Recent Fire Damage Posts
Horrific Malibu Rebuilds
The horrible Malibu fires spread on the coastline and destroy many homes.
In early November 2018, Malibu experienced the most catastrophic event and community wide trauma in their history when the Woolsey fire burned through the neighborhoods. Stealing homes from so many of the neighbors, however this resilient community has already begun taking strong steps to rebuilding, and SERVPRO is ready to work with residence through every step of the process. Though a catastrophe such as this one is never ideal, knowing you have a strong company to assist in whatever needs to be done, to help home owners get back to their daily lives and to the normal they desperately seek is our mission during this time. We have strong teams willing to help with the necessary clean up, and to help homeowners move into new homes with the peace of mind all of their items have been successfully cleaned and will pose no possible threat to their families. With the top of the line cleaners to our air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators, families can rest assured they are in great hands.
Ways to Stay Safe in the Kitchen
The stovetop in which caught on fire is an example of fire safety in the kitchen!
According to the National
Fire Protection Association, cooking
fires are the number one cause of
home fires and home injuries. The
leading cause of fires in the kitchen
is unattended cooking. It’s important
to be alert to prevent cooking fires.
• Be on alert! If you are sleepy or
have consumed alcohol don’t
use the stove or stovetop.
•Stay in the kitchen while you
are frying, grilling, boiling, or
• If you are simmering, baking, or
roasting food, check it regularly,
remain in the kitchen while food
is cooking, and use a timer to
remind you that you are cooking.
• Keep anything that can catch
fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils,
food packaging, towels, or
curtains—away from the stovetop.
If you have a cooking fire, consider
the following safety protocols to help
keep you and your family safe.
• Just get out! When you leave,
close the door behind you
to help contain the fire.
•Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency
number after you leave.
• For an oven fire, turn off the
heat and keep the door closed.
The Scary Truth of Dangerous BBQ Fires
Firefighter putting out a dangerous grill fire in the summer months!
BBQ Grilling safety
Summer months are slowly approaching and it is imperative that safety be taken when it comes to cooking delicious meals outdoors in 2020.
July is the peak month for grilling fires including both structure , outdoor or unclassified fires. In 2012-2016 an average of 16600 patients per year went to the emergency room because if injuries involving grills, half of those being caused by thermal burns.
Children under 5 accounted for an average of 1600 of the 4500 thermal none fore grill burns. These burns typically occurred when someone, often a child bumped into, touched or fell on the grill, grill part or hot coals.
Seven out of every 10 adults in the US have a grill or smoker, which translates to a lot of tasty meals, but it also means there is an increased risk for home fires and injuries.
We Restore Not Replace
Fire Damage is scary but with our skilled team we ensure our number one goal is to restore your most valuable items!
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition. They use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:
•Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
•Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
•Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
•Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
•Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
•Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. A SERVPRO Franchise will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:
The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.
Document / Photograph Drying
When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage.
Depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents:
4.Vacuum Freeze Drying
5.Vacuum Thermal Drying
No Christmas Tree Fires Here!
We hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday season!!
The holidays are right around the corner. Don't get overly wrapped up in the ideas of the holiday season just yet , One major issue in California is Christmas tree fires! Some easy ways to prevent these fires are...
1. Find a fresh green tree!
2. Ensure tree is 3 feet away from any heat or power sources
3. Keep tree hydrated by adding water daily
4. Make sure lights on tree are in good condition with no frayed wires or broken bulbs.
5. Make sure to turn lights off before bed or when leaving the house.
6. Once dry needles begin to drop remove tree from house!
These steps could truly protect you and your family this holiday season! If you do find yourself dealing with a Christmas Tree Fire SERVPRO of North San Bernardino City is here to help! Give us a call anytime at 909-474-2340.
How to Prevent Thanksgiving House Fires
With Thanksgiving approaching I am sure house fires are not the first thing going on through your mind. Believe it or not according to The National Fire Protection Association Thanksgiving is the peak for house fires! There are two major ways to avoid house fires this time a year! One being to be proactive and two being to stay attentive!
By being proactive some things you can do prior to Thanksgiving are...
1.Check and make sure smoke alarms are in full working effect
2. Clean ovens and stovetops of grease and dust!
Now to be attentive some things you can do are...
1. Stay in kitchen and watch what you are cooking.
2. Set alarms for all things to ensure you don't get distracted.
3. Keep mitts , wooden utensils , and towels away from ANY open fire.
These simple directions can help keep your home and family safe!
Have a fun and safe Thanksgiving from all of us at SERVPRO of North San Bernardino City.
Creating a Family Disaster Plan
Keep Safe In Kitchen Fires
Step 1 to Creating a Family Disaster Plan — MAKE A PLAN officials declare it safe for re-entry.
And if there’s time… l Be sure that all windows and doors are closed. l Open curtains and window coverings. l Lock your home. l Cluster lawn furniture and other things that might snag firefighter hose lines. l Leave exterior lights on, as this helps firefighters find the house in the smoke. l Don’t leave garden sprinklers on, as they can waste critical water pressure. l Listen to your battery-powered radio and follow the instructions of local emergency officials. l Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes. l
Take your family disaster supply kit. l Buy a Weather Alert capable radio and listen to it whenever severe weather is forecast. Be sure to have extra batteries for the radio.
http://www.sbcounty.org/sheriff l Identify meeting locations both near your home and out-of- the-area. In the plan, include home, cell phone and e-mail contact information for all family members. Include numbers for work, school, and out-of-town relatives. List local emergency numbers including the family doctor. l
Discuss what your family needs to do to evacuate due to a fire or other emergency. Be ready to move fast. Teach everyone the best escape routes out of the home and where to meet outside. Learn the safest places in the home to Drop, Cover and Hold On in case of an earthquake. l
Plan to Shelter-in-Place. Shelter-in-place is used when it is safer to stay put and create a barrier between yourself and potentially contaminated air outside. When told to shelter- in-place, quickly bring your family and pets inside, lock doors, close windows, air vents and fireplace dampers. Take emergency supplies and go into the room you have chosen. Turn off air conditioning, forced air heating systems, exhaust fans and clothes dryers if possible. Seal all windows, doors and vents. NOTE: Sheltering-in-place is a temporary measure intended to keep contaminated air outside. l
Plan for your pets. Take pets with you if you evacuate. Be aware that pets other than service animals are not permitted in emergency public shelters for health reasons. In advance, prepare a list of family, friends, boarding facilities, veterinarians, and pet- friendly hotels that could shelter your pets in an emergency.
San Bernardino County Fire Department
Office of Emergency Services
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0451