Recent Fire Damage Posts

It’s Candle Burning Season In Metro Detroit! Here Are Some Great Tips For Candle Safety!

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

A Tea light Candle Holder Diffusers or covered candle holders are better options than open flames.

Be Cautious When Using Candles

Yes, that soft light and aromatic fragrances that fill the room from a lit candle can be an easy way to create the atmosphere that you want in your Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills or Madison Heights, MI home.  However, candles can also become a safety hazard if they are not used properly.  Candle fires are common, but the following tips can help you avoid them.

1. Don’t Leave Burning Candles Unattended:

It may seem like an annoyance to extinguish a candle every time you leave the room. However, leaving it burning could result in a candle fire if something gets too close to the flame or if it burns too low.  It is best to blow out candles before going to bed at night, even if the candle is in the same room you sleep in.

2. Keep Them Away From Flammable Items:

When you are using a candle, you should be sure to have the area free of flammable objects.  This can include papers as well as fabrics such as curtains and bedding. These types of items should be at least a foot away from any candles that are in use. Flammable liquids should be kept even farther away.

3. Keep Them Out of Reach of Pets and Children:

Both children and pets often come with an excess of energy and curiosity.  For this reason, it can be easy for them to inadvertently start a candle fire.  Keep burning candles in an area that are not within reach of a child or pet, especially unsupervised!

4. Use an Alternative:

Perhaps the easiest way to prevent a is simply not to use candles at all.  There are a variety of other ways that you can achieve a more relaxing home environment.  If you are only interested in adding a nice scent to your home, a wax warmer is a great option.  One great option is a diffuser.  Diffusers are a great alternative to candles and make you house smell fantastic!

While these tips can help you prevent an emergency, accidents can still occur. Whether it is small or large, fires often require smoke cleanup and some repairs.  If this happens, a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of North Oakland County can help return your Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills or Madison Heights, MI home to its preloss condition making it "Like it never even happened."

What’s That Funny Smell?

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

Gas Burner Can You Recognize A Gas Problem Before It’s Too Late?

Many people assume that natural gas explosions are a thing of the past, back when regulations were not as strict as they are today.  However, the truth is that gas fires continue to occur at an alarming rate and, sadly, they often result in much more dire consequences than fire damage. 

You can prevent a gas fire in your beautiful Bingham Farms, Birmingham, & Bloomfield Hills home by recognizing the signs of a gas leak. 

Determine if Your Home Utilizes Natural Gas 

Before you learn the signs of a gas leak, you should determine which aspects of your home use natural gasses.  You may be at risk for a gas leak if any of the following appliances use the natural commodity: 

  • Oven 
  • Hot water heater 
  • AC unit 
  • Fireplace 
  • Dryer 
  • Heating system 

If any of your appliances run on gas, invest in gas detectors, and remain vigilant for signs of a gas leak. 

What to Do If You Suspect a Gas Leak 

A gas leak can quickly lead to a gas fire which can quickly lead to a gas explosion.  For this reason, it is imperative that you recognize the signs of a leak and take proper measures to prevent disaster: 

  • Check the stove:  If it is safe to do so, walk over to your stove to make sure all the burners are off. 
  • Open the doors and windows:  If you cannot find the source of the leak, open all the doors and windows to help the gasses escape. 
  • Do not flip any switches:  A light switch can cause a spark, which can cause an explosion.  Keep all the lights off if you suspect a gas leak. 
  • Shut off your gas meter:  If you do not know where your gas meter is located, now's the time to find it.  If you smell gasses, locate the meter, and turn it off. 

A gas fire can be extremely dangerous.  For this reason, the best thing you can do if you suspect a gas leak is to leave your home ASAP and call 911.  If a fire does occur, the SERVPRO of North Oakland County fire damage cleanup crew can help with the restoration process.  Call us today at 248-439-1160

Bonfire Season Is Approaching Here In Michigan. Are You Managing Your Bonfire Properly?

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

A Bonfire Picture Please Practice Good Fire Safety!!

