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Does Your Family Have A Fire Plan?
House fires are unpredictable. As much as we try to prevent them, sometimes the unthinkable happens and a little spark from faulty wiring you didn’t know about can leave your home engulfed in flames. When this happens, do your and your family have a plan for getting out of your home and to a safe meeting point? A fire escape plan is an invaluable tool to make sure you and your family knows just what to do incase of a fire.
- Take a weekend and draw up a floor plan of your home for a visual to plan out a fire escape route. Walk through your home with your floor plan and note all the possible exit routes.
- Keep leashes and carriers by the door, and make sure your pet always wears her collar and tags if she escapes during the chaos. Note where your pet goes when scared to tell a firefighter if you don’t have the opportunity to get them out. Train your pet to come when they’re called.
- Choose a meeting place away from your home like a neighbor’s mailbox, sign post, or light post and mark the spot on your map.
- Do a tour with your entire family to make sure that they understand the plan.
In case the inevitable has happened, give SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford a call at 817.595.0004
Spring Fire Safety
Always check over your grill before you use it to make sure that the parts will all function as they should.
The weather is heating up which means soon it will be time to bust out those grills or gather around a campfire with your friends. As always, we have some great tips to help you make the most of your time without causing damage or injury with fire. Check them out below!
- Check over all the parts of your grill before using it. This includes the propane tank, the hose, and any connecting pieces.
- Make sure your grill has been properly cleaned. Stray bits of old food or leaves can cause flare ups and burns.
- Make sure the grill is set up away from anything flammable such as trees, fences, and buildings. It should be in an open outdoor area.
- Never leave a lit grill unattended.
- Never leave children or pets unattended near an open flame or something that may still be hot.
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case something does go wrong.
Fast Facts About Fire
Understanding how fires start can help you prevent fire damage at home.
Knowing how fires start can help you come up with a plan to prevent them. Preparation is a key aspect of avoiding any disaster. Use these tips to help you figure our how you can prepare your home or business and avoid fire damage.
- Around 50% of home fires are due to cooking accidents. You can avoid fire damage in the kitchen by making sure you keep a fire extinguisher somewhere easy to reach and making sure you know how to use it. Also, make sure that you never leave a hot appliance unattended; always pay attention to what you are doing!
- Over 15% of residential fires are caused by electrical appliances malfunctioning or other issues with electrical components of the house such as the heating system. With this in mind, make sure that you have your home inspected often to make sure everything is working as it should. Especially at the turn of seasons when you may not have used your heater or air conditioner in a while.
- California, Texas, and Georgia lead the nation in fire deaths in 2016. Having plan to get out of your house in an emergency is one of the most important things you can do to keep your family safe. Make sure the plan includes instructions for everyone – including pets – to get out safely in case a fire occurs, and practice the plan so that your family will know exactly what to do.
Choosing the Right Smoke Detector
Having a smoke detector in your home is critical to making sure you and your family are safe. You should have one in every bedroom and on every floor of your home. You probably already knew how important these little alarms are, but do you know how to make sure that your smoke detector is a good one?
Smoke detectors can come in any size and shape, and they can be as cheap as $5 or as expensive as $150, so with all of these options, how do you know what to choose? First, there are two different types of detectors: ionized and photoelectric. Some devices are a combination of these two types. Ionized smoke detectors work best when there are actual flames present. They are quick to sound the alarm when a lot of heat is produced. Photoelectric smoke detectors work well with fires that start slow and tend to smolder and create a lot of smoke. Smoldering fires like these are usually pretty silent, so people do not always notice them at first; some people will actually develop breathing problems and pass out before they realize that a fire is occurring.
Both types of alarms are designed to detect fire no matter what, and both will be sufficient to get you and your loved ones out of the house in time as long as you keep up with maintenance such as testing the alarms and replacing batteries when needed. If you feel the need, you can put a mixture of the two types of alarms throughout your house. Regardless of what type you choose, make sure you have them in the kitchen, bedrooms, and any other important places in your home.
If your house or office suffers from a fire loss, call SERVPRO® of Hurst-Euless-Bedford today at 817.595.0004.
Halloween Fire Safety
Fall is here, and soon it will be time to bust out the costumes and carve some pumpkins! Nothing puts a damper on Halloween festivities like an accident, so follow the tips below to make sure that you have a happy and safe Halloween!
- Choosing a Costume: Costumes are arguably the best thing about Halloween, but if you aren’t careful, they can cause a lot of damage. Be careful if you choose to have a costume with long trailing pieces of fabric, and if there is a mask involved, make sure the person wearing it can easily see out of the eye holes so that nothing gets caught up in a candle or other source of fire.
- Decorations: Paper decorations, cornstalks, and other adornments can all ignite easily if they are left too close to an open flame or a heat source. Even a simple light bulb that gets too hot could ignite paper. When you are gearing up for some spooky festivities, make sure to place decorations in safe places, or you will really be in for a scary night!
