Archived Fire Damage Blog Posts
Fire- What To Do Till Help Arrives
When cleaning up after a fire it is very important to clean it properly or you can cause the smell of smoke to set in. You want to limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and causing more damage. Place a clean towel or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery, put a coat of petroleum jelly or oil on chrome faucets, trim and appliances. place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet. DO NOT wash any walls or painted surfaces. DO NOT shampoo carpet or upholstery. DO NOT clean electrical equipment. DO NOT send clothing to a dry cleaner.
Friends & Family CPR Class
Wentzville Fire teaches CPR
Date: June 1, 2019
Location: Wentzville Fire Protection District
502 Luetkenhaus Blvd.
Wentzville, MO 63385
Time: 6:00 p.m.
The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, adult CPR with breaths, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR, and mild and severe airway block for adults, children, and infants. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible. Family & Friends CPR is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a CPR course completion card. This course is ideal for community groups, new parents, grandparents, babysitters, and others interested in learning how to save a life. There is no fee for this class.
Cleaning Fire Damage Fast
The Spider is gone
When you have a fire in your home it is very important to start the clean up fast. The longer you wait to start the clean up the more excessive the damage can be and that will also lead to it being more costly. SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon / Wentzville will work with all insurance agents. It is best to get us on the job site as soon as possible. We are available 24/7. The smoke and soot is not always visible. Our trained professionals know exactly how to get all of the hidden smells that may linger in your home if it goes untreated. Every item in the home will need to be wiped down. Soap and water might work but it is best if done with what is called a dry sponge. We will take an inventory that is writen and with photos of all items. We will clean what we can on site and what needs to be removed during the clean up and renovation we will bring back to our shop to clean. We also have equipment that will actually disintegrate the smoke leaving your home smelling better than before the fire when we are done and this is a permanent fix. Unlike simply resealing the walls and painting and getting new flooring.
FREE Hotel Night Stay
Fire Victim Hotel Stay
When a fire strikes, the last thing you need to worry about is where are you going to go. At SERVPRO Western O'Fallon / Wentzville we will put you up in one of our local luxury hotels that will also provide you with a full breakfast. All you have to do is go there and tell them that SERVPRO Western O'Fallon/Wentzville sent you and that we are taking care of your 1st night's bill. They will get you a room along with a care package from us. We want to do what we can to help alleviate your issues. We can help you from start to finish. We also will work directly with your insurance agent. When you are able to return home it will be "Like it never even happened."
Helpful Cooking Fire Prevention Tips for Thanksgiving
Use these helpful tips to help prevent cooking fires in your home.
Thanksgiving is next week, so SERVPRO of Western O’Fallon/Wentzville wanted to remind you of some cooking facts to be aware of to help prevent home fires through all the hustle and bustle
- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.
- Unattended cooking is the leading factor in home cooking fires, so stay in the room where/when the cooking is taking place.
- Two-thirds of home cooking fires started when food or other cooking materials caught fire, so always be aware of what is on or surrounding the stove/oven.
- Clothing was the item first ignited in less than one percent of these fires, but these incidents accounted for 18 percent of the cooking fire deaths.
- Ranges accounted for the largest share (62 percent) of home cooking fire incidents.
- More than half (55 percent) of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.
- Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.
Source: National Fire Protection Association
Home Fire Safety Tips
In observation of Fire Prevention Week last week (Oct 7-13), we wanted to post some helpful facts/tips to prevent home fires.
- “Keep an eye on what you fry.” Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or using an open flame.
- “3 feet from the heat.” Furniture, curtains, dish towels and anything that could catch fire should be kept at least 3 feet from any type of heat source.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Make sure all large and small appliances are plugged directly into wall outlets.
- Matches and lighters should be locked away.
- Make sure you have working smoke alarms. Different types of smoke alarms, ionization and photoelectric, detect fire in different ways. Experts recommend having both types in your home.
- Change smoke alarm batteries every year unless it has a long-life battery.
- Replace smoke alarms every ten years.
- At least twice a year, use your home fire escape plan to practice your 2-minute drill with all your family members. Practice makes perfect! After each fire drill, mark down your escape time.
- Try to find at least two exits that can be used to get out of every room.
- Make sure everyone can escape in 2 minutes or less, and try to find at least two exits that can be used to get out of every room.
