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What Few People Know About How Fire Damage Can Continue to Affect Your New Hope Home's Contents and Structure
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How Fire Damage Restoration in Your New Hope Home Prevents Further Damage
Fire damage does not end the moment the firefighters leave your home or once the fire has been successfully put off. More damage may result from the water that was used to extinguish the fire; therefore, our restoration team employs specialized techniques to attend to the various challenges that arise. Though the restoration procedures may sound the same, your New Hope property requires unique solutions after such experiences.
The fire damage restoration process in your New Hope property begins the moment you call our SERVPRO team. We understand that such situations require an immediate response, and our representatives usually ask questions regarding the event. By responding to our questions, we are in a position to immediately respond with appropriate resources and equipment. To determine the extent of the damage caused by the soot, smoke, and fire, we perform a careful inspection of the building. The examination helps us to formulate a relevant plan of action.
Some fire incidents may compromise the roofs, walls, and windows of your property. By offering immediate roof-tarp and board-up solutions, we can attend to such concerns. Such services ensure the security of the building is maintained and help in minimizing further damage. If water is present, we employ appropriate water removal techniques. For instance, we can use pumps to physically extract the water, as well as using air movers and dehumidifiers to dry wet areas.
When soot particles are mixed with water and penetrate hard to reach areas, rotting may take place, and the odor challenge may result. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained to locate and eliminate the unpleasant odors through a process known as deodorization. We can use thermal foggers to dispense deodorants into target locations and neutralize the odor causing particles. Where possible, we physically remove any decomposed particles to control the odor problem.
SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest is a trusted industry leader in residential and commercial fire damage cleaning and restoration. Call (919) 790-1222 today to have your questions answered, and your property returned to its preloss state.
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We Have 6 Methods To Clean And Restore Your Fire Damaged Personal Property In Brookhaven
At SERVPRO, we use every method and tool in our inventory to restore everything possible after a fire.
Cleaning Personal Property After Fire Damage In Brookhaven
When possible, restoring a Brookhaven resident’s property after a fire is not just cost-efficient. It also helps lessen the personal loss to a family still dealing with watching that fire race through their home.
SERVPRO can restore most fire damage to the personal property of Brookhaven homeowners if flames did not heavily scorch it. Our teams use six methods to clean and restore personal property based on the type and level of damage, and the material that makes up the damaged item.
This is the first step our technicians take with almost every item. They use dusting cloths and sponges for dry surfaces with non-greasy, light-to-medium soot residues, usually a powder. If the layer of soil is very thick, they may use a commercial grade vacuum to remove it from the surface. Dry wiping is useful for other types of damage before our teams begin using other methods.
Technicians use this cleaning method for moderate-to-heavy soot and smoke residues. They use the same cloths and sponges, but also water or a mild cleaning solution. It is also our preferred choice for the property we cannot saturate with water or cleaners. In some cases, they use brushes for the better effect to remove much of the residues.
Spray and Wipe
SERVPRO technicians use a spray bottle filled with water or a cleaner for more control over how much they use for cleaning an item. It is our first choice with curtains and drapes when there is a risk of the color fading, or running down the surface and onto carpets or floors.
This is similar to spray and wipe, but our teams use a pump-up bottle to force air into the liquid and apply foam. The method uses much less moisture while still applying a large amount of cleaning agent. It is our choice for cleaning upholstered furniture since too much liquid can cause the fabric to shrink and pull away from the frame.
When the soot covers rough surfaces, like rock and marble, our technicians use a thicker cleaning agent and a variety of brushes to remove residues. For metal surfaces, they may have to use steel wool rather than a brush.
This is our choice for items with very thick residues and when other methods do not work. We immerse them in a tank containing water or cleaning agent and then use sound waves to agitate the entire surface area with thousands of cleaning bubbles. It is exceptionally effective, even on items which absorbed a large number of residues over time.
Cleaning and restoring personal property is not a quick process. At SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest, we use every method and tool in our inventory to restore everything possible after a fire. Call us at (919) 790-1222 today to schedule a visit.
