a home fire.

Kitchens

The heart of the home, kitchens are also the most common spot in the house for fires to start.  Specifically, unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires and fire-related injuries.

These man-made fires are also easily preventable: Keep an eye on the stove, oven, and other appliances like toaster ovens, and move combustible items away from the stove. Never leave the kitchen when you’re working with high heat during preparations like frying, boiling, or broiling—fires need only seconds to go from a small flame to an out-of-control blaze.

Bedrooms

Bedrooms are the most common spot in the house for electrical fires to start—about 15% of residential electrical fires begin there. And these fires have a high potential for tragedy since they often happen when people are asleep.

These fires are often due to faulty or overtaxed wiring or malfunctioning lighting, but bedroom fires also start with cords, space heaters, or electric blankets. Bedding, carpeting, draperies, and other creature comforts of your bedroom are often the first items ignited in a fire.

Living rooms

That beautiful Edwardian fireplace in the center of the living room sold you on your home, but it needs more maintenance and care than the occasional dusting and cute decor. Heating equipment is the second leading cause of house fires, with chimneys being the most likely type of heat source to cause a fire.

Fireplaces, chimneys, wood-burning stoves, and space heaters are all culprits for starting an out-of-control fire in the living room.

Attics and crawl spaces

Inaccessible attics and crawl spaces are easy to forget about, but 13% of electrical fires start in these neglected spaces. Electrical failure or malfunction accounts for about 88% of these fires.

If you live in an older home, suspect dubious DIY electrical work, or want reassurance that everything is in order, hire a professional, licensed electrician to check it out and address issues. While electrical problems can be expensive to fix, the cost of neglecting it can be devastating.

Laundry rooms

Laundry rooms are where 4% of residential fires begin, with dryers being the culprit of 92% of laundry room fires.

Outside areas

Residential fires start outside 4% of the time. Your grill, smoker, fire pit, and even dry vegetation can be sources of outdoor fires. 

Keep a fire extinguisher handy

Fire extinguishers can be the difference between a small kitchen fire and a catastrophe. Purchase and replace fire extinguishers for the rooms where fires are most likely to start, and choose the right class of extinguisher for the type of fire most likely to occur in that room.

SERVPRO is here to help if you have smoke or fire damage give us a call so we can get your home back to the way it should be.  

Fire and smoke damage do's and don'ts

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

smoke coming out of windows Call an expert at SERVPRO!!

While fire damage restoration is better left in the hands of professionals, there are some things you can do on your own. Take note, however, that DIY fire restoration is something you want to do only when the severity of the fire and smoke damage is small.

Fire damage can be a devastating experience both for home and business owners. Fire damage is difficult to overcome and repair, but there are simple things you can do to motivate the process. When you’re wondering what to do after a fire, here’s a look at things to do (and things not to do) during the fire restoration process.

DOS FOR FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION

Your checklist for after a fire should contain certain non-negotiable tasks, including:

  • DO contact a certified restoration specialist: Make sure you immediately contact a certified fire and smoke restoration professional for remediation services
  • DO turn off utilities: Turn of water, electricity, gas, and any other utilities until a professional can evaluate if any of these systems were damaged during the fire.
  • DO break out the vacuum: A professional should provide service, but you can enhance the professional’s chances of success by doing the first pass on your own. Use a vacuum with a brush attachment and go over your upholstered furniture. Your furniture will look better as soon as the soot is removed. Also, cover your furniture with a sheet if you need to sit on it while waiting for professional help. This will prevent the soot and ash from grinding into your upholstery.
  • DO address your carpets, floors, and countertops: Give similar treatment to your carpets. Vacuum them for an immediate and superficial improvement over the damaged state. It will help prevent soot from grinding deeper into the carpet’s roots. Countertops and hardwood floors should be wiped clean to prevent the soot from deeply staining and clinging to the surfaces.
  • DO check your appliances: Your utilities should be off. Make sure to empty your freezer and refrigerator, and leave the doors open to prevent mold and mildew. Likewise, winterize your plumbing and drain your hot water heater and boiler. In the absence of heat during the fire damage restoration process, fluids can freeze and cause burst pipes and other damage.
  • DO take care of pets: Remove pets from your fire-damaged home. Lingering soot and smoke can be harmful to them.