- Candles: Once you’ve carved your pumpkins, you will need to light them up, but be careful any time you are handling a flame! Use candles and holders that won’t tip over easily, and always supervise lit flames. To avoid fire hazards altogether, consider using battery-operated tea lights or glow stick inside your jack-o-lanterns instead.
- Stop, Drop, and Roll: This skill is one of the first things that comes to mind when discussing fire safety, and for good reason! It can literally save a life! This technique can smother fire that has caught on someone’s clothing. Be sure to go over how to stop, drop, and roll with your kids before you hit the streets for trick or treating.
Now that you have gone over the tips to keep you and your family safe this year, you can be sure to enjoy your Halloween without having to worry about any potential disasters. If your home suffers fire damage, call SERVPRO® of Hurst-Euless-Bedford at 817.595.0004 to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Putting out a Grease Fire
Cooking is not usually considered a dangerous hobby, and many people find it relaxing. Keep your cooking from going south by making your kitchen as safe as you can. Oil is a big ingredient for many dishes, but unfortunately, it can be easy to ignite, and grease fires are not easily put out with water. If you have a grease fire in your kitchen, you need to act quickly to keep the fire from spreading. Follow these steps to put out a grease fire in your kitchen;
- Turn the Heat Off: This step may seem obvious, but in the heat of the moment, you may be panicking and forget to do so. Leave the pot where it is or you risk burning yourself and spilling oil which could spread the fire.
- Put a Metal Lid on the Pot: Fire uses oxygen to burn, so putting a metal lid on the pot will cut off that supply of oxygen. DO NOT use a glass lid; the heat could cause it to shatter. Once the fire burns through the small amount of oxygen left in the pot, it will put itself out. Keep in mind that this will only work if the fire is contained to the pot and has not spread to any other part of the kitchen.
- Use Baking Soda or Salt: This is another trick that will work if the fire is relatively small and contained. Baking soda releases carbon dioxide which smothers the fire, but if the flames are already too large, this may not work. You will need a lot of baking soda for this. Another trick you could try is using salt. Salt is able to absorb a lot of heat, so it is able to remove so much heat that the grease simply can’t support its own combustion any more.
- Use a Fire Extinguisher: Every household should have a fire extinguisher in an easily accessible part of their kitchen. Once you have gotten your fire extinguisher and you have had it properly inspected, you should know how to properly use it, or you could make the flames worse. Do not stand directly in front of the fire when you spray the extinguisher, or the pressure from it can actually spray the grease further and spread the fire. Stand back at a safe distance and spray the fire. This may take a little longer than you would think, so continue using the extinguisher until you are sure the fire is out. Using a fire extinguisher will contaminate your kitchen, so make sure you give it a thorough cleaning before cooking in it again.
- Call 911: If the fire does get out of control, call 911. It is better to do this sooner than later. Get yourself and any family members out of the house until the fire department arrives.
If you need restoration after fire damage, call SERVPRO® of Hurst-Euless-Bedford today at 817-595-0004.
STEPS TO EXTINGUISH ELECTRICAL FIRES
STEPS TO EXTINGUISH ELECTRICAL FIRES
Electricity is a hidden danger to the residents in your community. Because it is so frequently used, most people tend to underestimate the risk potential and dangers that come with electrical fires.
In fact, approximatley 7 percent of all residential fires stem from an electrical source, and because they tend to be difficult to identify, they are usually much more dangerous and destructive than other types of fires.
To keep your community safe, please keep these tips for combatting an electrical fire handy in the event of an emergency and share them with friends and family. Knowing how to respond quickly could be the difference between a small fire and a devastating disaster.
IF AN ELECTRICAL FIRE STARTS
- If the device that is causing the electrical fire is found, and you can reach the cord and outlet safely, unplug it.
- If the fire is small, you may put it out by smothering it with baking soda.
- It may also be put out by removing the oxygen source with clothing or a heavy blanket if the fire is small and it is safe to do so.
- Don’t use water to put it out. Water is a natural conductor of electricity and if you throw water on an electrical fire, you can get shocked or electrocuted. Also, water may enable to fire to spread by conducting electricity throughout the room and potentially igniting flammable materials.
- Check your fire extinguisher. Electrical fires are a Class C fire, which means that you will need an extinguisher that is appropriate for this type of fire. Most residential fire extinguishers are multi-purpose and labeled ABC, but it is crucial to verify this before using it on an electrical fire.
Electrical fires result in almost 500 deaths and more than 1,400 injuries annually. They are very dangerous.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO EXTINGUISH THE ELECTRICAL FIRE
- GET OUT!! You and any family members need to leave as soon as you can to prevent injury or loss of life. Do not try to be a hero.
