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Smart Strategies for Preventing House Fires | SERVPRO® of Crowley & South Johnson County

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fires caused by cooking are the leading source of house fires. If your home has fire damage, call SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County.

While every household should make installing smoke alarms a priority, there are other prevention resources you can use in conjunction with smoke alarms to make your home even safer. Because house fires occur often and for many reasons, it is essential to learn about the statistics and strategies for preventing them.

House Fires and the Numbers

According to the NFPA, every 24 seconds, someone is affected by a home fire. Extrapolated, that means there are an estimated 8,600 house fires in the United States each day.

Fires caused by cooking are the leading source of house fires, but there are many other reasons a fire could start as well. Faulty appliance cords, dryer lint and aerosol cans can also pose a fire risk if not handled carefully.

Top Tips for Fire Prevention

The best way to defend against house fire risk is by being proactive. Learning tips about fire prevention will help you understand the risks and how you can prevent them:

Check up on smoke alarms. Check your smoke alarms every 30 days, and replace them every 10 years, even if they still appear to be functional.

Clean dryer lint. As lint builds up and the dryer gets warm, it can become a combustion risk. Remove lint from the dryer tray after each load of laundry.

Never leave open flames. Fires can start and spread faster than you think, which is why it is never wise to leave the room when there is an open flame. Whether it is a candle, cooking flame or fireplace, always keep an eye on them.

Monitor electrical cords. Cords and electrical wires should be checked often for frayed spots and immediately replaced if they are present. Never run electrical cords under rugs or behind furniture, as they can produce heat.

Check for flammable products. Chemicals in household products can be highly flammable, as well as products that come in aerosol cans. Keep these away from sunlight or heat sources.

If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire and soot remediation, and here to help 247.

SERVPRO is Here to Help Restore Your Property After a Disaster

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is well-known for getting there faster when disaster strikes--but there's another reason  SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County should be one of your first calls when disaster strikes.

Our “restore first” mentality when it comes to your property helps reduce interruptions to your everyday life and gets your home or business back to pre-disaster conditions. This is aided by the use of specialized equipment and cleaning techniques.

Restore First for Fire Damage

Knowing who to call first after a fire has damaged your property is stressful. SERVPRO is here to lessen that stress. Once you contact us, our team will get started right away to service your damage needs.

Our highly trained team will develop a unique plan, tailored to your needs, because every fire damage event is different. Here are the steps that are generally included in our process:

1. Emergency contact. Once you’ve made the initial contact with us, you will be asked to answer a series of questions regarding the fire damage. This helps us make sure our team is dispatched with the appropriate equipment and resources.

2. Inspection and fire damage assessment. When our team arrives on the scene, they will inspect and test adjoining rooms of the property to determine the extent of fire, smoke and soot damage. This helps us determine the right plan of action moving forward.

3. Immediate board-up and roof-tarp service. Because fire damage can compromise windows, walls and roofs, we will make sure that your property is secure and protected from further damage by boarding up missing windows and walls and placing a tarp on damaged roofs.

4. Water removal and drying (if water damage is present). Water damage from a fire is almost inevitable. We’ll begin the removal process right away and then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and finish up the drying process.

5. Removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces. Our techniques and equipment are specialized to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls and other surfaces.

6. Cleaning and sanitizing. If your items, structures, and surfaces are able to be restored, we will clean them. After cleaning, we use industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment to help remove stubborn odors.

7. Restoration. This is our final step in the process of getting your property back to pre-fire condition. Restoration can include minor repairs like replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet. It could also call for major repairs like reconstruction of damaged areas.

Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Fire Safety Tips for Your Business

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Business owners have many responsibilities--and one all-important responsibility is spending time planning and creating a fire prevention and evacuation plan. As a business owner, you will find there are plenty of safety factors to take into consideration regarding risks to your business, staff and visitors.

Some Leading Causes of Commercial Structure Fires

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has found that the leading causes of structure fires in office properties from 2007-2011 were (in order):

  1. Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
  2. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
  3. Heating equipment, 11% of fires
  4. Intentional, 10% of fires
  5. Smoking materials, 9% of fires
  6. Exposure, 4% of fires
  7. Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires.

