Recent Fire Damage Posts
Fire Safety Awareness for October
It's that time of year again where holidays are getting closer, you're cooking more, and fireplaces are being used more than ever. The month of October is all about Fire Safety. Take a look at these tips for staying safe:
- LOOK for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
- LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could only have minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
- LEARN two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
We want you and your family to stay safe! Teach your family these tips to be aware for this upcoming season.
Fire Damage Restoration in London, Somerset, Corbin, and many more!
Our team of trained technicians deal with fire and smoke damage daily at SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties. Cleaning fire and smoke smell is one of the most important activities that is required after the fire has damaged your homes and its contents.
Did you know?
Carpets, draperies, upholstered furniture and clothing usually can be refurbished after a fire, unless they have been scorched or severely water damaged. The most important thing to do is get professional help from a experienced fire smoke damage company.
Smoke odor could remain in clothing, upholstered furniture, carpets and draperies unless it is properly deodorized. Our team have specialized Esporta machines to bring your items back to former glory. Call SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties as we are here to help!
Residents of London, Somerset, Corbin, and other areas: Fire damage cleanup? Call SERVPRO.
This is a fire job of a church clean-up, and it demonstrates the partially cleaned wall of where we had began to clean and the smoke damage present.
SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties continues to be the primary restoration company in water and fire damage cleanup.
Our team of trained technicians are certified in fire damage restoration to bring you the best for your fire, soot, or smoke damaged contents and structure.
We don't just clean up after soot and smoke in our facility. SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties cleans and launders hundreds of items of clothing a day. Items that would have otherwise been discarded because of smoke or soot damage.
Our Esporta machine, along with our Production Manager of Laundry, are top of the charts when it comes to cleaning beloved items of clothing, hats, children's stuffed animals, and even shoes.
We have done hotel curtains, job training facility uniforms and other major jobs. We are a 365 service that is here to help when you need it the most.
Summer Fire Safety Tips to Minimize Fire Damage
It's that time of year again that everyone wants to pull out the grill and barbecue every night. We agree, but we also want you and your family to stay safe this summer season. Below are a few tips from FEMA to keep you stay grilling fire free this summer:
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills must only be used outdoors.
- Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic. Grills should be positioned at least 10 feet away from siding, deck railing, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep matches, lighters, and starter fluid out of the reach of children in a locked drawer or cabinet.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area: declare a three-foot "kid-free zone" around the grill.
Remember these tips and you'll help minimize your chances of a fire damage!
London Church Fire
Right down the road from our office in London, KY a church fire needed our help. SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties was here to help. We got the call and were at the fire within the day.
The church had water damage from the sprinkler system with severe smoke and soot damage to pews and flooring. The church did not want to replace the valuable pews, so restoration was their favorite option.
Their bathrooms and entry way were covered in debris as well. We sent a large team to help cover this commercial fire loss.
Our crew had this fire damage cleaning done within two weeks, so that church could resume on Easter Sunday as scheduled. Our team worked long nights and hours to make this fire damage "Like it never even happened."
Documents Damaged in a Fire?
Here at SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties we don't just recover fire damaged goods like stuffed animals, clothes, or shoes. Our team of trained technicians can restore fire damaged documents, art, and other priceless items.
We have various stages of cleaning for your documents. We will separate them page by page and remove excess dirt, soot, or other contaminants caused by the fire.
Often times, these documents or items could have been impacted by other smells or contaminants that need to be cleaned and deodorized before being returned to you. Deodorization is a top service for SERVPRO, because if you don't have the smell removed from your items, they will re-contaminant your home once returned. A home that has already been cleaned and deodorized of all contaminants.
We want to make your fire damaged items like new again, and we work hard for our customers.
Have a fire damaged item? Call SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties today!
Clothes Dryer Vents Cause More Fire Damages thank you Think
We all know about the kitchen fires, the cigarette fires, and the electrical fires that cause severe damage in homes. There is another kind of fire that causes over 34% of home fires each year: Dryer Vents. Failure to clean these drying vents are causing more and more fire damage in homes each year.