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The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation in Your Brookhaven Home
If your property has suffered from a fire, cleaning and remediation is key. Contact SERVPRO right away.
Cleaning Your Brookhaven Property after a Fire Damage Experience Counts
Several problems that negatively affect our properties result when we experience fire damage incidents. Since most of the homeowners are not experts or do not have specialized restoration equipment to restore their property, it is necessary to work with professionals to reduce further damage and get your home or business back to its feet. Some of the areas that the fire ruins and renders them not fit for work includes countertops, cabinets, and walls. We are going to look at some of the processes that experienced restoration professional in Brookhaven use when attending to your property.
Our SERVPRO technicians can clean your cabinets, lighting fixtures, insulation and attics in your home during fire damage restoration in Brookhaven. Cabinets can be unfinished or finished, and that helps us to come up with an appropriate cleaning method. It means we have to start with an inspection, which helps us determine whether there was any preexisting damage and document everything before the cleaning process starts. The interior of most cabinets is typically unfinished wood, so, we use a dry cleaning sponge to remove the smoke residues. Some cases may force us to use sanding to remove the stubborn smoke particles.
We have to clean the lighting fixtures when we are cleaning the ceiling area. Our SERVPRO team turns off electrical power before cleaning these appliances. If we are not sure whether the cleaning solutions can affect the fixture's finish, we can start by pretesting. We understand that soot settles behind the light fixtures because of the lower temperatures of such areas. We use hand washing when the residues at the site are light to moderate; otherwise, we may decide to use the low-pressure steam cleaning technique. If we had to disassemble the chandelier when cleaning, we have to reassemble it back at the end of the cleaning process.
Generally, it costs less to restore your contents when compared to what you have to spend when refinishing or replacing. Since we have to dispose of the waste at the end of the cleaning process, we have to abide by the state and local regulations.
The goal of SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest is to make your commercial or residential property “Like it never even happened” after the disaster. Call us at (919) 790-1222 and work with a trusted leader in the cleaning and restoration industry.
We Can Eliminate Strong Smoke Odors From Your Raleigh Home
SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest fire damage restoration services can make it “Like it never even happened.”
We Can Eliminate Strong Smoke Odors
The firefighters successfully put out the fire at your residence, but the lingering and pungent smoke odors are overwhelming. Also, there is quite a bit of soot, debris, and ash covering your living room furniture, walls, floors and ceilings and other surfaces in the home. Calling professionals in this type of emergency situation may save further damage to your belongings and your property.
SERVPRO professional fire damage restoration in Raleigh can restore your home. Our techs can use various methods to remove fire and smoke residues from the affected areas in your home. Charred items like carpeting, drapery and clothing and burnt furniture can cause odors. The crew can remove these contents from the structure. Plus, they can clean and sanitize salvageable items that we take from the premises and store them until the job is complete. The team can discard unsalvageable items with the permission of the homeowners.
The team may also use air movers to push odors from the atmosphere and to improve the air quality. The team may also utilize air scrubbers to reduce the level of smoke odors inside the structure. We can also use air scrubbers to clean odor-causing particles and smoke odors from the atmosphere. Our team may also employ thermal foggers to neutralize and eliminate heavy and lingering smoke odors.
The techs can also clean surfaces that have soot, debris and smoke residues on them. Fire residues can generate odors, which is why the crew can effectively clean the walls, ceilings, floors and other affected surfaces. We can check all the rooms in the home to see how far the odors have penetrated the structure. In some cases, we may need to clean the entire structure as well as all the contents to remove smoke odors.
SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest fire damage restoration services can make it “Like it never even happened.” If there is ever a fire emergency in your home, call us 24/7 at (919) 790-1222. We are nearby and ready to help.
