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Smoke Detectors: Protect Your Home or Business from Fire
Changing your smoke detectors batteries is easy, and guarantees smoke and fires don't go unnoticed.
Checking smoke alarms on a regular basis is an important element of home and building maintenance that will keep your house or company safe. Smoke detector checks are a simple and effective way to safeguard your building and its occupants from smoke and fire emergencies, and keeping yours in good working order doesn't take much effort. Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly by following the guidelines below.
Why check smoke alarms?
Smoke alarms are one of the few products in your house or business that can genuinely save lives in the event of a fire. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, house fires are more than twice as likely to turn deadly in homes without functional smoke detectors. Whether it's a large commercial facility that takes additional time to evacuate or family home full of individuals who are sleeping, providing as much time as possible to flee the premises is critical during a fire. Working smoke alarms provide important early notice which can directly affect the survival of valued family and employees.
Tips for checking smoke detectors
While smoke detector technology has improved and become more dependable than ever before, it is still necessary to inspect and test yours on a regular basis. To conduct a complete smoke detector check in your home or office, follow these suggestions from the experts at SERVPRO Mesquite. Enjoy daily peace of mind knowing that you'll have life-saving assistance when you need it most.
- Be compliant: The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) maintains fire prevention rules and requirements for all types of occupancies. To guarantee you have the most up-to-date information and are in compliance, look into the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code and the Life Safety Code from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
- Adhere to manufacturer guidelines: The maker of your smoke detectors will provide model-specific maintenance and testing recommendations for your home or company. All documentation should be kept so that you can refer to it as needed.
- Check to see what types of smoke detectors are installed: Smoke detectors are divided into two types that are typically seen in homes and workplaces. A smoke alarm that runs on batteries is common in homes and may be fitted almost anyplace. An AC-powered (hard-wired) smoke detector is better suited for long-term use and is commonly found in commercial buildings.
- Alert your family/employees and run tests. Smoke detectors emit a high-pitched sound that may offend or frighten some members of your family, staff, or customers. Everyone will be able to shield their ears or prepare for the sound if they are given advance notice prior to smoke alarm testing.
- Assign someone to stand at the furthest location from the alarm: While the sound of a smoke alarm test may be audible close to the device, it may not be audible elsewhere on your property. Consider installing another smoke alarm in that area if the sound is low or muffled.
- Monthly testing: Use the integrated test button to check every smoke alarm in the building at least once a month. To indicate that the device is receiving electricity, some newer models have flashing or steady LEDs that shine. Other models are linked, allowing you to test them all at the same time.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors at least once a year if they have a replaceable battery. Do not wait until your alarms begin to chirp before replacing the batteries. Make a note of it and make sure you're always safe. When you adjust your clocks for daylight savings time, it's a good idea to replenish your batteries.
- Replace smoke detectors every ten years or 87,000 hours to guarantee you have the most up-to-date technology and the finest protection possible. Even "long-life" smoke alarms must be changed after 10 years since non-removable lithium batteries only have a 10-year guarantee. This is necessary owing to a buildup of impurities in the internal sensors.
Protect your home or business by maintaining your smoke detectors.
Any home or business can be destroyed by a fire. While SERVPRO's remediation experts are here to help you recover from smoke or fire damage to your home or company, you can make sure the right safety procedures and equipment are in place to keep your family and coworkers safe and minimize fire damage in an emergency.
The 4 Most Common Types of Residential Fires
No job is too big.
Being prepared for a fire is nearly impossible. They start quickly— sometimes spontaneously— and spread even faster in our furnished businesses or homes, making it difficult to stave the flames back even if you’re present for the incident. Often, home or business owners aren’t actually at the scene of the disaster and the fire is left unchecked, consuming everything in its wake before first responders can arrive.
Being prepared for a fire is nearly impossible, but being prepared for the aftermath isn’t. The key to getting your home or business back on its feet and functioning normally again is hiring the right group of professionals to mitigate the damage, reconstruct, and patch your home— and life— back together again.
SERVPRO Mesquite is just such a group of professionals. We understand the ins and outs of fire damage with more than 50 years of industry experience under our belts. And with that experience also comes a plethora of knowledge, such as, the most common types of house fires:
- Natural fire: Greenery, such as trees and shrubs, have burned and smoke and odor have now penetrated and damaged your walls from the outside.
- Complex fire: Natural or synthetic items have burned inside your home, causing yellowish, greasy residue on contents. This usually comes paired with synthetic smoke odors. Emergency corrosion mitigation is needed to protect at-risk surfaces and materials.
