Recent Fire Damage Posts
Newly Weds in Kentucky Devastated by Fire
Precious Memories turned into Ashes
Fire in Kentucky Devastates Newly Weds
These homeowners in Kentucky were just married, starting their lives together, and planning their future when a devastating fire destroyed their new home. Returning from your Honeymoon should be exciting, but for this newly wed couple, it was nightmare. All the beautiful wedding gifts were burned up in the fire, along with precious photos, and belongings. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties worked hard with these homeowners to salvage as many precious memories as possible and to give them back the home of their dreams. After some very long hours and true dedication to detail, SERVPRO was able to get these newly weds back into their home. Remember here at SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties we are, "Always here to help."
Fire in Louisville, KY
Louisville, KY Home engulfed in flames.
Home engulfed in flames in Louisville, KY
This homeowner in Louisville, KY suffered a major loss when an electrical fire engulfed the attic and roof of their home. Notice in the photo that only the framing bones were left. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties has been working hard to help this homeowner rebuild all that was lost in this horrible fire. Although, a loss of this magnitude may take some time to rebuild, SERVPRO is making every effort to make it look, "Like it never even happened."
Fire Restoration Tips
*Limit movement in home to prevent soot particles from spreading on carpet and furniture.
*Place dry towels, blankets, or old linens in high traffic areas to prevent further damage.
*If there is no electric remove food from refrigerators and freezers to prevent odor.
*If it is winter and there is no heat pour RV Antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to prevent frozen pipes.
Fire in Georgetown, KY
Soot on Walls from Fire in Georgetown, KY
Georgetown, KY Fire causes Major Damage
This home in Georgetown, KY suffered major damage from soot, when a fire sparked from a wire that was probably exposed due to an attic critter. The soot covered the walls, furniture, floors, and almost all of their contents. Notice in the photo how the interior upper walls are covered in soot and the floor in debris. When cleaning soot from a home there are many precautions that need to be implemented.
Preventing the Spread of Soot
Thankfully, SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties had fire restoration technicians on the scene, preventing any further damage to this homeowners belongings. Some basic tips they enforced during this job, saved this homeowner from a total loss. If you should need any assistance with fire restoration, give SERVPRO a call. Remember, "We are always here to help."
Cigarette Improperly Disposed of in Louisville, KY
Apartment Fire in Louisville, KY
Apartment Fire caused by Cigarette
This tenant in Louisville, KY almost completely burned down their apartment when they disposed of a cigarette improperly. Take a look at the damage in this photo. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties was quick to arrive to the scene and took immediate action in the fire restoration process. Here at SERVPRO we follow strict guidelines to insure our customers the fastest service and best response possible.
Tips When Dealing with Fire Damage
- Coat chrome faucets, trim, and appliances with petroleum jelly to prevent soot build-up.
- Place towels or blankets on high traffic areas to prevent the spread of soot.
- Do not clean any electrical equipment.
- Do not try to wash paintings, walls, and carpet as improper cleaning can cause further damage.
Fire in Shepherdsville, KY
Overheated Fireplace in Shepherdsville, KY Home
Fireplace catches Shepherdsville, KY Home on Fire
These homeowners were extremely fortunate to have caught this fire before it spread throughout the whole house. Notice in the photo that the back corner of the house suffered the most damage. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties worked hard to restore this home back to its original beauty, provide customer care, and as always work with compassion. Remember here at SERVPRO, "We are always here to help."
Fire Damage Tips
- Limit movement in home to prevent the spread of soot.
- Coat faucets, trim, and appliances with petroleum jelly to prevent soot.
- Do not shampoo carpets or furniture.
- Do not send clothing to dry cleaners since improper cleaning may set in odor.
- Do not clean any electrical equipment.
Fire in Mt. Washington, KY
Faulty Wires cause extensive Fire damage in Mt. Washington, KY Home
House Fire caused by faulty wires in Mt. Washington, KY
This homeowner suffered a major loss when a faulty wire sparked a massive fire throughout their home. Notice in the photo how the roof was engulfed in flames and the homeowners possessions were left in ashes. SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties understands the heartache of losing your home and possessions in devastating fires, such as this. We work hard to make every individual feel valuable, important, and cared for. Our fire technicians are IICRC certified and treat every customer as if they were their own family members. Our community is a big part of who we are, and we stand behind our work and commitments. Here at SERVPRO, we make it look, "Like it never even happened."
