Recent Fire Damage Posts

Avoiding Grease Cooking Fires

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

cooking bacon Cooking fried chicken for Sunday dinner, or bacon for a classic BLT sandwich for lunch, ensure you take proper precautions for fire safety.

Cooking fried chicken for Sunday dinner, or bacon for a classic BLT sandwich for lunch, ensure you take proper precautions for fire safety. When cooking in the kitchen, always clean grease immediately after cooking. Don't leave the oils and fats to pile up to avoid cooking fire. Always take the necessary precautions when cooking.

How to avoid a grease fire:

  1. Never leave your pot or frying pan unattended.
  2. Always keep your pot or pan covered to avoid grease from spilling into the fire.
  3. Reduce the temperature when heating oil to prevent splashing.
  4. Turn off the burner if you suspect the grease is getting too hot.

A grease fire can be challenging to put out. It could escalate and get worse when you try to put it out with water or a towel. To put out a grease fire, one needs to act fast and requires adequate skills with a sound mind.

Steps on how to put out a grease fire:

  1. Turn off the heat. Once there's a grease fire, do not pick up the pan to avoid the fire from escalating to you or the floor; rather, turn off the heat.
  2. Cut off oxygen to the fire by covering the pot or pan with a lid. Then allow the pan cool off before touching it and cleaning up.
  3. If the fire is out of control, use a fire extinguisher to set it out. If it still cannot be managed, call 911 and get everyone outside.

By all means, Do NOT...

  • Pour water on a grease fire.
  • Fan the flame with a dry or wet cloth.

It can make it worse and spread the fire.

Cleaning up after a grease fire is not always easy. It does leave a heavy scent of smoke throughout the home. But with the help of a professional, you could get your home repaired quickly and effectively without having to worry about the scent.

Five Fire Safety Tips for the Office Kitchen

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

modern yellow and white office kitchen Strict safety measures should be implemented in the office kitchen as there could be many people working in the building, and safety is so important.

A small office kitchen fire is capable of leaving a devastating impact on the office, losing valuable resources, and millions of dollars to a fire. Strict safety measures should be implemented in the office kitchen as there could be many people working in the building, and safety is so important for staff and the facilities.

Here are five essential safety tips to help you get started:

1. Locate the office kitchen away from the workspace. Doing so will prevent loss on a larger scale during an outbreak, which may lead to the destruction of valuable office documents.

2. Replace worn or frayed power cords
Make sure kitchen appliances' power cords are intact always and are not exposed. Check if power cords of appliances are exposed and cover or replace it.

3. Watch food as it cooks
Standard working ethics advise there are designated time for work and break time. In order not to get distracted in the kitchen, avoid going there during working hours. If you have something to do, finish up before going to the office kitchen.
Turn off kitchen appliances before leaving the kitchen to avoid an outbreak.

4. Maintain a cleaning habit for kitchen appliances regularly
There may be spills of food on microwave, oven, and toaster, take it as a responsibility to remove the spillages and clean appliances except if you have a designated person for the job.

5. Train employees to use a fire extinguisher
Accidents are bound to happen anytime and anywhere. Staff members must be properly trained on how to use fire extinguishers and other safety measures to tackle and fire hazards they encounter while in the office.

Safety is essential anywhere we find ourselves. Employees should be kept abreast of the standard safety practices of NFPA and should know what to do when faced with fire challenges.

Fire Sprinkler Maintenance Tips

5/30/2020 (Permalink)

sprinkler valves To avoid someone closing a valve when it should be open or opening one when it should be closed, it is a good idea to place signs near the sprinklers.

Sprinklers are good for moments fires start, and you are unaware or unavailable to put it out. A properly working fire sprinkler should be able to prevent a small fire from escalating. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to keep your sprinkling system clean and in right working conditions to avoid substantial collateral damages.

Sprinkler Maintenance Tips

Maintenance requires you to run a routine check on your sprinkling system to ensure it's active when needed.

To avoid someone closing a valve when it should be open or opening one when it should be closed, it is a good idea to place signs near the sprinklers.

Train employees on the functions of sprinklers, how to operate, which valves to open and close, what each valve represents to ensure everyone knows what to do during an emergency.

While rationing employees, ensure they are familiar with the NFPA Code 25. No knowledge is lost, knowing the basics of sprinkler systems and system safety can go a long way in saving lives and properties.

Sprinklers in places of high heat like a bakery and stores should be tested frequently or replaced with high-heat heads. Heat detector sensors of sprinklers in crowded areas can be messed up, especially in contact with objects.

When carrying out painting maintenance, remember to remove taps or lids used to cover the sprinkler head when finished.

In the long run, inspect pipes every five years and replace gauges.
Sprinkler heads should be changed every twenty years for a fast response. Basic functions of the control valves, alarm switches, and backflow preventers should undergo inspection annually. Also, general system checks should be carried out periodically.

