Recent Fire Damage Posts

Possible fire hazards at home

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that there are more than 360,000 home structure fires each year?

The cold weather often means a higher risk of house fires. his is because people are spending more time at home and indoors from the wintry weather!

Common Fire Hazards at Home

  • Candles
  • Cigarettes
  • Electrical & Lighting
  • Dryers & Washing Machines

These fire hazards can be preventable with some forethought and care! The most preventable are are unattended candles and cooking! Be aware of when you light candles or leave the stove on before you leave your home or go to bed. 

The most recent fire damage SERVPRO did was "quick and a job well done" stated from a happy customer. She explained a fire had started in the middle of the night and SERVPRO was there that morning removing the damage and making everything smell and look nice!

If you have fire damage call SERVPRO of North Knoxville at 865.947.9992.

Tips for a safe Holiday

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

It is the holidays, so everyone wants to add fun warmth and sparkle to the wonderful season. It is very important to remember that some of our favorite holiday decorations carry a big risk of electrical or a fire if these aren’t used carefully.

Chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, but let’s sure hope your Christmas tree isn’t burning. Every year there are an estimated 200 homes that have had Christmas tree fires. Most of these fires are caused by electrical malfunctions as well as heating equipment.

Safety Tips

  • Always keep candles, heaters and fireplaces away from your tree.
  • Did you know metal stands cause trees to dry out and become flammable? Always remember to check the water level daily or nightly.
  • Inspect lights before plugging them in or putting them up.
  • Never overload a circuit.
  • Before leaving your house or going to bed make sure to turn off all of the lights.

Always remember that SERVPRO of North Knoxville is open 24/7/365! So if you are in a burning situation during the holidays, SERVPRO will be there to help!

Proper way to use a fire extinguisher

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

A lot of people this time of year have a real Christmas tree. Keeping it well watered and away from heat sources are the best ways to prevent a tree fire. But, just in case, keep a fire extinguisher on hand in case the worse happens. Here are a few tips:

Fire Prevention Association suggests remembering the word PASS:

-Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release
the locking mechanism.

-Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

- Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar
with them before a fire breaks out.

In the unfortunate event that you do have a fire incident, make sure to call SERVPRO of North Knoxville for your restoration needs. We are available 24/7 at 865.947.9992!

Steps to take in the event of a fire

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems.
Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough
professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take some appropriate steps. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

DO:

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 heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.

Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

DON'T:

Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO® of North Knoxville.

Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.

Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water, as they may be contaminated.

If the ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans.

These are just a few tips to follow until SERVPRO of North Knoxville arrives. We are your trusted fire cleanup and restoration company. We are 24/7 and you can reach us at 865.947.9992!

Christmas Trees

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Christmas Trees Beautiful Natural Christmas Tree

Holiday season is approaching and who doesn't love the look of a real Christmas tree. Choosing your own tree, cutting it down, and taking it home is a great holiday tradition to start with your family. Live trees really seem to put people in the Christmas spirit and make your house smell amazing! If they are not properly cared for, your Christmas spirit could potentially go up in flames! Here are a few tips for this holiday season:

  • Choose a tree that has been freshly cut and has green needles
  • Water your tree DAILY to keep it from drying out
  • Only use flame retardant lights and decorations
  • Ensure there are no frayed wires on holiday lights
  • Do not connect more than 3 strands of mini string light sets
  • Keep your tree at least 3 feet away from ANY heat source
  • Do not block exits with your tree
  • Always unplug lights before leaving the house and before bed
  • Get rid of the tree when needles start turning brown or stop turning the lights on. This means that your tree is drying out
  • Be sure to check that smoke alarms are working properly and that your family knows what to do in case of a fire

While live trees are beautiful, they can be fire hazards. Be sure to take preventative measures, be aware, and be prepared this holiday season to keep your family safe! 