DON’TS FOR FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION

Your checklist should also include several things to avoid at all times, including:

  • DON’T use your AC, heater or electronics: Wait until a professional arrives on the scene — same with electronics like the television, computers, and DVD players. Turning on electronics can create greater damage.
  • DON’T clean walls or clothing: Also, do not clean walls, ceilings, and other similar surfaces, and wait to clean your clothing and similar garments. A professional should examine them first and provide advice.
  • DON’T eat leftover food: Never eat anything that was in the home during the fire. It is most likely not safe to consume due to contamination from smoke, soot, or contaminants introduced to the environment when the fire was being extinguished.
  • DON’T wipe away powder from extinguishers: Forgo trying to clean up any staining from the powder discharged by a fire extinguisher. It is best to let professionals guide the cleanup of these areas.
  • ALWAYS CALL AN EXPERT
  • If you’re wondering what to do after a fire, it’s always tempting to start the cleanup process immediately and do as much as possible. The best course of action is to hire a certified professional to provide expert knowledge and service. The situation requires specialized tools and knowledge that only a professional can provide. A trusted professional will offer an after-fire checklist that will help speed along the fire and smoke damage cleanup process. Consulting a professional will help you restore your property back to like-new condition as quickly as possible.

HOW TO REMOVE SMOKE ODOR FROM YOUR HOME!!

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

smoke coming out of windows Smoke damage is no joke. Call SERVPRO to help.

SMOKE ODOR – WHAT CAUSES IT?

Obviously, the smell of smoke is caused by a fire. There’s truth in the saying “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” after all. Now, the smell of smoke could be caused by a fire in your kitchen because you forgot to turn off the stove. It could be burnt food because your partner can’t cook to save his/her life. It could be smoke from a cigar or cigarette.

It can even be from your neighbor who is nice enough to burn something right outside your open window. It doesn’t really matter what the source is (though you do need to locate the source for safety purposes, ok?) because it all comes down to one thing – the smell sticks to your house and belongings like glue. And eliminating that smell is just a small part of the problem.

Any kind of smoke that is caused by burning carbon-based materials such as wood, paper, oil, gas, or food can produce carbon monoxide. If you don’t know this yet, this is an odorless, colorless gas that can be harmful.

HOW TO ELIMINATE SMOKE ODOR IN HOUSE

When it comes to smoke odor removal, there are several options available. Some may use scented candles, air fresheners, and sprays to get rid of smoke odor or any kind of unpleasant smell.

However, they’ll soon realize that there is only so much scented candles or sprays can do for the problem. In fact, they can make matters worse, as they simply combine with the smoke smell and leave behind something quite unpleasant. Even opening your windows and letting fresh air in won’t be getting rid of the smoke odor completely.

A lot of people believe that a good scrub will be enough to get rid of the smell of smoke in a house. And they’re right in a sense. You can scrub your walls plus your ceilings with ammonia and water to get rid of the smell of smoke, especially if it was just a small amount and the room wasn’t exposed too long to the smoke. You probably won’t be able to smell it anymore. However, it won’t be cleaning something more important – the air you breathe.

Vinegar and baking sodas are natural odor neutralizers and another good option. You can place some vinegar in the room and baking soda in the carpet to start eliminating the smell of smoke. It’s going to work but it’ll take time and several repeats to get the smell completely out.

While using these may be tedious, they’re a lot cheaper than choosing a professional. In fact, if the smoke particles have had time to sink into the upholstery, curtains, and even your clothes, washing them with vinegar and baking soda is your best bet.

But vinegar and baking soda still leave one problem behind – the remaining invisible-to-the-naked-eye smoke particles still hanging around in the air. Plus, since you used ammonia in cleaning the heck out of your walls and ceilings, you may have now added chemical fumes to your indoor air. The world is such a scary place, ain’t it? But there’s no need to panic. Take a deep breath (or not) and calm yourself. There is a way out of this dilemma.

THE REAL SMOKE ODOR EXTERMINATOR

     While all the other solutions we gave are handy, they won’t completely clean your environment of gases and chemical fumes. The next step to ensure that your indoor air quality is top-notch is to have SERVPRO come in with air scrubbers.