In case the sprinkler fails, inspect the cause of failure, and resolve faults. Ensure sprinklers are in proper working condition. Sprinkler systems have proved productive over hundreds of years. They should be taken seriously to avoid the spread of fire and tackle it quickly.

Common Dangers in Older Homes

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

white paint and paint supplies Paints used before 1978 are lead-based which means you can be exposed to lead poison.

Old homes really do possess a charm. However, aging also does affect things in homes that can harm individuals. There is no cause for alarm, all you need to do is check a few things out and you’re good to go.

  • Poisoning From Lead Paint and Plumbing

Paints used before 1978 are lead-based which means you can be exposed to lead poison. Lead poisoning is extremely dangerous to both children and adults. However, it is less likely that lead-based paints on friction surfaces like windows or that are still in good condition are dangerous. Once it is scraped and exposed, the lead dust can spread around the home and can cause health problems.

Check all painted surfaces for any sign of deterioration and call a professional service to get it tested.

Lead can also be found in pipes and it could contaminate or poison your water and put your health at risk. If you’re living in an old building, get your water tested for lead poisoning. 

  • Polybutylene Pipes Hazard

Polybutylene (PB) used by plastic manufacturers between 1978 and 1995 to produce pipes recorded a high amount of incidence of ruptured pipes resulting in property damage in the U.S. before being shut down. Although companies have stopped using PB, many homes still use them. Consider inspecting your PB pipes if they are intact or replacing them completely.

  • Deteriorating Asbestos Hazard

When asbestos begins to deteriorate, it can release tiny fibers which when inhaled gets trapped in the lungs, causing scarring and inflammation. Mesothelioma and fatal cancers are diseases asbestos exposure can cause.

  • Outdated Electrical Wiring

The electrical wiring methods of old buildings may not be to standard and can cause risk of a fire outbreak. The CPSC records about 46,000 fires caused by electrical wiring failure yearly. According to the CPSC, the majority of affected homes built about 40 to 100 years ago have not been inspected before.

Some obvious signs your electrical system is failing are frequent sparks, flickering or dim lights, frequent power outages, unusual sounds like sizzles or burning smells, smoke, electrical shock, shrinking of television pictures, damaged insulation, and hot switches or outlets.

Get a professional electrician to inspect your electrical wiring system to avoid these fire hazards.

Fire Safety Tips for the Office

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

No Lighting Matches Sign You can contact SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto to help you restore your fire damaged property in the shortest time possible.

Fire outbreak can cause serious commotion in an office with everybody running about not knowing what to do next. This can lead to loss of documents, properties, and money. As a responsible business owner, protecting your facility and employees against fire breakouts should be taken seriously. It is the responsibility of real estate agents and business owners to be aware of fire prevention issues and measures needed to reduce the risks. In order to prevent and protect against fire outbreak, the following fire prevention tips are essential for an office.

  • Enlighten your employees on the importance of fire safety

Educate your employees on fire safety measures to protect them and your office. Put up visible fire safety signs in strategic places in the office to remind employees of what to do during a fire outbreak. Ensure employees keep all the equipment in the proper order to avoid causing a fire.

  • Install Automatic Sprinkler Systems and Fire Extinguishers

Install automatic sprinkler systems and place fire extinguishers in visible places in the office for emergency purposes.

  • Strictly Enforce No Smoking Policies

Smoking should not be allowed within the office space. Cigarettes are a potential threat in the office, if not properly disposed of, it can cause a fire when in contact with papers and office furniture. Enforce strict smoking policies and penalties for defaulters.

  • Do Not Store Combustible Products In Buildings Without Safety Measures In Place

Keep combustible materials far from the office. The store for such items should be isolated from the office to avoid unforeseen circumstances.

  • Install Smoke Alarms and Detectors

The importance of installing smoke alarm detectors is to notify you of a fire outbreak in the building immediately. This gives you the opportunity and time to put out the fire before it escalates.

  • Check Your Fire Alarms/Detection Regularly

Have the fire alarm systems checked and serviced regularly to ensure it can serve during a fire outbreak. Replace damaged or old fire alarm systems.

  • Be in Touch with the Local Fire Department

Have your local fire department inspect your office space and give you professional advice concerning fire safety equipment and measure. 

  • Maintain Your Electrical Systems and Appliances

Electrical systems and appliances that have not been maintained can cause a fire. Ensure you use standard electrical wiring systems in the office. Check your electrical appliances regularly and repair/replace faulty/damaged appliances. Ensure employees turn off all electrical appliances before leaving the office.

Let the maintenance department check your building and electrical connections regularly to avoid sparks which may lead to a fire outbreak. Office fire can lead to a serious loss of funds. However, you can contact SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto to help you restore your fire damaged property in the shortest time possible. We know the importance of staying open for business, that is why restoration of commercial properties gutted by fire is swiftly done to help you open your business quickly.

