Recent Fire Damage Posts

How to Use Fire Extinguisers

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Use Fire Extinguisers SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

All of us at SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties hope you never have a fire. If the worst happens, we are experts in cleaning the damage left by smoke and fire in your home or office.

Fire extinguishers may help prevent fire damage or smoke damage, but only if you know how to use them.

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties wants to share these tips from FEMA. You can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You have alerted others in the building that there is a fire
  • Someone has called the fire department
  • You are physically able to use a fire extinguisher
  • The fire is small and contained (like a wastebasket)
  • You are safe from the fire’s smoke
  • You have a clear escape route

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher: SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties suggests you remember PASS:

Pullthe pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism

Aimat the base of the fire

Squeezethe lever slowly and evenly

Sweepthe nozzle side to side

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/extinguishers.html

OSHA Guidelines, Fire Ext., Commercial

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage OSHA Guidelines, Fire Ext., Commercial SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties knows that the proper use of fire extinguishers can prevent fire from destroying lives.

Owning a fire extinguisher is not enough.  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers train their employees how and when to use fire extinguishers. They must provide the training shortly after the employee is hired, and then every year thereafter.

OSHA does not allow untrained employees to use a fire extinguisher.

OSHA also requires monthly inspectionsof the fire extinguishers.

Fire extinguishers have to be placed where they cannot be moved or damaged..

The carrying handle should be 3-1/2to 5 feet above the floor.

Employees must know when to use fire extinguishers.

SERVPRO of  Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties suggests asking yourself these questions regarding fire extinguishers. 

  • Have I pulled the fire alarm?
  • Is the fire extinguisher easy to reach?
  • Do I know how to use it? [Look up PASS here]
  • Is the fire contained in a small area?
  • Is the smoke non-toxic?
  • Can everyone get out?
  • Do I have an escape route?

If you can answer “yes” to all of the questions, it is reasonable to use the fire extinguisher.

SERVPRO of  Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties reminds you that fire is fast.If you cannot contain it within 30 seconds, get everyone out of the area. Call 9-1-1 once you are outside.

Links:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/index.html

https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.157

https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/fire-and-life-safety-equipment/fire-extinguishers

FEMA Stats on Commercial Fires

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage FEMA Stats on Commercial Fires SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) reports that over 40% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster such as fire damage, storm damage, or other disruption.

Only 29% of those that do reopen remain open after 2 years.

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties wants you to be aware of the causes of fire damage and fire injuries so that you can help prevent them.

Top Causes of Commercial Fires in Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties:

  • Cooking: SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties has information 
  • Equipment: Almost 38% of business fires start from faulty equipment or from mis-used equipment. Some materials can catch fire or explode when exposed to heat
  • Carelessness: Remember to cover light bulbs, turn off equipment at the end of the day, and to replace frayed cords

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties wants you to remember that the best way to fight fire damage or smoke damage is to prevent it.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/medialibrary/assets/documents/89510

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/firesafety/

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/nonres_bldg_fire_estimates.pdf

Extinguisher Types

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Extinguisher Types SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

All of us at SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties hope your business stays safe from fire.  If the worst happens, we are experts in cleaning fire damage and smoke damage.

Just to be safe, SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties recommends you keep, maintain, and know how to use fire extinguishers. 

A fire-extinguisher may prevent fire damage and smoke damage from spreading throughout the office.

If you see a small fire that you can take care of yourself, use the following tips.  If you have any worries, you and everyone should leave the house and call 9-1-1 when you are outside.

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties wants you to know that you can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than personal injuries
  • You have the right class of fire extinguisher
  • You know how to use the fire extinguisher

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties explains Types of Commercial Fire Extinguishers:

Classes A, B, and C fire extinguishers are found in both homes and businesses

  • Class A is for cloth, wood, and paper
  • Class B is for liquids that can burst into flame or explode, such as grease, gasoline, oil, or oil-based paints
  • Class C is for electrical equipment like computers, tools, or anything else that is plugged in
  • Most home-improvement stores sell multi-purpose fire extinguishers: Classes A:B:C
  • Class D is for metals that can burst into flame. Class D fire extinguishers are usually needed only in some factories
  • Class K is for vegetable and animal oils and fats that are in cooking appliances. Commercial kitchens (restaurants, cafeterias, catering businesses) often use them

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/extinguishers.html

Fire Prevention Week

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Week starts on Sunday and it’s a good time to talk about some safety tips that will help reduce home fires.

