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Electrical Fires - Common Causes

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

fire damage in a living room. Ceiling falling down. Smoke damage and blackened walls. Living room fire damage

According to the U.S Fire Administration there are approximately 24,000 electrical fires per year.

  • 83% of electrical fires most often happen in One- and Two- family homes. 
  • 12% of these fires occur in January due to the increase of heating appliances and lights. 
  • 15% of residential fires happen in the bedroom.
  • 13% of residential fires happen in attics or vacant crawl spaces

COMMON CAUSES OF ELECTRICAL FIRES:

  1. Faulty outlets and appliances. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord, which can send heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains, and rugs that can start a fire.
  2. Light fixtures. Always check the maximum recommended bulb wattage on any lighting fixture or lamp and never go over the recommended amount.
  3. Extension cords. Only use extension cords as a temporary measure, NEVER plug an appliance into an extension cord. If you do not have the appropriate type of outlets for your appliances, hire an electrician to install new ones.
  4. Space heaters. These types of heaters are portable, many times people put them too close to combustible surfaces such as curtains, beds, clothing, chairs, couches and rugs.
  5. Wiring. If a home is over 35 years old, it may not have the wiring capacity to handle the increased amounts of electrical appliances in today’s average home, such as computers, wide-screen televisions, video and gaming players, microwaves and air conditioners. 

NEVER use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord, which can send heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains, and rugs that can start a fire.

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What to do when you have an OVEN FIRE

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

Large fire with rolling smoke coming from open oven. Oven fire.

Fires in a home most commonly happen in the kitchen. While frightening, an oven fire can usually be contained and prevented.

What to do

  1. LEAVE THE OVEN DOOR CLOSED! You do NOT want to feed it any oxygen.
  2. TURN OFF THE OVEN and allow the fire to burn out on its own. Move all appliances away from the oven.
  3. If it does not go out on its own, leave the house and call 911.
  4. If the fire does go out, carefully open the oven door (it will be smoky) and Open all the windows.

Quick Safety Tip:

  • Don’t store things on top of, in, or around your oven.

Keep flammable things like dish towels, paper bags, or cereal boxes, away from your stove. Don’t use your oven as ‘extra storage’ for flammable things like paper or plastic bags, plastic containers, or dish towels. Even if you don’t turn the oven on, the pilot light can ignite objects inside.

  • Be mindful of how you prep and cook your food.

Over-filling a baking pan with batter may overflow into the bottom of the oven and catch fire. Use an oversized pan under your baking dish to catch the overflow.

When cooking fatty foods like goose, duck, steak, and bacon, the grease will splatter and spark a fire. Do not leave your food unattended. Drain the grease periodically to prevent a fire.

If you're ever faced with a kitchen damaged by any type of fire and you’re in the Bullitt county or northern Nelson county area, we’re here for you.  When you need expert help with fire damage, you can depend on SERVPRO. Our teams are standing by 24/7 with industry-certified fire and smoke cleanup services.

Safety tips about Smoke Alarms

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

National Fire Protection Association breaks down important facts and explains the different Smoke Alarms available.

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
  • Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.

Grease Fire - What to do in an Emergency

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

Grease fire in a pan, on the stove top. Flames in a pan with a person extending a metal lid to smother the fire. Stove top, pan grease fire

Grease Fire- According to Fire and Rescue.

  1. Cover the flames with a metal lid or cookie sheet. Leave the cover on until it has cooled.
  2. Turn off the heat source. 
  3. If it’s small and manageable, pour baking soda or salt on it to smother the fire.
  4. As a last resort, spray the fire with a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher.
  5. Do not try to extinguish the fire with water.
  6. Do not attempt to move the pot or pan outside.

Do not use flour, baking powder, or other cooking powders that resemble baking soda - they have a different chemical makeup and will not react similarly. They will make the fire worse.

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO EXTINGUISH THE GREASE FIRE:

  1. GET OUT! 
  2. Close the door as you leave to help contain the fire.
  3. Call 911 as soon as you are at a safe distance from the fire. 
  4. Do not re-enter your home until the fire has been contained by firefighters. 

Your home and belongings are replaceable, YOU ARE NOT.

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What to do after Fire Damage

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire. Image shows fire damage cabinets and flooring. Smoke damage to entire home. This home had a kitchen fire which led to smoke damage throughout the home.

According to National Fire Protection Association the most common fire dangers are cooking equipment, heating equipment, dryers, electrical and lighting equipment, smoking materials, and arson. What do you do after the fire trucks have left? How do you get back to normalcy?

  1. Talk to your insurance agent before anyone else. They are experienced with property emergencies and recommend qualified remediation and restoration companies. SERVPRO is here for you.
  2. Secure the property and prevent further damage. SERVPRO will do this for you.
  3. Collect damage information. SERVPRO will collect photos of the damage for your insurance agent. 

To facilitate repairs and rebuilding, you’ll want to move unaffected furniture, equipment and possessions out of the way. SERVPRO will do this for you. Even though they may not be fire damaged or scorched, it’s likely that most items will have some degree of soot or smoke contamination or water damage. On average, Firefighters use nearly 3,000 gallons of water on a house fire. Nothing should be packed away without proper cleaning to eliminate odor and other contaminants. This type of cleaning often needs professional attention, especially when leather, upholstery, rugs and electrical equipment is involved. Be certain to check before discarding items of any real or sentimental value, because today’s contents cleaning technologies can undo even significant smoke, soot and water damage.