What is an air scrubber? Well, it’s a portable air filtration system that makes use of a series of filters to capture contaminants in the air and recirculate the clean air in an enclosed space. Air scrubbers come in a variety of sizes with different features and capabilities. But most of them will operate using the same basic principle – the motor will power a blower or fan that will draw in the air, letting them pass through the filters. The first stage is the pre-filter stage where the large particles in the air are trapped. The second stage will contain a carbon filter that captures the gas and vapor molecules – the odors that we smell including the harmful smoke particles in the air. The third and final stage is the primary filter which is a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter, able to capture 99.97% of particles in the air that can be as small as 0.3 micrometers.

Once it passes through all three filters, the decontaminated air will be exhausted. What all that means is that the smell, as well as the source of the smell, is completely eliminated. It’s not masked. It’s also not just decreased to undetectable amounts, it’s completely gone.

Take note that an air scrubber “scrubs” the air. Any smoke particles that get trapped in the surfaces of walls and inside fabric will remain there. Which is why you’ll still need to use a little elbow grease to wash away the smell of smoke on your belongings.

Aside from the fact that an air scrubber will clean your air of smoke particles, are there any other benefits of having them? Good question. There are, actually. First of all, using an air scrubber gets your air clean in a few minutes.

The second benefit is that it doesn’t only filter out smoke odors. It also filters out mold, dust, pollen, and pet dander. Any particles that could potentially trigger any allergies are eliminated along with the smoke. And the ultimate benefit of an air scrubber is a simple fact that you can “clean” your air every so often. Indoor air pollution is no joke.

Smoke Smelling up your home? Let us professionals help you!

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke coming out of home Don't let smoke damage ruin your day!!

Are you one of the 1.3 million people each year that has had a home fire? How will you ever get rid of that smell?  OZONING!  What is ozoning and how does it work?

Normal oxygen (O2) is converted to O3, which is commonly called ozone.  It reverts back to O2 in about an hour if the O3 is unused.  This leaves the air fresh and clean because the source of the order has been permanently removed.  And there are no artificial odors so the space becomes free of odors, as nature intended.

Outdoors, nature eliminates odors and microorganisms using UV light and O3.  Indoors, most places receive very little UV light or O3 to help eliminate the odors.  An ozone machine creates O3, or ozone, in a process that utilizes an electrical current.  Ozone sanitizes the air by breaking down odors and microorganisms at their source.

Nature creates O3 as a natural cleaning during thunderstorms, and also from the sunlight striking the earth’s atmosphere.  We have all taken a walk after a thunderstorm and experienced that fresh clean, fresh smell in the air.  That’s O3, or ozone, at work.

SERVPRO also offers a service at our facility where we can ozone specific items like clothing, furniture, or anything that has smoke damage and get it smelling better than new.

Avoid Tragedy This Holiday Season In Your Provo Home!!

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas tree on fire. Be safe this holiday season.

7 tips for preventing a Christmas tree-related fire

  • Pick a fresh tree
  • Keep the tree watered
  • Keep the tree away from heat
  • Shake the tree
  • Check the tree lights
  • Turn tree off when you’re not home
  • Get rid of your tree soon after the holidays

Winter holiday fire facts

  • Between 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 15 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually.
  • On average, one of every 52 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 135 total reported home fires.
  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 44% of home Christmas tree fires.
  • In one-quarter (25%) of the Christmas tree fires, some type of heat source, such as a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree.
  • One-fifth (21%) of Christmas tree fires were intentional. 
  • Roughly three-quarters of Christmas tree fires occurred in December or January.
  • Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room.

SERVPRO can help if you find yourself in this type of disaster. 

Be Safe On Halloween With These Fire Tips.

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Halloween is coming up fast. You’ve heard plenty of urban legends about safety on this night, whether it’s for you or your family. But one factor that might often be overlooked is fire safety. Using fire adds another dimension to your decorations, but as always, you want to be sure it doesn’t get out of control.

- Decorations for special events, most often involving candles, account for an annual average of 800 home fires, causing nearly $4 million in direct property damage, according to NFPA. Additionally, in the United States, more than 100 people die each year as a result of their clothing becoming ignited.

