Recent Fire Damage Posts

4th of July Safety Tips!

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Summer just arrived and it seems like it’s already FLYING by! This upcoming weekend is  approaching fast, and that means Independence Day festivities will begin. While grilling and fireworks are the highlight of every celebration, they can also pose large safety risks. Keep reading for some of SERVPRO of White Plains & New Rochelle’s favorite Independence Day safety tips:

  • Make sure that your grill is located in a space away from any porches, overhangs and structures to prevent any possible fires.
  • Designate one specific person who is knowledgeable enough, and not under the influence of alcohol, to tend to the grill. 
  • NEVER leave a lit or hot grill unattended, even for a few seconds. 
  • Before you decide to ignite any fireworks, be sure to read the safety and performance descriptions to ensure that you’re handling the fireworks safely. 
  • Be sure to designate one responsible and sober adult to ignite all fireworks and keep children away.
  • Make sure you are using the fireworks away from any vehicles and structures. 
  • ALWAYS have a bucket of water, charged hose and a fire extinguisher nearby. 
  • Remember, pets and fireworks don’t mix. Bring your fur babies inside and into a secure and isolated room while fireworks are being set off. 

All of us here at SERVPRO of White Plains & New Rochelle hope that you enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend, safely of course. If you do by chance need us, we are just one phone call away at 914-684-1560. 

Grilling Safety Tips

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Every year, 7,000 Americans are injured while using backyard barbecue grills. It's usually a case of good products used incorrectly.
We want to help you enjoy the grilling season safely. 


  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house.
  • Clean your grill regularly.
  • Check for gas leaks.
  • Keep decorations away from your grill.
  • Keep a spray bottle of water handy.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill.


  • Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed.
  • Leave a grill unattended.
  • Overload your grill with food. 
  • Use a grill indoors.

We hope these tips help you to have a safe and fun summer grilling season!

If you have any issues do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle at 914-684-1560.

Campfire Safety Tips

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

With Summer approaching fast you might already be dreaming of upcoming camping trips with friends and family. Camping is a great way to unwind and relax with our loved ones and decompress. However, camping usually means campfires will be started and they can pose a huge safety risk if not utilized properly. Keep reading for some of our favorite campfire safety tips over here at SERVPRO of White Plains & New Rochelle:

  • A fire pit is the only place that a campfire should be built. If you’re in a remote area that doesn’t have a pit, dig your own in an open area away from hanging branches or power lines. Once your makeshift pit is built, make sure to circle it with rocks. 
  • Once your pit is successfully built, it’s time to safely start your actual campfire. Start with items that will easily catch fire, such as dried leaves and grass. Next, kindle the fire with small twigs and sticks to allow the fire to build. Now it’s time for bigger pieces of wood to be slowly added to the fire. Remember, the fire doesn’t have to be roaring to be effective!
  • Keep water and a shovel handy. The water will come in handy for any runaway flames and the shovel will allow you to throw any sand or dirt on flames that break the perimeter of your pit. 
  • Ensure your fire is at least 15 feet away from anything flammable. A strong gust of wind can spread your fire in a split second and it’s best to keep 15 feet of distance to ensure it doesn’t gain any traction.
  • NEVER leave a campfire unattended!
  • Make sure the campfire is extinguished properly. To do so, you should dump water on the fire, stir the ashes with a shovel, then dump more water on the fire to ensure all flames are put out. Once the campfire is cold, you can leave it unattended. 

Be smart, be safe and remember the tips and tricks your friends here at SERVPRO of White Plains & New Rochelle have taught you!  

Don’t burn the chicken… or the house!

4/18/2021 (Permalink)

With Summer comes the long awaited grilling season! There’s something that feels special about warm weather, sunshine and food on the grill. However, just because grilling season is fantastic, it doesn’t mean that there are no safety risks associated. Keep reading below to find out some of SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle’s favorite grilling safety tips:

  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home at all times. This includes the garage, any carports or porches. Along with that, don’t place your grill under any wooden overhangs.       
  • Make sure you regularly clean your grill. Built-up grease and fat will only provide more fuel for a potential fire. 
  • Consistently check for any gas leaks.
  • Keep flammable items, including decorations, away from your grill at all times.
  • Make sure you keep a fire extinguisher within reach of your grill. 
  • You should also consider keeping a small spray bottle handy for any minor flare-ups that may occur. 
  • NEVER leave your grill unattended.