Winter Safety Tips
Follow these safety tips for fire prevention in your home.
FURNACE HEATING It’s important that you have your furnace inspected to ensure that it is in good working condition.
• Be sure all furnace controls and emergency shutoffs are in proper working condition.
• Leave furnace repairs to qualified specialists. Do not attempt repairs yourself unless you are qualified.
• Inspect the walls and ceiling near the furnace and along the chimney line. If the wall is hot or discolored, additional pipe insulation or clearance may be required.
• Check the flue pipe and pipe seams. Are they well supported, free of holes, and cracks? Soot along or around seams may be an indicator of a leak.
• Is the chimney solid, with cracks or loose bricks? All unused flue openings should be sealed with solid masonry.
• Keep trash and other combustibles away from the heating system. OTHER FIRE SAFETY TIPS
• Never discard hot ashes inside or near the home. Place them in a metal container outside and well away from the house.
• Never use a range or an oven as a supplemental heating device. Not only is it a safety hazard, it can be a source of potentially toxic fumes.
• If you use an electric heater, be sure not to overload the circuit. Only use extension cords which have the necessary rating to carry the amp load. TIP: Choose an extension cord the same size or larger than the appliance electrical cord.
•Avoid using electrical space heaters in bathrooms, or other areas where they may come in contact with water.
•Frozen water pipes? Never try to thaw them with a blow torch or other open flame, (otherwise the pipe could conduct the heat and ignite the wall structure inside the wall space). Use hot water or a UL labeled device such as a hand held dryer for thawing.
•If windows are used as emergency exits in your home, practice using them in the event fire should strike. Be sure that all the windows open easily. Home escape ladders are recommended.
•If there is a fire hydrant near your home you can assist the fire department by keeping the hydrant clear of snow so in the event it is needed, it can be located. FINALLY . . .
•Be sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm, and be sure to check and clean it on a monthly basis.
•Plan and practice a home escape plan with your family.
•Contact your local fire department for advice if you have a question on Home Fire Safety.
Fire Damage In Your Home Or Business? Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties today to speak to a Mitigation Specialist. 502-904-0710
Fire: Every Second Counts
The following is provided by The National Fire Protection Association.
In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.
That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:
- Draw a map of your home by using our grid in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF) with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
- Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
Contact SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties today to speak to a Fire Restoration Specialist. 502-904-0710
Fire Place Safety
SAFETY COMES FIRST WITH YOUR FIREPLACE
Follow these fireplace safety tips to prevent home fire damage.
Fall has officially started, and before you know it, you will have to light up the fireplace to combat the cold, windy temperatures of the outdoors. But before your whole family sits in front of the fire, it is crucial you make sure it is safe and secure. With the luxury and warmth your fireplace brings, also comes the danger of fire and smoke damage to your home. There are a few steps you can follow to ensure your wood or gas burning fireplace is safe to use.
Start With The Cap
To start your safety inspection of your fireplace, you have to go outside of your home to your chimney. Make sure the cap that is on top of your chimney is in good condition, and there is nothing around it such as a bird’s nest or debris. The cap is an essential piece to your chimney because it prevents rain, snow, or wildlife from getting into your home. It also keeps hot embers emitting from your fireplace from getting onto your roofing. Your cap needs to be clear so smoke can escape properly from your home.
Check The Damper
After checking the chimney from the outside, go inside your home and inspect your the bottom of your chimney connected to your fireplace. With a flashlight, check if the damper in your chimney opens, closes, and seals properly. It is critical that your damper seals well because if not, you will a lose a great amount of heat from your home when your fireplace isn’t in use. While your damper is open, check the flue for any combustible objects such as animal nests. The flue needs to be completely clear, so smoke doesn’t come back into your home and cause unnecessary damage.
Don’t Ignore Your Gas-Burning Fireplace
Although gas fireplaces are low-maintenance, you still need to check some elements occasionally. Inspect the glass doors for any cracks or latch issues and test the igniter for any malfunctions.