- Purchase only those costumes, wigs and props labeled as flame resistant or retardant. When creating a costume, plan carefully to ensure that it won’t easily ignite if it comes in contact with heat or flame. Costumes should be made without billowing or long trailing features that present a higher risk of ignition. Avoid highly flammable fabrics and accessories.

- Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.

- Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working

- Tell children to stay away from open flames including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)

- Whenever a fire happens, it’s best to know how to escape it. Any escape routes near your house or in your neighborhood work. Don’t overcrowd your yard in case anyone needs to run away quickly enough.

- Decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year. Two of every five of these fires were started by a candle.

SERVPRO wants you to stay safe this Halloween. If you would like to know more information on fire safety please check out the National Fire protection. If you find your home with smoke damage or fire damage please call SERVPRO of Provo , we are here to help you.

Smoke Alarm Safety!!

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. SERVPRO wants you to stay safe.

Here's what you need to know

  • A closed-door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Larger homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. If the alarm still does not work replace the batteries, and if it still doesn’t work replace it.
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Don’t wait
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years whether they are still working or not.

Facts about smoke alarms in 2019

  • Smoke alarms provide an early warning of a fire, giving people additional escape time. In 2012-2016, smoke alarms were present in three-quarters (74%) and sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
  • Almost three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (40%) or no smoke alarms that were working (17%).
  • The death rate per 1,000 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms (12.3 deaths per 1,000 fires), either because no smoke alarm was present or an alarm was present but did not operate), as it was in homes with working smoke alarms (5.7 per 1,000 fires).
  • In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, more than two of every five (43%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.
  • Dead batteries caused one-quarter (25%) of the smoke alarm failures.

 For more information on smoke alarms and other fire protection related information visit the website for the National Fire Protection Association.

Returning Home After A Fire

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Reduce Exposure to Ash

-Do not allow Children to play in the ash. Wipe down toys.

-Wash body immediately if you come in contact with ash to avoid skin irritation.

-Keep pets away from ash areas

-Do not use leaf blowers or anything that will put ash into the air

-Wear gloves, long sleeves, pants, socks and shoes to avoid skin irritations

-Double bag debris and ash in plastic bad. Be sure to seal all bags to prevent ash from getting in the air.

If you live near a home that has burned, you should be aware of possible hazards to your health. Ash and debris from burnt structures may be blown indoors and into areas not affected by the fires. Ash contains toxic substances and may be irritating to the skin, eyes, nose, and throat. Ash can cause breathing problems and asthma attacks.

SERVPRO can help with any fire damage so please give us a call if you find yourself in any of these situations. 801-785-5228

How to Make a Fire Safety Escape Plan for Your Family

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let your family get stuck without a Fire Escape Plan!

In 2016 there were an estimated 364,300 reported residential fire and 2,000 fire related fatalities. In the event of fire, TIME is the BIGGEST ENEMY and EVERY SECOND COUNTS! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire.  The most important thing you can do to prepare is have a Safety Escape Plan.

At Home Fire Safety Plan Tips

First and foremost, make sure you have one working smoke alarm on every level of the home, as well as inside and outside each sleeping area.

Have two ways out of each room, and the proper equipment to get out any upper story windows. Walk through each room in your home with your family and point out possible exits. Also, provide alternatives for anyone with a disability.

Once you have established the exits, practice and show children how to get out of the house and check the door for heat before opening it.

Know to crawl low to the floor when escaping to avoid toxic smoke. Practice dropping to your stomach and shimmying out under the smoke with your children.

Make a plan to help pets evacuate safely as well if possible.

Once you are out of the house, STAY OUT. DO NOT go back in the house. There could be unseen damage and danger. Call 911 immediately.

Know where to meet after the escape. Your meeting place should be near the front of your home so firefighters know you are out.

Practice, Practice, Practice your escape plan. It is recommended you practice at least twice a year.  If you have young children it may require more than twice.  Practicing can save the lives of you and your family.

If you do have a fire in your home call SERVPRO of Provo today!

Why is Boarding Up Your Provo House is So Important

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO take care of your advanced restoration needs including the board up process!