This summer please stay safe and practice these safety tips while grilling for yourself, family and friends. If you do unfortunately find yourself in a situation where you need assistance cleaning up after a grilling session gone wrong, SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle is here to help. Just give us a quick phone call at 914-684-1560.  

Your Oven Needs a little TLC.

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

It has been a very long year for everyone. We’ve spent more time than ever in our homes and more importantly in our kitchens. Now that Spring has sprung, everyone is focused on cleaning their homes and starting fresh. While we may think of mopping, dusting and sweeping when we think of cleaning, our kitchen appliances also need some TLC. Most importantly it’s vital that our ovens receive proper attention and are cleaned on a consistent basis. Keep reading below to find out why:

  • Over time food and grease stick to the plating, grills and metal trays within our ovens. If these particles are not cleaned, they will continue to burn every single time that the oven is in use, increasing the risk for an oven fire.
  • Cooking with a dirty oven creates carbon-based fumes and smoke that are hazardous to your home and your health. Not to mention it alters the taste of your food!
  • If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning the oven with chemicals, utilize the self-cleaning option on your oven. 
  • You can also use a DIY solution of vinegar, baking soda and water. This is an awesome solution for those who don’t like using potent cleaners. The baking soda acts as the abrasive component and the water softens and loosens any baked on particles. 

If you’re not sure where to start and you’re weary of cleaning the oven yourself, SERVPRO of White Plains & New Rochelle is happy to help. Give us a call at 914-685-1560 and we can help you get your home back to a healthy and happy state.

Burn candles, not your belongings!

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, plenty of people are gearing up to spend a love-filled day with the individuals that they cherish the most. Most likely, a lot of these celebrations are going to include candles, which do create a great ambiance but pose the potential for fire damage. On average, 21 home candle fires are reported per day. Make sure to keep reading for some great tips on how to avoid danger during your festivities: 

  • Keep lit candles at least 12 feet from anything that can catch fire and burn.
  • When lighting a candle, make sure that you do not have on any loose or dangling clothing that can catch fire. 
  • Don’t light candles in areas such as bedrooms or bathrooms, and if you do, make sure that any flames are blown out before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Make sure to place any candles in a sturdy candle holder before lighting. This will ensure that they don’t tip over and burn something.
  • When you can, consider using flameless, LED battery-operated candles. They create a nice atmosphere without any of the risk. 

If you do happen to find yourself suffering from fire damage after Valentine’s Day, SERVPRO of White Plains & New Rochelle is here to help. We’re just one call away at 914-684-1560. 

Focus on Fire Safety this Holiday Season!

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that there is an increased incident of cooking fires on holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? While the holidays are time for family, laughter and new memories, they can also be the perfect opportunity for disaster if you aren’t careful. However, the good news is that cooking fires can be avoided by simply being attentive to your cooking materials and equipment, not just your loved ones, and practicing the following tips and tricks: 

  • Never leave the kitchen if you are frying, grilling or broiling your food. If you have to step away, make sure to turn off the stove. 
  • If you are baking or roasting something, make sure to set a timer to alert you when your food should be done, check it periodically and never leave your home while the oven is still on. 
  • Make sure that you are fully alert while cooking. If you are tipsy, tired or under the influence of any medication that causes drowsiness, have someone else take over cooking duties.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire, including oven mitts, wooden and plastic utensils, towels or any food packaging away from your stovetop. 
  • Make sure that any loose or dangling clothing is tucked away so it is not able to come in contact with anything that will cause it to catch fire.

Follow these simple tips and use your best judgment to keep you, your loved ones and your home safe. Remember, SERVPRO of White Plains & New Rochelle is here for you no matter what happens this holiday season, just give us a call at 914-684-1560. 