Spring is officially starting this weekend!  Yaay!  We all know that Spring bonfires here in Metro Detroit, Michigan have been very popular since we’ve been at home or up North on vacation.  Cozy, cool nights spent by the fire with friends and family while making S’mores and enjoying each other’s presence is a recipe for a good night.  All while maintaining 6 ft a part of course!

Surrounding a campfire with loved ones creates special memories that you can cherish forever.  Let us continue to create these memories by practicing bonfire safety!

Starting the Fire:

  • Make sure your fire pit is enclosed and there is enough room for a seating area
  • Make sure that your bonfire is 10 ft away from your home or any structures
  • Do not use gasoline or lighter fluid to start or relight the bonfire

Bonfire Safety:

  • Keep a bucket of water or hose handy in case of emergencies
  • Do not leave bonfire unattended
  • Keep children and pets away from the bonfire
  • Do not throw fireworks into the bonfire
  • Do not burn aerosols or anything that may produce toxic fumes or explode

Putting Out the Fire:

  • Use a shovel to spread out the ashes to let them cool down.  Slowly pour water over the ashes and check to be sure that the fire is completely out.

Any open flame is a potential risk for a disaster, so next time you are planning a bonfire, use these tips to ensure everyone’s safety.  As always, we are ready for whatever happens.  If your bonfire gets out of hand and causes fire damage, you know we will be there to help!

The Hazards of Smoking

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Ash Tray Don’t Let Cigarettes Destroy Your Home!

Smoking obviously isn’t the best habit to have.  The dangers of smoking go beyond the harmful effects it has on one’s body, but it can also cause deadly fires.  Cigarette butts can ignite:

  • Trash
  • Dry underbrush outdoors
  • Improper ash cans

Butts can ignite much more, including your home.  It is important to be aware of what can easily ignite a fire in your home while smoking.  Follow the tips below to avoid any flames!

  • Smoke outdoors: Smoking indoors is just asking for a fire.  Asking friends and family to smoke outside can avoid residential fires.  When butts are left inside the home furniture, books, curtains and flammable items are at risk for catching fire.
  • Don’t use pants as ashtrays: Tossing butts into plants or even onto grass can easily catch fire.  Dry leaves and plants can easily catch fire from a cigarette butt. Rather than tossing a butt into a plant or grass, find an ashtray or stomp out your butt.
  • Never smoke sleepy: If you are smoking while you are feeling sleepy, PUT THE CIGARETTE OUT!  It will surprise you how many residential fires are caused by sleepy smoking.  Falling asleep in your bed or couch can be deadly.

Smoking is a common habit and is one that imposes a fire risk.  Learn what not to do and be careful.  If your home ever suffers from fire damage from a cigarette, please reach out to us at 248-439-1160.  We can restore your Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills & Troy, MI home and even get rid of the smell.

Where Is Your Natural Gas Being Used?

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Natural Gas Stove Natural Gas Can Be Deadly! Be Careful!

Many people assume that natural gas explosions are a thing of the past, back when regulations were not as strict as they are today.  However, the truth is that gas fires continue to occur at an alarming rate and, sadly, they often result in much more dire consequences than fire damage. You can prevent a gas fire by recognizing the signs of a gas leak.

Determine if Your Home Utilizes Natural Gas

Before you learn the signs of a gas leak, you should determine which aspects of your Clawson, Madison Heights or Troy, MI home uses natural gas.  You may be at risk for a gas leak if any of the following appliances use the natural commodity:

  • Your oven
  • Your hot water heater
  • Your AC unit
  • Your fireplace
  • Your clothes dryer
  • Your heating system

If any of your appliances run on gas, invest in gas detectors, and remain vigilant for signs of a gas leak.