- Protein fire: The oven or stove has burned contents, usually causing burnt-food and smoke odors to go unchecked inside your home, along with the smoke damage to surfaces.
- Heating malfunctions: Appliances have malfunctioned and caused smoke to be distributed throughout the home.
SERVPRO professionals, with the help of first responders and your insurance company, can help you identify which fire your home has suffered and respond accordingly, faster than the competition.
Another thing to consider when your home or business has suffered a fire loss, is the items that were left behind. Even if they weren’t all that close to the fire, certain materials can sustain damage:
- Smoke can lead to corrosion on certain materials that continues even once the fire is out.
- Odors linger well after the fire has come and gone, sometimes rendering a space completely unlivable.
- Within minutes, smoke can cause discoloration to walls and finishes; smoke can cause etching in glass, and will tarnish metal quickly.
We know it's a lot, and that it's easier to avoid the headache. SERVPRO Mesquite is equipped to handle your loss, and we’re happy and ready to SERV. Give us a call as soon as you think you’ve suffered at the hands of a house fire, and we’ll get it right back to, “Like it never even happened.”
How to Transition into Summer, Fire Hazard Free.
Fire is serious business, and seriously stressful.
With Summer approaching, and the loosening of COVID restrictions, many of us are looking forward to joining with family and friends to enjoy the outdoors this summer. Camping, bonfires and cookouts are some of the most beloved American summer pastimes - they’re also some of the biggest causes of fire damage in the Summer months.
The great news is that being mindful of a few fire safety tips can easily help you avoid any disasters while you enjoy the season.
Any party really takes off around the grill. We all love good food and great company, but in the midst of all this, it can be easy to lost focus on safety. Make sure the person responsible for the grill, and maybe a back up helper, familiarize themselves with these grill safety tips, to make sure your cookout doesn’t end in burn out.
- Keep the grill in an open are that’s well ventilated and away from trees, shrubs, and other combustible structures like your home.
- Avoid loose fitting clothes and tie back long hair that may hang down over the open flames.
- Check all fuel connections between the gas tank and grill before starting it, if your grill runs on gas.
- If you have a charcoal grill, don’t use too much lighter fluid to start the fire and never add fluid once it’s lit.
- Ensure the grill is never unattended, and keep children and pets at a safe distance.
- Thoroughly clean the grill and utensils before and after using them.
- Never dispose of used charcoal until it has cooled completely.
Whether it’s a fire at your campsite or a bonfire under the summer stars, everyone is bound to have fun. Regardless of the type of fire, remember to practice a few safety tips to make sure your evening stays fun and safe.
- If you’re having a fire in a public setting, follow the rules and guidelines of that park or campgrounds for fires.
- Choose a safe location away from tents, trees, gazebos, and other structures that could catch fire, and be sure to build your fire in a pit to prevent unwanted spreading.
- Avoid using lighter fluid to start the fire, and do not leave it unattended.
- Plan how you will extinguish the fire before starting it. You can do this water or by shoveling dirt over the flames.
The Fourth of July is one of our favorite Summer holidays, and a great excuse to flex that firework game! Despite our love of the Holiday and the festivities, sadly thousands of Americans suffer from fire damage, both to their properties and themselves. Don’t become a statistic this summer, follow these simple firework safety tips to be the star of the show, and of safety.
- Choose fireworks that are legal. Be sure to follow all directions and warning labels when lighting them.
- Supervise all children around fireworks. The highest demographic for being injured by fireworks is boys, fourteen and under.
- Choose a safe location outside, away from your home, garage, shed, family, or grass to light the fireworks.
- If a firework fails after lighting it, dump water on it and dispose of it safely.
Your friends at SERVPRO Mesquite want you to enjoy your summer, and we hope you never need us for fire restoration. Our experts have provided this advice, and also recommend staying in compliance with your local codes, ordinances and burn bans, to protect yourself and your property from fire damage.
If the worst happens, our professionals are ready 24/7 to assist you quickly, and to the highest standard, when it matters most.
Fire and smoke damage is a serious business, and also seriously stressful. Our expert technicians are trained to deal with damage efficiently and correctly to prevent the spread, remove smoke odor, preserve structural integrity and restore your home or building to safety.
If you’re affected by Fire Damage this summer, SERVPRO Mesquite is ready to help.
Choosing the Right Company for Your Fire Loss.
