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12 Fire, Smoke, & Soot Damage Tips

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 12 Fire, Smoke, & Soot Damage Tips Preparation and knowledge reduce your risk of fire damage

If you’ve never experienced a fire you may think the flames cause most or all of the damage. But smoke, soot, and water sometimes are just as damaging. Smoke kills more people than flames. Soot can ruin prized possessions. And the water fire fighters used to put out the flames can damage your property or create more cleanup concerns. Here are 12 important things to know about fires, smoke, and soot.

1. According to Fire Rescue 1, Every year more than 3,800 people die fire related deaths in the U.S. Approximately 18,300 people are injured every year in fires. Most of these fires could have been prevented by practicing proper fire safety and having fire alarms.

2. More people die from inhaling smoke than from the flames. Never think that if you avoid the flames you are safe. Fire can suck all of the oxygen from a room and replace it with poisonous smoke and gases before flames even reach a room. Many times people die from lack of oxygen before the fire reaches their room.

The Dangers of Soot

3. A coating of fine, black dust, soot, is created when wood, coal, or oil-based substances are burned. These carbon particles float into the air and settle anywhere. Inhaling soot can cause severe lung deficiencies or even death.

4. If soot contaminates items in your home or business, a fire restoration service provider like SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield should assess the damage to see if restoration is possible.

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5. Soot produces polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These hydrocarbons are responsible for gene mutation for particular groups of genes. They can cause birth defects and increase the chances of getting cancer.

Fire Alarms Save Lives

6. Approximately two-thirds of all fire deaths happen in homes where there’s no working fire alarms. Your chance of dying in a home fire is cut in half if you have working smoke alarms.

7. Spraying water on a typical home fire is a great way to extinguish the flames but the water itself can cause great damage. Make sure, after the fire is out, that your home or business is completely dried. If you don’t, mold, mildew, and other consequences will lead to further damage and loss. This is one reason why SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield uses industrial dehumidifiers and air movers to dry saturated carpets, padding, furniture, and any other wet items.

8. Mold colonies can begin to grow just 48 hours after water damage occurs. The combination of fire, water, and mold damage to your commercial property or home could result in a complete loss if not handled properly.

9. Be careful if you decide to do some cleanup after a fire by yourself. Wear heavy-duty gloves, safety goggles, and a face mask. Carefully cover your nose and make sure your safety glasses have no place for dust or soot to get into your eyes. Be sure your local fire department authorities say it’s safe for you to go into the house or structure.

Our Heroes: Firefighters

10. Firefighters are heroes. But before to save people and houses they often have to break windows and cut holes in roofs. As a fire burns, the fire moves up and down and across, growing quickly. Firefighters break windows and cut holes in roofs to provide ventilation that slows the fire’s growth. Ventilation also helps get rid of dark smoke that makes it hard for firefighters to see where they’re going. The holes and broken windows help firefighters fight the fire more quickly.  

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11. Firefighters sometimes have to cut holes in walls, too. That’s necessary for the fire department to be certain the fire is completely out. Fire departments don’t want to risk leaving a fire that’s not visible but is still active inside the walls or in other hidden places.

12. If you have a fire, get a copy of the fire report. In most areas, a fire report is a public document. Ask for it at the fire department or fire marshal’s office. The fire report will help you with information that your insurance company and other official offices may request.

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? For more, see Home Fire Safety on the American Red Cross website.

Questions?
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Other Blog Posts That Might Help You:

Fight Fire By Knowing Your Enemy

Reduce Your Fire Damage Costs

Your Safety During A Home Fire

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Your Safety During A Home Fire

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Safety During A Home Fire If fire strikes, you need to act fast, be calm, and stay smart

Fire doesn’t ring the doorbell. Fire doesn’t announce it’s coming. Fire surprises you. Here are some tips to keep you safe even if fire sneaks up on you.

  1. React as soon as you see fire or smoke or hear your smoke alarm go off.

Try to exit your home as safely as possible. Do not try to grab your phone, valuables, or other important possessions. Leave directly and immediately. Your only concern is to get yourself and others out of as fast as possible. Nothing else is as important as this.

  1. Stay calm.

If you rush or panic you won’t make the best decisions in a fire. Stay calm and think logically. You may be in charge of family members or others. Be aware of any other people in the fire and lead them to safety. Listen carefully to what they tell you and deal patiently with urgent situations first.

  1. Check doors for heat.

During a fire don’t go through any closed door until you feel it with the back of your hand. Feel both the bottom and top of the door. If it feels hot do not open it. Opening a hot door puts you at risk of being burned. You may also add fuel (oxygen) to the fire. Find another way out.

  1. Have everyone stay low.

Smoke and heated gases rise. You want to stay away from them. Tell family members to crouch or crawl and stay low. This will reduce the chances of anyone inhaling smoke or dangerous gases.

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  1. Before using a fire extinguisher, make sure these four conditions are met.

Often, you’re better off to let professionals handle any fire. Only use a fire extinguisher when:

1) The fire is confined to a small area, and is not growing

2) The room is not filled with smoke

3) Everyone else has exited your home or the building

4) The fire department has been called

  1. Keep a safe distance.

Remember most fire extinguishers can reach 8 to 12 feet. Stay as far away from the fire as you can.

  1. Use PASS.

Fire fighters recommend the PASS method when working with a fire extinguisher:

P: Pull the pin and hold the fire extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you. 

A: Aim low. Point the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire.

S: Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

S: Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

  1. Is the fire bigger than you are?

One general rule is if the fire is bigger than you are, it’s too big for you to put out safely. Call your local fire department

  1. Face the fire.

Fires are unpredictable. Don’t turn your back on a fire. Conditions can quickly change. Always be aware of the fire’s size, condition, and position.

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  1. Observe the smoke.