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Fire Damage Technicians Out of New Hope Discuss Cleaning Techniques
Rely on SERVPRO to Give You New Hope in Smoke & Soot Cleanup
Smoke and Soot Cleanup Can Be Challenging--Call SERVPRO for Help
When most think about a fire starting at their house in New Hope, they realize that burnt building materials may need to be replaced. Any structural components that received charring must either be treated or repaired. After problems with burnt materials are mitigated, other issues related to smoke can exist. Smoke spreads throughout a structure leaving behind soils and soot residues.
Residues can ruin the finish on some objects and produce burnt aromas. One significant part of restoring fire damage in New Hope is cleaning and removing soils created by smoke. The difficulty of cleaning these residues varies based on the type of soot present, and what kinds of elements got affected. When synthetic materials like plastics burn, the soot generated is more challenging to remove than soils left behind from fires that burn mainly organic elements such as wood.
The soot removal process usually involves a combination of methods and specialized chemicals. Our SERVPRO technicians use cleaning solutions to release soils from being stuck onto surfaces. In most cases, we must use some form of agitation to cause friction that aids in the releasing of soot particles. In some scenarios, mechanical action can remove residues without using any type of chemical.
Some mechanical actions produce mild agitation and can be used to clean most surfaces. Feather dusters can often be used to remove soot from hard surfaced furniture items. Paint brushes can work well when cleaning decorations and ornaments. On surfaces like walls, carpets, and upholstery vacuuming can help pull particles off of the surface. Typically, the first choice of cleanup of smoke and soot is to vacuum dry areas and then move on to another step with detergents. Other things get cleaned well using compressed air to blow off the soot.
When soot residues adhere strongly, and the affected surfaces can withstand more agitation, methods like dry sponges prove to be useful. Dusting cloths containing light mineral oils also work well to clean soils. Crumbly cleaners work like a graphite pencil erase and crumble away as they clean objects. When wet cleaning products are used, our SERVPRO restoration crew uses cleaning towels to scrub items.
In certain situations, choosing the best method that can remove the soot and not ruin the object can be difficult. Many times we try multiple techniques until we find the one that works the best for your specific situation. For help with soot removal after something burns on your property, call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest at (919) 790-1222 seven days a week.
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Fire Damage Can Interrupt Your Family's Life in Raleigh
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Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home after Fire Damage
Fires and other disasters occasionally happen in Raleigh, making regular routines challenging to maintain. Restoring your home means your family's lives can also return to normal. Temporary housing in another location can create stress that can affect other areas of your lives. Even if your family stays with close friends or relatives, any unnecessary stress can leave long-lasting effects.
Families in Raleigh dealing with fire damage can look forward to a fully restored home when SERVPRO technicians begin working on their home. We come prepared with the skills, training, and equipment to carry out the repairs and restorative work your home requires. Our training includes certifications from the IICRC, and our equipment ranges from small detection devices, aiding us in locating pockets of ash and soot to larger items required to keep our workers safe while restoring your home. Others remove smoke particulates from the air, cleaning the air inside your home as we work.
Smoke particles infiltrate almost every part of a home during a fire. Because smoke holds such high temperatures before it settles, smoke forces its way into the smallest crevices. As these particles age, they slowly but steadily disintegrate into smaller pieces. Unless we remove these particles physically or change their chemical makeup, they can continue to bother your family. Thermal fogging can eliminate this situation for you and leave your home smelling fresh again. While this step often takes place after the other restoration aspects, especially when large fires caused extensive damage, smaller fires and their repair work can finish, followed by thermal fogging soon after.
Restoring your home after a fire can mean the end of disruptions to your family's regular routines and habits. Keeping this time to a minimum can help reduce the stress that follows any disaster, including fire damage. We want to help you protect your family from this unwanted interruption by reducing the time involved as much as possible. Our ability to work well as a team, and communicate with you consistently help reduce this time even more.
SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest assists families in the Six Forks and Sandy Plains areas on a regular basis. Surrounding area residents can also rely on us for our professional skills and dedication to helping those coping with the stress of fire damage and other disasters. Call us at (919) 790-1222 to speak with one of our trained professionals, 24/7, 365 days a year.
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Who Do You Call When Fire Damage Overtakes Your Raleigh Home?