If you have recently had a structure fire whether it be your home or your business your head is probably spinning and you are wondering what happened and what to do next.  One of the most important things that needs to be done is having your structure boarded up before you leave.  We have all seen the scene in movies or on TV of the house with the boarded-up windows and doors, but have you ever thought about why this is so important?

  1. Protection of Your Property- The last thing you want after a fire is for burglars or vandals to come into your home. The restoration process can take time and your property needs to be protected.  Its heartbreaking to think someone would rob you or vandalize your home but it happens all the time.  Boarding up the windows and doors of your home won’t guarantee this doesn’t happen to you but it will deter the burglars and vandals.
  1. Protect Your Home from the Elements- If your structure has recently caught fire you might have a hole in your roof or no glass in your windows. After all of the fire damage you don’t need water and debris inside as well.   This will only make the restoration process even more extensive.
  1. Protect Curious Passersby- People will be curious and what to take a look at the damage in your home or business after a fire. They will want to go inside and take a look around.  If your home is not boarded up properly this is a hazard.  There is most likely structural damage and the home is not safe for exploring. This can be a liability to you.  You could get sued if someone got injured in your home because it wasn’t sealed off and marked as unsafe to enter.  Protect yourself and others.
  1. Protect Your Belongings for Insurance Coverage- If you do not properly protect your belongings inside your house the insurance company could see this as negligent and refuse to accept your claim and discontinue your coverage.

Along with the cleanup and restoration process SERVPRO of Provo will board up your home for you.  You have enough to worry about after experiencing such a loss.  Put your trust in us and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Space Heater Safety In Your Spanish Fork Home

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Space Heater Safety

Anyone who has paid the bill to heat their home in the winter knows the woes and expense associated with staying warm.  In return this is why so many people to turn to their trusty space heater, but is your space heater “trusty”?  Did you know upwards of 25,000 house fires and 300 deaths are attributed to space heaters each year?  Follow these tips to keep warm and most importantly protect your family and home this winter.

  • NEVER leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you are leaving a room or going to sleep
  • Proper placement of your space heater is crucial! Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that is flammable or can burn. This includes curtains, bedding, clothes, papers, etc.
  • Select the appropriate space heater for the size of your room. If you are placing the heater in a bedroom or smaller area you only need a heater rated for your space.  On the other hand, if you are heating a large area don’t expect to buy a smaller rated heater to heat the entire space. That leads to the over use and can cause the smaller heater to malfunction.
  • Keep children and pets away from the space heater. This may sound obvious but many fires are caused be the heater gets covered or tipped into something flammable.
  • Place your heater on a hard, flat surface. Most heaters have an auto-shutoff trigger on the bottom but its better to be safe than sorry.
  • As a rule of thumb plug directly into an outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire.
  • Keep space heaters away from water. Refrain from running a space heater in a bathroom or humid room unless you have a bathroom safe model (which will be specified on the box at time of purchase)

Use common sense and be careful so you don’t become one of the 25,000 fires a year caused by space heater.

If you do experience a fire caused by space heater or anything else call SERVPRO of Provo. As Fire and Water Damage Specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advance training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.

Call SERVPRO of Provo if you experience Fire Damage in your Home. (801) 785-5228 

How to Make a Fire Safety Escape Plan for Your Family

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Preparation is the first line of defense

How to Make a Fire Safety Escape Plan for Your Family

In 2016 there were an estimated 364,300 reported residential fire and 2,000 fire related fatalities. In the event of fire, TIME is the BIGGEST ENEMY and EVERY SECOND COUNTS! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire.  The most important thing you can do to prepare is have a Safety Escape Plan.

At Home Fire Safety Plan Tips

First and foremost, make sure you have one working smoke alarm on every level of the home, as well as inside and outside each sleeping area.

Have two ways out of each room, and the proper equipment to get out any upper story windows. Walk through each room in your home with your family and point out possible exits. Also, provide alternatives for anyone with a disability.

Once you have established the exits, practice and show children how to get out of the house and check the door for heat before opening it.

Know to crawl low to the floor when escaping to avoid toxic smoke. Practice dropping to your stomach and shimmying out under the smoke with your children.

Make a plan to help pets evacuate safely as well if possible.

