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Watching for Fire Hazards in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

We know the idea of your home being damaged by fire is an unpleasant one, but unfortunately for many Americans, it’s something that has become a harsh reality.

You can help protect your home and family by understanding fire hazards and learning how to identify them.

Smoking Is a Fire Hazard

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, but smoking is the leading cause of home fire deaths.

An estimated 17,200 home structure fires were reported in 2014 due to smoking materials, which includes cigarettes, pipes and cigars. Those fires resulted in 570 deaths, 1,140 injuries and $426 million in property damage, per the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes.

It is safest to smoke outside, as most deaths result from fires that have started in living rooms, family rooms or bedrooms. Fire-safe cigarettes are the best option, and a deep, sturdy ashtray should be used.

Douse all cigarette butts and ashes in water or sand prior to throwing them out—and remember that one out of four fatal victims of smoking-material fires is not the smoker whose cigarette started the fire.

Exercise Caution With Candles

During a five-year period from 2011 to 2015, the National Fire Protection Association reported that fire departments in the United States responded to an estimated 8,700 home structure fires a year that were started by candles.

In total, there were 82 deaths, 800 injuries and $295 million in direct property damage. Candles caused 2 percent of reported home fires, with 3 percent resulting in death and 7 percent with injuries.

There were an average of 24 home candle fires reported per day during those five years, with December being the prime time of the year for home candle fires. Of the candle fires during this time span, 37 percent started in bedrooms and were responsible for 36 percent of the deaths and 51 percent of the injuries.

Tips for safely burning a candle:

  • Keep it at least one foot away from anything flammable.
  • Always use a sturdy holder that won’t easily tip over.
  • Never burn a candle if oxygen is being used in the home.
  • Always blow out all candles before leaving a room or going to sleep.
Fire Hazards That Could Be Hiding in Plain Sight

There are other lesser-known hazards that could be present in your home.

Did you know that some kinds of glassware in your home could be a fire risk? When sunlight passes through them, the concentrated ray could ignite flammable materials, which is why it’s best to move glass accessories away from windows.

Look out for loose outlets in your home. The movement of these electrical outlets could loosen the wires connected to the outlet and create dangerous arcing.

Dust bunnies can also pose a fire risk when collecting near electrical sockets and floor heaters. Sweeping or vacuuming your floors regularly and cleaning hard-to-reach areas like behind the entertainment system can help prevent buildup.

Fire and smoke damage can be devastating to homes, and in many circumstances, can be accompanied by water damage from firefighting efforts. If your home is damaged by fire or smoke, SERVPRO ® of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central is here to help restore your home to pre-fire condition.

A Friendly Reminder For Fire Safety

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. Fire Departments responded to an average of 358,500 home structure fires per year during 2011 to 2015. The fires caused an estimated $6.7 Billion in direct damage. However, with friendly reminders such as this, these statistics have decreased per year between 2016 and present day.

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home injuries. Smoking has been the leading cause of home fire deaths for decades. Heating equipment was involved in one of every five home fire deaths. Smoke detectors provide an early warning of a fire, giving people additional time to escape. Interconnected smoke alarms throughout the home increase safety because when one sounds, it triggers them all. It is especially important to have interconnected alarms if you sleep with your door closed. Be sure to check the batteries in your smoke detectors. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least once or twice a year. 25% of fires were a result of dead batteries.

We at SERVPRO of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central recommend developing and practicing a home fire escape plan. We can help you develop that plan with our Emergency Ready Program (ERP). Call us today to find out more. In the meantime, we hope you stay prepared, stay ready, and stay safe.

SERVPRO Assists With Local Fire!

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with fires in your home or place of business can be a very stressful time. Your property is unfortunately put into critical condition due to the smoke damage that takes place during the fire, the water damage from extinguishing the fire, and from the aftermath of everything sitting in smoke and soot filled rooms. Leave it to SERVPRO of Garden Grove East / Anaheim Central to come to your rescue.We had a customer from the city of Orange, who was a collector of memorabilia of both great emotional sentiment and monetary values. He and his family had accumulated beautiful and delicate items from all over the world throughout many years of traveling. These items ranged from very small glass figurines and trinkets to large wall mounted items to expensive paintings and furnishings. Unfortunately his small but quaint 2 bedroom apartment was ravaged with smoke from a fire that started in an oven in a neighbors unit just down the hall from his. All his belongings needed to be boxed and moved offsite, cleaned, re-boxed and stored until the cleaning and reconstruction of his place was completed. He was concerned about his valuables and the care they would encounter without any further damage taking place. Considering the contents of his home filled over 100 storage boxes, from small to large in sizes, everyone here at SERVPRO understood is was crunch time to wrap each item carefully in bubble wrap or packing paper, inventory and box each item, and have his place emptied quickly so that the demolition could begin.

Not only was our customer moved out before the deadline, he was able to rest assured that our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Garden Grove East / Anaheim Central would be able to restore most of his items that were damaged by smoke and soot, back to their original preloss condition. The customer was especially pleased with how carefully his items were handled and how much SERVPRO treasured and cared for them just as he did.

We understand fire losses are stressful and extremely unfortunate, but know that you can always count on SERVPRO of Garden Grove East / Anaheim Central to be there for you every step of the way!

For more information regarding fire damage, call us today at (714) 748-7800 for a free inspection and estimate.

The Effects of Smoke Damage After a Fire

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Effects of Smoke Damage After a Fire This door may have stopped the fire from entering this home in Anaheim, CA but it could not stop the smoke damage that it caused within the home.

When one thinks of fire season, the one thing that usually comes to mind is the hope that a wild fire doesn’t occur and affect any homes however, even if one of these devastating infernos doesn’t cause actual fire damage to your residence or commercial property, the chances of Smoke Damage occurring can be very high if the structure was exposed to the smoke. Just think of that smell that your clothes or hair bring home after a campfire. That same scent, yet more intensified can force its way in through your property’s vents, open windows/doors, and even your closed garage door. Once this occurs, your appliances, clothes, furniture, and the structure can be subject to smoke damage from soot (a black powdery or flaky substance consisting largely of amorphous carbon, produced by the incomplete burning of organic matter) on your walls, ceiling, etc. We can rid your home of these odors by using professional equipment, products, techniques, and procedures to eliminate and relieve your home of the odor, leaving your home freshly deodorized. The first 48 hours after fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. If you have been a victim of fire or smoke damage, don’t be discouraged; instead give SERVPRO of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central a call. We’re always here to help!

Be Extra Cautious of Fires During the Holidays

11/22/2016 (Permalink)

According to the American Red Cross, almost 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays, costing over $554 million in property damage. We, at SERVPRO of Garden Grove East/ Anaheim Central, recommend that you and your families be extra cautious during this time. Place anything that can catch on fire far away from any candles, fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, and heat vents. Never leave any holiday lights unattended and remember to unplug them before you go to bed or leave your home. If you plan on deep frying any turkeys, make sure that they are fully thawed and dried before placing them in oil. Always keep deep fryers away from home and 10 feet from any combustibles. It is crucial that you keep a fire extinguisher inside your home at all times and to regularly maintain any fire alarm systems. It’s always best to be prepared and proactive.

For more tips on fire prevention or information on fire damage, call SERVPRO of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central today at 714-748-7800! With our certified crews available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we are always here to help!