Fires can be a devastating force to your Raleigh home.
Fire Damage To Your Home
Fires can be a devastating force to your Raleigh home. Sometimes one of the worst effects fire can leave behind comes less from the flames and more from the extinguishing efforts of the dedicated firefighting teams in the area that put out the blaze. Depending on the severity of the structural fire to your home, extinguishing might have taken quite a lot of water and time to achieve. This scenario can result in a lot of water damage on top of the fire restoration that you already need.
While this is often a lesser considered fire damage aspect to Raleigh homes, excessive water damage is often the result that many families have to deal with before proper fire restoration service can even begin. Fortunately, you have a local restoration company at your disposal that can help you deal with all aspects of fire and water restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians have the experience and state-of-the-art equipment to give you back the home you had before the fire ever started.
When our SERVPRO restoration specialists arrive at your home to begin assessing the damage, our concentration lies in preventing further damage from occurring. Our team boards up broken windows and tarps over holes that might have gotten created from the fire or the extinguishing efforts, successfully protecting your home. This process prevents elemental damage from occurring while the inside restoration process is getting completed.
To successfully restore your home from its fire damage, water restoration has to get accomplished first. Our specialists utilize pump trucks and portable pump devices to quickly extract all present pooled water from your floors throughout the affected area. Once drying efforts are a success from combining both dehumidification and air moving equipment, our focus can switch back to assessing the fire damage present in your home.
While there are many stages to successfully restoring your home after a devastating fire, choosing the right restoration team can take a lot of stress and worry off your shoulders. When you are facing fire damage in your home, call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest. We can be reached anytime at (919) 790-1222.
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Remediating Raleigh Fire Damage Can Be Complicated
Raleigh House Fire? Call SERVPRO for a Stress-Free Cleanup and Restoration
SERVPRO Carefully Manages Restoration Services After a Fire
Cleaning up a Raleigh home after a fire is directed at the big items. First efforts are to examine the structural property and determine what is needed to restore floors, ceilings, and walls. That is where much of the restoration cost comes from, but it is not everything.
To completely remediate the effects of fire damage in Raleigh homes; a professional restoration company looks at every item in the home. SERVPRO understands that the items most important to a homeowner are rarely ever walls and ceilings. It is the personal touches like light fixtures and in rooms like the kitchen or living area made by the owners.
Kitchen cabinets are among the first personal choices made by a homeowner. The exteriors are usually covered with a clear varnish to emphasize the appearance of the wood, so we remove the handles and back plates to examine the entire surface and then use a mild cleaning agent to remove smoke and soot residues.
Interiors are usually unfinished or exposed wood. Our first action is to wipe them down with a dry sponge. That normally removes the residue, but for thicker layers, we wipe down each panel and shelf with a wet sponge dipped in denatured alcohol. If the soot has penetrated the surface, we use sandpaper to remove it.
Accents in the living room help define a homeowner’s style. We use special detergents and washing machines to clean curtains and drapes, but we also take care of the drapery rods and valances as well. SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians remove them from the walls and wipe down every piece of hardware. Then, they spray silicon on them to protect from future damage. We thoroughly clean the walls before rehanging them.
Light fixtures in both rooms and throughout the house are not just personal, but can also be very expensive to replace. To clean them completely, we remove them from walls and ceilings and use as mild a cleaning agent as possible to prevent staining any metal finishes or etching glass covers.
Restoring a home means more than just cleaning the carpets and wiping smoke damage from the walls and ceilings. SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest understands that our customers want to return to their home, and not just a house. If you need our help, call (919) 790-1222 today.
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Three Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Fire Damage in Raleigh
Holiday Candles Can Cause Fires--SERVPRO Tip
Heed SERVPRO's Advice to Reduce the Chance of Fire & Smoke Damage
Keeping your home safeguarded against fire damage in Raleigh does not take much time or money, but still every year SERVPRO franchises nationwide clean up after hundreds of fires that could have been avoided or prevented with minor changes. While the risk of your home catching fire is probably low, you can drive that risk even further down with some simple changes in your lifestyle and situation. Some of these changes could even end up saving you money on other expenses, in addition to reducing the likelihood of a future fire.
