Recent Fire Damage Posts

Before Turning on the Furnace

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

The ups and downs in temperature seem to be at an end, leaving us with only the cold days. Many families are thinking about or already have turned there furnace on. Below are a few things you should check for when you do. 

Smell

You should consider having your duct system cleaned before turning the furnace on because dust will settle in your ducts during the warm months and inevitably burn off when the furnace is turned on, causing an odor. If the smell persists for more than a few days or if any smoke is coming from the ducts you should turn it off right away and call for assistance.  

Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon Monoxide is an odorless gas that can cause severe health issues and even lead to death. Be sure to have a carbon monoxide detector installed if you do not already have one. Pay close attention to it when turning on the furnace and if the alarm goes off or you get a reading that is over 30, turn the furnace off right away and call a technician. Some professionals suggest leaving your home until it is assessed if the alarm goes off or at the very least open any and all windows to air out the space.

Noises

Your furnace can tell you allot by how it sounds. Does it seem like it is working to hard to run by making new and intense noises? Is the furnace not blowing warm air? The first thing you should do is check your breaker to make sure the furnace is receiving power. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County is dedicated to helping your family have a safe and happy fall season. 

If you need help finding a technician or someone to clean your ducts give us a call anytime. If a more serious matter should arrive and you need a restoration team, we are ready for your call 7 days a week and 24 hours a day.

SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County

810-732-3298

Laundry Room Fire Prevention

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

While kitchen fires are still the leading cause of house fires in the United States, an average of 42 families are affected by laundry room fires per day.

The most frustrating thing about these fires is that they could have easily been prevented with just a few simples rules to follow.

Always make sure that both your washer and dryer and plugged into an outlet with the correct amount of voltage and never use an extension cord to run your machines. 

Your lint screen needs to be cleared out after every use and once a month it should be cleaned with warm soapy water (make sure it dries completely before putting it back into the dryer). 

Be sure to keep the floor free and clear of any cleaning chemicals or other flammable items.

Installing a fire alarm in the laundry room or in the hallway outside of the laundry room can help keep your family safe incase anything was to happen. 

Firework Fun after the 4th

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

The 4th of July is over but the firework fun has just begun. 

Fireworks cause over 18,500 fires per year with an average of 43 million dollars in direct property damage. 

Did you know that sparklers burn at 1200 fahrenheit? That is hot enough to cause third degree burns and start a fire with just about anything. 

A few safety tips for you and your family this hot summer

Only adults should use fireworks- the vast majority of firework related fires and injuries are from children under the age of 15.

Light fireworks in clear, open areas- make sure the area being used to set off fireworks is clear from any dry and possibly flammable grass or debris. 

Have fire extinguishers ready- it is always a good idea to understand how to properly use a fire extinguisher and have one readily available any time you use fireworks.

Know how to handle firework duds- if a firework does not "go off" do not try to re-light it. Let it rest for 15-20 minutes then throw water on it and allow it to sit for another 15 minutes before disposing it.

light fireworks on a flat surface- If the firework is let off on a slanted surface it could fall over and aim in an entirely different direction than intended, leading to possible injury or damage to near bye admirers and structures.

Light fireworks carefully- It is important to create as much distance between you and the firework when lighting it so try for an extended match or an extended butane lighter.

Do not experiment with fireworks- Never tamper with the original design of a firework.

Every one at SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County is wishing you a happy and safe 2019 summer!

Memorial Day Grill Safety Tips

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself” —Joseph Campbell

Memorial Day weekend is here! We're here on the blog to give some grill safety tips. With the summertime in full swing, we are all enjoying time by the pool and barbeques with our friends and family. We can’t forget that grills are responsible for an estimated 8,900 home fires a year. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers these general grilling guidelines:

    • Only use propane and charcoal grills outdoors.
    • Place grills away from your home (remember, this counts deck railings!)
    • As always, keep children and pets away from the grill area
    • Make sure you keep your grill clean by removing the grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill (keep in mind that the leading cause of a grill fire is failure to clean)
    • NEVER leave the grill unattended

     Who’s ready to throw the hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill this weekend and celebrate how blessed we are to live in a beautiful and free country? We know we are! Keep in mind these safety rules and have a great summer with your family and friends. 

All gave some, some gave all. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at 810-732-3298!

Common Causes for house FIres

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

The most common cause of a house fire is cooking equipment. You should never leave your stove unattended while cooking.

Did you know that smoking in a bedroom is the leading cause for fire related fatalities? Smoking outside of the home is the best way to insure your safety and the safety of your loved ones.

Children are naturally curious about everything and if given the opportunity they may light something on fire just to see what happens. It is important to keep lighters and matches out of reach. Dont leave fire education up to your children. Teach them the importance of fire safety, create a fire escape plan and always remember "stop, drop and roll."

Faulty wiring can cause electrical fires and lamp shades can easily over heat if they are tipped over or too close to the light bulb 

BBQ's are a summer time favorite but make sure that your grill is never used inside the garage or too close to the outside of your home.

Fires can travel incredibly fast and are extremely dangerous. Read this article to find out what you can do to protect your family and your home. 