Top causes of Fires in the Home

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

black power cord with white background An electrical appliance, such as a toaster, can start a fire if it is faulty or has a frayed cord. An overloaded power cord can cause a fire when in u

Fires in the home can be devastating, leaving you with little or nothing. It is important to always think safety first while engaging in activities in the home. 

Top causes of fires in the home:

  • Cooking equipment

Cooking equipment, like pots and pans, can overheat and if unattended to. Keep a close watch when cooking especially, on hotplates.

  • Heating

When using portable heaters, keep away from anything that could easily catch fire like furniture, curtains, laundry, and clothes.

  • Smoking indoors

Cigarettes can cause a fire when in contact with apparels, furniture, or flammable liquids. A cigarette that is not put out properly can cause a flame because it can remain lit for up to an hour unknowingly. It could burst into flames if it came into contact with flammable materials, such as furniture.

  • Electrical equipment

An electrical appliance, such as a toaster, can start a fire if it is faulty or has a frayed cord. An overloaded power cord can cause a fire when in use.

  • Candles

Keep candles away from surfaces or materials that can easily catch fire. Always blow out candles before leaving a room.

  • Faulty wiring

Faulty wiring can cause a fire outbreak if there is a spark or surge.

  • Grills

Grills are for outdoor use only. Grills that are used close to buildings, clothes, or trees can transfer heat easily, causing a fire outbreak.

  • Flammable liquids

All flammable liquids like petrol, kerosene, or methylated spirits should be kept away from heat sources as they can go in flames easily.

  • Lighting

Check and ensure all electrical wiring and buildings are earthed correctly to prevent the house from becoming a beacon of lightning which may lead to a fire outbreak.

Grilling Safety Tips

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

Man grilling outdoors Gas and charcoal grills are designed for outdoor use only.

Many people love to gather with their family and loved ones for a cookout experience. Grilling is something people love to do to entertain their guests at such times. According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2013 and 2017 outdoor grilling causes an annual average of 10,200 home fires. The association further indicated that gas grills cause more home fires than charcoal grills. The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association statistics show that a majority of grill users own a gas grill (gas grill - 64%, charcoal grill - 44%, electric grill - 9%).

However, there are some safety tips people can do to avoid fire hazards when grilling.

  • Grill outside and away from any structures

Gas and charcoal grills are designed for outdoor use only. It is best to place grills farther from buildings and trees. According to NFPA reports, 27% of home fires are caused by grills in courtyards, terrace or patio while 29% are caused by grills in a balcony or open porch.

  • Make sure your grill stands firm

Set up the grill on a flat surface to avoid it from being tipped over. You may decide to use a grill pad or splatter mat underneath your grill to protect your deck or patio.

  • Dispose properly and keep your grill clean

If you're using a charcoal grill, allow the coals to cool off completely before disposing of. Clean the grill by removing grease or from the tray and the grill.

  • Check for propane leaks on your gas grill from the holes and cylinder.
  • If you are using a gas grill and the flame goes out, turn off the grill and the gas, and wait for some time before you relight it.
  • Don't try to move a lit or hot grill, and remember the grill will stay hot for at least an hour after use.
  • If you use a charcoal grill, use charcoal starter fluid only.
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby.

The above-listed grill safety tips are there to protect you from fire hazards. Remember safety first when using a grill.

Fire Pit Safety

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Fire pit with warm coffee SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto is here to provide a quick response to any fire damage concerns.

The weather has been nice outside, many of us are required to stay home in response to COVID-19. This is a perfect time to enjoy our families and enjoy the things we love doing while we are home. Come evening time it would be nice to uncover your firepit and gather around for a nice chat, some good music, and some amazing food. Although this sounds like a perfect evening, you still have to be aware and cautious of fires that can start from cooking and from the use of a fire pit. 

Here is a refresher on how to use your fire pit safely:

  • Ensure it is not a windy day.
  • Ensure your fire pit is not too large for the area. Fire pits should be at least 10 feet away from any structures or flammable materials like trees, fences, furniture, etc. 
  • When starting a fire using a lighter to start the fire. Start the fire with crumpled pieces of paper and small sticks, you can add larger sticks and logs to keep the fire burning. 
  • Do not use lighter fluid or gasoline to start your fire. It can spiral out of control quickly.
  • Burn only dry materials. Damp materials cause excess smoke.
  • Do not wear loose-fitting clothing while starting or attending to the fire. Try to wear non-flammable clothing and hard-soled shoes.
  • Ensure you have a fire extinguisher on hand in case you should need to put a fire out. 
  • Do not leave the fire unattended. Keep children and pets away from the fire.
  • Once the fire begins to die, shovel and spread the ashes to allow them to cool. Slowly pour water over the ashes to ensure there are no remaining embers. Place the cooled ashes in a metal can. 

If a fire occurs or smoke gets out of hand and leaves you with smoke damage, SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto is here to provide a quick response to any fire damage concerns you may have. Our team is experienced and trained and we possess the specialized equipment needed to resolve your fire concerns. 