Prepare yourself for fire disasters

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Tips from FEMA for preparing your family, home, and business from the threat of wildfires:

  • Get an emergency supply kit, which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery- powered or hand- crank radio, extra flashlights, and batteries. You may want to prepare a portable kit and keep it in your car.
  • Make a family emergency plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together, and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • Protect your property from wildfires by designing and landscaping with wildfire safety in mind.
  • Learn about the emergency service plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Ask SERVPRO of North Knoxville about starting a Disaster Recovery Plan for your business.

Soot and Smoke

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Wildfires can strike almost anywhere. A wildfire can cause more than just the damage that you see. Even if your windows and doors are shut and your vents are closed, smoke and soot particles can enter your property. Your HVAC units and air ducts can hold large quantities of soot and disperse it all over your belongings.

Although a wildfire will burn mostly natural materials, there are times when wildfires burn man-made materials, which can leave soot particle that are difficult to remove. Even if your property didn't suffer fire damage, there may be soot particles and residues left to clean up. SERVPRO of North Knoxville will pretest the soot residues to determine the best method of cleaning, helping to ensure no lingering odors. 

CHristmas Safety Tips

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Its Finally here! With less than a week until Santa makes his arrival, it is crunch time. It is easy to over look minor details that could potentially cause HUGE problems. Here are a few tips to keep your family safe this holiday season:

  • Check all strings of lights to ensure there is no damage and they are working properly
  • Be sure to water your Christmas tree often; dry trees will catch fire
  • Be sure to put all candles in a hurricane glass and out of the reach of children and pets
  • Never leave your fireplace unattended and be sure to keep the screen/door closed to prevent hot coals from popping out
  • Be aware of holiday plants that are poisonous to pets and people; keep them out of reach 
  • Make sure you wash your hands after handling strings of Christmas lights as they contain high amounts of lead
  • Be sure to place carbon monoxide alarms around your home 
  • Keep hard candy and nuts out of the reach of small children as it is a choking hazard

With the busyness of the holiday season, it is easy to over look small details or cut corners to get more done. Be sure to be cautious of potential holidays disasters to keep your loved ones out of harms way this year!

What to do and not to Do with Fire Damage

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

When tragedy strikes, people tend to get emotional and do things they wouldn't if they had been in their right state of mind. The best way to eliminate some of these issues, is by practice. Being prepared for emergency situations enhances the likeliness that you will not be at a total loss. Here are a few tips on what to do and what not to do in a fire damage situation:

Do-

  • air out the house to reduce the smoke odor
  • discard any open food packages
  • limit movement in home to prevent soot particles from being integrated into your upholstery and carpeting
  • keep hands clean
  • place clean towels on carpet to prevent more soiling
  • clean and protect chrome with a light coat of vaseline or oil
  • wipe residue from porcelain to prevent etching
  • if electricity is off, empty refrigerator completely and prop doors open
  • wash off house plants on both sides of leaves
  • change air filter on furnace
  • remove pets to clean environments

Don't-

  • attempt to wash walls without consulting SERVPRO
  • use any food or beverages in the home as they may be contaminated
  • use upholstered furniture
  • turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet
  • attempt to clean carpets or upholstery 
  • use electrical appliances withing the home
  • send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner
  • touch anything

It can be overwhelming to see your home is despair and you want to try to do anything to make the situation feel as if it not so bad. Be sure to contact your local SERVPRO to help lessen your stress. As trained professionals, we are here to help and will try to salvage what we can. 