Smoke or Fire Damage In Your Home? Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties to speak to a Mitigation Specialist. 502-904-0710
Close Door to Prevent Fire Deaths
Close Your Door to Prevent Fire Deaths
One simple action, closing your bedroom door, could save your life.
Tests by UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute found that in the event of a fire rooms with an open door showed temperatures over 1,000°F, while a room with a closed door had temperatures at only 100°F. Research also showed that a closed door kept room conditions survivable longer than an open door.
“If you can get out of a burning structure, get out,” explains Steve Kerber, FSRI’s Research Director. “If you can’t, put a closed door between you and the fire to buy yourself valuable time.”
UL states that four decades ago, victims had an average of 17 minutes to escape a burning home after the activation of a smoke alarm. Today, that time has dropped to 3 minutes or less. Homes incorporating more open layouts and lightweight construction materials, and new materials in furnishings, allow fires to spread much quicker.
A closed door gives a layer of protection between you and a fire, which is especially important at night when the household is sleeping. A closed door also helps limit oxygen flow, which may help prevent a fire from growing. When escaping a burning structure, closing the door behind you can help limit property damage.
A reminder from Prevention 1st: In addition to closing your door, make sure you also install and test smoke alarms. Having a working smoke alarm cuts your risk of dying in a fire in half.
4th of July Fire Safety Tips
Fourth of July BBQ and Fireworks Safety Tips
June 21st officially kicked off the beginning of summer. With summer already in full swing and many areas throughout the US being in extreme drought conditions and too dry, extra fire safety precautions for this Fourth of July weekend are a MUST! SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties offers these Fire Safety Tips.
• Never use gasoline to start BBQ grills
• Never dump hot coals in dumpsters
• If you are camping, be sure to check the regulations on fires. Many areas may be closed to all fires (including charcoal grills) due to extreme dry conditions
• Never leave a fire unattended and always be sure it is dead out when you leave
• When boating, always wear a Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device, and always have children closely supervised anytime they are around water
• If you want to include fireworks in your holiday celebration, check where professional displays will be held. Attending a professional fireworks display is the only legal way to celebrate the 4th of July,
Another great resource for Fireworks safety is The National Council on Fireworks Safety. Their article, "Be Fireworks Smart Before, During and After Your Consumer Fireworks Display" also offers helpful safety tips for firework safety. Remember to check your city or town's laws regarding fire safety and see if they have any rules regarding BBQ’s, cookouts and fireworks during this Fourth of July!
As always, Contact SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties for all your Mitigation needs. 502-904-0710
How to Avoid Fires in Bedrooms
Did you know that half of all home fire deaths occur in bedrooms? That’s also where most electrical fires start too. However, you can easily prevent bedroom fires by following these essential safety tips:
- Don’t run electric cords under the bed or carpeting. Don’t trap cords against a wall where heat can build up. Keep cords untangled to allow heat to dissipate. Never overload an extension cord.
- Always supervise space heaters. Turn them off when leaving the bedroom or going to sleep.
- Install arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) to prevent fires in electrical switches. They shut off the circuit when an unintentional discharge of electricity occurs in the circuit.
- Install tamper resistant receptacles (TRRs) in all rooms if you have children. These devices prevent them from inserting foreign objects like hairpins into the outlet.
- Never put devices that are charging under bedding. Leaving a laptop on the bed can also cause a fire.
- Only use laboratory-approved electric blankets and warmers. Don’t fold them as it may damage the wiring. Never sleep with an electric blanket turned on and regularly check it for overheating.
- Keep flammable objects at least three feet away from heat sources, such as space heaters, candles, and electronics.
- Keep lit candles away from combustible objects like bedding, curtains, and paper. Consider replacing burning candles with battery-operated flameless candles.
- Use only mattresses that meet the 2007 Federal Mattress Standards.
- Don’t smoke in bed — you might fall asleep with a lit cigarette in your hand and it could catch fire. Use fire-safe cigarettes as they extinguish more quickly.
- Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom. Test Smoke Alarms monthly and replace them every 10 years. Replace batteries once a year.
- Create a fire escape plans. Make sure each room has two exits. Practice your home fire drill with everyone in the home at night and during the day twice a year.