Of those causes, intentional, exposure and electrical distribution and lighting equipment accounted for the most property damage with 20%, 18% and 15% respectively.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that fires and explosions accounted for 3% of all workplace fatalities in 2007.

In looking at more recent numbers, the NFPA estimates that from 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year, which resulted in an annual average of four deaths, 44 injuries and $112 million in direct property damage.

Protecting Your Business from Fire

So what are the steps a business owner can take to protect a business from the risk of fires? By focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education, a business owner can help reduce the chance of a fire breaking out.

First, a fire hazard risk assessment must be made. In some ares, the local government may even offer a visit from a fire marshal to help identify these risks and provide guidance in creating a fire prevention plan.

It is important to ensure that the right fire protection equipment is in place. This includes an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on each floor.

Finally, the most important aspect to consider is the human element, namely your employees. By creating a fire plan and reviewing it with staff, a business owner ensures that everyone knows what to do in the case of a fire. Conduct fire drills at least once a year to keep the fire safety protocol fresh, and take time to review evacuation plans and where the first-aid kits are.

Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is available to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Do I Need to Move Out of My Home After a Fire?

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen in Crowley, TX with smoke and soot damage.

Move Out After Fire Damage

If any part of your home suffers smoke damage from a fire, the severity of the damage will determine if you have to move out. Staying in your home may seem like the best option, but there are some really good reasons for moving out.

  1. It will allow the workers to assess the house and conduct any repairs. During such a time, one would have to move into a motel. The soot damage may mean one’s clothing is destroyed and unusable.
  2. It will allow you to have essentials, such as clothes and boots for work, cleaned and not stored in a smelly home.

Purchasing new items right away should only be done by approval of the insurance adjuster. You must ensure they keep all the receipts safely.

In the case of a fire loss or smoke damage, the insurance has to act fast. There is a legal requirement that they work fast. If you feel the insurer is moving too slowly to compensate for the soot damage, it is essential to contact them or have the restoration company contact them.

How To Create a Fire Evacuation Plan for Your Pets

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Planning Ahead is the Best Way to Ensure Your Pets' Safety.

No one wants to consider the possibility of facing a fire emergency in their own home, but it could happen at any time. Coming up with a fire plan is key to getting yourself and your family out safely. But what about your pets? If you don’t include pet preparation in your fire safety plan, you may not be able to get your furry friends out in time. Make sure this heartbreaking situation doesn’t happen by following these steps to create a fire evacuation plan for your pets.

  1. Keep Pets Away From Fire Hazards

If you have any potential fire hazards in your Crowley, TX, home (such as space heaters or fireplaces), keep your animals away from those areas. A simple baby gate or leash can be used to confine your pets to the safest areas of your home so they can’t start a fire. If you plan to leave the home, turn off all heaters, electronics and other potential fire hazards beforehand.

  1. Use a Pet Alert Window Cling

If firefighters have to get you out of your home during a fire emergency, they’re not likely to know you have animals inside as well. As part of your pet safety plan, purchase or create a pet alert window cling that includes the number and type of pets inside your home. Keep the window cling affixed to a front window where it can be easily seen by rescuers.

  1. Put Pets Near Doorways When You Leave

Whenever you leave the home, make sure your animals are located near a front doorway so they can be easily rescued if needed. You may choose to confine your pets in a playpen or put them on a leash so they don’t wander from the area while you’re gone.

These steps will make it easier for rescuers to bring you and your pets to safety in the event of a fire emergency. You may also want to have the number for SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County on had to help you repair damage after a fire.

Fire Damage to Your Commercial Building in Crowley.

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Trucks from SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County on the scene of a company damaged by fire and smoke.

Smoke Damage to Your Business 

Recovery after a fire is important to keep your company in business. The longer smoke particles stay embedded on surfaces in building materials, the more difficult it is to remove. The smoke damage remediation process must begin at once. SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get your business back up and running.  With a properly applied Mitigation process all salvageable items can be cleaned and restored by our vastly trained and highly skilled crew of technicians.

As a professional fire damage restoration company, SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County can completely restore a building that has been affected by any fire despite the size or scope, so your company looks "Like it never even happened."