  • Tip #1: Never leave stoves, candles or open flames unattended; most home fires start in the kitchen.
  • Tip #2: Douse cigarette butts in water before tossing in the garbage.
  • Tip #3: Don’t charge electronic devices on one power strip, spreading them out reduces the risk of fires.

BONUS TIP: When charging items on a power strip, don’t place the power strip on a fabric or near other flammable items.

About SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Wildfire Safety

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

With the current dry conditions, we should all be aware of wildfires as they can spark quickly and spread even quicker under the right conditions. In the event of a wildfire in the area, here are a few things that you can do to protect your home:

  • Tip #1: Most importantly, listen to emergency channels and know the status of the fire.
  • Tip #2: Put emergency supplies and must-have items in the car so you can evacuate quickly. Evacuate immediately if told to do so.
  • Tip #3: Close and protect your home's openings, including attic and basement doors and vents, windows, garage doors and pet doors to prevent embers from penetrating your home.

About SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Camp Fire Safety

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

You know how much SERVPRO cares about safety. Here are some tips to keep you safe in your car in the event of an emergency.

  • Tip #1: Always have a first aid kit with you in the car. You can purchase your own for kit on Amazon for between $15 to $70.
  • Tip #2: Always have a set of jumper cables in the car. You never know when you (or someone else) will need them.
  • Tip #3: Keep that fire extinguisher handy and remember to test it every 6 months.

BONUS TIP: A lot of people are terrified of crashing their vehicle into a body of water and being unable to escape. Did you know that in the event that your vehicle is submerged, your headrest can save your life? Simply take it out like this and use the sharp ends to break open your window.

About SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Burning Safety

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Many of us, opt to do a controlled burn of our trash and other items. If this is you, listen up as summer can be a dry time and it may not always be safe to burn items. We have some tips to help you make a good decision on whether to burn or not.

  • Tip #1: Check with your local county or municipality to ensure there are no burn bans
  • Tip #2: Check your local weather and pay particular to high winds
  • Tip #3: Make sure you create the proper boundary before you burn.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these burning safety tips. And remember, when the unexpected happens call SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll County.

About SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Grilling Safety

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

We don’t know about you but one of the things we love most about summer is grilling. But did you know that last year about 16,000 people visited the ER because of grill incidents? Here are some safety tips around the grill to make sure you don’t become a summertime statistic.

  • Tip #1: Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home.
  • Tip #2: If grilling with a gas grill, check for gas leaks before using.
  • Tip #3: Keep a fire extinguisher within a few steps of the grill and a small bottle for flair ups

We hope you’ve enjoyed these grilling safety tips. And remember, when the unexpected happens call SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll County.

About SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Firework Safety

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fourth of July is right around the corner and many of you will be taking part in the time-honored tradition of launching fireworks. The most recent statistics show that fireworks caused 15,600 injuries in the U.S. We don’t want that to happen to you so here are a few tips to stay safe this Fourth of July.

  • Tip #1: Shoot in a clear, safe area
  • Tip #2: Wear safety glasses
  • Tip #3: Never relight a dud firework. Wait 20 minutes and soak it in a bucket of water.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these fireworks safety tips. And remember, when the unexpected happens call SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson and Carroll County.

About SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Chimney and gas log maintenance is important!

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Everyone enjoys a good fire in the fireplace. Whether you have a chimney or a gas log fireplace, there is some basic maintenance that you can do to prevent having to call SERVPRO because of soot or fire spreading beyond your fireplace. So here are a few, quick tips to keep your fireplace or gas logs functioning smoothly all winter:

  • Lack of chimney maintenance can cause some serious problems and eventually lead to fires. Your local fire department recommends that your chimney should be cleaned out at least once every other year.
  • If you’ve ever noticed that your walls and ceiling have a soot build-up; it’s not that you’re not doing a good cleaning job. When you don’t give your chimney regular maintenance, it can cause over time what is known as a ghosting effect. If you start to see your walls and ceilings covered in soot, you are past due for that chimney cleaning.
  • Another sign that you might need your chimney cleaned is when you get a puff back of smoke. Assuming you haven’t left your flue closed, puff backs tend to happen when there is a build-up in your chimney and it circulates right back into your home.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today (731) 627-6251

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 Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties 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 (731) 627-6251

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Kitchen Safety: Don’t get distracted!