- Close the door as you leave to contain the fire.
- Call 911 as soon as you are at a safe distance from the fire.
- Do not re-enter your home until the fire has been contained by firefighters.
While it is important to remember these steps to take appropriate action during an electrical fire, it’s equally, if not more, important to take actions to prevent them from occurring in the first place.
HOW TO STOP AN ELECTRICAL FIRE FROM OCCURRING
- Invite an electrician to inspect the home to ensure it meets the safety provisions in the NEC. They can also identify if the home would benefit from AFCI protection. These devices recognize potential electrical hazards that are not detected by standard breakers and can be especially helpful in older homes. They can prevent between 50 to 75 percent of certain types of electrical fires.
- Always use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage for the fixture or lamp.
- Install child precautions when they are present to prevent accidental electrocution.
- Never use extension cords with heating units or air conditions. They should only be used temporarily.
- Do not overload the outlets. If additional circuits are necessary, consult with an electrician.
- Pay attention if you notice any warning signs of electrical failure. This includes flickering lights, buzzing sounds from the electrical system, and circuit breakers that often trip or fuses that frequently blow.
- Inspect electrical devices periodically to determine if there is wear or fraying of the wires. Do not use devices that show signs of fraying or wear.
- Contact an electrician if you smell anything burning or see smoke coming from an appliance, cord or the plug, or if you see an outlet that is discolored.
- Only use portable space heaters with a safety mechanism that shuts them off if they tip over. Do not leave them on overnight or place them next to combustible materials.
Practice good fire safety habits. Install smoke detectors in every room of the house and testing them monthly to ensure their batteries are working.
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Most Common Types of Fire
The 4 Most Common Types of Fire
While a fire can start anywhere at any time, below is a list of the top four most common causes of fires. This information may even help you to prevent starting a fire.
1. Kitchen fires are the most common type of fire. Whether it is from burning food, grease, or an electrical problem, often all three can cause a fire. Grease is the major cause of a fire it can grow and spread quickly, getting out of control and spreading to other rooms of your home, before the fire department arrives.
2. Electrical fires are the second most common type of house fire. When you have electricity and water it can be bad. Often, if the wiring is old or not grounded a fire can start and someone can be electrocuted. Electrical fires can be caused by several different things, including old wiring, faulty wiring, broken or old breaker boxes, faulty appliances, and the improper use of outlets.
3. During the cold winter months’ portable heaters and electric blankets start their fair share of fires. If you must use a portable heater make sure you one that has a timer and an automotive shut-off. In place of electric blankets try using a heavy quilt.
4. Smoking is the fourth leading cause of fires. If you can smoke outside and make sure you put your cigarette out before going back inside your home. People fall asleep smoking more often than most people can imagine there are nearly a thousand deaths a year in the United States, because of smoking not to mention the loss off property. It does not take much for an ember off the tip of a cigarette to catch a chair, couch, rug, or curtains on fire, so be extra cautious when smoking in your home.
You can’t always prevent a fire especially an electrical one due to poor or faulty wiring or appliances. So, when you have the option to use extreme caution such as smoking or cooking please do so!
Here at SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford no matter the type of fire loss or residue left, our highly trained professionals understand the behavior of smoke and the cleanup processes to best utilize during fire restoration services. We are ready for whatever happens 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 817-595-0004.
Fire Damage Services
Damage caused by a fire is a devastating time for you and your family and your home. SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. After the departure of the fire department, your home may suffer from water damage caused by fire departments efforts in extinguishing the fire. Our professionals will handle your belongings and home with the utmost respect and walk you through the process. Our technicians specialize in handling fire and water damage and to quickly restore your home.
Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.
We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with fire or water damage. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.
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SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.
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Hurst-Euless-Bedford Smoke & Soot Damage
Smoke and soot can be very sneaky and invasive possibly causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience here at SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford allows us to be able to assess the extent of the damage to develop a plan of action.
Smoke & Soot Facts:
Smoke flows around plumbing systems, it seeps through any holes used by your plumbing to go from floor to floor. Depending on what type of smoke it is may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
Wet & dry are the two different types of smoke. As a result, there are different types of soot residue following a fire. Before any restoration begins, SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford will perform a test on the soot to determine what type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning process will then be based on the result of the test. West Smoke is produced from any plastic & rubber. Dry smoke is produced when you burn paper and wood. Protein Fire Residue is produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire and causes and extremely pungent odor.
Fire Damage Restoration Services
Every smoke and fire damage circumstance is a little different. A unique solution is required for each situation that is tailored for the specific conditions. We here at SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your smoke and fire damage. Our mission is to always treat you and your property with empathy, respect and care.
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October is National Fire Prevention Month
October is National Fire Prevention Month.