3 Ways To Avoid Fires When Grilling

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Grill in safe place in your Keene,TX

Three Ways to Prevent a Grill Fire

Gas, hardwood, and other types of grills generate a lot of heat and often rely on open flame. It is possible to grill safely if you take a few simple fire safety precautions. Here are three ways to prevent a grill fire at your home in Keene, TX.

1. Grill In a Safe Place

One of the best ways to avoid starting a barbeque fire is to move a safe distance away from structures and flammable items. Never operate a grill on a patio or porch that has a roof. You should also never start kindling a cooking fire inside. Always allow a grill to cool completely prior to storage.

2. Clean and Maintain Your Grill

A grill fire is more likely to break out on a grill covered with grease and flammable food residue. Maintain a fire for at least ten to fifteen minutes after cooking to burn off residue and scrape the grates with a wire brush. Give the entire grill a deep cleaning at least once or twice per season. When the grill is cool, remove the grates and drip pan and clean them with water and a suitable soap. Wipe down the interior and exterior.

3. Factor Fire Safety Into Food Preparation

Trim excess fat from meat prior to grilling. This can reduce the amount of grease that builds up on the grates or in the drip pan and lower the risk of a barbeque fire. You should also use igniting agents responsibly and store containers at a safe distance from an open flame. Keep other flammable items such as napkins and towels at a safe distance.

These measures can help you grill more safely. If a grill fire does start and cause damage to the exterior of your home, schedule an appointment with a fire and smoke damage mitigation and restoration company in Keene, TX.

Can I Salvage My Electronics After a Fire?

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

It’s no secret that fire can leave destruction in its wake. Even small house fires can damage or even destroy your home’s structure as well as your belongings inside. You may think that items such as electronic equipment would be useless after a fire. However, you’ll be happy to know that in some cases, you can use fire cleanup methods to restore and preserve your electronics such as laptops, TVs, stereos and other valuable items.


What can You do Immediately?


Once you have the fire under control, you will start to assess the damage. When you get to your electronics, take the following action without delay:

• Carefully move them to a safe, secure location.
• Do not turn them on or try to operate them.
• Call a seasoned restoration specialist to examine the extent of the damage.


What Will the Pros Do?


When a professional comes to your Cleburne, TX, home to look at the smoke damage your electronics sustained, he or she will promptly work on removing the acids the smoke left behind. This acid will begin to corrode the equipment and render it useless. The faster the technician can remove and clean these materials, the better chance you have of using the electronics again.


Why Call Professionals?


During fire cleanup, you may be tempted to clean your electronics yourself. You should always let a trained professional take care of these items. Not only do the pros have the right equipment to effectively and successfully clean your electronic equipment, but they also have extensive experience in restoring people’s TVs, computers and various other electronics. If you attempt to do this on your own, you may cause further damage.

If you want to salvage your most important electronic equipment during a fire cleanup, make sure you call a professional restoration company. With expert help, you don’t have to say goodbye to your electronics.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

Two Types of Fires You’re Likely Not Prepared For

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

A home fire can destroy everything you own, and insurance is the best way to ensure you are compensated for damages. However, what if your house is vacant during the fire or is subject to arson? In these circumstances, insurance does not usually cover damage you incur. Residents in Cleburne, TX, are preparing by taking decisive action to protect their homes and their pocketbooks.


Ensure Your Property Isn’t Vacant


Insurance policies have varying definitions of what constitutes a vacant property, but generally it means a property that has been unoccupied for 30 days or longer. Holiday homes only used for a few weeks each season may fall into this category. If you vacation or travel extensively, whether for business or pleasure, the insurance company could consider your home vacant if a fire occurs during your absence. Here are some tips to make sure you don’t get caught off guard by the finer details of your policy:

• Verify the exact number of days your property can be left unattended without being declared vacant.
• Prove that you were home at least once within the specified period as an extra precaution.
• Purchase vacant home fire insurance if you cannot guarantee that you will be around before the window of time expires.


Don’t Fall Victim to Arson


If you experience a fire that is purposely set, the damages may not be covered by insurance. Arson constitutes insurance fraud; in other words, it’s starting a home fire on purpose to collect insurance money. If investigators discover that your home has deliberately been set ablaze, then the insurance company can reject your claim.