According to our friends at FEMA, during the peak months of fall and winter they are even more likely to occur in your home.
The facts do not lie, FEMA reports: "2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss." That's a staggering statistic.
Keep your home safe during the winter season and year around by keeping those dryer vents nice and clean!
What to do When You’re NOT Thankful for Those Thanksgiving Flames
When you have fire, soot, or smoke damage --call us today!
SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties wants you to stay safe this holiday season. We know the day gets busy, while cooking for usually a high number of people, but it’s important to remember safety tips. Keep these tips in mind when cooking on Thanksgiving during the hustle and bustle of family visiting, children, and pets:
- Don't wear loose-fitting clothing around open flames.
- Don't leave your food unattended on the stove or in the oven.
- If deep-frying turkey, do it outside.
- Never put water on a grease fire.
- Store fire extinguishers in plain sight and near an exit - not under the sink.
Follow these tips, and we wish you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you don’t need us, but if you do: call SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties today. We’ll make your fire, smoke, or soot damage “Like it never even happened.”
Summer went by in a flash, before you can blink Thanksgiving will be knocking on your door!
SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties wants to keep your family safe this Thanksgiving. Look out for more tips on how to prevent fire damage!
Thanksgiving is a time for giving, but also a time to stay safe. With the turkey roasting, children laughing, and family members gathered close: SERVPRO and the American Red Cross are here to keep your family safe! Here are some cooking safety tips for your Thanksgiving holiday:
- keeps fire alarm batteries up to date
- keep potholders and containers at least three feet from heat sources
- avoid loose clothing and long sleeves while cooking
We hope you don’t have to call us, but if you do, remember SERVPRO cleans fire, smoke, and soot damages. We even have special equipment to clean your soft contents that are impacted by fire damages. Residents of London, Somerset, and Corbin SERVPRO is here to help with your restoration needs!
Soft contents are our niche!
These shoes were exposed to fire, smoke, and soot damage. Our Esporta can make your contents cleaning damages "Like it never even happened."
Have you ever wondered what happens when your beloved items have fire, smoke, or soot damage? Who do you call? How can you trust them with your child’s favorite stuffed toy, or the upholstery on a pillow your grandmother made for you?
The answer: SERVPRO’s Esporta system. The Esporta (housed in our Pulaski and Laurel Counties site) is a soft contents revolution. We take damaged goods and make them “Like it never even happened.” The Production Manager of our soft contents department, Kenny Davis, has been in the restoration industry for over twenty years. He handles your items as he would his own. He trains his team rigorously on the Esporta, and he has even trained other SERVPRO teams from all over the U.S.
Don’t trust just anyone with your most prized possessions. Trust Kenny and the SERVPRO team! We are here to help! Call us today at (606) 877-2160.
See the video for more information on our soft contents system.
Having the right equipment during a fire can save your home –and your life!
Follow P.A.S.S. to make sure your fire extinguisher is working properly to protect your family from fires and fire damage.
Fires and fire damage are common tragedies among homeowners. But, there are ways to lessen the damage. SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties is Here to Help so fires don’t ruin your summer. One is having a proper fire extinguisher --especially, during grilling season. Make sure you follow these rules from our friends at the American Red Cross when it comes to having a good extinguisher:
-Always have more than one working extinguisher in your home.
-Install extinguishers high on the wall and away from any heat sources.
-If an extinguisher doesn’t work on a fire immediately, drop it and get out. Most portable extinguishers empty in 8 seconds.
-Make sure the gauge on your extinguisher is properly charged.
-Once you have the right fire extinguisher, always remember PASS:
P- Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.
A- Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
S- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly
S- Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
We hope these tips keep fires and fire damage from your homes. But, if you have fire damage and need SERVPRO, we are always Here to Help. Call SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties at (606) 877-2160.
It’s not time to change the clocks back, but it is time to change your smoke alarms!
It's always that time of the year to check your smoke alarms!
Smoke alarms can improve the safety of your home a significant amount when it comes to fires. A fire can happen at any time, and you will want to make sure you and your family are safe. Here are a few tips from the American Red Cross on how to update your smoke alarms to keep your family and home safe before a fire ignites:
- Have a smoke alarm on every level of your home and in every bedroom.
