Archived Fire Damage Blog Posts
How to Minimize the Risk of a Kitchen Fire
Always take notice of potential fire risks in the kitchen
Most of us that are at home in our kitchens, we hardly take any notice of any potential risk or problems. Besides burning dinner or having the potatoes boil over, we assume we are fine.
But fires happen in kitchens all the time. In fact, well over half of the fires that start in our homes start in the kitchen. Clearly, we need to be more aware. People can get seriously injured, our homes get damaged or destroyed, and people lose their lives.
How to Minimize the Risk of a Kitchen Fire
There are so many easy ways to make sure we are safe while using our kitchens. So many fires are completely preventable.
Check Smoke Detectors
These are supposed to be checked at least semi-annually for the entire household. Change the batteries in all your detectors and check to make sure they are working.
Don’t Leave Cooking Unattended
It only takes a second for something to go wrong when you are cooking. If you need to leave the room, even for a minute, turn the burners off. Elements won’t cool down very fast, so food will continue to cook, and gas stoves will heat right back up again.
We live in an age where we are constantly distracted. Phones and gadgets can all be attention-grabbers. If you use an electronic device for your recipes, shut off email, texts, and other messaging applications so you won’t lose yourself in the banality.
Keep Area Clean
Grease from cooking can build up on the stovetop, above the stove, and on the backsplash. Wipe these down after each use or at the end of the day. Spilled or dropped food items or liquids can start a fire in seconds, whether you are in the room or not.
Remove things like potholders, tea towels, paper towels, cookbooks, aprons, and the like from coming in contact with the flame, the hot pot, or the burner. These can ignite in a flash and they crumble and bits can go everywhere, starting a larger fire.
Remove all packaging right away from the food you open, the wrappers, the grocery bags, and put them in the garbage. Make sure nothing was spilled from them when they were opened.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
Avoid wearing long floppy sleeves with wide wrists, clothing that flows out or can get caught on knobs, handles or pot handles, and tie your hair back. Always use oven mitts or a potholder when touching hot lids or handles. Wear an apron and make sure your feet are covered and comfortable.
Keep Kids Away
Many kids are eager to help out in the kitchen. Give them a task they can safely do and make sure they are seated away from the stove. Always educate them on kitchen safety, heat, knives, appliances, everything.
They can get in and get underfoot, as can the family dog or cat. They are all interested when there is food being prepared. Be aware of where they are to prevent accidents from happening.
Keep a Fire Extinguisher
You should always have a fire extinguisher handy. A small one in the kitchen can save your kitchen and save lives. Baking soda, a lid, and education will help you if you know how to use them, and when.
How To Prepare for and Choose New Smoke Detectors
Update safety equipment in your home on a regular basis.
A key component in maintaining your home involves updating safety equipment on a regular basis. After installation, it is easy to forget about that smoke alarm in the kitchen or bedroom. However, keep in mind these devices may no longer work effectively. The following pointers outline how to prepare for and choose new smoke detectors.
- Scope Out Your Space: When it's time for those old alarms to retire, make sure you've revisited the rooms in your home to best assess where new alarms should go. Today's many flammable household materials make the average home susceptible to fires, so add a smoke detector to your shopping list for the kitchen, bedrooms, and every level of the house. Also, be sure to estimate the size of each room as you may need multiple detectors on each floor.
- Know the Ropes: Since fires can spread in a matter of seconds, you'll want to consider which alarms have the most reliable detection. There are three general types of smoke detectors: ionization alarms, photoelectric alarms, and dual-sensor alarms. Ionization detectors are usually best for detecting smaller smoke particles that can lead to quick fires. Photoelectric alarms are better at identifying electrical fires or fires spreading from bedding or drapes. Dual-sensor detectors might be more costly than other options, but some fire safety professionals claim these alarms work best as a whole.
- Read the Labels: You may have crossed off all the above steps on your checklist while shopping for the right smoke alarm for your home, but have you checked the product labels? One way you can ensure you've chosen a reliable device is by looking for a "UL" logo on the packaging, manual, or detector itself. An Underwriters Laboratories label confirms that your device has been through proper testing and received appropriate safety certifications.