Home Cooking Fire Prevention

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Modern brown and white kitchen Kids are home, and we are cooking more overall. It is critically important to remind residents of cooking safety practices.

In response to COVID-19, the state of California has encouraged residents to stay at home unless there is an essential reason to leave home. With more residents staying indoors, home cooking fires are at risk of increasing. In the U.S. home cooking fires is the leading cause of fires in the home. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires overall. We have to keep a close eye out for fire dangers when cooking.

Kids are home, and we are cooking more overall. It is critically important to remind residents of cooking safety practices.

Cooking Fire Prevention Tips

  • While frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food stay in the kitchen. 
  • If simmering, baking or roasting food use a timer and check on food regularly. 
  • Anything that can catch fire, like oven mitts, wooden utensils, towels, drapes, food packaging, keep away from the stovetop
  • Make sure all handles are not facing outward
  • If you are sleepy refrain from using the stove as you need to be alert and ensure you do not fall asleep while cooking. 
  • IF you have children in the home, ensure they stay at least three feet from the stove or oven. 

You may find additional tips and safety sheets that you can print out or share electronically about fire safety on the National Fire Protection Association website. 

How to Restore Your Home After a Stove Fire

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

pan with oil and pancake mix frying 50% of home fires have started in the kitchen

Cooking is the number one cause of fires in the home. According to the U.S Fire department, over 50% of reported home fires have started in the kitchen. Most common ways a fire is started in the kitchen are: materials near open flames, frying with oil, cooking temperature, unattended cooking, faulty appliances, loose fitting clothing, cooking while tired or impaired, too many people cooking at once, and not having safety measures such as a fire extinguisher. 

SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto’s fire damage restoration crews are always on standby for fires in the home. We are quick to arrive to assess the damage and begin the cleanup and restoration process as soon as the fire department gives clearance to do so. 

Once we are given clearance, a project manager assesses the extent of the kitchen damage and in the remaining areas of the house to create a plan that will address all affected areas. HVAC systems are turned off immediately, if running soot and other residues will spread through the home. If the smoke gets into the vents, it is necessary to clean the vent ducts as well. 

If water put out the fire, the first task is to remove and dispose of any moisture. Drying techniques begin if needed. Thereafter, removal of any soot, chemical residues, and smoky odors takes place. It is imperative to act fast as waiting even a few hours before starting the cleanup process can discolor plastics, glass, and metal materials.

Depending on the extent of the damage, your home and belongings may just need a proper cleaning with proper equipment backed behind a professional team. If charring or melting is severe, some materials or appliances may need replacement. We will ensure your home is cleaned and restored to top shape, and once the job is complete, our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Avoid a Fire by Turning Off Lights in the Home

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

blue house with lights left on Light Safety Advice in the Home

Turn lights off in your home to avoid a house fire. Many people leave their lights on through the day or the night for several reasons.  When vacationing or leaving the home for a time period, many of us will leave a light on to trick house intruders into thinking we are home. Often, we will use a bathroom or hall light as a night light in case we need to get up in the middle of the night. It could even be as simple as leaving a room intending to still use the room and being distracted to not return to turn off the light. Not only will you save on your electric bill but turning off lights in the home prevents household fires.

House fires from lights being left on are not only worrisome because of lightbulbs heating.  A lamp can get knocked over by a pet or just because it is not securely on a table, floor lamps get knocked over easy as the carpet they rest upon are often an unsteady surface, wiring can fry and a spark can catch onto the carpet or close hanging drapes. Despite the reasoning, there are measures you can take to avoid a house fire due to lights being left on.

Light Safety Advice

  • Turn off lights when not in use
  • Read lightbulb manufacturer instructions
  • Ensure lamps are on a sturdy surface and not near other materials
  • When vacationing use a modern light timer to eliminate the need of lights being constantly turned on
  • Ensure lightbulbs are the correct wattage for the lamp or fixture in use
  • Ensure that lightbulbs are screwed in properly and are secure. Loose bulbs can easily overheat

Following these tips will be instrumental for you in fire safety with lights and light bulbs. 

Restoration Steps after Fire

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

Burning wood with black background Wood burning

After a fire, when the fire is put out, and the fire truck drives off what do you do? Every situation is different; however, the steps below will give you a better understanding of what steps are next in recovering after a fire damage emergency.

 Fire Damage Restoration Steps 

  1. Contact SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto office once you are safe. Our team will ask specific questions that will help us better handle your needs. We want to ensure that we take care of your home with proper care, with the right equipment needed, and with urgency.  
  1. Upon arrival, our team will inspect and asses the fire damage. Doing so will determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage so that we can develop the best plan to make your home safe again. 
  1. Windows, walls, and roofs are often damaged in a fire. To protect your home from further damage we board up any missing windows or walls. Once that is complete, we will place tarps on any damaged roofs that possess damage. This step should be done immediately. 
  1. If water damage presents itself, the water elimination process will begin right away as well. Our team of professionals will get rid of most of the water in the home and use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove any left-over water, completing the drying process. 
  1. Smoke and soot must be removed from all surfaces. We have specialized equipment and use specific techniques to make sure that your home and belongings are restored to the pre-fire state. Once smoke and soot are eliminated we will make sure odors left behind are taken away with industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.  
  1. The area must be cleaned and sanitized, we make sure your home and belongings are taken care of by using various cleaning processes that are defined to work best for your fire crisis.  
  1. The final step is to restore your home to pre-fire condition. This may call for replacing drywall, painting walls, or installing new flooring. 