We consider no job "too big."
Fire is a devastating element. If your home or business has fallen victim to fire, the result can be devastating and the clean up process daunting. It’s estimated that fires are responsible for more than $25.5 billion of property damage, every year, not to mention indirect costs such as loss of business revenue.
If you’re affected by fire what comes after the flames are extinguished is a time of trial, and selecting a restoration team to work on your property can be one more overwhelming decision. When the blaze is gone the restoration industry steps in to return affected residences and businesses to their former states. By making smart choices on your restoration professionals, you can ensure this experience is as painless as possible, and you receive the high quality, high value work and excellent customer experience that you deserve.
Choosing your team is not a decision to be taken lightly. Fire restoration is a complex and ever-changing industry. Fire does not discriminate and will destroy all parts of your building from the plumbing to the electricity. When looking for your team, you need a company that is experienced with complex projects. In addition to damage mitigation, you also need expert knowledge of all affected systems, state of the art equipment, insurance support and great communication.
A great starting point is a company with the following qualifications:
- Fully licensed, bonded, and insured
- Experienced with managing complex projects
- Experienced in staged restorations where parallel demolitions and installations take place
- Experienced in damage mitigation, water, fire and mold, as well as high standard restoration
- Experienced in working with damage claims and insurance companies
By selecting your contractor carefully, you can afford yourself peace of mind knowing you’re receiving the highest quality work and the best service.
SERVPRO Mesquite offers all this and more. We are proud to serve our neighbors in Mesquite. Our expert team is ready to assist. Big or small, we’ll work hard for your business. Our company motto is to restore your home or business “Like it never even happened,” and this is a promise we make good on, every time.
Fire Damage: What You Need to Know
Fire damage can be extensive and costly.
Dealing with the aftermath of a fire at home or your business can be overwhelming. Fire is a dangerous and complex issue, and much of the damage it leaves behind requires professional attention to ensure the safety and soundness of your home or business going forward.
Beginning clean up and restoration as soon as possible, in a smart and efficient manner, can help get your home or business up and running again quickly. Yet, if you've been the victim of fire damage, it can be difficult to know where to start or what to do, or not do.
The Do's of Fire Damage:
Prioritize safety. A visual inspection is not enough to determine the structural soundness or safety of a building exposed to fire. Regardless of your own opinion, refrain from re-entering the building until it has been cleared by a professional. As well as structural damage, some fires can also appear to be extinguished and restart later, posing a massive safety risk.
Once you are cleared to be inside the building, limit movement to prevent the spread of soot, cover dry furnishings with upholstery sheets to protect them, open windows (if weather permits) to allow ventilation, remove clothing to be cleaned by fire damage restoration cleaners, and throw away any perishables and consumables that were inside during the fire.
Document wisely. Take photographs of all damage, as soon as it is safe to do so. Record conversations, keep correspondence, file receipts and stay organized. Devote a folder in your filing cabinet or cloud service to keeping meticulous records of all things fire related - this will help immensely when dealing with your insurance company to repair the damage.
Call your insurance company as soon as you can, then call SERVPRO Mesquite, and let our trained experts handle the restoration, and show you why our company motto is "Like it never even happened."
The Don'ts of Fire Damage:
Don't enter before a profession declares the building safe - worth repeating as this can literally be a life-or-death decision.
Don't start to clean up or wipe down. Everything needs to be assessed by the insurance company and you need to be given explicit go ahead before attempting any kind of clean up, even simply wiping soot from the walls.
Don't use items involved in the fire, unless appropriate. All food and drinks inside at the time of fire need to be discarded. Furniture and carpets, etc., should not be used until after they have been cleaned by a fire restoration professional. Electronic equipment also needs to be cleaned and cleared for use by professionals before being turned back on.
Don't turn on the gas, electric or water, until cleared to do so.
Dealing with the aftermath of fire is serious business. The residues from smoke can pose health hazards for your family and customers, and you need to move forward with confidence that your home or business is clean, safe, and functional. Fire and smoke damage is best dealt with by professionals who understand the complex chemical reactions involved, and are trained to provide a high quality clean up.
Call SERVPRO Mesquite as soon as possible. One of our fire specialists will arrive onsite to assess your property, quickly and professionally. Our team will provide you with a clean-up and restoration plan, as well as securing the building against further damage. By enlisting the experts, you have peace of mind that restoration will be handled to a high standard of safety, workmanship, and service, in a prompt and professional manner.