A Good Lightning Rod
Lightning remains one of the most common causes of fire damage in Raleigh and other cities in the Carolinas due to relatively frequent rainfall, thunderstorms, and the occasional hurricane in many months of the year. Lightning rods are designed to attract lightning to a contained, grounded metal avenue, and prevent many fires from starting every year across the United States. Make sure your lightning rod(s)is in good condition and, if you do not have one installed, consider hooking one up to your property. Nearby tall trees can also divert lightning away from your home, but can also catch fire themselves and later spread to the home.
Keeping Lights Off
Not only does reducing lightbulb usage in your home save money on power expenditures, but it also significantly lowers your risk of an electrical fire. Traditional light bulbs may sometimes produce sparks or catch fire when they burn out or experience a power surge, potentially blooming into a dangerous and fast-spreading electrical fire. Consider investing in newer LED lighting, or just flip the lights off whenever you do not need them.
No More Candles
Candles are a remarkably common source of house fires in the United States, even though most American homes use them only for decorative and ambiance purposes. While candles can imbue the air with a pleasant smell and make your home prettier, they are also a huge fire hazard. At the very least, you should put out any candles when you leave the room for longer than a two or three minute period, but cutting back on their usage altogether is often a better option.
SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest is an experienced local provider of fire damage restoration and cleanup services. If your home has been affected by fire, call us at (919) 790-1222.
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Fire Damage Restoration in Raleigh
SERVPRO has the resources to clean and restore soot and smoke damage.
SERVPRO Can Clean and Restore Your Raleigh Property from Fire Damage
Fire disasters in Raleigh may occur unexpectedly and wreak havoc on your property. The resultant smoke and soot can ruin your upholstery, fabrics, furniture, and even walls. In worst case scenarios, the fire may even bring the whole structure down, leading to immense losses. From this end, it is important to have a fire damage restoration company on speed dial. A competent and experienced professional can arrive at the site on time and salvage most of the property that sustained damage.
At SERVPRO, we have a team of IICRC-certified fire damage restoration experts and a stock of resources that enable us to respond swiftly to fire emergencies in Raleigh. We are locally-based and understand the importance of quick action when it comes to smoke damage restoration. Within a few hours of notification, we can arrive at the site and complete the cleanup process quickly, “Like it never even happened.”
Smoke damage occurs after the firefighters extinguish the fire. The soot and smoke from the fire spread across the room rapidly and settle on various surfaces. Soot is a fine, black substance that binds to fabrics and walls. It is a byproduct of burning fossil fuels and is made up of dust, acids, and chemicals. Not only is it a health hazard, but it can also cause extensive property damage if not handled immediately.
The type of soot or smoke damage determines the cleanup process we use. SERVPRO technicians have vast knowledge on how to deal with different types of smoke and soot damage. If you contact us quickly, we can be able to salvage most of your items. To maintain Health and Safety regulations, all our professionals use Personal Protective Equipment (or PPE) during restoration.
We remove all restorable items from the site and then clean them up before returning to you. Depending on the extent of smoke damage, we may also apply specialist cleaning. Our technicians can use visual observation to assess the best approach for the situation.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
You risk losing valuable items when a fire disaster occurs in your home. If you need quick, reliable fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest is just around the corner. We have dedicated personnel who can arrive promptly at the site and begin the restoration process. Call us anytime at (919) 790-1222.
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SERVPRO Meets The Challenge Of Attic Restoration After Fire Damage In Raleigh
For Smoke & Fire Cleanup in Your Raleigh Property Call SERVPRO
Soot, Odors and Charred Lumbar Problems Are Resolved by SERVPRO
In the case of a house fire, the attic is at risk of smoke damage, especially when the fire starts in or near the attic. In any fire restoration situation, the aim is to restore every affected area of your Raleigh property as much as possible so that your home feels like your own again. An important facet of fire cleanup is tackling any soot damage in the attic.