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Without a doubt the majority of fires we see at SERVPRO, started in the kitchen. We’ve got some tips to make sure that the only thing that could be burning in that kitchen is this evening’s dinner – and we can’t help you with that one.

  • Before you leave the kitchen, double-check that the over and burners have all been turned off. Most fires happen because the person doing the cooking gets distracted and forgets that they are cooking.
  • Keep all paper towels, pot holders and kitchen towels away from the burners.
  • In the event that things do get a little out of hand be sure to have a fire extinguisher handy for most kitchen fires. If you’re dealing with a grease fire – baking soda is your best bet.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today (731) 423-9944

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 Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties 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 (731) 627-6251

SERVPRO of Weakley, Gibson & Carroll Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Dryer maintenance helps prevent fires

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

If you’re like most people, once your dryer cycle is done, you scoop out the lint and move on to the next load of laundry. But there is a little more to dryer maintenance than that, especially if you want to prevent having to call SERVPRO because of a fire. So here are a few, quick tips to keep your dryer from becoming a fire hazard:

  • Once a week vacuum and clean out the lint trap filter. This will keep lint from building in the dryer and causing a fire.
  • Every 6 months check behind the dryer and ensure that the exhaust hose is not crushed and is circulating properly.
  • Every 6 months, you also want to make sure that the exhaust vent receives a thorough cleaning, as well as your duct work, and for that service make sure you are contacting your local SERVPRO.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today (731) 627-6251

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 Weakley, Carroll and Gibson Counties 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 (731) 627-6251

SERVPRO of Weakley, Carroll and Gibson Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Red Cross and Fire Prevention

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Red Cross and Fire Prevention David Brumley (center), other members of the American Red Cross and some authorities inspect a comfort kit for disaster victims in Paris, TN.

SERVPRO began a National partnership with the American Red Cross in March of 2013. We committed to support a Disaster Responder with an emphasis on the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. And this week is Fire Prevention week! Our franchise recently reached out to the American Red Cross of Mid-West Tennessee in order to offer our support.

Fire Prevention Week

A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. That’s why, the American Red Cross of Mid-West Tennessee has partnered with different Fire Departments in the cities and the 14 counties they cover to install smoke alarms at people’s homes at no charge. This year alone, they have installed close to a 1000 units.

They also have what they call a Pillow Case Project. Red Cross volunteers go to schools and present to 3rd and 4th grade students a program on safety that covers fire safety. Dave Brumley, a volunteer for the organization, explains some of the topics they cover with the kids: “How to get out of a room on fire underneath the smoke; how to touch the door with the back of your hand to make sure that is safe to open that door; how to prepare a fire escape plan for their home and have two ways of getting out of their home”. He concludes: “The hope is, working with the children, that they will go home with their excitement and get the parents involved, so the whole family can be prepared for an event”.

How to build your emergency preparedness kit.

How to create your Home Fire Escape Plan.

How to become a volunteer for the American Red Cross of Mid-West Tennessee.

How to prepare a fire escape plan

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Week runs from October 8th to 14th. It’s an excellent time to prepare your plan in case of a fire emergency. The theme this year is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”. Fire experts agree; people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests the following steps for your family to be ready.

Tips

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household. This grid will help you. Mark two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Some Fire facts

  • On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day.
  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.
  • Three out of five home fire deaths in 2010-2014 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.

Other statistics

Hoarding and fire safety

Many fire departments are experiencing serious fires, injuries, and deaths as the result of compulsive hoarding behavior.

Dryers and washing machines

Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 5%.

In 2010-2014, U.S. municipal fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year. These fires resulted in annual losses estimated at 13 civilian deaths, 440 civilian injuries, and $238 million in direct property damage.

Source: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week-2