Once you are out of the house, STAY OUT. DO NOT go back in the house. There could be unseen damage and danger. Call 911 immediately.

Know where to meet after the escape. Your meeting place should be near the front of your home so firefighters know you are out.

Practice, Practice, Practice your escape plan. It is recommended you practice at least twice a year.  If you have young children it may require more than twice.  Practicing can save the lives of you and your family.

What Should You Do While You Are Waiting For Help to Arrive After A Fire in Your Springville Home

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

What Should You Do While You Are Waiting for Help to Arrive After A Fire in Your Springville Home?

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

Is it safe to stay in the house? In most cases it is not safe to stay in the house.  Get your self and your family out and stay out until you have permission from the local fire department to re-enter the home. There could be unseen damage and danger lurking around the corner.

Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns. After electrical equipment is exposed to water it can become extremely hazardous if re-energized. You might also be surprised to hear that electrical equipment exposed to the smoke/soot is equally hazardous.

Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!  You may think it is a good idea to start to clean up but wet materials are extremely heavy and you can injure yourself very easily.

Have A Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency? 
Call SERVPRO of Provo 801-785-5228

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 your SERVPRO of Provo
  • 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.

Ultimate Solution to Meet Your Restoration Goals After a Provo Home Fire

1/13/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and fire is never a good combination when it comes to your home. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate your property.

Fire Damage Restoration for Your Provo Residence

If you have suffered from a home fire in Provo due to your clothes dryer, you realize how dangerous these everyday appliances can be when they are not adequately maintained. One of the common reasons for dryer fires is an accumulation of lint. Therefore, not cleaning out the lint of your dryer every time you use it can set you up for a situation that is much more serious than the lowered performance caused by the ductwork of the dryer being constricted by the lint buildup.
 
Fire damage in your Provo home needs to be addressed by a professional remediation company right away to prevent further damage. SERVPRO staff are fully equipped and trained to handle these situations, no matter how small or large the resulting fire was. We arrive quickly to your home once you get in touch with us as well.
 
Our primary goal is to remove the damage to your home and return your structure to the way it was before the fire. Cleaning to preloss conditions means removing all the effects of the fire damage. Not only do SERVPRO techs repair damages, but we remove smoke residues from the exterior and interior surfaces. These residues give off smoke odors, so we have to deodorize as well to rid your home of the malodors. Sometimes, when parts of your home are so severely damaged that we cannot return them to preloss condition, we have to dispose of them.
 
Fire restoration cleaning is a form of cleaning that is unique. We survey all the damage and determine which items can be restored and which ones need replacing. We keep in close contact with you throughout the restoration process, so you know what to expect, plus speak with your insurance company to make sure you are getting the compensation you deserve. We know this is a stressful time for you and so we try to take any of that pressure off of you so you can attend to your family and other matters.
 
SERVPRO of Provo takes special care to clean and restore your home in Orem, Genola, or Mapleton after a fire. When you call us at (801) 226-1363, you can be assured that you are getting the treatment and care you expect from a professional company.

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Some Warning Signs of a Possible Fire in Spanish Fork

9/23/2018 (Permalink)

Maintain the appliances in your home to help prevent a fire. Should you have a fire, call SERVPRO.

Water and Worn Cords can Cause Fire Damage to Affect Your Spanish Fork Property

When a water line to your refrigerator drips in your Spanish Fork kitchen, this might seem a minor inconvenience. However, this can cause problems with dry rotting or microbial activity from the water itself, but other issues can also present themselves. Cords to heavy appliances often become nicked and crimped when someone moves them, and sometimes creating tiny breaks in the insulation.
 
If your refrigerator cord contains such breaks, your home can eventually become victim to fire damage in Spanish Fork. Electrical fires can melt the exterior of the appliance that caused the fire, as well. We can mitigate all of the damage caused by such fires and get your home wholly restored. Our employees are certified by the IICRC and understand the complexities that can result from such fires.

Electrical shocks can pose a risk when trying to put out such a fire. Always shut off the electricity at the breaker before attempting to extinguish a small fire like this. More massive fires require you evacuate your home and call the fire department from a phone outside of your home. Staying safe in an emergency can seem difficult when valuable items tempt you to return for their removal. However, calling emergency services can save your life. We can help you restore the majority of your belongings.
 