Fireplaces and Our Homes

11/22/2020 (Permalink)

As the colder months approach, it’s only natural that we’re going to find ourselves trying to stay warm. This means that for many people, fireplaces are going to start being utilized. While they can provide a sense of comfort and bring a great amount of warmth, they do possess the ability to wreak havoc if not used properly. Here are some great tips to stay warm and keep yourself, as well as your home, safe:

  • Keep your fireplace clean! Make sure to dispose of any ash and soot before lighting a fire. This allows for a better air flow and cleaner combustion. 
  • Make sure that you’re using quality wood. Dry wood burns more cleanly than any other wood, so avoid any wet, rotten or diseased wood. 
  • Make sure you are certain that the damper or flue is completely open before starting a fire. Keeping them open until the fire is out will ensure that smoke is drawn out of the house. 
  • If possible, keep a window cracked for additional ventilation.
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher handy!  
  • Never, ever, leave a fire unattended. 
  • Make sure to install both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Test them every month and change the batteries at least once a year.

Stay warm, stay safe, and remember that SERVPRO of White Plains & New Rochelle is here for you 24/7, 365 days a year. Just give us a call at 914-684-1560. 

Re-opening and fire prevention

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

As the numbers continue to decline in Coronavirus deaths and new infections, we begin to think about what life will be like opening back up to the world. Our homes and businesses have been in a state of limbo for a few months.The downtime we have had gives us an opportunity to re-evaluate and refresh our policies at work and work on projects at home that have been put off due to busy schedules.

Now is the perfect time to ensure that your business or workplace is up to date and fire-safe.  The downtime can be used to improve the safety of your business or workplace. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Organize any cluttered spaces. Clean out storage rooms and closets and discard anything that is unnecessary. Clutter will help fuel a fire if one happens, it can also block necessary paths of travel during an emergency.
  • Designate smoking areas and make sure they are in an area clear of any flammables. Set up proper smoking receptacles such as smoking towers or containers with sand in them to extinguish cigarettes.
  • Inspect all fire extinguishers and replace any if necessary.
  • Have any electrical issues inspected and corrected. Faulty wiring is a major cause of fires.
  • Maintain clear paths to electrical panels in case of an emergency and the power needs to be shut off. Having clear access to these panels can prevent extensive damage to property and workers.
  • Now would be a good time to perform annual sprinkler and fire alarm tests and if there are any issues have them corrected quickly.
  • Make sure emergency exit plans and diagrams are up to date. Have emergency exit plans and emergency numbers posted in a high traffic area for all to see in case of an emergency.

These fire prevention steps will help maintain a safe work environment and keep you, your employees, co-workers, vendors and customers safe. If you do have the unfortunate event of a fire, contact us here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle. We have the experience and training to get your business back to “Like it never even happened.”

It`s ELECTRIC..Boogie woogie, woogie!

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

April showers bring May flowers. This rain we have been getting can seem to be overwhelming during these times of self quarantine and self isolation. I definitely love being able to go outside and enjoy the sun, warm temperatures and fresh air. Those days will be here soon but those days bring the threat of thunder and lightning storms. Storms are not an event we can avoid but we can prepare.

A lightning strike will cause a loud boom and rattle your home.Did you know that a lightning strike on a home causes fire a majority of the time? The lightning strike can reach temperatures of 50,000 degrees. That is some very intense electricity and heat. Homes that are newer are better prepared to absorb the strike than an older home, sometimes only creating minimal exterior damage. The real concern no matter the age of the home is the interior structure of water pipes and electrical wiring. Call the fire department immediately. There may be no visible damage inside the home but lightning strike tends to operate behind the walls and in attics. The power surge can blow circuits and burn wires leading to a fire behind your walls that can go unnoticed until it is too late. The lightning can also follow water pipes until they are able to get to ground and if it is within or located on or in flammable objects then a fire will happen.

Calling the fire company as soon as the lightning strike happens will help prevent further damage or loss in your home because if there is a fire behind your walls or in your attic you will not see or smell it until it is too late. Also call an electrician to check the electrical systems throughout your home for function and if they find any damage,  repair it immediately. One last option would be to have a lightning rod/rods installed on your home. They will help provide a path of low resistance for the lightning to follow if a strike occurs. Although they are pricey, it can be worth it to prevent damage to your home.There are some insurance companies that will provide incentives for installing a safety feature that will save for all involved as well as heartache and stress for you.