After-Fire Hazards: What You Need to Know
SERVPRO is always here to help!
As the holidays draw ever-nearer, SERVPRO Mesquite & Kaufman County/Cedar Creek want to gently and courteously remind our readers that our Christmas staples – the open-fires and twinkling lights, the family s’mores and stove-top kettle corn – all present dangerous opportunities for fires to start. And as we all know, once a fire starts, it can spread rapidly, wreaking havoc throughout the beloved family home and making a mess of not only your holiday season, but your life.
What some might not realize is that a fire’s danger doesn’t stop and end with the fire itself. Smoke, and the resulting soot, is a dangerous respiratory hazard in its own right. Soot may include byproducts that at first seem unrelated to the original material. For example, hydrogen cyanide is a byproduct of burning wool. When wood burns it can produce manganese and benzene—and none of these are things that the average resident wants in their lungs, which is where, unfortunately, it will end up if you’re exposed.
The particle size of soot is approximately 2.5 microns, which is a size associated with deep lung penetration, since it’s then small enough to penetrate the lower-lung, where gas-exchange occurs in the alveoli. Anything bigger than approximately 10 microns will stick to the walls of your upper respiratory tract – which doesn’t include those dangerous sooty materials.
What does this mean for you?
This means that if you spend a prolonged amount of time in the areas of your home that have been affected by fire, you’re exposing yourself to harmful and hazardous materials. After all, when a fire consumes a home, it burns our modern-day fixtures and appliances, which usually include plastics, foams, fabrics, carpets, wood products, synthetic fabrics, wool, and asbestos-containing materials. It is important to recognize that these materials undergo pyrolysis during a fire and become the deposits that are identified as soot.
The effects of exposure depend heavily on the material burned—but in a typical, modern-day home, it’s possible that residents may be exposed to dangerous soot that can irritate the lungs in the best case scenario (if it can be called such,) and soot that acts as a vehicle for harmful chemicals to enter your lungs, at which point the risks increase and vary heavily.
What do you do now?
If you find yourself reeling from the effects of a house fire, contact SERVPRO to handle the fire restoration immediately.
Our SERVPRO team is composed of capable, experienced team members that are not only equipped to handle the job, but dedicated to getting your life after a fire back on track, "Like it never even happened." We can assess the damage in your home and clean it quickly and efficiently, and put you back in a place where you can bring in the New Year, worry-free.
Celebrate Safely on 4th of July
As summer heats up, and Independence Day is around the corner, fireworks will be sold by the millions of pounds throughout the United States.
When celebrating the holiday with your friends, family, and neighbors, keep the following in mind to keep your home, your neighborhood, and the people you care about safe:
- Only use fireworks outdoors
- Be aware of and obey all local laws regarding use of fireworks
- Children under 16 should only use fireworks under adult supervision
- Always have a bucket of water or a hose nearby. If conditions are excessively dry, do not use fireworks
- Alcohol and fireworks DO NOT mix
- Parents should pay special attention to children using sparklers. Sparklers can reach temperature up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Children should not throw or play games with sparklers.
SERVPRO of Mesquite encourages you to keep these safety precautions in mind as you prepare for your celebration!
Understanding the Behavior of Smoke
If you experience fire or smoke damage to your commercial or residential property, give us a call for a free inspection and estimate (972) 329-4747
The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior 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. SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows SERVPRO Of Mesquite to focus on saving your precious items.
SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.
- 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
Wet Smoke- 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 evaporating of materials rather than from a fire)- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs)- While "puff backs" can create havoc from homeowners, SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.
Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue)- Special loss situations require special care.
SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals are trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers from fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO Of Mesquite to help make it "Like it never even happened." (972) 329-4747
Is Your Exit Plan in Place?
Is Your Exit Plan In Place?
Every second counts during a fire. In a matter of moments, a small flame can turn into a major fire, making it critical to be prepared by having an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 6 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency plan for your family.
Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floor. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.
Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime.
Escape Planning for Your Business
Although an emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employers, and your business during an emergency situation. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.
Organize an emergency preparedness procedures review with employees to review your company's emergency plans. you may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.
Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and well lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuation personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.
Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head county. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.
Smoke Alarms Save Lives
Contact SERVPRO of Mesquite or your local fire department for help installing new smoke alarms inside your home!
Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.
Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.
Review the following tips regarding smoke detectors installation and maintenance. For more on emergency preparedness contact SERVPRO Of Mesquite.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
- Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
- Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
- Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps," the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
SERVPRO of Mesquite Knows Deodorization
Even a small fire damage can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.