Following these tips can help you leave the stress behind when choosing a smoke alarm. Assess the size of your home and pay attention to the details and fine print of alarms to make sure the one you select is reliable.
Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season
Local SERVPRO fire restoration specialists say to use common sense and caution to help control risk of holiday season home fires!
In a year when large holiday gatherings may not be possible, fire damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO of East Riverside City say to focus on family decorating traditions and more intimate celebrations may take on extra significance. It is as important to keep safety top of mind with a small family gathering as it is with a large holiday party. We all enjoy bringing the glow of the holiday season to our homes with Christmas trees or menorahs and candlelight, but these statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration show how easy it is for home decorating to turn into a home disaster. The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve. More than half of the home decoration fires in December are started by candles. A heat source too close to the Christmas tree causes one in every four winter fires. On average, one of every 52 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in death.
In addition to exercising caution with candles and heat sources, it is important to follow manufacturers’ guidelines for holiday lighting. According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical distribution, or lighting equipment was involved in 44% of home Christmas tree fires. Though Christmas tree fires may not be common, they can be devastating to more than the house itself. They can destroy irreplaceable photos, mementos, and family heirlooms and even cost lives. To help keep your holidays bright and your home and family safe, use common sense with candles and tree placement and follow these important home decorating guidelines. Only use decorations that are flame-retardant or not flammable. Check holiday lights each year for frayed wires or excessive wear. Don’t link more than three strands of holiday lights.
In a year when so many of the things we take for granted have changed, we know people will still come together – in person or virtually – to celebrate family and holiday traditions. Stay safe’ has become a common expression in the context of public health, but this holiday season, we urge all Riverside home and business owners to think about ‘staying safe’ in their homes as they prepare for and enjoy the holiday season.
SERVPRO is an industry leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services. For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, call us at (951)222-2224
The Process of Fire Damage
We use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.
Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many cases, your property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts or home sprinklers. With our emergency fire damage process, we can get your property back to pre-fire condition “Like it never even happened.”
Within one hour from notice of loss, we will contact you to arrange for service. You will know help is on the way!
Within four hours of loss notification, we will be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.
A trained, uniformed, and equipped SERVPRO professional will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.
We will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.
Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your adjuster or property manager.
Cleaning, Restoration, & Deodorization:
We will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. We use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.
After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.
Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
SERVPRO of East Riverside City has specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us to restore your home to pre-fire condition "Like it never even happened." We are here 24 hours 7 days a week, call today! (951)222-2224
How to Put Out an Electrical Fire
Electricity is an essential part of life. From lights to heating systems to TV’s, it provides the energy for most powered objects in a home. Electricity is pretty much in almost every home, but it can also be extremely dangerous if the proper maintenance is not done. According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical failures or malfunctions are the second leading cause of home fires in the united states. Electrical failures and malfunctions also accounted for the highest share of deaths and direct property damage. Always check to see if there is any frayed wires, and replace old or damage cords immediately. If an appliance has a three prong plug, never force it into a two slot outlet or extension cord.
If an electrical fire were to break out in your home, here are actions that you should do immediately:
Cut off the Electricity – If the device that is causing the fire is found and you can safely reach the cord, unplug it.
Add Sodium Bicarbonate – If the fire is small, you may put it out by pouring baking soda on it.
Don’t Use Water – Using water to put out an electrical fire can put you at risk for being shocked or electrocuted because water is a natural conductor of electricity. Water also may cause the fire to spread by conducting electricity throughout the room and potentially igniting flammable materials.
Remove the Oxygen Source – An electrical fire may also be put out by removing the oxygen source with a heavy blanket or clothing if the fire is small.
Check Your Fire Extinguisher – Electrical fires are considered a Class C Fire, which means that you will need to have an extinguisher that is appropriate for this type of fire. Residential fire extinguishers are often multi-purpose and labeled as ABC, but it is very important to make sure that it is before using it on an electrical fire.