What to Do If You Suspect a Gas Leak

A gas leak can quickly lead to a gas fire which can quickly lead to a gas explosion.  For this reason, it is imperative that you recognize the signs of a leak and take proper measures to prevent disaster:

  • Check the Stove:  If it is safe to do so, walk over to your stove to make sure all the burners are off.
  • Open the Doors and Windows:  If you cannot find the source of the leak, open all the doors and windows to help the gasses escape.
  • Do not Flip Any Switches:  A light switch can cause a spark, which can cause an explosion.  Keep all the lights off if you suspect a gas leak.
  • Shut Off Your Gas Meter:  If you do not know where your gas meter is located, now's the time to find it.  If you smell gasses, locate the meter, and turn it off.

A gas fire can be extremely dangerous.  For this reason, the best thing you can do if you suspect a gas leak is to leave your home ASAP and call 911.  If a fire does occur, SERVPRO of North Oakland County’s fire damage cleanup crew can help with the restoration process.  Contact us today!


Preventative Measures For Home Fires

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

A Home Burning Down Protect Your Family And Home From Fires!

One of the biggest fears a homeowner has, is your home burning down fully or partially.  Losing all your precious memories and belongings is devastating and truly heartbreaking.  Without taking following proper fire safety tips, homeowners put more of a potential risk of losing belonging and even loved ones.  We have provided a few fire safety tips to help prepare and prevent for this kind of devastation.

Fire Safety Tips To Follow:

Regularly Check Smoke Detectors: Smoke detectors are vitally important to fire safety and should be installed in every bedroom and on every floor of your home. Homeowners should also do a monthly routine check to ensure they are functioning and replace them every 10 years or as directed by the manufacturer.

Create a Fire Escape Plan: Creating an evacuation plan for a house fire is a great way to ensure everyone in your household will know exactly what to do and can act efficiently if a fire breaks out.  Plan out exit routes, meeting places, and for any special provisions your family members may need.

Learn How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher: There are many types of fire extinguishers to choose from, so it is advised to get the type you think will be most suited to your needs.  Make sure you and your family completely understand how to use it in case of an emergency.

Never Leave Flames Unattended: Because open flames are so common in households, many homeowners forget the extreme dangers they can create.  Whether it is from a cooktop or lit candle, a flame can spread to other surfaces within seconds, causing a fire to break out.  It’s crucial to never leave one unattended for any length of time.

Establish a Closed-Door Policy: Nighttime is a popular time for house fires to break out, which is why even sleeping with safety in mind is highly advised.  Closing bedroom doors at night can significantly decrease the amount of time a fire takes to spread, giving everyone in your household more reaction time once the flames are detected.

For more fire safety tips, visit the Red Cross’s website to learn more.

Contact SERVPRO of North Oakland County if you ever have a fire loss at home.  248-439-1160

Candle Safety During The Holidays

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Holiday Candles Holiday Candles Are Great, But Be Careful As Well!

Candles are a beautiful decoration, especially during the holiday season.  They put a nice touch to holiday decorating, making your Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills & Troy, MI home feel more cozy.  However, the flame releasing scents can be dangerous to your home.

With an open flame from a candle is a risk for a potential fire.  An estimated 8,200 home fires are started by candles each year according to the National Fire Protection Association.

From  2014-2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 7,610  home structure fires that were started by candles per year.  These fires caused an annual average of 81 deaths, 677 injuries and $278 million in direct property damage.

Candle fire facts:

During the five-year period of 2014-2018:

  • Candles caused 2% of reported home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries, and 4% of the direct property damage in home fires.
  • Roughly one-third (37%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 40% of the associated deaths and 49% of the associated injuries.
  • Falling asleep was a factor in 10% percent of the home candle fires and 15% of the associated deaths.
  • On average, 21 home candle fires were reported per day. 
  • Three of every five (60%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 12% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.

Candle Safety Tips:

  • Use sturdy candle holders.
  • Put candles on a sturdy and uncluttered surface.
  • Keep hair and clothes away from candle flames.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
  • Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Keep candles one-foot sway from anything that could burn.
  • Before burning candles, always trim the wick to a ¼ inch.

Candles are great for holiday decorating and help create a comforting ambiance for your friends and family to enjoy.  By following these candle safety tips, you can keep your home safe from a potential disaster.

