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3 Things To Avoid When Putting Out A Fire

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fires Are Devastating

Three Things to Avoid When Attempting to Extinguish a Fire

A fire extinguisher is not difficult to use.  Fire safety experts generally recommend the P.A.S.S. technique.  Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep.  Pull the pin and break the tamper seal before aiming the dispenser at the base of a fire.  Squeeze the handle and sweep the spray from side to side. There are also three things to avoid doing when attempting to extinguish a fire.

1. Allowing the Fire to Block Your Exit

You must be able to get away from a fire if an extinguishing effort is not successful.  Monitor the movement of the flames and do not allow them to spread between you and the nearest exterior door.  If this occurs, you should pursue a secondary escape route.

2. Spray Suppressant Directly at a Grease Fire

Fire extinguishers contain pressurized suppressants.  If you aim an extinguisher hose, horn or nozzle directly at flaming grease, the fat or oil may spatter and carry flames.  Using a fire extinguisher may actually spread a grease fire.  You may have better results by dousing a kitchen fire with baking soda and salt before smothering the flames with a metal baking sheet, lid or another pan. 

3. Neglect a Recently Extinguished Fire

A fire may seem to be out and then suddenly reignite or a hidden fire may be present.  It is important to monitor the area of a fire, even if you step outside for a moment.  It may be a good idea to contact the fire department to make sure that the fire is out.

You may be able to extinguish a small to moderately-sized fire by using proper fire extinguisher technique.  If a fire is too large, try to close doors and seal off the affected area before evacuating the premises and calling the fire department.  Any structural damage and following demolition can be handled by SERVPRO of North Oakland County.

How Do You Cleanup After A Fire?

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke Sponge

Cleaning after a fire doesn’t require for you to use water initially.  Soot should never be cleaned up with water first.  Soot should initially be removed with dry sponges.  Dry soot cleaning sponges are used to remove soot and dirt where you don’t want the surface to get wet.  It is made of a natural rubber and is used like an eraser.  Once the surface of the sponge is dirty it has to be thrown out.  They cannot be reused.  The sponges hold a remarkable amount of soot in the pours of the sponge.  After wiping the fine particles of soot off the surface the area can be wet washed.  This process needs to be done by a professional.  If not done properly surface damage can occur.  There is a science to fire cleaning and you should trust and hire a professional for the cleanup. 

SERVPRO of North Oakland County works hard and we have trained professionals ready to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Avoid Holiday Fires At Home

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent Holiday Fires

Each Holiday Season, families gather to celebrate Turkey Day & Christmas by preparing a tons of delicious meals, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, “cooking fires” are the #1 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 stove top.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are drying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
  • 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 stove top.

More Winter Holiday Fire Safety!!

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Burning Christmas Trees = Catastrophic Damage

Did you know?

Nearly half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

It’s fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be fire smart.

  • Inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up. Throw away light strands with frayed or pinched wires.
  • Water your Christmas tree every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch on fire easily.
  • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
  • If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily.

Do you know how to use your fire extinguisher?

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Here are 4 easy steps you should follow when using an extinguisher to put out a fire in your home.

  1. First, call the fire department if it’s a large fire.  Then, if it’s safe to do so… grab the extinguisher.
  2. Identify Your Evacuation Path - The last thing you want to do is focus so much on putting out the fire that you become trapped in the blaze. Take a moment to look around you and ensure you have a safe escape route to use as needed before pulling out the extinguisher.
  3. Follow Instructions on Extinguisher - Fortunately, most extinguishers come with easy-to-read instructions printed directly on them. Follow the instructions and make sure you discharge the extinguisher within the effective range listed on the container. 
  4. Back Away From the Fire - It’s possible for a kitchen fire to flare up again even after you’ve put parts of it out, so make sure you back away from extinguished flames instead of moving toward them. 

Once the fire is safely put out with a fire extinguisher, call SERVPRO of North Oakland County. We can help repair and restore your home after fire damage has occurred.  248-439-1160.

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After A Fire... What Do You Do?

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

After you experience a fire, you may be overwhelmed and unsure about what to do.

Whenever you experience things such as fire damage, smoke damage and soot damage, you will be in need of repairing your property.

Your property getting damaged from a fire can be a bit difficult to cope with at first. There are solutions to this problem. The most effective way to deal with the negative effects of a fire is to contact a restoration company like, SERVPRO of North Oakland County and they will provide fire damage cleanup & restoration for you.

A restoration company, like SERVPRO of North Oakland County, will come to your property and help you resolve any problems that occur from any residential & commercial fire damage.  Also,  eliminating any smoke smell. 

They also have the capability to board up your house or building to provide the protection it needs during the restoration process.

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Fire Safety Tips for the Workplace

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Safety Is Key!!

Fire Safety Tips for the Workplace by

No matter what type of business you conduct at your workplace, fire safety should always be a main concern. Here are a few fire safety tips you can distribute to your staff.

Fire Prevention

  • Keep your work area free of waste paper, trash and other items that can easily catch fire. 
  • Check on your electrical cords. If a cord is damaged in any way, replace it. Try not to lay cords in places where they can be stepped on, as this will contribute to deterioration of the protective outside coating.
  • Don't overload your circuits. 
  • Turn off electrical appliances at the end of each day. 
  • Keep heat producing equipment away from anything that might burn. This includes copiers, coffee makers, computers, etc.   

In the Event of a Fire

  • Upon finding a fire, call 911 immediately and don't hang up with the emergency responder until told to do so.
  • Close doors when exiting to help limit the spread of smoke and fire throughout the building.
  • Never use elevators during an evacuation.
  • Follow the escape plan and meet at a per-determined place outside of your building and away from danger. Conduct a headcount to ensure all of your staff has evacuated.
  • The best way to ensure the safety of your staff is through fire prevention and preparation. Talk with your staff about fire safety in the workplace today. 