For more information on electrical fires, visit www.ready.gov/home-fires
If your home suffers from an electrical fire, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Riverside City. Our team is available 24/7 and will restore your home to pre-fire condition “Like it never even happened.” (951)222-2224 SERVPRO of East Riverside City
Smell Natural Gas?
Fire prevention week is Oct. 3rd-9th
It's fire prevention week! Many people assume that natural gas explosions are a thing of the past, back when regulations were not as strict as they are today. However, the truth is that gas fires continue to occur at an alarming rate and, sadly, they often result in much more dire consequences than fire damage. You can prevent a gas fire by recognizing the signs of a gas leak.
Determine if Your Home Utilizes Natural Gas
Before you learn the signs of a gas leak, you should determine which aspects of your home use natural gasses. You may be at risk for a gas leak if any of the following appliances use the natural commodity: Oven Hot water heater AC unit Fireplace Dryer Heating system
If any of your appliances run on gas, invest in gas detectors, and remain vigilant for signs of a gas leak.
What to Do If You Suspect a Gas Leak
A gas leak can quickly lead to a gas fire which can quickly lead to a gas explosion. For this reason, it is imperative that you recognize the signs of a leak and take proper measures to prevent disaster: Check the stove: If it is safe to do so, walk over to your stove to make sure all the burners are off. Open the doors and windows: If you cannot find the source of the leak, open all the doors and windows to help the gasses escape. Do not flip any switches: A light switch can cause a spark, which can cause an explosion. Keep all the lights off if you suspect a gas leak. Shut off your gas meter: If you do not know where your gas meter is located, now's the time to find it. If you smell gasses, locate the meter, and turn it off.
A gas fire can be extremely dangerous. For this reason, the best thing you can do if you suspect a gas leak is to leave your home ASAP and call 911. If a fire does occur, SERVPRO of East Riverside City fire damage cleanup crew can help with the restoration process. Call us today 24 hours 7 days a week! (951)222-2224
Very Common ways That Can Start a house Fire
House fires are more common than you may realize. Using too many extension cords being one of them!
House fires are more common than you may realize, with potential fire starters like dust, laptops and lint traps hiding in plain sight throughout your home, disguised as harmless but can be deadly.
Are you guilty of these bad habits that could start an unexpected fire in your home?
Misusing electric blankets: A warm and cozy electric blanket is a welcome comfort in the winter but, it also poses a potential fire hazard. Never allow pets to snuggle on top and do not pile extra covers over the electric blanket. Excessive heat buildup may lead to fire. Never bend the coils, always keep your blanket at its lowest setting and always turn it off in the morning.
Piling up dirty rags: A wood stain may be the perfect finishing touch on a DIY project, but later, that pile of oil-soaked rags you tossed in the corner could trigger the perfect storm. Those rags are a very real fire hazard if left unattended. The rags could oxidize and spontaneously combust, causing a house fire. Two proper ways to dispose of oily rags are to lay them flat outside to dry or to put them in a metal can filled with water and a tight-fitting lid.
Lingering dryer lint: We're sure you know emptying the lint screen increases your dryer’s efficiency, but did you know that lint is flammable? The combination of lint buildup and excessive heat is a recipe for disaster. Make sure to clean the interior of the dryer frame as well as the dryer vent and exhaust duct regularly to clear away lint and clogs and to reduce the risk of fire.
Letting your laptop overheat: If you own a laptop, you know how hot it can get, leaving your computer on your bed, chair, rug or other soft flammable surface, you increase the risk of restricting airflow through the cooling vents. This can cause your laptop to overheat and possibly catch fire. Keeping your laptop on a desk or table will help prevent fires.
Using too many extension cords: Extension cords are meant to be a temporary response to a lack of electrical outlets; not a permanent solution. The reason why is this: connecting many cords for a significant amount of time causes an overload that will lead to a short circuit - which could start a fire. Hiring a qualified electrician to install additional outlets could help you avoid this problem altogether.