When a fire emergency strikes, contact SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto for your restoration needs. We are like a one-stop shop in your mitigation and restoration tasks.

Top 4 Safety Tips to Avoid a Fire This Holiday Season

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Two pots on the stove that are boiling with steam Cooking is the number one cause for fires

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are more fires in the winter months than any other time of the year. This makes perfect sense as it is colder in winter. We turn to our heating systems like space heaters, fireplaces, woodstoves, and other heat devices to keep us warm.

Not only do we have our heat running to keep us cozy but most of us opt to bring in the holidays with a lot of food. Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations call for a lot of cooking. The number one cause of home fires happens to be just that, cooking! No need to skip on your favorite savory meals this winter in hopes to prevent fires this holiday season, just take a few extra precautionary steps to avoid fires.

 Here are some tips to avoid cooking fires.

  1. If you must leave the kitchen while your stove or oven is on have someone else in the home check on food while you are away.
  2. If no one is available to check on your food while you step away, a good tip from safebee.com is to carry one of your oven mitts when you step out of the kitchen. Doing so will work as a reminder to go back to the kitchen to tend to your food.
  3. Children and pets should not be in cooking areas without supervision.
  4. Ensure when cooking you wear close-fitting clothes and make sure that your sleeves are tightly rolled when stirring food. Clothes often catch fire when they hang close to the stove burners so just be mindful of this.

 Taking these steps will decrease your chances of having a cooking fire.

If you should have a stove fire what now? In the event of a fire and if it is safe for you to do so, turn off the burner immediately and cover the pan with a lid. Do not use water, baking soda or flour to extinguish grease fires. Another great tip is to not carry burning pots or pans through the house as they can easily spread the fire to other parts of the home. If your oven catches fire, turn off the oven and keep the oven door shut.

Have an emergency evacuation plan and call 9-1-1 as soon as it is safe for you to do so. Once all is settled and the fire is extinguished call SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto for your fire damage restoration needs.

How to Prevent Home Fires

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Gas stove with two burners that are lit Gas Stove

Fires can be preventable. Educate household members and take safety measures to avoid household fires, this can save your life. The following are some simple steps used to avert a fire event. 

Smoking

  • Smoke outdoors, especially in homes where oxygen is used. Oxygen can be explosive and will cause a fire to burn faster and hotter. 
  • If you do smoke indoors, ensure you do not smoke when sleepy, under the influence of alcohol, or when on medication. Many house fires start with sleepy or careless accidents.
  • Butts go in an ashtray and should be completely put out.
  • To ensure all cigarette butts are cooled, when discarding, soak in water before dumping them in the trash.

Cooking

  • Do not leave the stove unattended when cooking. When frying, grilling, or broiling foods be extra cautious. Leaving the kitchen shortly requires you to turn off the stove.
  • Children should learn to stay away from the stove unattended, at least three feet.
  • Do not wear baggy clothes and ensure your sleeves are rolled up when cooking.
  • BBQ grills should be at least 10 feet away from the home, this includes being 10 feet away from overhanging branches and patio ceilings.     

Children

  • Teach children the danger of fire and teach them that fire is a tool and not to be played with.
  • Ensure lighters and matches are out of your children’s reach and sight. 
  • Do not leave children to their devices when meals are being cooked or when candles are lit in the home.

Electrical & Appliance

  • Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
  • Replace all damaged or worn appliance cords right away. 
  • Do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
  • Three-prong plugs belong in three-slot outlets. Don’t force them into two-slot outlets or a two-slot extension cord.
  • Lights that flicker or light switches hot to touch need to be replaced.
  • Keep combustible objects three feet or more from portable space heaters.
  • Keep any combustible liquids away from heat sources.
  • Portable generators are to be used outdoors only and should only be refueled outdoors and where well ventilated.
  • Your portable heater should come equipped with a thermostat control mechanism and should switch off on its own if the heater falls over. 
  • Use crystal clear K-1 Kerosene in kerosene heaters.
  • Do not overfill kerosene heaters.
  • Only use kerosene heaters in a well-ventilated room.

Fireplaces & Woodstoves

  • Check for any damage to your fireplaces or woodstoves
  • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually.
  • Use fireplace screens that are heavy enough to stop any rolling logs and that is big enough to cover the opening of the fireplace to catch any flying sparks. 
  • The fire must be out and cool before leaving the home or going to bed.

These safety measures are a good start to being preventing a fire in your home.