Luckily, most homeowners don’t set fire to their own homes, so all you need to do is take some common-sense precautions to prevent others from doing it. Install basic security cameras around your property, particularly near flammable structures. Keep multiple fire extinguishers on your property and consult with experts on how to fireproof your home.

The stakes are too high to be caught off guard by a home fire. You stand to lose everything if you are not prepared. Fortunately, with the right research and preparation you can be ready for anything.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com.

How To Create a Fire Evacuation Plan for Your Pets

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

No one wants to consider the possibility of facing a fire emergency in their own home, but it could happen at any time. Coming up with a fire plan is key to getting yourself and your family out safely. But what about your pets? If you don’t include pet preparation in your fire safety plan, you may not be able to get your furry friends out in time. Make sure this heartbreaking situation doesn’t happen by following these steps to create a fire evacuation plan for your pets.

1. Keep Pets Away From Fire Hazards

If you have any potential fire hazards in your Crowley, TX, home (such as space heaters or fireplaces), keep your animals away from those areas. A simple baby gate or leash can be used to confine your pets to the safest areas of your home so they can’t start a fire. If you plan to leave the home, turn off all heaters, electronics and other potential fire hazards beforehand.

2. Use a Pet Alert Window Cling

If firefighters have to get you out of your home during a fire emergency, they’re not likely to know you have animals inside as well. As part of your pet safety plan, purchase or create a pet alert window cling that includes the number and type of pets inside your home. Keep the window cling affixed to a front window where it can be easily seen by rescuers.

3. Put Pets Near Doorways When You Leave

Whenever you leave the home, make sure your animals are located near a front doorway so they can be easily rescued if needed. You may choose to confine your pets in a playpen or put them on a leash so they don’t wander from the area while you’re gone.

These steps will make it easier for rescuers to bring you and your pets to safety in the event of a fire emergency. You may also want to have the number for your local fire restoration experts on hand to help you repair damage after a fire.

Do I need to move out of my home?

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen stove with fire and soot damage.

Move Out After Fire Damage

If your house suffers smoke damage due to an incident in the kitchen it depends on the severity of the damage if you have to move out. But there are some really good reasons for moving out.

  1. It will allow the workers to assess the house and conduct any repairs. During such a time, one would have to move into a motel. The soot damage may mean one’s clothing is destroyed and unusable.
  2. It will allow you to have essentials, such as clothes and boots for work, cleaned and not stored in a smelly home.

Purchasing new items right away should only be done by approval of the insurance adjuster. You must ensure they keep all the receipts safely. 

In the case of a fire loss or smoke damage, the insurance has to act fast. There is a legal requirement that they work fast. If you feel the insurer is moving too slow to compensate for the soot damage, it is essential to contact them or have the restoration company contact them.

Securing Your Property after Fire

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Boarded front door after a fire.

Ensure that Property is Secured

When afire occurs, you should ensure to prevent any further loss. There are a couple of ways to make sure your home is safe.

  1. Board up any holes left by the fire. It will prevent further losses. Your local restoration company can provide board up services for you.
  2. Move any property that is undamaged by the kitchen fire. An insurance company could claim the owner was negligent. Thus, it may reduce the amount one gets as compensation.
  3. File a Claim Immediately. Fire-claims need to be filed immediately. The longer you delay, the more damage will be caused by soot and smoke.

Considers the above measures to reduce the suffering of fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Crowley & South Johnson County to schedule your board up and cleaning.

Board Up Services in Crowley, TX

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire, there may be some gaping holes in your home. Firefighters break windows and doors to vent the home of smoke. It keeps them safe while working inside your home to battle the fire.

However, there are those in our community who would take advantage of those broken windows and doors to take away your possessions for themselves or to sell. It is for this reason that insurance companies will pay for boarding up your home in case of a fire.

SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County can board up your home after a fire to keep it secure. We understand that there are a lot of decisions that need to be made between the homeowner and the insurance. One of those decisions shouldn’t be a secondary claim due to theft and vandalism.