If you experience damages from a candle fire, you can always count on us for cleaning and restoring your business.  Call SERVPRO of North Oakland County! 248-439-1160.

Preventing Electrical Fires - What You Should Know

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

An Overused And Dangerous Wall Socket Don’t Do This!

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the second leading of cause of house fires in the U.S. is from electrical failures or malfunctions. Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and outdated appliances. The following are the most common reasons why electrical fires happen:

Old electrical sockets and unsafe appliances

Appliances that are old and overused and those that fall short of modern safety standards are the worst culprits. Frayed electrical cords, self-jointed wires, and worn out sockets that are not properly grounded are major causes of fires. They become ready outlets for directing heat and fire to carpets, rugs, curtains, and combustible plastic. Older appliances draw more power than the wall sockets can handle.

Using light fixtures that exceed the permissible wattage

A very common cause of fires is plugging lights, lighting appliances and bulbs into electrical sockets that cannot handle higher wattage levels. Antique lighting appliances may have defective wiring that makes the appliance unstable by overheating. Decorating lights with colored paper and cloth shades can increase the risk of fire when the material or fabric heats up.

Using multiple appliances plugged into an extension cord

Unrestricted use of extension cords is a major fire hazard. The risk of fire increases when your TV, home theatre, computer and other appliances are all plugged into a single extension cord. This creates excessive power load on a single socket which may not be designed to handle that load.  So, there is a social and economic cost to damaged wiring!

Locating portable heaters near combustible materials

Portable space heaters that use coils are potentially dangerous when they are positioned carelessly near curtains and rugs and adjacent to beds and cloth covered furniture. The chances of inflammable material meeting the red-hot coils increase the risk of fire.

Wiring that becomes defective with the passage of time

Over a period of time you add more electrical appliances such as wide screen televisions, home theatre, microwave oven, refrigerator, and air conditioners. The outdated home wiring cannot handle the increased power load. Older wiring tends to heat up quickly and catches fire. If the breaker boxes are themselves defective, they cannot prevent overheated electrical panels from catching fire.

It’s Halloween Time... Are You Being Safe?

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Halloween Jack O Lanterns Trick or Treat & Be Careful!!

Hopefully COVID-19 won’t completely destroy Halloween this year.  2020 has been a year full of “tricks” and SERVPRO of North Oakland County would like to provide you with some fire safety “treats” to ensure a safe and fun Halloween. 

Halloween decorations are the first thing to ignite in over than 1,000 reported home fires each year.  Whether you are trick or treating, throwing a party, or staying inside, decorations can be a lurking fire risk and it is important to be aware.

From the National Fire Protection Association, here are five Halloween fire safety tips:

  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns.
  • When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabric.
  • Teach young children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.
  • Keep all decorations away from open flames, especially cornstalks, dried flowers, and crepe paper.
  • Provide young children with glow sticks or flashlights to carry with their costume.
  • Remember to keep all exits clear of decorations so escape routes are not blocked. Also, make sure all smoke alarms are working properly.

Everyone one is entitled to one good scare on Halloween but let’s keep a house fire out of it. Don’t be haunted with fire damage.  Follow these steps to enjoy your spooky season with tricks and treats.

Your friends at SERVPRO of North Oakland County are wishing you a happy and safe Halloween.  As always, if the unexpected happens, SERVPRO of North Oakland County is here to help with any of your emergency needs!

What To Do When You Have A Grease Fire

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

An image of flames. Please be careful! Grease fires can be deadly.

Grease fires are the most dangerous when it comes to cooking fires and are responsible for 1 in every 5 home fire deaths.  Below are some tips on how to prevent and put out grease fires.  These tips could help save your or a loved one's life.