SERVPRO of North Oakland County is always Here to Help. Our experts are standing by 24/7  - 248.439.1160

What To Do Following A House Fire in Birmingham

12/9/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Can Be Fixed by SERVPRO

Fire Damage to Your Birmingham Home Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

A house fire causing Birmingham fire damage can lead to a complex series of events. However, homeowners who familiarize themselves with the fire damage remediation process can simplify and streamline the process of home restoration by making coherent choices. Learn more about how to realize this important objective by reviewing the short outline provided by SERVPRO.

Put Your Safety First. Once a major fire transpires in your home, there will be a wide range of health and safety hazards present. For this reason, it's very important for you to put you and your family's safety first. For starters, make sure that you do not reenter your residential property until you receive the go-ahead from an authoritative source as the fire department. Factors like falling debris, electrical hazards, smoke contamination, and the compromised structural integrity of your property could result in an accident. Also, be sure that you do not attempt to complete any aspect of the restoration process on your own. Doing so can result in significant injuries or illness.

Call Your Insurance Company. In addition to putting your safety first, make sure that you call your insurance company immediately. Your insurance agent will send out an adjuster enabling you to start and complete the process of filing your claim. The adjuster may also help you with the photographing all damaged areas of your property. Be sure that you do not overlook this important process. The pictures you take of damaged materials and structural elements can help determine how much coverage you receive.

Contact A Premier Fire Damage Restoration Company like SERVPRO. Our rep will inspect the property and assess the damage using our CCIS generated form. The result is an inventory listing all damaged items and building materials. We can help manage the insurance paperwork and work closely with you and your insurance adjuster to expedite the fire damage restoration process and claim. We will provide the following while also relieving you of some stress that can be overwhelming.
• Rapid response. Local with 24/7 availability.
• Communication of procedures.
• Construction of a detailed estimate.
• Prevention of ongoing damage. Water removal, protection of personal items.
• Prevention of cross-contamination. Inhibit the continued circulation of smoke and soot. Disinfecting and mold remediation.
• Proper cleaning and processing of the entire remediation project. On-site and shipped out utilizing the standards set forth by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, (IICRC).
• Providing effective odor control. Foggers, Ozone machines, air movers, and dehumidifiers.

Trust The Professionals from SERVPRO . Once Birmingham fire damage has impacted your home and life, you may feel a sense of despair, and anxiety. Allow us, industry experts with extensive experience, to complete each component of the restoration process following a fire. We will keep you informed and offer a final walk-through to ensure your satisfaction with the restored condition of your home. Like it never even happened.

Why Choose SERVPRO of North Oakland County?

 We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

 We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with water or fire damage. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. We are proud to serve the communities of Birmingham, Troy, and Beverly Hills. Call us for help. (248) 439-1160

Tips You Should Follow After A House Fire in Troy

11/16/2015 (Permalink)

Protect Your Family and Property from Flames

In Troy, SERVPRO Suggests Safety First for Any Fire Damaging Event to Your Home

How a homeowner reacts to a house fire should follow the tenet of "Safety First."  Troy fire damage, as the result of a large-scale fire, can be repaired and restored. However, knowing what to do during and after a fire can help save you money and limit the structural damages impacting your property. SERVPRO suggests that learning what steps to take in the face of a house fire may save a life.

During a Fire

1. Check Doors before Entering A Room. Before you open a door, be sure to check the door. If you see smoke coming from under the door, do not enter. You can also touch the doorknob to see if it is hot. If so, avoid this door and seek another exit. If you cannot find a door to exit the premises safely, you will need to use a window. Hopefully, you had fire drills with an evacuation plan for such an emergency.

2. Leave The Premises. Once you're aware that a fire is present, don't panic. Instead, focus on quickly removing you and your family (do a head count) from the property. Although you may want to grab some valuables, doing so is not advisable, if super-heated air or roaring flames are close. Safety first.

3. Be Aware Of Smoke. Smoke inhalation, charged with temperatures reaching 1200 degrees F, is the leading cause of death during a house fire. Stay low to the floor as possible while exiting your home in Troy.

4. Do A Head Count. DON'T PANIC if someone is missing. If reentry is not safe, tell the 1st responders so that they can find the missing family member.

After a Fire

5. Call A Fire Damage Restoration Company like SERVPRO. Our premier company will immediately dispatch a team to assess the damage and offer a plan for restoration. Upon a signed work authorization form, we will begin the water extraction to mitigate secondary water damage caused by the fire-extinguishing efforts of the Troy FD.  We will fill out a CCIS inventory listing of your room by room water and fire-damaged personal items, furniture, and structural materials. We will categorize them as salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. The final decision for repairing, restoring, or discarding rest with you and your insurance adjuster.

6. Call Your Insurance Agent. Your insurance agent will help you with important processes such as independent documenting of fire damaged items and obvious structural degradation. SERVPRO has a working relationship with many insurance companies and is willing to coordinate the cleanup and fire damage restoration services with your adjuster. This will expedite your return home while limiting costs to you.

7. Do Not Go Back In The House. Don't attempt to re-enter the home until you have obtained permission from the fire department or local authorities to do so.

8. Manage Important Documents. Find all of your important documents and records and put them in a safe place.

9. Keep Records Of Damage Expenses. Obtain receipts for any expenses entailed by the disaster so that your insurance agent can work with you and SERVPRO to limit costs.

Trust The Talented Technicians Of SERVPRO to use their training, experience, and equipment to return your home in Troy to pre-fire damage condition, in a professionally and empathetic manner.

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We live and work in Troy too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of North Oakland County is close by and ready to respond to your fire damage emergency. We are faster to any size disaster. Call us 24/7 at (248) 439-1160