 Resource: https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

7 Home Fire Safety Tips

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Red and white safety symbols for fire Fire Safety Symbols

A fire safety plan can save your life and can aid in saving you unnecessary costs. Fire emergency planning is essential. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an “estimated $23 billion in property damage occurred as a result of fire in 2017, a large increase, as this number includes a $10 billion loss in wildfires in Northern California”. Be prepared and practice these fire safety methods before an emergency occurs in your home.  

 7 Fire Safety Tips for the Home 

  1. Install the correct number of fire alarms for your home. Test each fire alarm at least twice a year and replace batteries at least once a year.  

The National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72) requires that newer homes have hard-wired interconnected alarms with a battery backup on each level of the home and in each hallway. Wire your alarms together. Wiring your alarms together allows for the alarms to all sound at the same time once one goes off. 

The same metrics should be followed in older homes, install fire alarms at every level of the home and in all sleeping areas. Connecting fire alarms is ideal in older homes, just as expected in newer home models. If you are asleep and dangerous gases are in the air, you wouldn’t be aware unless you heard the fire alarm. Having alarms nearby allows you to act fast. The quicker you can respond, the better for you and your home’s safety. 

  1. Children need to know the sound of a fire alarm. When an alarm goes off, children need to understand what steps to take to exit the home.   
  1. Keep fire extinguishers in the home. Replace them when they expire 
  1. Define escape routes in case of a fire. Have two plans of escape just in case the fire blocks the original planned route. Each family member in the home should understand where to meet outside of the home once they make it out and then what the steps are to take to get fire emergency services. 
  1. Practice planned fire escape routes at least twice a year. It is as easy as pressing the smoke alarm button to test it and practicing escape routes dependent upon where household members are at in the home at the time of testing.   
  1. Make sure children can call 9-1-1. 
  1. Teach residents in the home how ‘STOP, DROP, and ROLL’ in case clothing catches fire.  

These fire safety tips can help save lives and help save on costly repairs to your home. The quicker you can get out and the quicker you can call 9-1-1 for fire rescue is imperative.  

Ways Fire Damage Can Show Up Months Later

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

One thing about house fires that is true in almost all situations is that some damage is not as visible in some parts of a home as it is in others. Some damage is in the loss of utility. A door may seem undamaged, along with its frame, but after a fire, no longer open and close correctly. Windows can also be affected this way. Heat and moisture from fighting that fire can cause wood to swell. Even after remediation has been completed, small things like this can pop up.

Situations that affect a Manteca area home's level of security after fire damage has been remediated still needs to be remediated. Security needs to be restored. These types of fire damage-related issues can appear weeks or months after a fire. Having a situation such as this develop does not mean that the remediation immediately after a fire was unsuccessful. Wood that expands can become more porous, which in turn allows more moisture in the future to be retained, leading to swelling.

Restoring openings to your home that have become impossible to close and open correctly and quickly pose risks to your security. Intruders can gain easier access, and in the event of another disaster, leaving your home might be more difficult, resulting in the loss of precious seconds when they count the most.

Many locks on the market today are made of highly durable plastics. While these are suitable to keep out most burglars, the plastic components can melt during a fire. Some of these locks remain functioning for a while, but then stop working and fall apart internally. If this is the case in your situation, replacement of the lock is a simple enough process.

We can repair these conditions and restore the safety your family deserves. Working to restore homes of our neighbors, family, and friends, we know a safe and secure feeling is important to every family.

We are here to help 24/7 823-8877

Restore Your Home After a Stove Fire

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Busy lives are full of missteps, some more dangerous than others. Walking away from the stovetop happens when kids call or the doorbell rings, but so then do kitchen fires. SERVPRO of Manteca experts help put your cooking areas, and other affected areas of your home, back together after fire damage.

Sorting out a disagreement between a pair of siblings took you away longer than expected from a pot of water boiling, waiting for some pasta. Instead of cooking dinner, the pot boiled dry and superheated, igniting some potholders, causing fire damage to your home. Our fire damage restoration crews are always on standby for situations such as this. We are ready to assess and begin the cleanup and restoration as soon as the fire department gives the go-ahead.

National statistics point to unattended cooking as the most common cause for the 62 percent of home fires attributed to ranges or cooktops per year. SERVPRO of Manteca team members train on a regular basis to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards to be prepared in industry best practices. A project manager assesses the extent of the damage in the kitchen and other areas of the house and develops a plan to meet your specific needs.

If water put out the fire, SERVPRO’s first job is to remove and dispose of the moisture. Drying techniques begin if the area is very saturated. Then cleanup of soot, chemical residues from fire extinguishers, and smoky odors ensues. The coatings left by fire damage is highly acidic and corrosive. Waiting even a few hours before starting the cleaning process permanently discolors and etches plastics, glass, and metal.