  • Before you start cooking make sure burner is cool and wipe up any spills.
  • Pay attention to heat ratings for cooking oil. Some oils can be heated more than others before catching fire so if you are cooking and notice the oil start to smoke that means it is close to catching fire.
  • As soon as you start to see it smoke carefully remove the pan from the heat source.
  • Avoid heating grease before putting food into it because when you drop food in it can make the grease splash out which in turn can cause grease burns or it can also hit the heat source and catch fire.
  • Carefully clean spills as soon as they happen by first removing food from heat source, turning off heat source, and waiting for burner to cool.
  • When deep frying make sure you use a pan or cooking container big enough.
  • Use a utensil that will allow you to put the food into the grease without dropping and without your hands coming close to the hot grease.
  • Use a screen that covers the pan to reduce the chance of splatters outside the pan.
  • If you are a new or inexperienced cook do not attempt to deep fry for the first time unless you have an experienced cook with you.
  • NEVER add water to grease.

Putting out a grease fire

  • Turn off the source of heat.
  • Do NOT pour water on it.  Water and oil do not mix and when you add water it will sink right to the bottom and evaporate instantly, spreading flaming oil everywhere.
  • Attempt to remove all oxygen from the flame.  Cover with another pot or baking pan.
  • If you cannot cover it, dump lots of baking soda on it.

If you have a grease fire in your Clawson, Madison Heights, or Troy, MI home, we are here to help!  SERVPRO of North Oakland County specializes in fire and water damage restoration.  We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel and equipment to restore your home quickly to pre-fire conditions.  Call us today!  248-439-1160.

Grilling Season Is Upon Us. Here Are Some Tips To Be Safe

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Be Smart During Grilling Season When You’re Dealing With Smoke & Fire, Call SERVPRO of North Oakland County. 248-439-1160

Social distancing is a drag, I know.  Fear not.  We’ll be done with this soon, I hope, and what’s in store next?  Grilling Season!  Outdoor grilling is a family favorite during the warmer months here in Birmingham, Madison Heights and Troy, MI.  It’s very important when operating an outdoor grill, whether charcoal or gas, to be aware of the following grilling safety tips to keep yourself and your home safe:

  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. You do not want walls, overhangs, or carports catching fire from flames created by the grill.
  • Clean your grill regularly.  Grease buildup can serve as a fuel source for flame ups that can easily get out of hand.
  • Check for gas leaks.  Gases can easily go undetected when leaking in small amounts, which can lead to the potential for an explosion when lighting.
  • Keep a spray water bottle and fire extinguisher handy while grilling.  A spray water bottle can be used to quickly extinguish small flare ups, while a fire extinguisher may be necessary if flames become too large or out of control.

In the unfortunate event that outdoor grilling leads to structure damage, call the professionals here at SERVPRO of North Oakland County for help.  We have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to take care of fire damages, both large and small.

Be Vigilant During This Time Of Caution

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

A Picture Of A Fire Damaged Kitchen Caused By Food On Stove Don’t Forget What You’re Doing In Your Kitchen Because You Do Not Want This To Happen

I was recently visiting a senior family member here in Troy, MI during this time of help, care and caution. We were practicing “social distancing”, staying inside and cleaning around the house more than usual and preparing dinner at the same time.  We found out quickly that when pre-occupied on one thing, we forgot about the other thing that was going on in the kitchen.

While we were in the other room away from the kitchen, we forgot about the food that was on the stove and it started to overheat and began to burn.  I started to smell the smoke and ran in the kitchen knowing exactly what was happening. I removed the burning pan from the stove, opened the sliding door from the kitchen to the outside deck and placed it on the ground.  We opened the windows in the kitchen and left the sliding kitchen door open with the screen door closed, of course.  Wow!  This could have been a major disaster on top of the COVID-19 chaos already in full swing.

We were so preoccupied with cleaning we forgot about what was on the stove cooking.  Thankfully we avoided a full blown fire and major smoke damage.  Had that happened, though, I know who we would have called.  SERVPRO of North Oakland County.  We can clean up smoke and fire damaged homes and restore contents if they’re not completely ruined.

Please stay vigilant during this COVID-19 Pandemic.  Stay focused on the task at hand and do not let your guard down.  Thank you!