Disregarding dust: Built up dust can be a fire hazard if it collects in and around electrical sockets, electronics and even floor heaters. Vacuuming on a regular basis, especially behind electronics, will significantly reduce the chance of dust particles catching fire.
Improperly storing batteries: Storing 9-volt batteries in your kitchen junk drawer might be putting your home and family at risk. When loose batteries roll around with other metals such as paper clips or screws, the two terminals could short out, possibly generating enough heat to ignite flammables nearby. If storing the batteries in the original package is not an option, place a piece of electrical tape over the terminal to prevent this possibility.
Unwanted guests: Rodents like mice and rats like to chew on electrical wires to control the length of their teeth. Over time, they can remove the sheathing, this leaves the wires exposed. The electrical current travelling through the wire generate heat and if the wire is exposed this could lead to sparks, which in turn could ignite the surrounding surface. Call an exterminator if you suspect you have rodents.
Forgetting the chimney sweep: There are common causes of chimney fires, such as, dead birds, raccoon nests, cracked mortar and built-up creosote. The National Fire Protection Association recommends a professional chimney sweep at least once a year. Also, when building a fire in your fireplace, NEVER light it with kerosene. Always use an approved fire starter.
Overlooking the range hood: Ovens and cook tops are the most common sources of kitchen fires. But range hoods are also a potential threat. Grease builds up over time and can drip down onto the cook top, possibly starting a fire. These flames could easily reach your cabinets and before you know it your kitchen could be engulfed. Regularly clean and maintain your range hood to keep your kitchen out of harm’s way.
Furniture arrangement: Furniture placed too close to a wood stove could spontaneously ignite. Pyrolysis is the chemical decomposition of a combustible item. This occurs when an object is continually exposed to a heat source and dries out. This leading-yet seldom considered cause of fires does not even require a direct flame. It only takes heat and time.
Why Choose SERVPRO
Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances, your Riverside property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in both fire and water damage restoration. It’s the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO of East Riverside City has specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us to restore your home to pre-fire condition "Like it never even happened." We are here 24 hours 7 days a week, call today! (951)222-2224
Stove top fire Safety
Stove top fires can have a very bad outcome!
Frying up some chicken? Or a tasty sweet treat? An employee just mentioned the other day that they were frying up some funnel cakes and the oil got too hot. There are some interesting things to keep in mind if your cooking catches fire. In most cases this happens when the oil you are heating up gets too hot. We've all been in this situation before, here are some helpful tips!
What you should do if this happens:
- Fire reacts more to oxygen once started. If you remove the oxygen by putting a lid or cookie sheet over the pot this will help stop the fire. It may take a few minutes, but this is one huge step to stop a fire.
- You can also use baking soda or salt to put out the fire. Also those who have a fire extinguisher you can use that as well.
- Turn off the heat, then move the pan to a cool burner.
- Call 911, if you can not get the fire under control.
What you NEVER should do:
- Do not throw water on the pot! If you throw water on the stove this will cause an expansion of the fire.
- Do not move the pot either. By moving the pot you could cause burns to yourself, those around you or spread the fire.
- Never use flour this will expand and make the fire worse.
If you need a fire clean up call SERVPRO of East Riverside City, we will make it "Like it never even happened." We specialize in all your textile cleaning, as well as structural cleaning. We are here 24/7 call us today! (951)222-2224 www.SERVPROeastriversidecity.com
Fireworks On Labor Day Weekend, Some Helpful Tips
Leave Fireworks to the Experts!
Although Labor Day is not the official way to celebrate the end of summer, people find any excuse to get together and BBQ with family and friends. The celebration can come to life with the add-on of fireworks, which is on many people's minds. It is important to know fireworks safety and fire safety before handling fireworks. Riverside City has had many fires over the years, and we want to do our best to protect our homes, wildlife and lower the risk of injuries. Leave fireworks to the experts, The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home, they may be legal but they are not safe.