For professional fire damage repair or smoke remediation services, contact SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson today at 502-904-0710
Know the Facts about Business Fires in Bardstown
Know the Facts about Business Fires
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, as many as one in four businesses that suffer some kind of major disaster do not reopen afterward. It’s true, overcoming a major loss is extremely difficult, but with the right restoration company and team on your side, working hand-in-hand with your insurance company, the chance of your Indianapolis-area company surviving is pretty high!
Depending on the size of the fire, and the amount of damage, some businesses that have come to Total Restoration for help have reopened just days after the fire happened. Thanks to innovations in smoke odor removal, fire damage restoration, and cleaning in general, it is possible for crews to start work nearly immediately after the fire department clears the scene, and have things back up and running in no time. Although, again, that all depends on the severity of the fire. But no matter the severity, recovery is possible!
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, U.S. fire departments responded to about 3,300 office property fires per year between 2007 and 2011. Those fires resulted in about $112 million in property damage each year, and most were in business offices – and happened during business hours. However, the good news is the number of business fires was down a whopping 71 percent from 1980 to 2011.
Here are some other stats from the NFPA:
Time of Day
- Peak time of day for office fires: Noon – 2p.m. (a.k.a. lunch time!)
- 69% happened between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- The 31% that occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. caused 67% of recorded property damage, because they went undetected longer. This also highlights the need for automatic detection equipment and working sprinkler systems.
- 19% of fires happened on weekends.
Cause of the Business Fires
- 29% were caused by cooking equipment. However, just 6% of these fires caused actual property damage.
- Intentionally-set fires caused the most direct property damage – 21%.
- Electrical equipment is the second leading cause of office fires.
- Just 2% of office fires start in a concealed space like an attic, in the ceiling, or in another conceals space. However, these fires accounted for 13% of the direct property damage.
Containment & Putting it Out
- 4 out of 5 fires were confined to the room of origin.
- 90% of fires were large enough to activate sprinklers, which were effective 88% of the time.
- Deaths per 1,000 stores were 62% lower in offices equipped with sprinklers compared to those without.
Industrial/Manufacturing Facility Fires
The NFPA also has statistics specific to manufacturing facilities. According to their research, there are about 37,000 fires at industrial or manufacturing facilities each year, resulting in 18 deaths, 279 injuries, and $1 billion in property damage. Heating equipment and stop tools were the leading cause – sparking 28 percent of the fires. Mechanical failure or malfunction caused 24 percent of the fires.
The Best Way to Reduce a Business Interruption Following a Disaster to Your Business is to Plan Ahead for One
As many as 50% of businesses never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties can help you plan ahead for a disaster to minimize business interruption by developing an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business before one strikes. An ERP provides important contact and building information needed to begin a timely mitigation to help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Benefits of an ERP include:
-A no cost assessment of your facility which means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
-A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
-A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
-Establishes SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by, when needed.
-Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
-Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”
Contact SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties to schedule your FREE Emergency Ready Profile today. 502-904-0710
How Old is Your Smoke Alarm?
NC GAZETTE / WBRT RADIO
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 — Does your home have a smoke alarm? Do you know how old it is?
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the answer is likely yes: NFPA research shows that most American homes have at least one. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t know with certainty how old it is.
A recent survey conducted by NFPA revealed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. That lack of awareness is a concern for Bardstown Fire Department and NFPA, along with fire departments throughout the country, because smoke alarms don’t last forever.
“Time and again, I’ve seen the life-saving impact smoke alarms can have in a home fire, but I’ve also seen the tragedy that can result when smoke alarms aren’t working properly,” says Todd Spalding, Captain of the Bardstown Fire Department. “That’s why we’re making a concerted effort to educate Bardstown residents about the overall importance of smoke alarms, and that they do have a life limit.”
The NFPA’s national fire alarm code requires smoke alarms be replaced at least every 10 years. Because the public is often unaware of this requirement, many homes have smoke alarms well past their expiration date, which can put the home’s occupants at increased risk.
As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, NFPA is promoting this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” to better educate the public about the critical importance of knowing how old their smoke alarms are and replacing them once they’re 10 years old. Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2016.
To find out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase).
The Bardstown Fire Department also says smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and that batteries should be replaced once a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they’re running low.
For more information on smoke alarms and this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign visit www.firepreventionweek.org or contact the Bardstown Fire Department at 502-349-6562.