High on the SERVPRO’s checklist is turning off your HVAC system if it is still running as it will spread soot and other residues throughout your home. If smoke sucked into the vents duct cleaning is on the agenda. We match building materials and the character of the sooty coatings when cleaning. Lighter dustings of ash and soot vacuum or dry sponge off well. We use HEPA filtration in our professional vacs. Stickier damage often responds to a spray and wipe technique. Items with many bevels or surfaces like cut glass dishes or window blinds need immersion or even ultrasonic cleaning, requiring a certified technician to operate.

If charring or melting is severe in the kitchen, some materials or appliances may need replacement. Otherwise, we strive to proceed with a restoration mentality, saving you time and money and minimizing disruption to your daily routine.

Leaving Lights on Can Be a Fire Hazard

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

The worst thing that happens when a light is left on is not necessarily a high electric bill. The heat from many kinds of light bulbs is capable of igniting draperies, bedding, and even rugs and carpeting, among other things. SERVPRO of Manteca is a resource for the homeowner recovering from a fire set by this or any method.

Although you cannot be certain exactly how it happened, fire damaged your Manteca home after a lit lamp overturned in a bedroom. Perhaps a pet knocked it down, or it was teetering on the edge of a bedside table, but the bed linens caught fire. Fortunately, a neighbor noticed smoke billowing out of an open window and called 911. You rushed home to find the fire out, but damage in the room, the attic and the roof above it.

A call to SERVPRO of Manteca immediately has our crew arriving right after the fire department authorizes reentry. Fire damage usually poses a complex set of issues, including the obvious charring and destruction to contents and structure, and also water and chemical residue damage, depending on how the first responders extinguished the fire.

Our project manager begins ordering the crew to secure the affected areas from the elements. If the fire burned through the wall or roof to the outside, this is crucial. Then an assessment of the damage ensues. SERVPRO technicians train in safely restoring fire damage, including ensuring that flooring is walkable and that no structural supports are in danger of falling. Water and chemicals make floors slippery, demanding extra care when moving through the rooms for the cleanup crew and the residents.

Items destroyed by flames are bagged for disposal by local rules. Porous articles like mattresses rarely survive unless they untouched by charring, and even then, soot and smoke damage counsel replacement in many cases. Clothing and linens clean up well through laundering or dry cleaning, a task the homeowner may take up to free SERVPRO for more technical matters.

Furniture with soot or other residue needs a dry or wet cleaning, depending on the amount and stickiness of the coating. Our staff uses the least intrusive technique that is effective. Vacuuming and dusting are good for light coverage, while spray and wipe to abrasive cleaners may be needed in other instances. SERVPRO staff checks for charred areas as they emit odors even if cleaned, and determines whether sealing or removal is the best option.

Structural charring requires replacement of key supports, and damaged ceilings and drywall replacement may be less expensive and quicker than laborious cleaning and sealing. Throughout the process of restoration, our project manager and office staff work with your insurer to limit your out of pocket expenses. We provide as much evidence, including our professional opinions, as possible to prove your fire damage claim.

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Be Prepared in Case of a Fire

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Bedroom with fire damage Fire Damage

God forbid, but what if it happens to a homeowner or a business. Are you ready?

In case of fire damage, we are always here to help. The cleanup, deodorization and mitigation is our specialty and we can make it "Like it never even happened." Keep our phone number in your emergency contact list.

What can be done by any homeowner or business?

Annual review of electrical wiring, gas lines, appliances, smoke detectors is a must.

Review your insurance policy with your insurance agent to make sure you have adequate coverage for the building, any betterment, your furniture and other content.

Do you need extra coverage for specialty items like artwork, antiques, firearms, jewelry? These items need to be removed from the building before any cleanup work begins. Better have

Have a protocol ready. It's the best prevention, because when it happens decision making is not so easy.

Ask about our emergency ready plan (ERP)  SERVPRO of Manteca 209-823-8877

Help for Fire Damages

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

God forbid, but what if it happens to a homeowner or a business. Are you ready?

In case of fire damage, we are always here to help. The cleanup, deodorization and mitigation is our specialty and we can make it "Like it never even happened." Keep our phone number in your emergency contact list.

What can be done by any homeowner or business?

Annual review of electrical wiring, gas lines, appliances, smoke detectors is a must.

Review your insurance policy with your insurance agent to make sure you have adequate coverage for the building, any betterment, your furniture and other content.

Do you need extra coverage for specialty items like artwork, antiques, firearms, jewelry? These items need to be removed from the building before any cleanup work begins. Better have

Have a protocol ready. It's the best prevention, because when it happens decision making is not so easy.

Ask about our emergency ready plan SERVPRO of Manteca 209-823-8877

Manteca: Be Prepapred in Case of Fire

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

God forbid, but what if it happens to a homeowner or a business. Are you ready?

In case of fire damage, we are always here to help. The cleanup, deodorization and mitigation is our specialty and we can make it "Like it never even happened." Keep our phone number in your emergency contact list.

What can be done by any homeowner or business?

Annual review of electrical wiring, gas lines, appliances, smoke detectors is a must.