Items that were located in other areas of your home can become covered in a film from the fire. When plastic composites burn, greasy soot spews out of the fire, covering everything in your home. We get to work cleaning this away from your belongings and home furnishings. Allowing it to settle allows it to cause finishes to become ruined. We clean small items at our facility after boxing them up and restore larger ones at your home. We compile inventory sheets to allow you to find anything we take away from your home. These same sheets can help you return items to their original location, as well.
 
SERVPRO of Provo can restore your home after events involving fire damage, as well as other disasters. Our number, (801) 226-1363, puts you in contact with our caring professionals 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Call us when your Mapleton, Salem, or Genola home needs mitigation services to make it safe again.

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Three Reasons To Let The Professionals Handle Fire Damage in Your Spanish Fork Home

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

The main reason to defer to restoration pros when fire damages your Spanish Fork home is the sheer scale of the circumstances.

Three Reasons To Let The Professionals Handle Fire Damage

Many Spanish Fork homeowners pride themselves on digging into videos and other DIY information when maintenance tasks or common household repairs are needed. Some events that affect your home are likely to expose your family and the structure itself to long-term, permanent damage if you fail to take advantage of the expertise of professionals in the restoration business. Work with a business like ours that takes on the tasks in need of expert intervention so you can concentrate on putting the other pieces of your fire-shattered life together.

Scale
The main reason to defer to restoration pros when fire damages your Spanish Fork home is the sheer scale of the circumstances. Damage after a household fire is not limited to the room where the blaze started. The substances created as the flames consume the full range of items you have in your home can spread far and wide, especially if your central heating or cooling operated during the fire. Every surface and article in your home can show contamination, and the task of cleaning up fast and thoroughly is enormous, even in a modest sized home. We send a team to complete fire damage cleanup and restoration for many reasons, but high on the list is the need to get the job done correctly and quickly.

Training And Knowledge
SERVPRO technicians prepare for the fire restoration job at your and other customers’ homes by mastering a rigorous course of training. Our crew members learn how to evaluate the type and consistency of the sooty residues deposited on surfaces and in the fibers of upholstery, linens, clothing, electronics, books, documents, pictures, and so on. Unless a homeowner is in the restoration business him or herself, getting up to speed on proper cleaning methods, products, and tools is impossible to accomplish fast enough to address the progressive damage toxic fire residues does minute by minute in a home. If you are a restoration professional, chances are you want your crew working with you, not acting alone.

Ordering Tasks
It comes as a great surprise to victims of fire how much other damage occurs to their property during firefighting. Water and chemical extinguishing agents must be dealt with first, before the job of cleaning up soot, sanitizing areas, and removing odors begin. SERVPRO’s crew members hold certifications in multiple restoration specialties, permitting a seamless approach when we must first extract water and powdered chemical residues, and then dry out the structure. Fire damage is rival only by water damage regarding destructive force. We can help you overcome both in a deliberate and speedy manner.

SERVPRO of Provo is ready 24/7 to respond to your need for professional fire damage remediation. Make that call to (801) 226-1363 and let us partner with you to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Click here for more about Spanish Fork.

After a Fire: What you can do until help arrives?

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

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

  • 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 your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • 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.

What is Our Fire Damage Restoration Process?

4/1/2018 (Permalink)

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

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.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO National Call Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

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

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Stop, Drop and Clean the lint out from inside your dryer and vent!

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

We all know to clean out the lint screen of our dryers, right? Did you know if you aren’t cleaning the lint out of the INSIDE and VENT of your dryer you are putting your family in danger of a house fire?  Over time lint will build up and settle in the bottom of your dryer and in your dryer vent.  If you don’t clean this out the heat from the dryer can ignite a fire inside your dryer.  You know what the boy scouts say, “lint is the great to start a fire”. 

Here is an experience from someone who recently had a fire in her dryer and was lucky enough it didn’t start her house on fire.