6 Tips to Help You Survive Living Through a Remodel
Remodeling your home can wreak havoc on your allergies. Follow the tips to help you survive.
Allergies will most likely be triggered when construction dust is everywhere in your home during a remodel. Demolition and drywall sanding can cause airborne dust that can be hard to keep under control. If you are planning on living in your home during a remodel, you must be prepared for due diligence and what you are willing to tolerate. Our technicians at SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties will communicate with you on the next steps and what to expect.
Unless you are tearing your home down to the studs, most people who choose to live in their house during construction can survive the process with careful planning. Don’t wait until the job starts to assign your designated living space and get situated within your home. You also have to be prepared to get ahead of the dust before the remodel begins. Here are the ways I help contain the dust and keep my clients’ homes clean. Use these tips and pass them onto your general contractor.
1. Pack Like You’re Moving: Your house should be clean before the remodel begins. Get rid of everything except the things you want to keep. Pack like you’re moving. Wrap and store belongings such as knick-knacks in boxes, because if construction dust gets on them, they are a nightmare to clean. They will feel like new again once the remodel is complete and they are unpacked.
2. Create a Zone: During a remodel, homeowners and pets must stay away from the construction area. People often forget that a railing is not there anymore and they can accidently fall. For the safety of the homeowner, the work area should be blocked off. We create a zone by building temporary plywood walls with doors on them. We build a separate entrance so that the crew is not crossing paths with the residents and we also blow the dust off the workers clothes with an air hose before and after they enter the home.
3. Zip The Walls: Since the workers have to walk in and out of the room being remodeled during construction, I find that using a zipper instead of a tape entryway is better. We attach plastic sheets to painter poles and place a long zipper at the opening. This creates a re-sealable entrance and exit. The crew can enter the construction area easily through a zipper entrance and it will keep the dust contained in the work area. When the homeowner comes to check out the construction progress, we supply them with a mask and stop work immediately.
4. Set Up a Temporary Kitchen: When doing a kitchen remodel from scratch, I help homeowners set up a temporary kitchen somewhere else in their home. I have seen people do this in the living room, den or garage. Set up a table with your microwave, toaster oven, toaster, coffee maker and a small refrigerator.
5. Broom Sweep Clean: Each day at the end of the job, we make sure that the rooms that were worked in are clean and spotless. We also clean as we move from room to room after completing the work. We use sawdust with light oil called ZEPs HD Sweeping Compound. This compound stops small dust particles from flying around while sweeping. We put it on the floor before we sweep. Once the dust is swept into a pile, it can be vacuumed with a Shop-Vac or shoveled away.
6. Spray Down The Dust: Once the sawdust in the house has been contained, we put it into buckets. When transferring the buckets to a dumpster or trash truck outside, dust can get everywhere as the workers walk through the house. It can also blow around in the air outside and get on everything, including a neighbors’ car. We take careful steps to contain it by using a fine mist spray pump to apply water on top of the dust after its put into the buckets.
To find out more information about Julie Laughton Design Build, visit her website Julielaughton.com.
Fire Damage: How are we so effective?
A professionally trained SERVPRO technician is cleaning the soot off the walls.
How are we so effective at restoring fire damage? Because we follow a carefully perfected process with professionally trained technicians.
Call SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties if you have fire, smoke, or soot damage.
Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency:
Step 1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
Step 7: Restoration
SERVPRO of Bullitt & N. Nelson Counties is here to help. We are a 24 hour emergency service. We will be at your house within 2 hours of your call. We're here to help. Call us 502-957-1956
House Fire in Hillview, Kentucky
Charred carpet from where the heater was setting. There was a sleeping child just a few feet away from the heater that was on fire!
SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties were called to a house fire in Hillview, Kentucky. The fire was started by a faulty electrical heater in a child's bedroom. The fire scorched the carpet and smoke damage was in the insulation and on the whole upper level of the home.
Our team quickly arrived on the scene to begin the cleanup process. We first had to remove the smoke damaged insulation and the contents to be cleaned. Then we removed the carpet and padding to be replaced.
Just after a few short weeks, we had it restored back to new again.
If your home or business suffers a fire, please call SERVPRO of Bullitt and N. Nelson Counties to help you. We are in your neighborhood and will be there within 2 hours of receiving your call!