You need to do more than avoid the heat and flames. You must avoid the smoke, too. More turbulent smoke means more dangerous fire conditions. Is smoke pushing out of the top of a door? Then do not enter. Does the area contain significant amounts of smoke? Then the fire probably exceeds your ability to handle it. Call your local fire department.

  1. Have everyone meet at a designated meeting place.

Your family or employees should have a specific place well away from your home or business that you will meet at in case of a fire. Knowing where to meet and having two or more ways to get there reduces the risk of leaving someone behind or not knowing where everyone is if you evacuate your home or building.

  1. Can’t get out? Stay in a fire-free, smoke-free room with the doors closed.

If smoke, heat, or flames block every exit route, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the local fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help. Yell for help.

Other Blog Posts About Fire  
Every month on the SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield blog we publish educational articles on how Glastonbury and Wethersfield residents can protect their homes and businesses from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm, or other damage. Here are two other blog posts about fire:

Fight Fire By Knowing Your Enemy

Reduce Your Fire Damage Costs

We Help With Fire Safety

At SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield we have specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield (860.633.8791) anytime, 24/7.

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Fight Fire By Knowing Your Enemy

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fight Fire By Knowing Your Enemy Understanding how fires start is a great way to prevent them

Your best way to prevent fire is to understand the conditions fire needs to exits. A fire cannot happen unless four elements are present. Take away or prevent one of these four elements and you can protect yourself from fires at your home, business, or anywhere. So, what are the four elements and what causes them to occur?

Heat

Heat is necessary for a fire. Unfortunately, heat can build up and start a fire in many ways. A fire in your home or business may start by flammable material coming in contact with a flame, too much friction, or mechanical generation (like with your car’s spark plugs). Heat can jump from an area where you want it (in a fireplace or stove, for example) to somewhere you don’t want it in one of three ways:


1. Direct contact: The heat source touches another object. A flame reaches a piece of paper.
2. Radiation: Heat can travel in an electromagnetic way. That’s like when you put your hands near a campfire. You don’t touch the flame or fire but you still receive the heat.
3. Convection: The heat transfers from one location to the next by the movement of fluids. This is what happens when a stove burner heats a pot of water.


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Fuel

No matter how much heat you have, you won’t have a fire if there’s nothing to burn. All fires require fuel. The fuel can be wood, fabric, gasoline, ethanol, hydrogen, butane, or one of many, many other substances.

Oxygen

A third element every fire needs is oxygen. The air we breathe is about 21 percent oxygen. That’s enough to support combustion but oxygen itself does not burn. Air with a greater percentage of oxygen in it will burn more intensely.   

Now here is a fire prevention key that many people don’t know. Ask most people what you need for a fire and many will list the three elements we just talked about. But you can have the right amount of heat, fuel, and oxygen and still not have a fire. What is this fourth element?


Chemical Reaction

The first three elements must be in an environment where a chemical reaction will occur. That type of chemical reaction happens when the exact mixtures of heat, fuel, and oxygen blend in the right concentration. That cause ignition, the chemical reaction, the fire.

Take away any of these four elements and you can prevent or stop a fire. Spraying water on most fires, for example, removes the element of heat and stops the fire. Shutting off the value to the burner on your gas stove takes away the element of fuel. If you put a lid over a grease fire in a frying pan you eliminate the oxygen and stop the fire.

For fire prevention tips see the American Red Cross’s Home Fire Safety section and the National Fire Protection Association’s safety tips sheets.  


Your Help Is Here

For questions about fire, call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield. We’re the fire restoration and clean up company that saves property and saves money for the owners of fire damaged homes and businesses. Whether you're in Glastonbury or Marlborough, Portland or Rocky Hill, Wethersfield or anywhere in between, we can help. You might also want to read some of other blog posts:

Reduce Your Fire Damage Costs

Safety After Basement Water Damage

Sewer Backups Demand Fast Action

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Reduce Your Fire Damage Costs

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Reduce Your Fire Damage Costs Quick action is a key to keep fire damage restoration costs down.

Having your home or business damaged by fire is awful. And costly. SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield can restore your property, clean it up, and tell you about ways to keep costs down and the quality of the work high.

Act Quickly

The more time between your fire and the fire damage restoration the more costs tend to go up. A big reason for that is that some fire-damaged possessions can be saved but only if you act quickly. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that you won’t be able to restore valuable possessions. What can be saved? Well, that depends on the extent of the fire damage, but at SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield we can often save clothing, leather, books, photographs, kitchen items, furniture, heirlooms, and more.

You Don’t Just Have Fire Damage
After a fire, the damage is because of the fire, right? No, not necessarily. Many homes and businesses suffer additional damage from smoke, soot, and even the water firefighters must use to put out the fire. Be sure to treat your property for possible smoke and soot damage. While you’ll recognize if water damage is also a problem, you may not recognize the extent and seriousness of smoke and soot damage. Smoke and soot can damage most household items. Those items include furniture, carpet, walls, drapes, and even ceilings. Again, act quickly. If too much time elapses between when the fire damage occurs and when fire cleanup occurs, the effects of smoke and soot damage can last for months.

Our Goal: To Restore Your Property To Pre-Loss Condition

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield cleans and deodorizes restorable items, sometimes to preloss condition. After our restoration you may not be able to tell which items were affected by the fire and smoke and which were not. Don’t throw anything out until you’re certain it cannot be restored and must be replaced. Save your property and you save money.

Call SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield

We’re the fire restoration and clean up company that saves property and saves money for the owners of fire damaged homes and businesses. Whether you're in Glastonbury or Marlborough, Portland or Rocky Hill, Wethersfield or  anywhere in between, we can help.

SERVPRO of Glastonbury/Wethersfield
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Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.633.8791
Fax 860.216.2762
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