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The Process of Handling a Water Loss

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

2 air movers strategically placed for optimal drying 2 air movers strategically placed for optimal drying

SERVPRO® of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties doesn't just come into your home or business and extract water and leave. There is much more to water remediation. 

When you have a water loss the first thing you will want to do is call SERVPRO®. Our experience call specialists will ask you several questions to help us understand how to deal with your unique situation. Next we will get you scheduled right away for one of our technicians to come out and assess the situation and create a remediation plan. 

When we have established your specific restoration/mitigation plan our crew will come out and begin the water extraction process, sometimes removing hundreds or thousands of gallons of water. Next we will focus in on water damaged materials, such as flooring, carpeting, drywall, baseboards, etc. 

If you have water damaged materials that can we restored we will then begin the process of sanitizing, deodorizing, and cleaning them in order to restore them to their original state. 

Once all of these things are done it is time to begin the dry out process. This will target water within materials to bring these materials back to their normal moisture level. This equipment is normally placed during the first visit to your property. The type and amount of equipment is based on your unique situation and industry standards. We will do daily monitoring of the dry out equipment and make changes as needed in order to achieve maximum drying. 

After these initial steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. If you need repairs we will send our construction crew to begin the work. Once we have completed the entire process you will feel "Like it never even happened!"®

Always here for our community

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks on the scene of a massive flood SERVPRO trucks on the scene of a massive flood

When one of our local residential healthcare centers had a malfunction with their sprinkler system, which caused a huge water mess, we were first on the scene. We had our guys there in no time after they called up. Our crew was there and ready to begin the process of extracting the water and beginning clean up. 

At SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties, our goal is to help everyone no matter the situation, especially when it is one of our local residential healthcare facilities. Community is the most important part of our business that is why we strive to create a friendly and helpful atmosphere where we go. 

The local healthcare facility was so appreciative of the fact that our crew was there and ready to go to work in a matter of minutes after they called us. SERVPRO® of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties is "Faster to any size disaster!" 

Aftermath of a Tornado

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Roof area that was ripped off by a tornado Roof area that was ripped off by a tornado

When the tornadoes and high winds hit parts of Kentucky on April 13, 2022, there was extensive damage to homes and business. SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties was first on the scene to help when a homeowner had part of their roof ripped off of their home. 

We had our crew out immediately to get the roof tarped and begin the damage assessment. The homeowner was visibly shaken up and had a lot of questions regarding the process. We sat with her and walked her through all of the steps of mitigation and repairs. By the time we left she was assured that we were doing everything we could to help her. 

When storms like this hit, damage is abundant and it can be scary and confusing. SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties will be there for you to help calm your fears and worries. SERVPRO® of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties will leave you feeling "Like it never even happened."

Tornado Warning Signs

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

Damage after a tornado Damage after a tornado

On April 13, 2022 an EF1 tornado hit several different areas of Jefferson & Bullitt Counties in Kentucky. A lot of homes sustained wind, rain, & hail damage and SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties was there to help with the clean-up and repairs. Thankfully there were no serious injuries reported and that is probably due in part to our local weather men & women alerting us to take cover. What if you don't have any power though & you have no way to know when to take cover? Below are six signs to look out for when possible tornadoes are approaching. 

  1. The color of the sky may change to a dark greenish color.
  2. A strange quiet occurring within or shortly after a thunderstorm.
  3. A loud roar that sounds similar to a freight train.
  4. An approaching cloud of debris, especially at ground level.
  5. You can see debris falling from the sky.
  6. A rotating funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm.

If you notice any of these signs it is time to take cover in an interior room, preferably a room without windows, and shelter in place until the tornado has passed. 

At SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties, our main goal is for our community to stay safe, however if your home does sustain damage of any kind we are here to offer a helping hand. 

SERVPRO: Experts in Restoration

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

The team of SERVPRO of Bullitt and North Nelson Counties The team of SERVPRO of Bullitt and North Nelson Counties

SERVPRO has been in business for over 50 years and there are currently over 1,700 franchises. 

Our professionals are trained in 5 areas of IICRC certifications: 

  • Water Damage Restoration Technicians
  • Carpet Cleaning Technicians
  • Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technicians 
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians 

The IICRC is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. They approved SERVPRO to be a teaching school for these certifications in 1997. 

With these certifications, our technicians have learned every aspect of cleaning and restoring your home or business after a damaging fire, water loss or mold growth situation, and more. A SERVPRO technician can walk you through the entire process step-by-step. 

With SERVPRO you know you are getting quality service. Our experts will help you contact your insurance company to get a claim started, we will make sure that all of your belongings are properly cleaned and cared for, and our professionals will generate a comprehensive room-by-room inventory of all of your contents; categorizing them by salvageable, non-salvageable, and questionable.

We know that emergencies don't always happen during business hours and that's why we are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year. When you call SERVPRO you can rest well knowing that we have the experience, training, & equipment to get the job done. "Like it never even happened."®