Attics pose particular challenges when it comes to restoration after fire damage to your Raleigh home. That is why we recommend calling SERVPRO as soon as you can. We train our technicians to IICRC-standards and make sure they have all the training and equipment needed to tackle even challenging situations. When you call us you can rest assured that your attic is in safe hands.
An attic is usually a small space or at least one with slanting eaves. It is less accessible than the rest of your home, which is why you need the best experts on hand to help you. The unusual shape of the attic poses a problem, and much of the timber in the attic is likely to be unfinished, which means it is harder to remove soot residue.
Our team starts by sorting and cataloging any items in your attic. Non-salvageable items are disposed of, while salvageable items are logged and taken to our specialist facilities for cleaning. Do not worry – no item is removed or destroyed without consulting you first.
Once the attic is clear of items and debris, we set to work cleaning it up. Because much of the timber in attics is untreated, several methods are available for restoration. Under the right conditions, pressurized CO2 pellets are directed at the affected lumber to chase the residues off. Since the carbon dioxide sublimates from solid to gas, there is no mess other that the removed particles. Abrasive cleaning actions such as wire brush scrubbing are often the most efficient choice for soot removal. We train our technicians in a range of cleaning methods so they can tackle the aftermath of any fire.
If it is necessary, exposed timber is treated with duct sealer or a deodorizing sealer to control odor and restore the surface as much as possible.
Our team also deodorizes your attic, so you will not even notice that a smoky smell used to linger there. Depending on the situation, we bring in either thermal foggers or ozone machines to thoroughly deodorize the space and leave it clean once more. By chemically altering the noxious particulates, the odors are removed, not masked until a scent wears off.
Attics present a unique challenge to restoration teams, but SERVPRO does not stop until your attic is clean and usable once more. For help with fire and smoke cleanup to your Raleigh, New Hope, and Wake Forest property, call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest at (919) 790-1222 today for assistance.
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Practice Firework Safety to Prevent Home Damage and Bodily Injury
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Celebrating the summer brings gatherings, food, and on holidays - fireworks. While the lights of a backyard firework show or small handheld sparkler can be fun there are dangers just underneath the lights. When celebrating Independence Day, The National Fire Protection Association estimates sparklers account for more than 28% of emergency room visits due to fireworks and of nearly half of all fires reported 47% were started on July 4th due to fireworks.
If used improperly, fireworks can be dangerous. Professionals disagree on the use of personal use of fireworks. Some stating they should only be used by trained pyrotechnicians and others touting a use cautiously approach. HOA’s have weighed in on the matter usually erring on the side of caution and banning them from neighborhoods altogether.
The firework related injury stats can understandably give HOA’s cause for concern. Fireworks cause an average of nearly 18,500 reported fires across the country each year. Smaller hand-held sparklers account for more than 25% of emergency room fireworks injuries. The average sparkler is 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s 300 degrees hotter than what is required to melt glass, at 900 degrees Fahrenheit!
Other homeowner concerns for fire from fireworks include:
- Roof shingles
- Grass and landscaping
- Vehicles filled with gasoline in the driveway or street
If you do decide to have a home firework show please do so safely. Here are some tips to help prevent fire from ruining your home celebration:
- Light fireworks on pavement or concrete a safe distance away from your home
- Keep hair and loose clothing tied back
- Keep a bucket of water close and a primed water hose ready
- Light fireworks one at a time
- NEVER attempt to relight a dud firework
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to go see a display put on by the professionals. This allows you to enjoy the show with little worry of bodily harm or property damage. SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest wants you to enjoy the festivities safely with family and friends. Happy Independence Day!
2 Alarm Fire Engulfs Raleigh Apartment Complex
Commercial Fire Alarm
A recent 2 alarm fire in Raleigh, NC sent dozens of residents evacuating from their apartment homes late night on Thursday 03/30/2017. The source of the fire has not yet been released. Initial reports from interviews of the tenants on the local news stated the residents did not hear the smoke alarms going off. Investigation into whether those alarms were operational at the time of the fire are still ongoing. The US Fire Administration shares some startling facts about smoke alarms:
- Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.