As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.
SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals provide specialized services that rid in your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. Any restorable item in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including: furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.
SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Ask SERVPRO Of Mesquite professionals to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.
If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services contact SERVPRO Of Mesquite. Whether it's fire, water or mold damage, or just stubborn odor that refuses to go away, We'll help make it "Like it never even happened."
Holiday Fire Safety Tips
If you or anyone you know are in need of fire or water restoration please contact our office for a free estimate and inspection. (972) 329-4747
Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires? As the holiday seasons have begun and you have found yourself in the kitchen more often while hosting friends and family, fire precautions should be top of mind.
According to the NFPA, cooking is the main cause of home fires and injuries, with Christmas and New Year’s coming up it is important to be aware of the following cooking and safety tips so you and your family and friends can have a safe holiday.
- Never leave cooking food unattended- stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or boiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.
- Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while kitchen equipment is in use. Use a timer ass a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
- Keep small children away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free-zone" and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove and oven.
- Keep anything flammable like pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels away from the stove, oven or other appliances in the kitchen that generates heat.
- Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
- Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease build-up.
- Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen year-round. Contact the local fire department for training on the proper use of a fire extinguisher if you are unsure.
- Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all kitchen appliances like stoves, ovens and toasters and turned off.
- Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside of bedrooms. Use the test button to check it is working properly every month. Replace the batteries at least once a year.
SERVPRO of Mesquite professionals wish you a happy holiday season.
Destroys Odors With Deodorization
Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.
As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.
With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the source of the odor.
Once the source is found, SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent odor from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts and more.
Contact SERVPRO of Mesquite so we can explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.
If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, give SERVPRO of Mesquite a call. Whether it’s fire, water, or mold damage or just a stubborn odor that won’t go away, we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Halt Winter Heating Hazards
The winter season is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fire places, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of a heating-related fire.
- Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January and February.
- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturers instructions.
- Test smoke alarms monthly.
If your property suffers from fire damage, contact SERVPRO Of Mesquite to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Avoiding Holiday Hazards This Season
Eliminate potential risks this holiday season. Follow these helpful hints and you will enjoy a happy and fire-safe holiday season.
Use Only Non-Flammable Decorations
All decorations, including a metallic or artificial tree, should be flame retardant. Be sure you place all decorations away from heat vents and heating sources.
Maintain Holiday Lights
Prior to decorating, check holiday lights for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in insulation, broken or cracked sockets and excessive wire kinking. Only use lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory. Lights should be inspected yearly.
Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets
Do not link more than three light strands together, unless directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the wall outlet. periodically, check the wires- they should not be warm to the touch.
Avoid Using Lit Candles
If you enjoy decorating with candles, consider choosing flameless candles. If you do use candles, make sure they are in low traffic areas, where they cannot easily be knocked down. Never leave the building with a candle burning.
Dont Block Exits
Ensure that trees and other decorations do not block an exit way. In the event of the fire, a blocked entry/exit puts you at risk.
As in every season, check all smoke and fire detectors to ensure they are in proper working order. Test the detectors monthly and keep them equipped with fresh batteries.
When Wildfires Threaten
A Little Preparation May Go a Long Way to Protect Your Home.
Whether started by lightning strikes or by human negligence, wildfire can be one of the most powerful and destructive forces in nature.
The threat of wildfires, though generally thought to be a problem for rural areas in the western United States, can even spread to suburbs and often affect the central and eastern U.S., as well. The 2007 California wildfires destroyed at least 1,500 homes according to an Associated Press report.
Though we may never be ale to eliminate wildfires, we can take a few of the following steps to help lessen the danger and damage to our homes. As a National Preparedness Coalition member, SERVPRO of Mesquite encourages you to follow these safety tips, courtesy of FEMA. More information can be found online at www.fema.gov.
- If you're in a high risk area, consider clearing out a 30 foot safety barrier around your home. Keep the vegetation in ths area to a minimum.
- Clear vines from the walls on your home.
- Prune branches and tree limbs within 15 feet of the ground and your home.
- Clear all combustibles within 30 feet of your home.
- Use fire-resistant siding.
- Install spark arrestors in chimneys and stovepipes.
- Choose safety glass for windows and sliding glass doors.
If you have any more concerns, worries, or need restoration due to wildfires, please give SERVPRO of Mesquite a call at (972) 329-4747