Recent Fire Damage Posts
Fire in Flower Mound
SERVPRO of Flower Mound supporting the local fire fighters, team work!
It's easy to forget about fire prevention with all the rain that's been rolling in recently, but as one residence recently learned fires happen no matter what the weather is!
Thankfully for the residence in our community the fire departments have made it a priority to have fire prevention departments/missions.
"The Flower Mound Fire Department Fire Prevention Office mission is to prevent and reduce the incidence of fire by increasing the awareness and knowledge of residents and businesses and by respecting fire safety and ensuring compliance with the International Fire Code. This mission is accomplished through fire prevention education, fire investigations, and compliance inspections. It is the Fire Prevention Office goal to keep Flower Mound a safe place in which to live, work, visit, and raise a family."
Click the link below for your fire department and learn more on how to protect your home/business:
Flower Mound: https://www.flower-mound.com/129/Fire-Department
Highland Village: https://www.highlandvillage.org/809/Fire-Prevention-Division
What should you do after a fire?
Your family is safe, all pets and stuffed animals included, now what? Here are easy tips to remember for AFTER a fire:
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
- Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change HVAC filter.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
- Attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
- Send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
Knowledge is power and becoming familiar with what you should and shouldn’t do ensures that when a disaster does strike your family will be able to recover quickly.
Identifying the different levels of fire damage
Burnt Bunny makes a full recovery
Much like anything else, all fires are not the same. Some burn blue while others orange and some create more smoke than others. Because there are many different types of fire, there are many different types or fire damage and therefore many different types of fire restoration.
Minor fire damage can be identified by a light to moderate amount of smoke residue only in a few areas. As such, restoration calls for dry and/or wet cleaning the ceilings, walls, floors and contents.
Mediums fire damage situations, those where smoke residue is moderate and more materials are affected, typically will require repainting. In addition to the new coat of paint materials such as drywall, cabinets and contents are more likely to need to be replaced.
Last are the major fire damage scenarios. When the fire becomes so hot at a specific point that the structural frame and/or finishes become charred. This fire damage requires emergency services and will often require restorers to pack up any salvageable belongings to store at a separate location.
The best way to avoid all three types of fire damage is to practice safety measure, ESPECIALLY in the kitchen!
House fires now burn hotter and faster, so what do you do?
Like it never even happened
Fire is the visible process of combustion. Once fuel is heated to its ignition point the duration of the flame is dependent on three factors, oxygen, heat and fuel. In complete combustion fuel will not create smoke or other products, only water and carbon dioxide. This creates the blue flame that we typically see in homes from cooking. Complete combustion requires there be enough oxygen to completely combine with the fuel gas, when there is not enough oxygen you have incomplete combustion. This is going to typically be a yellow or orange flame that produces smoke.
An article by TODAY states that research shows 30 years ago you would have had about 17 minutes to get out of a house that was on fire. Today that time is down to 3 or 4 minutes. Since newer homes have more synthetic materials, the backing on carpets, the drapes and most pillows, house fires now burn hotter and faster.
So what do you do? Become informed, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! The top five common causes of house fires are cooking equipment, heating, smoking in bedrooms, electrical equipment and candles. Knowing what to be cautious of is step one, step two is having a plan to get out of the house and to contact emergency services in the event of a fire and step three is calling SERVPRO® of Flower Mound to get back into your home “like it never even happened”.
Fire in a family home
Cup of coffee anyone?
A young child plays with his toys as the dog lays in her bed. Mom is scanning a take-out menu as dad flips through the channels on the T.V. A loud screeching siren brakes the calm bringing with it the realization that a fire has swallowed the kitchen wall.
Fire fighters are there to put the fire out and SERVPRO® of Flower Mound is there to put your home back together.
In the event of a fire the American Red Cross advises individuals to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1.
To learn more about our fire restoration process or have us assist you with a fire damage call us at (972) 420-4771 or visit our website! http://www.SERVPROflowermound.com/
Cooking is the number one cause of house fires.
That loud alarm isn't a timer.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, Cooking is the Number One Cause of House Fires
The number one source of house fires is cooking – usually leaving pots or pans unattended on the stove while you run away to do something for “just a minute.” The NFPA says that 40% of all house fires, or an average of 156,600 per year, start this way, causing approximately $853 million in property damage. Two-thirds of the fires started because the food or other materials caught fire.
Fires are more likely to start on a range (57%) as compared to the oven (16%), mainly due to frying. Most injuries occur when the cook tried to put out the fire.
- Be alert when cooking and don’t leave food unattended.
- Don’t throw water on a grease fire, put a lid on the pan to smother the fire.
- Keep clothing, pot holders, paper towels and other flammable items away from the stove.
- Have working smoke detectors in the house and keep a fire extinguisher nearby just in case.
National Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week October 8-14
October 8th - 14th is National Fire Prevention Week.
In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.
That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:
- Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking 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.
If you have experienced a fire at your home give SERVPRO of Flower Mound a call today! 972-420-4771
What does the fire restoration process typically look like?
SERVPRO of Flower Mound is here to help 24/7 after your fire damage!
Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (972) 420-4771
Fire in the Kitchen Caused Smoke Damage Throughout this Wylie Home
Kitchen where the fire started in this Wylie, Texas home
After the Wylie hail storm causing so much damage, we felt for these customers who have now experienced a fire. Everything in their home was recently replaced and they were now having to go through the process all over again.
The fire started in the kitchen and went into the living room before a neighbor called noticed the smoke and called the local fire department. Luckily the fire department arrived onsite before the flames could reach other rooms. Unfortunately however, the smoke reached every little inch of the home.
We walked through the fire restoration process with the customers and began taking their 911 emergency textiles in order to get them back within 48 hours. The pack out, demo, and cleanup went quickly. The build back is still in progress and we can't wait to post the after photo of their new home!
Keep an eye out on our Official Facebook Page to see the end results!
Electrical Fire in Lake Dallas is No Problem for SERVPRO of Flower Mound
Initial inspection of the home that experienced an electrical fire the night before.
After the fire trucks are gone, your Flower Mound home and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. The drywall and insulation you see on the ground is from the firefighters putting out the flames and being compromised. SERVPRO of Flower Mound has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.
Our professional production team was onsite the next morning after the insurance company gave us a call. Luckily for this family nobody was injured in the fire. We were able to walk them through the home with the assigned adjuster to explain the restoration and claims process as well as answer any questions or address any concerns they might have had.
If you should experience a fire loss at your home or business, give SERVPRO of Flower Mound a call 972-420-4771. We are faster to any size disaster!