Counting our blessings today… Last night we smelled something "burning" right as we were going to bed. We thought it was our renters burning food or something in their oven.  We had windows open and fans going but didn't really think much of it. Well this afternoon I went to get clothes out of the dryer, they smelled horrible!!! Like a cross between camp fire smoke and cigarette smoke. So I threw them back in the washer and told my husband. When he got home we pulled the bottom portion of the dryer off just to check things out. To our amazement (we haven't had this dryer THAT long - but bought it from someone else) there was burnt/singed lint everywhere. There had been a lint fire inside the bottom of our dryer last night. Our house seriously could have caught on fire. I'm so glad it didn't. Hence - we are counting our blessings today and I am spreading the word to all that you should go clean out under your lint catcher thing so your house doesn't start on fire!

Here are a few tips from www.familyhandyman.com on how to clean the lint out of your dryer.

https://www.familyhandyman.com/appliance-repair/washer-and-dryer-repair/dryer-lint-cleaning-tips/view-all

We can help you "restore not replace" after a fire

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

You've just had one of the worst days of your life due to a house fire and you finally get to go in and inspect the damage.  Luckily the fire started in the kitchen and the fire depart got there before the whole house went up in flames... but the entire house is now filled with smoke and soot.  As well as all of your belongs, they are covered and stinky.  Did you know that SERVPRO can help with that?  We can get rid of the smoke smell and clean your belongings!

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Provo specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We 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.

Getting Rid of the Smoke Smell

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Are you one of the 1.3 million people each year that has had a home fire?  What do you do now?  How will you ever get rid of that smell?  OZONING!  What is ozoning and how does it work? Normal oxygen (O2) is converted to O3, which is commonly called ozone.  It reverts back to O2 in about an hour if the O3 is unused.  This leaves the air fresh and clean because the source of the odor has been permanently removed.  And there are no artificial odors so the space becomes free of odors, as nature intended. Outdoors, nature eliminates odors and microorganisms using UV light and O3.  Indoors, most places receive very little UV light or O3 to help eliminate the odors.  An ozone machine creates O3, or ozone, in a process that utilizes an electrical current.  Ozone sanitizes the air by breaking down odors and microorganisms at their source. Nature creates O3 as a natural cleaning during thunderstorms, and also from the sunlight striking the earth’s atmosphere.  We have all taken a walk after a thunderstorm and experienced that fresh clean, fresh smell in the air.  That’s O3, or ozone, at work. SERVPRO also offers a service at our facility where we can ozone specific items like clothing, furniture, or anything that has smoke damage and get it smelling better than new.

What Now? Steps to take after a house fire

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

You have just had one of the worst days because your house started on fire.  What do you need to do now?  Take a breath and follow these guidelines to help alleviate stress and confusion.

  • Depending on the severity of the fire you may have called 911 and the fire department has been there. DO NOT ENTER THE HOUSE UNTIL IT HAS BEEN INSPECTED AND YOU HAVE RECEIVED APPROVAL FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.  There may be structural damage and the house may not be safe.  Once you have received approval you may enter your home.
  • Call your insurance agent ASAP and follow their directions.
  • If you are in need you may contact disaster relief or Red Cross for help with housing, food, medicine, etc.
  • After approval to enter the home, take an inventory of everything that has been damaged. Do not throw anything away until you have done this.  If you have insurance this list will be crucial to replace damaged items.
  • The insurance company will usually suggest a disaster and restoration company; don’t feel like you have to choose the first one they suggest. Ask what others they work with and check out several of them to find the one you are the most confident and comfortable with.
  • If you lost essential medical needs or medicine contact your doctor ASAP.
  • If you own your home notify your mortgage lender. If you are a tenant notify the landlord.
  • Contact your credit card provider, utilities companies, and any other lending institutions. They may be willing to work with you on your payments for a while.
  • Take inventory of documents that may have been lost in the fire: Driver’s License; Social Security card; passport; Birth, Marriage, Death certificates; Vehicle Registration and Titles; Tax Records; Wills; Military Records; and any other important documents.
  • Account for any cash that was damaged and contact the US Treasury Department. The treasury will replace your damaged currency with undamaged currency.
  • Save ALL those receipts for money spent related to the fire loss. They may be needed by the insurance company and verifying losses claimed on taxes.
  • Most important of all, take care of yourself and your family. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for and accept help.