If you choose to buy legal fireworks where you live and choose to use them, be sure to follow some of these helpful safety tips:
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks
- Older children should use them under close adult supervision
- Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Never light fireworks indoors or use them near flammable material
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
An estimated 19,500 fires started by fireworks were reported to local US fire departments in 2018. These fires caused five civilian deaths, 46 civilian injuries, and $105 million in direct property damage.
So grab a blanket and a patch of lawn, kick back and let the experts handle the fireworks show.
Does Your Riverside Home Need Some TLC After A Fire?
House fires in Riverside are traumatic events, SERVPRO is her to help!
Dealing with Fire and Odor Removal in Riverside City
Not too far from my home, there was an apartment building that caught fire just recently. I can't even begin to imagine how all those people are feeling, so many different emotions had to be happening. House fires in Riverside are traumatic events that leave renters and homeowners dealing with a mix of emotions. Throughout the upset, worry, and fear you feel, you need to know what do to next for fire and odor removal. Our team at SERVPRO has put together a list of essential steps to take for efficient fire and odor removal in Riverside. These steps help you get your living space back in order.
- Speak with authorities to make sure it is safe to enter the home after the fire is extinguished. Your local fire department lets you know when all is sound and ready for you to go in to start the assessment process.
- Contact close family members to tell them about the fire and that everyone is safe and sound. You can then contact your insurance provider and a professional clean-up team. We can help you with your claim forms to expedite the start of the restoration. SERVPRO is available to help you get back into your living space professionally and efficiently, "Like it never even happened."
- See about getting a fire report from the fire department. This report details the fire, including the structure of the home, the location of the fire, date, and time. You may need to contact your local Riverside fire department to get a full copy of this report.
- Secure your property to make sure that it is not susceptible to robbery or vandalism. SERVPRO recommends boarding up your property until clean-up, and fire, and odor removal begins.
- Start in on the clean-up process, including both the interior and exterior. There is often fire damage that is undetectable to the naked eye. Hiring a team like SERVPRO helps you to achieve thorough cleaning of all spaces to remove smoke, soot, and odors that may be left behind. We can provide a well-planned cleanup of fire-damaged contents, mitigate on-going secondary damages, and allow you to be free of this stressful task.
SERVPRO Of East Riverside is here to help you when it is time for odor removal and fire damage. Give us a phone call today at (951)222-2224 and we can set up a time to send technicians out for an assessment.
Can My Upholstery be Restored After a Fire?
SERVPRO can often salvage upholstery and textiles after house fires with high-tech cleaning
Professional Fire Restoration Technicians in East Riverside City Can Help You Assess the Damage and Decide Whether to Restore or Discard Your Upholstered Items
Whether a massive fire roars in your Riverside home, or a relatively small kitchen fire burns for a few minutes, homeowners face critical decisions after the flames die down. Even a fire seemingly contained in one area of your home can cause smoke, soot, and an acrid smell to travel and settle all around it. Instead of fighting the ensuing damage by yourself, a professional fire restoration team can assist by providing an expert point of view and plan of action.
Homeowners in Riverside facing fire damage to their homes can find expert advice upon calling SERVPRO. Our team is available 24/7 and quick to respond to your emergency, which helps mitigate your loss. Any delay in taking action allows soot to settle deep within your home, including fabric fibers of your furniture, curtains, and other textiles. Rather than wasting time on do-it-yourself solutions, let industry experts do the work for you.
How can a professional service remove the smell of smoke?
Very often, our SERVPRO technicians find that the foul smell the fire leaves behind is the top priority for our clients. When it feels like linens, clothes, and your very walls are exuding a strong odor, they are at a loss. Our team of experts inspects the property and follows the smoke path through your home and the ventilation system and takes action to purify the air in your home.
Among the equipment available to our staff to counteract smell molecules are the following-Air scrubbersThermal foggingOzone generators
Along with odor counteracting pellets and promoting air circulation, our crew takes a knowledgeable approach to neutralize and eliminate odor molecules in your home.
With advanced equipment and cleaning products we can often salvage fire damaged upholstery by first testing for compatibility and the working the item.