If you do have damage from a fire caused by lightning or any other source, reach out to us here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle. Our technicians are certified and experienced to return your home to its original condition.

Work, work, work

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Home has become the new office. Turning a room into an office can be a process, from setting up furniture to setting up computers, printers, laptops, charging stations and any other necessary equipment to make the home office viable. In the shift from work office to home office be mindful to inspect equipment as you set it up. Here are some safety tips for setting your home office up:

  • Check all cords for any frays or exposed wires and if you find a damaged wire replace it immediately.
  • Only use extension cords on a temporary basis and unplug when not in use.
  • Unplug any of the other equipment that is not in use to save energy and reduce the risk of fire.
  • Do not overload outlets
  • Be careful where you place cords. Do not run in areas that would create a tripping hazard. Do not run cords under carpets/rugs or under doors.
  • Keep all papers or anything combustible away from any heat sources.
  • Make sure you have functioning smoke alarms. Replace smoke alarms every 10 years and change batteries yearly.

These are unprecedented times we are living in and a large amount of people are working from home. Electrical and fire safety is paramount. According to the NFPA or the National Fire Protection Association, in 2018 there were 363,000 fires in home dwellings. A little bit of care and caution can prevent such fires in your home. Fires do occur unexpectedly and in the event of a fire get out quickly and call 911. Call us here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle we have the experience and training to return your home to you “Like it never even happened.”

Fish don`t fry in the kitchen, beans don`t burn on the grill

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

Working and schooling from home has become the new normal for the time being and family is home all day long during this pandemic. What do you do for meals with restaurants and cafes shutting down their seating areas and only having delivery or take-out? Do you take a chance and go pick your food up or do you have someone bring it to you? Do you cook at home for all your meals to keep your family safe? If you have your home stocked well with food and are cooking on a regular basis cooking safety is important. Here are some tips to prevent kitchen fires:

  • Keep appliances clean,serviced and in good working condition. Make sure toaster ovens are free of food debris and cleaned regularly. Clean stove tops after each use and also make sure ovens are also cleaned on a regular basis. Check electrical cords to make sure the cords are not frayed or exposing any wires and if they are , stop using the appliance immediately. Replace any compromised appliance immediately or as soon as possible.
  • Install a smoke detector in a room next to the kitchen. You do not want to have a smoke detector going off every time you cook. If your dining room is open and connected to your kitchen, place a smoke detector in the dining room area.
  • Do not use metal in the microwave.
  • Be careful to not overfill pots with water or pans oil. Pots over flowed with boiled water can create build up on the stove top. Grease splatter can cause fires also. Clean up stove tops as soon as cooking is done.
  • Tie up long hair and roll up loose sleeves it only takes a few seconds for hair or fabric to catch fire.
  • Do not leave cooking food unattended. If you are cooking in oil it is especially important to keep an eye on it. If you have to leave the kitchen or house while cooking for any reason such as keeping an eye on children or pets, turn off the stove or oven .
  • Dish towels , pot holders and paper towels should be kept away from stove tops just in case a burner is left on accidentally or it has not cooled down enough.
  • Keep pot and pan handles turned inward and not outward where they can be bumped or knocked over.

Stay safe at home during these trying times and if you need us for any water, fire, mold or proactive clean, we are here 24/7. We are in this together.

Practice fire safety

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Social distancing and the threat of serious illness due to this pandemic has closed schools and workplaces. Homes have become classrooms and home offices.The whole family at home can be stressful and children get bored quickly. One way to break up the monotony would be to get the whole family together to go over your home fire plan.

Going over your fire plan can be checking smoke detectors, making sure they are operational and changing batteries if necessary. It would also be a good time to install smoke detectors if you have not already. Assign the kids to test fire detectors and change the batteries when needed. Check all fire extinguishers in your home and review with the family how to use one. Using the P.A.S.S. method can be an easy way to remember how to use an extinguisher.