Review your insurance policy with your insurance agent to make sure you have adequate coverage for the building, any betterment, your furniture and other content.

Do you need extra coverage for specialty items like artwork, antiques, firearms, jewelry? These items need to be removed from the building before any cleanup work begins. Better have

Have a protocol ready. It's the best prevention, because when it happens decision making is not so easy.

Ask about our emergency ready plan.

Manteca: Restore Your Home After a Kitchen Fire

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Busy lives are full of missteps, some more dangerous than others. Walking away from the stovetop happens when kids call or the doorbell rings, but so then do kitchen fires. SERVPRO experts help put your cooking areas, and other affected areas of your home, back together after fire damage.

Sorting out a disagreement between a pair of siblings took you away longer than expected from a pot of water boiling, waiting for some pasta. Instead of cooking dinner, the pot boiled dry and superheated, igniting some potholders, causing fire damage to your home. Our fire damage restoration crews are always on standby for situations such as this. We are ready to assess and begin the cleanup and restoration as soon as the fire department gives the go-ahead.

National statistics point to unattended cooking as the most common cause for the 62 percent of home fires attributed to ranges or cooktops per year. SERVPRO team members train on a regular basis to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards to be prepared in industry best practices. A project manager assesses the extent of the damage in the kitchen and other areas of the house and develops a plan to meet your specific needs.

If water put out the fire, SERVPRO’s first job is to remove and dispose of the moisture. Drying techniques begin if the area is very saturated. Then cleanup of soot, chemical residues from fire extinguishers, and smoky odors ensues. The coatings left by fire damage is highly acidic and corrosive. Waiting even a few hours before starting the cleaning process permanently discolors and etches plastics, glass, and metal.

High on the SERVPRO’s checklist is turning off your HVAC system if it is still running as it will spread soot and other residues throughout your home. If smoke sucked into the vents duct cleaning is on the agenda. We match building materials and the character of the sooty coatings when cleaning. Lighter dustings of ash and soot vacuum or dry sponge off well. We use HEPA filtration in our professional vacs. Stickier damage often responds to a spray and wipe technique. Items with many bevels or surfaces like cut glass dishes or window blinds need immersion or even ultrasonic cleaning, requiring a certified technician to operate.

If charring or melting is severe in the kitchen, some materials or appliances may need replacement. Otherwise, we strive to proceed with a restoration mentality, saving you time and money and minimizing disruption to your daily routine.

Manteca: Leaving Lights On Can Be a Fire Hazard

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

The worst thing that happens when a light is left on is not necessarily a high electric bill. The heat from many kinds of light bulbs is capable of igniting draperies, bedding, and even rugs and carpeting, among other things. SERVPRO is a resource for the homeowner recovering from a fire set by this or any method.

Although you cannot be certain exactly how it happened, fire damaged your Manteca home after a lit lamp overturned in a bedroom. Perhaps a pet knocked it down, or it was teetering on the edge of a bedside table, but the bed linens caught fire. Fortunately, a neighbor noticed smoke billowing out of an open window and called 911. You rushed home to find the fire out, but damage in the room, the attic and the roof above it.

A call to SERVPRO immediately has our crew arriving right after the fire department authorizes reentry. Fire damage usually poses a complex set of issues, including the obvious charring and destruction to contents and structure, and also water and chemical residue damage, depending on how the first responders extinguished the fire.

Our project manager begins ordering the crew to secure the affected areas from the elements. If the fire burned through the wall or roof to the outside, this is crucial. Then an assessment of the damage ensues. SERVPRO technicians train in safely restoring fire damage, including ensuring that flooring is walkable and that no structural supports are in danger of falling. Water and chemicals make floors slippery, demanding extra care when moving through the rooms for the cleanup crew and the residents.

Items destroyed by flames are bagged for disposal by local rules. Porous articles like mattresses rarely survive unless they untouched by charring, and even then, soot and smoke damage counsel replacement in many cases. Clothing and linens clean up well through laundering or dry cleaning, a task the homeowner may take up to free SERVPRO for more technical matters.

Furniture with soot or other residue needs a dry or wet cleaning, depending on the amount and stickiness of the coating. Our staff uses the least intrusive technique that is effective. Vacuuming and dusting are good for light coverage, while spray and wipe to abrasive cleaners may be needed in other instances. SERVPRO staff checks for charred areas as they emit odors even if cleaned, and determines whether sealing or removal is the best option.

Structural charring requires replacement of key supports, and damaged ceilings and drywall replacement may be less expensive and quicker than laborious cleaning and sealing. Throughout the process of restoration, our project manager and office staff work with your insurer to limit your out of pocket expenses. We provide as much evidence, including our professional opinions, as possible to prove your fire damage claim.

Manteca's Expert in Soot and Smoke Clean Up

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

Our machinery (Hydroxyl Generator) is excellent for removing smoke odor even while residents are still in the home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Manteca will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 209-823-8877