SERVPRO of East Riverside City has the team you need when disaster strikes. Call us at (951)222-2224 and let us leave your home smelling, “Like it never even happened.”
It's Wild Fire Season
Are You Prepared?
As temperatures rise and fire authorities brace for perhaps the worst wildfire season to date, it is important for you to prepare your property for the potential damage caused by excess smoke and soot. Wildfires are unplanned fires that burn in natural areas like forests, grasslands or prairies. These dangerous fires spread quickly and can devastate not only wildfire and natural areas, but also communities. Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands what to do if you need to quickly evacuate. Consider making plans with friends or family to shelter with them where you may be safer and more comfortable.
Have several ways to receive alerts. Download the FEMA app and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide. Sign up for community alerts in your area and be aware of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)- which requires no-sign up.
What should you do?
Do not attempt to remove the smoke and soot by yourself, unless there is a professional present. Hiring a professional is necessary to thoroughly clean your facility of smoke, soot, odors, and any other pollutants. You need knowledgeable environmental experts familiar with various types of combustion by-products, who can clearly define the assessment and testing strategy appropriate for your situation.
Strengthen your Home
- Use fire-resistant materials to build, renovate or make repairs.
- Find an outdoor water source with a hose that can reach any area of your property.
- Create a fire resistant zone that is free of leaves, debris or flammable materials for at least 30 feet from your home.
- Designate a room that can be closed off from outside air. Close all doors and windows. Set up a portable air cleaner to keep indoor pollution levels low when smoky conditions exist.
- You may have to evacuate quickly due to a wildfire. Learn your evacuation routes, practice with household, pets, and identify where you will go.
- Follow the instructions from local authorities. They will provide the latest recommendations based on the threat to your community and appropriate safety measures.
Because fire damage restoration can take so many forms and stages after an emergency, you need a team of professionals capable of helping you nearly every step of the way. Our SERVPRO of East Riverside team has the experience and extensive training to make fire disasters "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (951)222-2224
10 Unexpected Things That Can Start A Fire In Your Home
Learn These Safety fire Tips
Learn about these common items that can unexpectedly start a fire in your home.
When doing chores or working around the house, your mind probably isn’t fixated on all the little things that could start a fire. Most homeowners know the common causes of house fires, but there are many more than most think of. Here, we will review some of the unexpected things that could start a fire in your home.
Unexpected Fire Starters Sawdust. Sawdust is highly combustible and should be cleaned up right away. One small spark from an outlet or the chemicals used during woodworking can ignite a sawdust pile.Laptops. When left on a bed or blankets charging for an extended amount of time, laptop batteries can overheat and cause a fire. Many laptops will automatically shut off when batteries are close to overheating, but when left in a pile of flammable materials, it may be too late.Glassware. There have been cases of glassware being left in intense, direct sunlight that causes them to combust or explode. Leaving a candle lit for too long in a glass container can see the same result if it heats up to too high of a temperature. If you notice decorative glassware or candle holders becoming extremely hot, reposition them out of direct sunlight or change the candle holder.Smoking in the garage. Does Uncle Jim take his sneaky cigarette break during the holidays in the garage? Let him know that the garage isn’t a safe place to smoke because of the flammable liquids like gasoline or cleaning supplies that are usually stored there. Oily or greasy rags in the garbage. When you have oily rags, be sure to let them dry out completely before storing or throwing them away. When the flammable oils aren’t able to dissipate and are stuffed in a closed, hot container - they may combust.9-Volt Batteries. These shouldn’t be left loose in a drawer with other things, because if it touches metal it could spark and cause a fire. Keep them in their packaging to prevent this off-chance fire.Aerosol sprays. Room sprays or beauty products like hair mousse or hair spray can ignite an inferno when exposed to an open flame, especially when they are in use. Aerosol cafes can also pose a danger of exploding when left in a sunny window. Nail polish remover. The acetone in nail polish remover is extremely flammable and the fumes can be enough to ignite a fire. Don’t take off nail polish sitting next to your favorite candle! Hair dryers. Like your dryer vents, the back vent of your hair dryer will accumulate dust and lint over time. When you don’t clear this build up, the heat of your hair dryer or a stray spark can cause the dryer to catch on fire in your hands. Toaster/Toaster ovens. Many toasters have trays underneath them where they catch crumbs to prevent a mess on your countertop. When the traps aren’t cleaned out, the accumulation of crumbs can become a fire hazard.