  1. P. Pull pin at the top of the extinguisher.
  1. A. Aim the nozzle at the base of the flames and keep it low.
  1. S. Squeeze the trigger to discharge the extinguishing agent.
  1. S. Sweep the nozzle side to side aiming at the base of the fire.

If the fire becomes too large and it can not be controlled or you do not know how to handle it, exit safely and immediately. Your life and the lives of your family members are more important than possessions.

Another important part of the home fire plan would be the home fire escape plan. Review with all family members the plan to get out of the home safely in case of a fire. You and your family should come up with a plan to get out of the home in 2-minutes or less. Here are some tips to create a home fire safety plan.

  1. Everyone in the home should know 2 different ways to get out of every room and the home.
  1. Stay low when exiting because smoke is dangerous.
  1. Have a meeting place established outside the home and out of harms way. Call 911 as soon as possible without risking your safety.
  1. Do not go back in the home for people, pets or belongings.
  1. You may have less than two minutes to get out of your home once a fire begins.
  1. Practice your escape plan multiple times throughout the year.

Having these plans in place will help keep you and your family safe.If you do have a fire event reach out to us here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle. We have the necessary training and experience to get your home back to “Like it never even happened.”

Candle Safety Tips

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

The holiday season is approaching us quickly and a good reminder for the season is candle safety. There is no denying that the ambiance that lit candles creates is beautiful and serene. The Christmas scene with candles lit, snow falling outside of the window and a fireplace aglow sets the seasonal mood just right. I can hear Christmas carols playing in the background with just the thought of that scene but if the candles are not handled properly with care the scene can be much more detrimental.

According to the National Fire Protection Association from 2012 -2016 , U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 8,200 home structure fires that were started by candles per year. These fires caused an annual average of 80 deaths, 770 injuries and $264 million in direct property damage. Here are some tips on candle safety:

  1. Use flame-less candles in your home. They create the same light without the dangers of candles. They are also great for homes with pets and children.
  2. Blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed.
  3. Do not burn candles on plates or surfaces that could burn,break or shatter. Keep the candle in the glass container to burn.
  4. Cut the candle wick to ¼ in before lighting
  5. Keep wax pool free of any debris such as matchsticks to prevent flaring up
  6. Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything flammable.

With these helpful tips your home should be much safer and if you do have the unfortunate event of a fire please call us here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle. We have experienced technicians to help get your home back to pre-fire condition and “Like it never even happened.”

Do not burn the turkey!

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

The time is almost here when the stove tops and ovens will be blazing to cook turkeys, mashed potatoes, yams and an array of pies and desserts. Homes will be prepared to receive family and friends for a feast of gratitude for all we have given and received this past year. While preparing homes and meals for this celebration please be mindful of the food being prepared in the kitchen. Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Here are a few tips to help avoid a fire this holiday season:

  1. Make sure you are well rested and not sleepy. If you have consumed alcohol do not use the stove or oven. Enjoy that glass of wine with the meal after the food has been cooked.
  1. While frying, grilling, boiling and broiling food stay in the kitchen to monitor the food. All it takes is a small amount of grease to flare up into a larger out of control fire or a boiling pot to boil completely out and burn the food inside.
  1. Always use a timer while baking,simmering or roasting food. Keep your smartphone timers set to remind you at this busy time to check multiple foods cooking at once.
  1. Keep all flammable objects away from hot cooking surfaces or open flames.

Following these precautions will help to avoid a fire from occurring but in case a fire does happen, here are some tips to help:

  1. If you do not know how to put the fire out , leave right away and make sure doors are closed behind you to help contain the fire.
  1. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number as soon as you are safe.
  1. If fighting the fire is an option , make sure others are getting out and you are able to get out quickly too. Leave yourself an out.
  1. If you are cooking with grease , have a lid nearby that will completely cover the cooking pan you are using . If a small grease fire happens, slide the lid over top of the pan it is in and turn off the heat source. Do not remove the lid until the pan has completely cooled down and the fire is out.

If you do happen to have a fire in your home this holiday season call us here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle. We have years of experience and trained technicians to get your home back to "Like it never even happened".