- Keep smoke alarms away from windows, doors, walls, or ducts that can stop your alarms from working properly.
- Check your smoke alarm monthly.
- Replace smoke alarm batteries every year, or more if needed.
Keeping your family safe is the main priority to having a properly working smoke alarm; but fires can also cause hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars’ worth of damage every year. There is soot, smoke, and even water damage when it comes to a bad fire. The faster you know there is a fire, the faster you can get it put out. Visit: www.redcross.org to learn more tips on how to keep your home safe in case of a fire.
Experienced Contents Restoration Services
Often times when we think of fire damage, the images that first come to mind are of burning roofs, buildings, or the remnants of a house left behind. But what about the contents inside? Those sentimental items passed down from generation to generation or even the everyday items in our homes we take for granted. At SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties, contents restoration is something we pride ourselves on. We are able to provide inventory services, packing services, temporary storage in a climate controlled building with insurance coverage, as well as cleaning and deodorizing. SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties is also able to provide in-house laundry and soft contents restoration. If you need an item while it’s in storage, no problem! Stop by our facility any time and allow us to prepare those items for you. We are able to work with our clients to restore wood items, electronics, appliances, art, documents and books and can even assist with saving old home videos. If you are affected by fire or soot, call us at SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties for all of your content needs.
Smoke Odor Elimination – No Problem!
Often time the first question SERVPRO gets on a fire or smoke loss is – can you ever get this odor out? Yes we can! The highly trained staff at SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties have many tools and techniques at their disposal. While the first step to any odor elimination process is to remove the source, the smoke odor may linger much longer after that step is completed. Whether it’s from a fire damage, burnt items in the kitchen or even just years of cigarette smoke – eliminating that odor is one of our specialties! We have experience in odor elimination in rental units, vehicles, RVs, businesses, commercial buildings and of course with any fire or smoke damage. Let the odor elimination experts at SERVPRO® of Pulaski and Laurel Counties help you today with any smoke odor issues you may be facing.
Home Fire Danger Peaks During Holiday Season
As the holiday season approaches and families gear up for decorating their homes and hosting large gatherings of friends and family, Anthony Roberts of SERVPRO of Pulaski & Laurel Counties reminds homeowners to take note of some sobering statistics about home fire safety from the National Fire Prevention Association: Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires. The three peak days for home cooking fires are Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.1Candles fires peak in December. The top three days for candles fires are Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.2
“These statistics are a serious reminder of how the excitement of holiday entertaining can quickly turn into a life-altering fire or even a tragic injury or death,” says Roberts. “While glowing candles and elaborate meals set the stage for a great holiday get-together, homeowners need to exercise extra care in controlling the dangerous potential for fires.”
According to the NFPA3, unattended cooking is by far the leading cause of home cooking fires, with frying posing the greatest fire risk and electric ranges posing a higher risk than gas ranges. Range top cooking in general started the majority of home cooking fires and caused 86 percent of related civilian deaths for the reporting period.
While incidents of candle fires peaked in 2001 and have been falling since, candles are still one of the top 10 causes of U.S. home fires, according to the NFPA. As with cooking fires, unattended or abandoned candles account for a large portion of candle fires–almost 20 percent–but the most frequent cause of candle fires is placing the candle too close to something that can burn, like curtains, decorations or furniture.
“It’s easy to see why cooking and candle fires both peak during the holiday season,” says Roberts, “and it’s also easy to see why homeowners need to take extra care when decorating their homes or entertaining. A moment’s inattention at the stove or a guest repositioning a candle on a tabletop may be all it takes to turn the festivities into a fight to save property and lives. While our business is fire and water damage restoration and we stand ready to help at a moment’s notice if disaster does strike, our sincere hope is that our friends and neighbors will enjoy a fire-free and festive holiday season.”
For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO of Pulaski & Laurel Counties, please contact Anthony Roberts at (606)877-2160 or marketing@SERVPROofpulaskilaurel.com.
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