What Do You Do When A Fire Has Left Behind Damage In Your Troy, MI Home

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Structural And Smoke Damage In A Kitchen Fire & Smoke Can Not Only Discolor Your Home But Damage The Structure Of Your Home

From the first blaze onward, the fire damage that is left behind can be mortifying.  The trouble with a fire occurring is that it can cause multiple types of damage to your property and not only structural damage.  While it can be overwhelming to learn that fire can cause such extensive damage, it is fortunate that help is nearby to take care of the damage for you.
We are close by, and we understand how to help.  Our skilled technicians know how to identify the correct solution to the fire damage left on your Clawson, Madison Heights or Troy home.  We arrive within hours on the scene and start the mitigation process in your home.  After all, the quicker the damage is seen to might just reduce further loss and therefore the cost associated with it.
Structural damage is one of the most prominent impacts of a fire, but a less apparent effect is the extent that smoke can damage items all over your home.  Smoke carries soot with it, and that soot attaches itself to everything that it can reach.  It can cause an unpleasant odor, discolor your belongings, and ruin them in extreme cases.  Without question, smoke damage can impact many of your belongings, including your clothes, curtains, carpets, artwork, and electronics.
However, depending on the extent of the damage, our SERVPRO technicians might be able to restore these items by employing multiple cleaning techniques.  If an item is salvageable, we can revive it through restoration, and then return it to you in its preloss condition after thorough cleaning. We can employ these same techniques to the smoke damage in your home that has left behind discoloration, odors, and greasy soot.  Depending on the extent of the fire damage, SERVPRO of North Oakland County can accomplish a successful cleaning and restoration.
If a fire occurs on your property, do not wait. 24/7, you can call SERVPRO of North Oakland County at (248) 439-1160 to receive the help you need. Let us come and restore your home to its preloss condition.

Fires In The Winter

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Burning Home In The Winter This Winter Home Fire Was Preventable

Freezing temperatures are here and that means a lot of people trying to do what they can to stay warm.  What people do not think about are the damages one can cause while trying to stay warm on a freezing cold day.

Cold weather in North Oakland County, MI means turning up the heat and the use of other heating methods like space heaters, heated blankets, candles, and fire places.  All of these sources can light up the room if used improperly.  For example, keeping them on for too long or placing some of these heat sources too close to flammable objects.

Freezing winter air contains less moisture compared to the air during other seasons throughout the year.  Because of the freezing air, the physical wood structure of the home becomes drier and can lead to disastrous fires under the right conditions.

The older the home is, the higher the risk of fire possibilities.  To prevent these problems, get an annual safety inspection to make sure your home is not at risk of lighting up in flames.

Family Emergency Plans For Fires

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Winter Fire Destroying A Home Always Be Prepared And Have A Family Emergency Plan

Do you have a Family Emergency Plan for your Birmingham, MI home?

One of the most important parts of your family's emergency plan should include a Fire Escape Plan.

A Family Fire Escape Plan is crucial to have in place and for every member of the family to be familiar with, before a residential fire occurs.  According to experts, people have as little as 2 minutes to escape a burning building before it becomes impossible to get out.  Believe us… Every second counts!  In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place.

In a survey conducted by the American Red Cross, only 26% of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.  Once a plan is developed, it is critical that everyone in the home understands the plan.  The best way to familiarize all family members with the plan is to practice it at least twice per year, especially if you have children.

The following steps can assist in developing and implementing a plan:

  • Ensure that all smoke detectors work and have fresh batteries.
  • Draw a map of each level of the home, showing all doors and windows.
  • Consider escape ladders for second floor bedrooms.
  • Choose an outside meeting place for when after you’ve all escaped.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own.  Have them do so, until they can do so unaided.
  • Practice the escape plan during both day and night hours.

SERVPRO of North Oakland County hopes that you and your family never have to experience the tragedy of a fire in your home.  In the event that it happens, we hope that an escape plan will help to keep your family safe.  If you do experience a fire please call your highly trained fire and water damage specialists at SERVPRO of North Oakland County to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

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.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

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