- More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
- The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.
Fire deaths most frequently happen at night when people are sleeping. Usually between the hours of 11pm and 7am. By testing your smoke alarm monthly you can be assured it is working if you should need it. Some fire departments offer a complimentary installation of a battery operated smoke alarm. You can contact your local fire department on their non-emergency line to see if this service is available to your community.
Apartment dwellers and home owners alike should take this time to check the batteries in their smoke alarm. If your alarm was installed more than 10 years again then it’s time to replace it. Homeowners can do this themselves, leasee’s should contact their management or maintenance department first. Change your batteries twice a year. Spring and fall are excellent times to do this when the clocks fall back and go forward.
Our hearts and thoughts are with those in the community affected by this tragedy.
Preventing Clothes Dryer Fires
Commercial dryer fire
One of the most useful appliances of the modern home is also the costliest to run and the most dangerous. The clothes dryer. In the 50’s only 10% of homes owned a time saving clothes dryer. By 2009 over 80% of US households owned this modern convenience. While this domestic appliance has been around for over half a century their dangers remain the same. The US Fire Administration reports there are close to 3,000 fires every year resulting in 5 deaths, 100 injuries and over $30 million in property losses. Surprisingly the most common reason for dryer fires is also the easiest to prevent, failure to clean. Lint is the most common culprit for dryer fires. Once these fires start they spread easily and even if stopped in time they can leave behind a large amount of smoke damage.
Preventing dryer fires is easy
Never operate the dryer without its lint filter.
Clean the lint filter after each cycle. Periodically, use a lint brush or special vacuum attachment to remove lint from under the lint trap.
Check hoses behind the dryer to make sure they are in good repair and not bent or restricted.
Keep the outdoor vent open when the dryer is operating. For outside wall dampers place a covering on them to keep out rain, and debris.
If you have a gas-powered dryer make sure it is professionally inspected each year.
Dryer fires can occur in both residential and commercial settings. By following the tips above you lower your risk of a dangerous dryer fire.
5 Alarm Fire Downtown Raleigh
Largest fire since 1920 engulfs downtown Raleigh, NC.
Late Thursday night around 10pm on 03/16/2017 a fire broke out on West Jones and West North Street at a construction site. According to the Raleigh Fire Department Chief this is the largest fire the area has seen since the 1920’s.
Over 250 residents have been displaced by the fire. There is extensive water, heat, and smoke damage. Many residents quickly evacuated their home with only the clothes on their backs, leaving their possessions to burn.
The Red Cross has set up camp at The First Baptist Church on Salisbury Street for those in need.
Your local SERVPRO® of North Raleigh & Wake Forest is on the scene assisting local businesses and residents in their time of need. We are here to help 24/7. Give us a call at 919-790-1222.
Fire Safety Tips for Christmas Trees
As I pulled up to my local grocery store in North Raleigh today, I noticed employees setting up an area outside to start selling fresh trees. Already? Thanksgiving is a week away, can't we celebrate one holiday at a time? I know, I know, it is the "most wonderful time of the year". I must admit, the joy and nostalgia I experience while decorating my tree and home, the glow of lights sparks memories and warms the soul. With that said, it is important to know that fires unfortunately are common this time of year. Christmas tree fires account for approximately 13 million dollars a year in damages. Follow these tips from The American Christmas Tree Association (yes, there truly is an association for everything) for a safe holiday season.
-Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire. Choose a tree with vibrant needles.
-Place your tree away from all heat sources.
-Properly care for your tree. The tree base should always have fresh water inside to prevent the tree from drying out.
-Be sure all your indoor and outdoor lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety and throw away damaged lights.
-Keep all candles away from furniture, decor and your Christmas tree
-Bedtime means lights off! Unplug all Christmas lights!
Stay safe and enjoy "the most wonderful time of the year".