The American Red Cross says that on average there are 36 people that are injured and 7 people killed per year due to house fires. Also they state that every year there is 7 billion dollars worth of damage as a direct result of house fires.
There are many things you can do to help prevent a fire in your home and help you avoid being a statistic.
- Never use appliances or electronics with damaged electrical cords
- Never leave portable fireplaces, candles and heaters unattended
- Never leave appliances such as ovens, curling/flat irons on and unattended
- Have your HVAC tested and always repair when needed
- Be sure to keep flammable materials away from sources of heat
- Make sure you always empty the lint tray when you use your dryer
- Keep lighters and matches in a safe place that is not accessible to children
Even with multiple habits and measures in place to prevent a fire it is always best to be prepared for a fire and be ready for action if one was to break out.
- Teach children how to dial 911 in case of any emergency
- Have at least two emergency escape routes and be sure that all members of the household know what they are
- Everyone in the house, no matter what age needs to know how to stop, drop and roll in case an article of clothing catches on fire
- Have fire detectors located in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on every floor of the house
- Test fire detectors monthly
- Replace the batteries in fire detectors at least once a year
If a fire does happen to touch your life we here at SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford are always here to help! Give us a call anytime, our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 817-595-0004
5 Steps When Faced with Fire Damage in Hurst Euless Bedford
Step 1: EMERGENCY SERVICES & BOARD UP
Once firefighters are onsite and attempting to extinguish the fire, they may have to knock out windows and cut holes into walls and the roof to provide ventilation. Doing this will provide ventilation and will slow down the fire’s growth. Once they have successfully extinguished the fire we are able to start extracting any standing water, plus properly board up any holes in the exterior of your home. The purpose of boarding up your structure is to protect your home and your belongings from the elements.
Step 2: ASSESS THE DAMAGE
We will evaluate the severity of the fire damage to your home or business. Depending on the extent of the damage and what type of fire it was we will estimate the full scope of work needed to remediate your possessions and property to their original conditions.
Step 3: SMOKE & SOOT REMOVAL / DEODORIZATION
Smoke and soot contain chemicals that are harmful to your health. They can also permeate drapes carpets, basically, all textiles will have been vulnerable to be affected by the fire. With immediate cleaning by our extensively trained staff using industry approved methods we eliminate not only the odor but the potential risk of breathing in these toxins.
Step 4: THE CLEANING & DRYING PROCESS
SERVPRO of Hurst Euless Bedford will now be able to extract what remaining water they can throughout all effected areas. Once this is done, we place dehumidifiers that will pull the moisture from the air and industrial air movers to accelerate evaporation. This is the fastest most controlled drying process possible. Once every part of your home has reached the dry standard we go back through and cover all areas that were affected with an antimicrobial disinfectant.
Step 5: CLEANING & RESTORATION OF YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY
We have a dedicated space where we handle disinfecting and removing hazardous soot and smoke residue from all of your salvageable personal belongings. From family heirlooms, framed artwork, to your kitchen’s glassware and dishes. Our restoration goal for your personal items is to get them back to the exact state they were in prior to the fire.
If your home or business has been affected by a fire, we here at SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford are always here to help! Our phones are answered 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week just give us a call (817-595-0004) and we’ll be on our way!
Fire Damage - Bedford, Texas
An electrical fire in the attic was the cause of severe damage to this Bedford, Texas home. The insurance company called us out to assess the damages . We determined we needed to tear out the ceiling in order to properly clean the area. We deodorized and sanitized the home and prepared it for reconstruction. The homeowner was very pleased with our service.
Avoid overloading your home's electrical circuits
- Minimize the amount of electrical equipment you plug into each outlet. Minimize your use of power strips as much as possible, trying instead to limit the use of each outlet to the 2 plugs it provides.
- If your home is very old, it may have very few circuits, as plug-in appliances and equipment were not as numerous when the home was built. Have an electrician run new wiring and install new circuit breakers on your electrical panel.
- Replace or discard any frayed wiring
- While electrical tape can be used to provide temporary protection against arcing or melting of exposed conductors, it should not be used as a permanent solution.
- Replace any old wiring in your home
- If you are relying heavily on extension cords or if your circuit breakers trip regularly, you are likely drawing more power than your old wiring can handle. Have an electrician inspect your home's wiring as soon as possible.
- Older homes may contain aluminum wiring, which poses a more significant risk of degrading and causing fires than copper wiring.
- Having an electrician replace all or most of your home's wiring will provide a virtual guarantee against electrical fires for decades.
- Ensure that every electrical product you use is UL-listed
- Some products, like extension cords and batteries, are often counterfeited using extremely flimsy and cheap copper that poses an immense fire risk. On these types of products, UL utilizes a holographic logo that is difficult to fake817-595-0004 or 817-595-2506Follow us on Twitter @SERVPROHEBG
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