Fire Pit Safety

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

 The outdoors are calling as the weather begins to warm up. Lawns are gardens are returning back to their vivid spring colors and neighbors are coming out of hibernation. The sounds of lawn mowers and weed wackers are abundant. The smell of freshly mowed grass and barbq`s permeate the air. Spring is here to awaken all of our senses. With the arrival of spring and heading into summer, more and more people are coming outside to enjoy the fresh air .When night falls, fire pits are being lit to extend the day and conversations with friends and family carry on into the wee hours of the night. Even through conversations with friends and family around the firepit in the backyard are great ways to build memories, remembering fire safety and responsibility will ensure those times continue.  

  1. When lighting your fire pit ,do not use highly flammable ignition sources such as gasoline or lighting fluid. Build a pyramid with three pieces of seasoned wood ( seasoned at least 6 months) stand them end to end like a rooftop and then fill in the gaps with crumpled up newspaper and some small dry kindling sticks.
  2. Make sure your pit is 10-20 ft away from any building, plant ,trees and overhanging branches. Since hot embers can travel, be cautious and keep a bucket of sand, pail of water or working garden hose close by in case an ember goes astray. Having a Class B or C fire extinguisher nearby would be good too.
  3. When extinguishing the fire make sure the fire is completely out , if you purchased a fire pit kit , most manufacturer`s include a safety guide to explain the proper procedure to extinguish the fire in the pit. If you use your garden hose to extinguish the fire , use the wide pray selection to keep from spreading hot embers with a direct, heavy stream of water. Thoroughly drench the fire pit to ensure it is out. If the fire is just hot embers and no flames a decent coating of sand should keep any fires from occurring.A coating of sand and a decent soaking should eliminate the threat of any fire re-igniting.

 These are just a couple of quick tips to ensure you and your family have a great backyard season. Safety first and if a fire does occur that becomes to large please call your local fire company immediately and evacuate the area.

Establish a safe escape route for your home

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

If there was a fire at your home, are you prepared to get out safely? Does your family know where to meet outside of your home? It is vital to have a fire escape plan in place that will help you and your family get out of your home safely in case of a fire. Here a few suggestions to get your family to safety in the event of a large fire.

1. Make a Plan.

Have a family meeting and walk through your home to identify all exits and possible escape routes. If you have children consider drawing a floor plan that identifies at least two exits out of each room, include windows and doors. Hang a copy of the floor plan in each child's room.

  1. Practice your escape route.

Have a family meeting at least twice a year to practice the escape routes you have agreed on and meet at a predetermined safe meeting spot.

  1. Determine a safe meeting spot outside of your home.

Find a spot in front of your home that would be a safe meeting spot for your family in the event of a fire. Make sure the spot is far enough away from the home to be safe but close enough to get to quickly and out of the way of responding fire departments. The mailbox at the end of a drive or a spot agreed upon by the family.

With these 3 tips you can help get you and your family safely out of your home. Property can be replaced but our families can not. Let us here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle help you get your home back to “Like it never even happened."

Smoke and soot need specialized cleaning techniques

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

If you have fire damage and live in Portchester, Rye, Ryebrook, Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle,  White Plains, Purchase, Port Chester , or Pelham call us immediately. Our experienced and trained technicians have the expertise and training to handle your soot covered or fire damaged  home and belongings with professional care and trained cleaning ability. SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle has specialized cleaning equipment and chemicals to handle all your soot , smoke and fire cleanup needs.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – (914)-684-1560 or toll free at 800-967-6663.

Fire Extinguishers and your home

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

 Having access to a fire extinguisher in your White Plains or New Rochelle home at all times is important to home safety but do you know what type of extinguisher to have ? Did you know that there are different types of fire extinguishers for different types of fires? Fire extinguishers are sorted into  different categories based on the types of fire they are used on there is Class A,B, C and K fires and the fire extinguishers are labeled according to the type of fire the extinguish. Here are the types of extinguishers and the types of fires they extinguish:

Class A extinguishers are water extinguishers and are used on ordinary combustibles such as:

  • Paper
  • Cloth
  • Wood
  • Rubber
  • And many plastics

*** Never use water extinguishers to extinguish flammable liquid fires.

*** Never use water extinguishers to extinguish an electrical fire.

Class B extinguishers are CO2 Extinguishers and are used on flammable liquids such as:

  • Fires in oils
  • Gasoline
  • Some paints
  • Lacquer
  • Grease
  • Solvents
  • And other flammable liquids

*** Never use CO2 extinguishers in a confined space, it can create a breathing hazard if proper respiratory equipment is not being used.