What to do and not to Do with Fire Damage

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

When tragedy strikes, people tend to get emotional and do things they wouldn't if they had been in their right state of mind. The best way to eliminate some of these issues, is by practice. Being prepared for emergency situations enhances the likeliness that you will not be at a total loss. Here are a few tips on what to do and what not to do in a fire damage situation:

Do-

  • air out the house to reduce the smoke odor
  • discard any open food packages
  • limit movement in home to prevent soot particles from being integrated into your upholstery and carpeting
  • keep hands clean
  • place clean towels on carpet to prevent more soiling
  • clean and protect chrome with a light coat of vaseline or oil
  • wipe residue from porcelain to prevent etching
  • if electricity is off, empty refrigerator completely and prop doors open
  • wash off house plants on both sides of leaves
  • change air filter on furnace
  • remove pets to clean environments

Don't-

  • attempt to wash walls without consulting SERVPRO
  • use any food or beverages in the home as they may be contaminated
  • use upholstered furniture
  • turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet
  • attempt to clean carpets or upholstery 
  • use electrical appliances withing the home
  • send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner
  • touch anything

It can be overwhelming to see your home is despair and you want to try to do anything to make the situation feel as if it not so bad. Be sure to contact your local SERVPRO to help lessen your stress. As trained professionals, we are here to help and will try to salvage what we can. 

Christmas Trees

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Christmas Trees Beautiful, live tree

Holiday season is approaching and who doesn't love the look of a real Christmas tree. Choosing your own tree, cutting it down, and taking it home is a great holiday tradition to start with your family. Live trees really seem to put people in the Christmas spirit and make your house smell amazing! If they are not properly cared for, your Christmas spirit could potentially go up in flames! Here are a few tips for this holiday season:

  • Choose a tree that has been freshly cut and has green needles
  • Water your tree DAILY to keep it from drying out
  • Only use flame retardant lights and decorations
  • Ensure there are no frayed wires on holiday lights
  • Do not connect more than 3 strands of mini string light sets
  • Keep your tree at least 3 feet away from ANY heat source
  • Do not block exits with your tree
  • Always unplug lights before leaving the house and before bed
  • Get rid of the tree when needles start turning brown or stop turning the lights on. This means that your tree is drying out
  • Be sure to check that smoke alarms are working properly and that your family knows what to do in case of a fire

While live trees are beautiful, they can be fire hazards. Be sure to take preventative measures, be aware, and be prepared this holiday season to keep your family safe! 

What Type of Fire Was It?

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

What was burned in a fire plays a key role in determining what can be restored and what must be replaced. The professionals at SERVPRO of North Knoxville deal with many different fires on a regular basis.

  1. Electrical fire- Burning electrical wiring causes smoke damage and a distinct odor which will permeate all porous surfaces.
  2. Kitchen fire- A kitchen fire can result in heavy soot and heat damage in the kitchen with light soot throughout the house.
  3. Grease fire- This type of fire causes smoke damage with a greasy film evenly distributed throughout the surrounding area.
  4. Wood stove fire- This type of fire will have a distinctive odor and distribute smoke and soot throughout a structure.
  5. Kerosene heater fire- A fire of this type will result in smoke damage with an even appearance and a greasy film on metal surfaces.
  6. Furnace puffbacks- A malfunctioning furnace blows greasy soot throughout a structure, covering walls and furniture fairly evenly.
  7. Lightning fire- This type of fire is rare, but lightning strikes on a structure can cause electrical and smoke damage that ranges from very light to heavy.
  8. Cigarette fire- The most serious damage caused by this type of fire is to furniture. These fires cause heavy smoke damage as the result of burning stuffing and padding.

Soot and smoke damage can be extremely destructive no matter the type of fire. Let SERVPRO of North Knoxville handle your fire restoration emergencies quickly and correctly!

Prepare Yourself for Fire Disasters

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Tips from FEMA for preparing your family, home, and business from the threat of wildfires:

  • Get an emergency supply kit, which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery- powered or hand- crank radio, extra flashlights, and batteries. You may want to prepare a portable kit and keep it in your car.
  • Make a family emergency plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together, and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • Protect your property from wildfires by designing and landscaping with wildfire safety in mind.
  • Learn about the emergency service plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Ask SERVPRO of North Knoxville about starting a Disaster Recovery Plan for your business.

