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Fire Damage Losses and How to Protect Yourself

1/28/2022 (Permalink)

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Experiencing a fire loss at your home or business can be very difficult. Anything that endangers your home, business, or family life is something most people can’t imagine or find hard to understand.  

Fortunately, some of the most common causes of fires within your home can be avoided by taking simple measures to avoid having to go through an experience like this that can be so devastating.

Here are some of the main issues you need to watch out for and how you can prevent them:

  1. Cooking
  2. Heating
  3. Electrical
  4. Smoking
  5. Candles

Cooking in the kitchen causes about half of the fires within a home. Once a grease fire begins, it’s very hard to stop the spread without hurting yourself or others. Don’t walk away from food especially when using grease or oil.  It’s important to turn off the source of heat and know where your fire extinguisher is. Any portable appliances like toasters will need to be cooled before returning them to their cabinets.

Issues with heating in the home mostly come from portable methods, such as space heaters. Make sure you read all the instructions included and you know how to use the controls. It will be important to move any curtains or other flammable fabrics away from these types of items and never leave the house with them running.  

Electrical problems can occur for numerous reasons. Have a professional electrician come over to check wiring in your home and make sure that it isn’t outdated or damaged in any way. This can also occur during a new appliance installation, storm, or power outages. Only plug in the recommended number of wires into a single socket and keep loose wires organized. Any electrical problems need to be dealt with promptly by a licensed professional.

Smoking is not something you want to do within your home. Cigarettes can cause damage in more ways than one, but the most common theme is the residual slow burn of the end of the cigarette that isn’t fully put out. Always make sure that your fire alarms are up to date, fully functional, and the batteries are tested. Any flammable materials or textiles can go up in flames in a matter of minutes.  

Candles left unattended can be a huge risk for your home and family. Remember to always put candles out before you leave. Make sure to keep candles high out of the reach of children or pets who may knock them over and far away from any flammable materials in your home.

In any of these situations, you need to call a professional who can walk you through their experience. This is not something that you need to handle on your own. Our team here at SERVPRO of South Austin is here to help with any questions or concerns you might have.

House Fires and the After Effects

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Dealing with the aftermath of fire damage can be extremely stressful especially when soot has made its way through your house and completely covered all of your belongings. SERVPRO of South Austin is trained and licensed to take the utmost care of your property and explain the potential issues you may experience. It should be known that soot restoration is one of the most difficult aspects of a house fire as it can be very damaging.  

Soot can develop through three different methods: 

  • Wet soot residue—results from smoldering, low-heat fires. This residue is sticky, smeary, and has a very pungent odor. 
  • Dry soot residue—results from fast-burning fires with high temperatures. This residue is typically dry, powdery, and non-smeary. 
  • Protein residue—almost invisible but can discolor paints and varnishes in your home. This residue also has an extremely pungent odor. 

Each type of soot is different and requires specific expertise to clean, call us at SERVPRO of South Austin for such needs or concerns. It is our duty to serve our customers and help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), three of every five home fire deaths could have been prevented as they were the result of a lack of smoke alarms (38%) or broken smoke alarms (21%). Most fatal fires happen when families are asleep giving them less than adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock, and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm. Smoke alarms are crucial elements in the early detection of fires.  

Make sure to revisit your smoke alarms and review documented statistics from the NFPA through their The Smoke Alarm Effect article.  

Reach out to us at SERVPRO of South Austin for more information on fire damage restoration.