Class C extinguishers are a Dry Chemical Extinguisher and are used on electrical equipment such as:

  • Fires in wiring
  • Fuse boxes
  • Energized electrical equipment
  • Computers
  • Other electrical sources

Class K extinguishers are used for kitchen fires such as:

  • Fires involving combustible cooking fluids such as oils and fats

Multipurpose extinguishers combine Class A,B,and C  is a multi-purpose dry chemical extinguisher and can be used on:

  • Class A,B and C fires.

Now that we have gone over the types of fire extinguishers in your home, what do you do in the event of a fire at your home?

  1. Call the Fire department immediately
  2. Make sure you have a safe exit strategy before approaching the fire. Do not allow the fire to come between you or your exit.
  3. Identify the proper fire extinguisher needed ( Having an A,B,C extinguisher would cover all possible scenarios)
  4. Use the P.A.S.S. technique to extinguish the fire . P.A.S.S. stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep.
  5. Back away from the extinguished fire in case of a flare up.
  6. Evacuate immediately if the extinguisher is empty and /or the fire progresses past the initial stage.

If the fire is out of control or you doubt your ability to extinguish it ...EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY! The safety of you and your family is of the utmost importance, personal belongings and homes can be replaced, your life can not.

After the fire has been extinguished by you or the fire department give us a call here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle . We have years of experience in fire and water damage. Our team of technicians is experienced and trained in dealing with fire and water clean up. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week , 365 days a year. Call us at 914-684-1560 or toll free at 800-967-6663.

Fire and Smoke

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

 Finally the days are getting longer and temperatures are starting to rise. Before you know it kitchen ranges and bar-bq`s will be cooking up savory and tasty grilled appetizers and dinners. Friends and family will be flowing freely in and out of our homes as we socialize and catch up on lives,current events and future endeavors. Your home will be the center of your social interactions this spring and all its guests will be unaware of the fireplace or candle issue you had over the winter. Whether it was the absent minded relative who forgot to open the flue over the holiday seasons that created a cloud of smoke and  filled your home or one of your holiday candles falling over and setting the drapes on fire and subsequently burning the wall and surrounding areas.

  After the fire and smoke incident in your home, you called us here at SERVPRO of White Plains to help you clean up your fire and smoke incident. Here are the instructions we gave you on what not to do and what to do:

  First , what you do NOT do is:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces .
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire,heat,or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire,heat or water.    ( they may be contaminated)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

What you CAN do is:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery,walls,and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets,trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light lubricant.
  • If the heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks,toilet bowls,holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on houseplants
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

  SERVPRO of White plains is available 24/7/365 for all your fire and water damage needs. Call us at 914-684-1560 or toll free at 800-967-6663.

Cooking Fire Safety

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reveals that in 2017, on average, U.S. fire departments responded to a home fire every 88 seconds.[1] Cooking equipment was the leading cause[2] of home fires and fire injuries, causing 47 percent of home fires. These fires resulted in 20 percent of the home fire deaths and 45 percent of the injuries.

“Harrison families should keep these statistics in mind when the holidays approach. According to the NFPA, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and Christmas Eve[2],” says Pelli. “Families should also be aware that frying poses the greatest risk of fire, in fact, the NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.[3]

Pelli offers these additional cooking safety tips from FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration.4
1. Keep an eye on what you fry: If you see any smoke or the oil starts to boil, turn the burner off.
2. Stand by your pan: If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
3. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so that no one can bump them or pull them over.
4. Wear short sleeves or pull sleeves up: 18 percent of cooking fire fatalities in 2016 were caused by ignited clothing.2
5. Keep a pot lid or cookie sheet nearby to cover a pan if it catches on fire.