Fire Damage Restoration in Crowley

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Removing Fire Damaged Items

A professional fire restoration company can help the business owner decide what items they want to keep and what items they want to get rid of and replace. A fire sprinkler system may have caused problems to many other items that the business owner needs to use in order to help serve their clients. Fire restoration efforts after an electrical fire should concentrate on restoring such spaces so they can become functional again. Professionals can help the owner decide what to do to make the spaces ready to open after commercial fire damage. They may suggest items in the space that can help with fire suppression methods should another fire break out again.

Creating Inviting Spaces Again

In the aftermath of a fire, any business owner may look around the property and feel overwhelming. Damage from a fire can make the entire space feel unappealing. Fortunately, there is hope. Many business owners can turn to professionals to help them figure out what needs to be done to clean up after the fire has been put out. A professional Disaster and Restoration service may suggest that an area be cleaned of ash and soot and that windows and doors be cleaned. They can also clean items that had been used for decoration such as furniture or paintings. An effective professional company can help a business get back to doing business after a utility fire.
Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on commercial fire damage.

Restoration Services for Property Owners

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Restoration For Property Owners

When a property owner is dealing with the effects of a fire in home, they will look to hire a restoration company to help them. The services provided by this type of company are quite similar whenever there is either a fire in home or a fire in business. If there is a fire in home, the restoration company will often evaluate the damage of the home and then clean off all of the smoke and soot.

If there is a fire in business, fire damage restoration will likely be more intensive and take longer to complete. However, fire damage restoration is arguably the most effective way to address a fire in business. After experiencing commercial fire damage such as a fire in business, property owners will want to take advantage of a number of services offered by a restoration company. These services include things such as fire cleanup which is the process of eliminating lingering smoke, soot and debris from the fire. Companies that are assisting property owners who have experienced fire in business will perform a number of steps similar to that of a regular home.

The first step in fire damage restoration for commercial fire damage is to first evaluate and inspect the property. This entails going over all of the structures and assessing their condition. It also consists of looking for smoke and soot and then looking to board up parts of the property. The next step in fire damage restoration and addressing commercial fire damage is to eliminate the smoke and soot. Part of the process may include a board up. When a company looks to boar up parts of the property, it is done to shield everyone from smoke and soot. A company will then perform fire cleanup by using specialized equipment to get rid of smoke, soot and other debris after a board up. Once fire cleanup is finished, a company will then look to sanitize the property and make sure that there are no more hazardous particles in the property. With a combination of a board up and fire cleanup, property owners will be in position to effectively resolve any negative effects caused by commercial fire damage.
Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on fire damage.

How Restoration Companies Help Home Owners Recover from Fire Damage

11/6/2017 (Permalink)


How Restoration Companies Help Home Owners Recover from Fire Damage

Property owners will usually do everything they can to maintain their property and keep it in the best possible condition. However, there are some things that occur that are beyond the property owners’ control. One of these things is a fire which can occur at any time. When a fire occurs, the property will likely experience a lot of adverse effects such as fire damage. With fire damage, a number of the property structures will be broken down and in some cases fall apart. As a result, fire damage can have some very devastating effects on a property. However, there is a solution that property owners can take advantage of when dealing with fire damage. This solution is to hire a company that specializes in both residential and commercial fire restoration.

As well as fire damage, property owners also deal with smoke damage whenever there is a fire. Smoke damage is caused by the fire which results in a number of particles getting on the property structures. The effects of smoke damage can be quite devastating as it can not only break down the various property structures, but also cause odors and ruin the appearance of the property as well. Smoke damage is one of the things that property owners will need to address shortly after there is a fire. Along with causing a deterioration of the structure and appearance of a property, damage caused by smoke can cause a smoke smell that is quite unpleasant. The smoke smell will usually be an odor that is quite strong and which will need to be eliminated right away. Whenever a property owner is dealing with smoke damage and a smoke smell, they will benefit by hiring a restoration company. The services of a restoration company will help property owners eliminate damage as well as the smoke smell.

Along with experiencing damage from fires and smoke, any property that catches fire will also have soot damage. When a property experiences soot damage, it will have an accumulation of black particles that get on various structures of the property. Soot damage will often contribute to the deterioration of a property after a fire. As a result, soot damage can have devastating effects on any property. In order to address this issue, property owners will benefit by getting a professional company to help remove soot and other particles that can be hazardous.

Visit http://www.SERVPROofcrowleysjc.com for more information on fire damage.