Soot and Smoke

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Wildfires can strike almost anywhere. A wildfire can cause more than just the damage that you see. Even if your windows and doors are shut and your vents are closed, smoke and soot particles can enter your property. Your HVAC units and air ducts can hold large quantities of soot and disperse it all over your belongings.

Although a wildfire will burn mostly natural materials, there are times when wildfires burn man-made materials, which can leave soot particle that are difficult to remove. Even if your property didn't suffer fire damage, there may be soot particles and residues left to clean up. SERVPRO of North Knoxville will pretest the soot residues to determine the best method of cleaning, helping to ensure no lingering odors. 

October is Fire Prevention Awareness Month

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage October is Fire Prevention Awareness Month Don't let this happen in your home. But if it does, we're here to make it like it never even happened!

Here are some helpful tips from SERVPRO of North Knoxville & FEMA!

 

 

Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States, with direct property loss due to home fires estimated at $7.3 billion annually.  Home fires can be prevented!

To protect yourself, it is important to understand the basic characteristics of fire. Fire spreads quickly; there is no time to gather valuables or make a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.

Most home fires occur in the kitchen while cooking and are the leading cause of injuries from fire. Common causes of fires at night are carelessly discarded cigarettes, sparks from fireplaces without spark screens or glass doors, and heating appliances left too close to furniture or other combustibles. These fires can be particularly dangerous because they may smolder for a long period before being discovered by sleeping residents.

Home fires are preventable! The following are simple steps that each of us can take to prevent a tragedy.

Cooking

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
  • Do not cook if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.
  • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove.
  • Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

Smoking

  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most home fires caused by smoking materials start inside the home. Put your cigarettes out in a can filled with sand.
  • Make sure cigarettes and ashes are out. The cigarette really needs to be completely stubbed out in an ashtray. Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away. Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.
  • Check for cigarette butts. Chairs and sofas catch on fire fast and burn fast. Don't put ashtrays on them. If people have been smoking in the home, check for cigarettes under cushions.
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used, even if it is turned off. Oxygen can be explosive and makes fire burn hotter and faster.
  • Be alert - don’t smoke in bed! If you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy, put your cigarette out first.

Electrical and Appliance Safety

  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
  • Buy electrical products evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Use electrical extension cords wisely; never overload extension cords or wall sockets.
  • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.

Portable Space Heaters

  • Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from portable heating devices.
  • Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Check to make the portable heater has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Check with your local fire department on the legality of kerosene heater use in your community.
  • Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene in kerosene heaters. Never overfill it. Use the heater in a well-ventilated room.

Fireplaces and Woodstoves

  • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
  • Never burn trash, paper, or green wood.
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Store cooled ashes in a tightly sealed metal container outside the home.

Children

  • Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching children that fire is a tool, not a toy.
  • Store matches and lighters out of children's reach and sight, preferably in a locked cabinet.
  • Teach children not to pick up matches or lighters they may find. Instead, they should tell an adult immediately.
  • Never leave children unattended near operating stoves or burning candles, even for a short time.
  • Check under beds and in closets for burned matches, evidence your child may be playing with fire.

More Prevention Tips

  • Avoid using lighted candles.
  • Never use the range or oven to heat your home.
  • Replace mattresses made before the 2007 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. Mattresses made since then are required by law to be safer.
  • Keep combustible and flammable liquids away from heat sources.
  • Portable generators should NEVER be used indoors and should only be refueled outdoors or in well ventilated areas.

Smoke Alarms

A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

  • Install both ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms, OR dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors
  • Test batteries monthly.
  • Replace batteries in battery-powered and hard-wired smoke alarms at least once a year (except non-replaceable 10-year lithium batteries)
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends installing smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions when installing smoke alarms.
  • Replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 8-10 years or according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking – it can be a deadly mistake. Open a window or door and press the “hush” button, wave a towel at the alarm to clear the air, or move the entire alarm several feet away from the location.

For More Information visit https://www.usfa.fema.gov/