“Taking common sense precautions like these and keeping kids and pets out of the kitchen during meal prep can help keep you home safe,” says Pelli. “The precautions you take could help prevent a devastating home fire, a tragic injury, or even the loss of life. While SERVPRO disaster response professionals are fire damage restoration specialists, they know how important it is to keep the focus on fire prevention, because for some types of loss, there is no remediation.”

SERVPRO is an industry leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services. For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit For more information on SERVPRO of New Rochelle, please contact Antoinette Pelli at 914-684-1560 or


Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Your Pets and Fire Safety

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Prevent Your Pets from Starting Fires

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners' pets.

The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services have joined forces to provide the following tips:

  • Extinguish Open Flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
  • Remove Stove Knobs - Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house - a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
  • Invest in Flameless Candles - These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
  • Secure Young Pets - keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.

Help Firefighters Help Your Pets

  • Keep pets near entrances when away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
  • Affix a pet alert window cling and write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.

Preventing Fire in Your Clothes Dryer

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

Dryer Fires are more common than you think!

Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Lint can block the flow of air, causes excessive heat build-up, and result in a fire in some dryers.

To help prevent fires:

  • Clean the lint screen/ filter before or after drying each load of clothes. If clothing is still damp at the end of a typical drying cycle or drying requires more time than normal, this may be a sign that the lint screen or exhaust duct is blocked.
  • Cleaning the dryer vent and exhaust duct periodically. Check the outside dryer vent while the dryer is operating to make sure exhaust air is escaping. If it is not, the vent or the exhaust duct may be blocked. to remove a blockage in the exhaust path it may be necessary to disconnect the exhaust duct from the dryer. Remember to reconnect the ducting to the dryer and the outside vent before using it again.
  • Cleaning behind the dryer, where lint can build up. Have a qualified service person clean the interior of the dryer chassis periodically to minimize the amount of lint accumulation. Keep the area around the dry clean and free of clutter.
  • Replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting material with rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct. Most manufacturers specify the use of a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct, which provides maximum airflow. The flexible plastic or foil type duct can more easily trap lint and is more susceptible to kinks or crashing, which can greatly reduce the airflow.
  • Take special care when drying clothes that have been soiled with volatile chemicals such as gasoline, cooking oils, cleaning agents, or finishing oils and stains. If possible, wash the clothing and, preferably, hang the clothes to dry. If using a dryer, use the lowest heat setting and a drying cycle that has a cool-down period at the end of the cycle. To prevent clothes from igniting after drying, do not leave the dried clothes in the dryer or piled in laundry basket.

The Harmful Effects of Fire Damage

5/23/2016 (Permalink)

Fire damage can seem life shattering. Allow us to help make it "Like it never even happened."

If you live in Portchester, Rye, Ryebrook, Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, or White Plains call us immediately if you have water damage.

Some of the biggest issues associated with fire damage don't come directly from the flames. The heat and water vapor from combustion can cause severe damage. There is also the smoke and soot from the fire that can cause lasting problems to your home. They contain toxic chemicals and also have a smell that lasts. 

Plastics and other synthetic materials can leave behind harmful chemicals that are dangerous to inhale. Wood smoke is usually the largest contributor to smoke in the building. It contains methane, carbon monoxide, benzene, sulfur dioxide, formaldehyde, formic acid, acetic acid, and traces of heavy metals. This combination of chemicals is quite hazardous and can cause major problems for anyone who inhales or comes in contact with the smoke or residue left behind. The smoke and soot can cover almost every surface in the house even in places that were not directly adjacent to the fire, traveling either through air vents or wall cavities.

Removing smoke and sot requires the proper machinery and expertise. Here at SERVPRO of White Plains we have all of the machinery and expertise you would need. Our certified professionals have been working with people in need of help for years.

It may seem like life will never be the same following a disastrous fire. With the help of our technicians we can get you back on track. Let us make it "Like it never even happened."

Westchester County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/9/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Westchester County Home.

If you live in Portchester, Rye, Ryebrook, Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, or White Plains call us immediately if you have fire damage.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. 

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of White Plains will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – (914)-684-1560