Source: American Red Cross
Avoid Garage Fires
You can avoid disasters like this in your home by following SERVPRO's fire prevention tips.
As wildfires rage on the west coast of the United States, the region of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville has faced many household fires of our own. Our franchise has seen two garage fires in the past two months and we feel it is important to remind homeowners that fire safety is essential for your entire property. Many people do not realize the potential hazards lurking in the garage that could ignite a fire.
Garage Fire Hazards
For many homeowners, the garage is a extended storage space for cars, lawn care equipment, and appliances such as fridges and deep freezes. These household items seem harmless, but with the right combination these items could turn dangerous. Anyone that works on cars knows that when there is work being done on a vehicle, there are messes bound to happen with motor oil and other flammable liquids that are a fire hazard. For many people who take smoke breaks in the garage, cigarette ashes in an ash tray can turn dangerous if spilled or even if there are flammable items near by in dry conditions.
Keep your Garage Safe
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the garage
- Install smoke alarm in garage
- Store dangerous products in safe places (example: store combustibles away from sources of heat, such as space heaters, furnaces and boilers.
- Store flammable products such as spray paint and paint thinner in a dedicated storage space in garage.
- Keep water nearby
If tragedy strikes your home, you can count on the professionals at SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville. Call (636) 856-9700
Fire Damage Tips for Homeowners
Don't try and take on the fire damage yourself, leave it to the professionals at SERVPRO.
The first two days after a fire can make or break the possibility of restoring your personal belongings. SERVPRO crew technicians of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville can help prevent fire damage from worsening with their extensive training and knowledge about smoke and fire damages. Our crew are available 24/7 for your fire damage needs before the damage in your becomes irreversible. Before help arrives, there are some things you can do to prevent damage from getting worse, as well as things that could worsen the damage.
Things you SHOULD do:
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
- Keep hands clean. If you have soot on your hands it can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
- Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and high traffic carpet regions.
- If the electricity is already turned off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
- Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances. You can then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
- If the heat is off during the winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
- Wash both sides of leaves on any household plants not destroyed. Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
Things NOT to do:
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville franchise.
- Don't attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville franchise.
- Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances(TVs, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting the appropriate repair service.
- Don't consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire or heat. Food items may be contaminated.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
- Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.
If you have fire damages in your home, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville at (636) 856-9700
Wildfire Damage Event
While wildfires don't occur in Missouri as often as in California, there is still eminent danger of wildfires in dry and windy conditions.
Wildfires are increasing their chances across the country during sweltering heat and high winds adding fuel to devastating blazes, which are encroaching on residential neighborhoods in areas of the country like Southern California. According to the New York Times, new fires broke out in Malibu on December 7, with at least 96,000 acres already burned in the Ventura area and 116,000 acres in Los Angeles County. Evacuations have closed hundreds of schools and forced 200,000 of citizens of neighboring towns to seek safety. The “Thomas Fire” in the Ventura area continues to burn with the aid of strong winds. This fire has caused the closure of the 101 freeway and a boil-water advisory was issued for Ventura County. The Santa Ana winds; which are enabling the fires to rapidly increase their reach, can have speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. The National Weather Service has warned of “very rapid fire growth” in this area. SERVPRO Meteorologist Lela Davis said that the Santa Ana winds were already very dry when they reached the Southern California valley, allowing them to quickly pull moisture out of vegetation, increasing the risk for wildfires. For the first time ever, a purple wind warning was issued under the color-coded system used to advise about high winds. This purple warning pushed wind expectations from the “high” category to “extreme”. We are Ready to help, at SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville we are aware of the dry conditions in our Midwest region during these hot summer months. Our thoughts are with those living in neighboring areas who may be put in harms’ way during this event. In many cases, a wildfire can result in a total loss for a home or business, but in others it may be a partial loss, or can result in mild smoke damage. If your home or business is affected by a wildfire, SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville is Here to Help®.
About SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville
SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Fire or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (636)-856-9700
Fire Damage, O'Fallon, MO
These home owners thought the burn barrel was fully extinguished, however, there were still hot embers that caught the home on fire.
Western O'Fallon/Wentzville Smoke and Soot Clean Up Fire Damage
Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Western O'Fallon/ Wentzville Home.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 636-856-9700