Every 18 Seconds a Fire Occurs in the U.S.!

2/17/2019 (Permalink)

only one matters to you!

What does SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County do for you when your home and family are affected?

1. Within one hour a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will call to arrange for service.

2. Within 4 short hours a professional will arrive on-site prepared to begin emergency mitigation services, if so needed.

3. A Project Manager of SERVPRO will review your home with you and address any questions or concerns.

4. The SERVPRO Project Manager will then go through your home starting from the fire and working his way outward to see what is restorable or salvageable. 

5. Next SERVPRO will present to you and your insurance adjuster a plan of action, also known as a "Scope of Work".

6. Your home will be cleaned and restored by SERVPRO Franchise Professionals.

7. After all of the work is completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction

Why children should keep their bedroom doors closed at night

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

The front and back side of a door affected by a fire in Montrose.

Many children like sleeping with their doors open in fear of the boogeyman hiding under there bed. However this picture shows why it is so important for bedroom doors to stay shut at night time. A shut door can keep out smoke and eventually fire and save a life. 

- Routine at home fire drills are a great way to keep your kids ready and aware. Kids practice them at school, why wouldn't you teach them at home?
Stop, Drop, and Roll is universal.  Also teach them to stay low, and how to check with the back of their hand to see if a door is warm.  Pick an easy place outside like the swing set for everyone to meet.

For more tips, check out this article from the National Fire Prevention Association on creating a home fire escape plan.

-Smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and properly maintained.

As always, our crews are on call 24/7 365 days of the year, should disaster strike. 

Thank you for helping to make SERVPRO of NW Genesee County your source for all your Genesee County restoration needs!

Thanksgiving Fire Safety for Genesee County Homeowners

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is a time to relax and celebrate with family, but we wanted to take a moment to remind everyone to exercise caution while preparing Thanksgiving dinner. Statistically, fire departments respond to more residential fire calls on Thanksgiving day than any other day of the year.

Every year, 2,100 residential structures catch fire on Thanksgiving, resulting in 10 deaths, 50 serious injuries, and $28 million dollars in damage. Here are some simple steps that you can take to avoid disaster on your day of relaxation and celebration:

  • Don’t leave food unattended while cooking
  • Check all smoke detectors before beginning Thanksgiving dinner preparation
  • Keep children and pets away from the kitchen
  • Keep the kitchen floors unobstructed to avoid tripping
  • Don’t use any electrical appliances that have damaged or severed cords (use this as an opportunity to treat yourself to some new kitchen toys!)
  • Avoid using deep fryers (even in the back yard, the NFPA discourages ALL use of fryers)

As always, our crews are on call 24/7 365 days of the year, should disaster strike. Please take note of the steps above to protect your home and your family! Relax, kick back, enjoy some football, and give thanks!

On this Thanksgiving, we feel especially thankful for all of YOU, our loyal clients! Thank you for helping to make SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County your source for all your Genesee County restoration needs!

The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Check out this before and after - have your dryer vents EVER been cleaned?

According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires.  Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss, and can also lead to injury or death.

To reduce the risk of these fires happening in you or your insured's home or business, SERVPRO of Northwest Genesee County can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint build up.

Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load, and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open, and is not restricted by snow, a bird's nest, or any other potential obstacles.

If you have a need for your dryer vents to be cleaned, contact the cleaning professionals at your local SERVPRO - Northwest Genesee County!  We can be reached 24/7 at 810-732-3298.

What Should You Do After a Fire?

10/30/2017 (Permalink)

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of NW Genesee County has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition. What should you do after a fire? Call SERVPRO!

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Today (810-732-3298)

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO of NW Genesee County, whose phones are answered 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO of NW Genesee County can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

SERVPRO of NW Genesee County uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Do You Sleep With Your Bedroom Door Open at Night?

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

The difference with the door closed during a fire (inside of room & outside of it- where the fire is)

"Close before you doze" is a slogan that local fire departments are using to raise awareness on something so simple, that could potentially save your life!

  • "The simple task of closing your door at night could be life-saving, especially since now you only have just three minutes to get out of a burning home."
  • Clio Fire Chief stated that "40 years ago it used it used to be 17 minutes to get out of a burning home, and now it's just 3 minutes."
  • Closing your door is one of the top 3 ways, aside from smoke alarms and making an escape plan that fire officials say you should do.
  • When you shut the door, it will take the fire and smoke a little longer to go through the door (giving you time to escape)

"CLOSE BEFORE YOU DOZE"

Do You Have an Escape Plan?

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Do you have an escape plan if a fire happens at your home?

Consider these tips to create a plan:

  • Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan, showing 2 exits of each room (door and window)
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home
  • Everyone in the household must understand the escape plan. When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
  • Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  • If there are infants, elderly, or family members with mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the fire drill and in the event of an emergency. Assign a backup person too, in case the designee is not home during the emergency.
  • Once you're out, stay out! Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. If someone is missing, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.

Having an escape plan set in place- JUST INCASE- can be life saving and beneficial.

If you have a fire at your home, call SERVPRO of NW Genesee County to take care of the disaster.

810-732-3298

NW Genesee County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

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 NW Genesee County 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 –810-732-3298