Recent Fire Damage Posts

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 www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO of New Rochelle, please contact Antoinette Pelli at 914-684-1560 or SERVPRO8270@optimum.net.

Citations
1 https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fire-statistics/Fires-in-the-US
2 https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fact-sheets/CookingFactSheet.ashx?la=en
3 https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Cooking/Turkey-fryers
4 https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html


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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)

Fire Damage Preventing Fire in Your Clothes Dryer 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 The Harmful Effects of Fire Damage 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)

Fire Damage Westchester County Smoke and Soot Cleanup 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