Have you experienced any of these situations? Have fire damage? Smoke damage? Call us today 24 hours a day 7 days a week SERVPRO Of East Riverside (951)222-2224
How Does SERVPRO Clean Fire and Smoke Damage in Riverside Homes?
SERVPRO has the experienced technicians with the equipment and expertise your home needs after a fire mishap. Give us a call right away.
Our Team Has Multiple Products and Tools for Fire Damage Restoration in Riverside
Fire and smoke damage can spread quickly in a home, making it vital to get professionals moving swiftly to help. Our SERVPRO roster has fire and smoke restorers and odor control technicians to reach your property fast. We can help with:Fire damage restorationFire damaged homesSmoke remediationFire and smoke damage
How Does Fire Debris Removal Help Fire Damaged Homes?
One of the first actions for fire damage restoration in Riverside homes is fire debris removal. Addressing the immediate fire and smoke damage in the property can significantly reduce the concentrations of soot particles and smoke damage. Because smoke remediation is a critical phase of fire damage restoration, these emergency services make later cleaning and recovery efforts more efficient and cost-effective. Other emergency services that can also help to reduce structural damage or content damage in your home include: Controlled demolitionHEPA air filtrationWater extraction
How Can Our Professionals Clean Smoke Damage in Riverside?
Air filtration and environmental cleaning are essential to allow a safe workspace for responding technicians on our team. Airborne hazards and contaminants can pose threats to those without the appropriate personal protective equipment. However, these coverings can also impede the speed and efficiency of fire damage restoration practices to follow. We have air scrubbers, HEPA vacuums, and other cleaning processes to overcome pressing smoke damage concerns.
House Fire Clean Up of Soot and Soils
Soot can be one of the most hazardous presences in a home after a fire. Fire damage restoration of these specific threats can involve many steps and stages, specifically removing residues and soils from surfaces. Because of soot particles' carcinogenic and acidic composition, they can permanently damage and stain underlying surfaces and structural materials after prolonged exposure. Our SERVPRO team works with leading removal techniques to protect these building materials and prevent unnecessary controlled demolition when possible. Surface cleaning can be achieved with detergents and solvents that can emulsify or dissolve stubborn soils.
Removing Harsh Odors During Westwood Smoke Remediation
Among the objectives of responding fire damage restoration technicians is removing and neutralizing odors present in the environment. Post-fire damage can overwhelm rooms and areas of your property that preliminary smoke remediation cannot completely address. We have multiple cleaning products that can reduce the concentrations of strong and noxious smells following fire damage, but also rely on effective deodorization instruments in our inventory such as: HEPA filtration products Air scrubbers Hydroxyl generators ULV / thermal foggers Ozone machines
Because fire damage restoration can take so many forms and stages after an emergency, you need a team of professionals capable of helping you nearly every step of the way. Our SERVPRO of East Riverside team has the experience and extensive training to make fire disasters "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (951)222-2224
Electrical Fires Can Cause Extensive Fire Damage to Riverside Properties
Keep an eye on your pets so they don't chew on any electrical cords!
SERVPRO Offers Electrical Fire Damage Restoration Services
Have you experienced a pet who has chewed through an electrical cord? This is a personal experience from one of our employees. This cute fluffy pet bunny named FooFoo was adopted without them knowing she had a chewing fixation. The employee noticed one day that one of her table lamps was not turning on at all, she checked the cord to make sure it was plugged in all the way, and to her shock, the cord literally shocked her, it was all chewed up! The number one suspect was FooFoo! Has one of your beloved pets chewed on an electrical cord? Here are some interesting facts to keep in mind regarding electrical fires.
Statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration indicate that electrical fires account for about 7 percent of all residential fires in the country. This figure becomes much more significant when scaled down to a specific location like Riverside. In most cases, the fire occurs from increased use of lights and heating appliances and usually starts in the bedroom. However, the highest number of fatalities (i.e., injuries and even deaths) come from fires happening in the family room, living room, and den.
When it comes to electrical fires, you cannot afford to be tolerant. You need to contact a locally based fire damage restoration company, such as SERVPRO of East Riverside City, to start the mitigation process as fast as possible. Some electrical fires happen due to appliance failure or problems in house wiring, but many are a result of simple mistakes such as overloading extension cords or electrical outlets. Whatever the case, our IICRC-certified technicians have the tools and expertise to reverse the damage as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Research on fire damage events has shown that faulty wiring is the leading cause of electrical fires in most homes. If your house is at least two decades old, it is highly likely to have faulty wiring behind the walls. Rodents such as rats, mice, and squirrels (and sometimes rabbits), can find their way into these spaces and chew on electrical cords, increasing the risk of a fire disaster.
We also deal with many instances of electrical fire damage resulting from shoddy installation. Home building trades are flooding with professionals who cut corners to save time or money, including electricians. On the other hand, overloading an older electrical system with modern electrical devices can prove to be too overwhelming, leading to damages on your wiring, appliances, and even breaker boxes.
Holiday seasons are associated with the most house fires resulting from misusing extension cords. Generally, an extension cord should only serve as a temporary solution, especially when it comes to plugging several things in at once. Apart from overloading extension cords, using a frayed power cord can also lead to serious fire damage. Indeed, electricity can escape through the holes in the cord and set the surrounding materials ablaze.
In the event of an electrical fire, make sure that everyone is safe and then contact SERVPRO of East Riverside City as quickly as possible to deal with the fire damage. Electrical fires come with many hidden safety hazards, so it is important to allow trained restoration experts to come in and assess the situation.
SERVPRO® of East Riverside City is here to help you 24/7/365 with any fire damage and restoration issue.
Please call us at 951-222-2224
Prevent Fires in Riverside this 4th of July
Lighting fireworks is illegal in the city of riverside, plan with your family to see a professional and safe show
The Most Exciting Fireworks Are Usually Illegal
How do you know if you’re fire works are safe or legal in your area? In some states consumer fireworks are banned. What about the “safe and sane” novelties like sparklers or noisemakers? Are these legal in your area? “Even if you can buy fireworks in your state, the laws could be more complicated than you think. Consumer fireworks have multiple designations, permit requirements and permissible use cases which vary by state. Your city or community may assign stricter rules on top of these. The only way to be sure is to check the laws in your area.” -Safety.com
Fireworks in Riverside, California
Fireworks are illegal in certain areas of California because each year serious injuries and millions of dollars in property loss occur from wildfires sparked by fireworks. Large grass crops and dry vegetation increase the threat for devastating fires throughout all of California.
Officials in Riverside are raising the alarm about illegal 4th of July fireworks due to extremely dry conditions this year. Sparks from fireworks can land on trees, brush and other vegetation, sparking wildfires.
"We've had 40% less rainfall in the last year, we have a lot of light flashy fuels that will spread fire quickly and put our firefighters in danger and then put our residents and property in danger," said Riverside Fire Chief Michael Moore. From LA List
Remember fireworks spark fires!
Know the Law
- California has zero tolerance for the sale and use of illegal fireworks. Illegal fireworks include:
- Sky rockets
- Bottle rockets
- Roman candles
- Aerial shells
- Other fireworks that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner
The best way to stay safe from fireworks is to not use them. Instead, attend a public fireworks display put on by professionals. Fireworks are dangerous to people and pets. Using them puts your property at risk. Hand-held sparklers burn at 1,200 F. Remember, wood ignites at 356 F and burns at 575 F.
Don’t Spark a Fire this Fourth of July!
Where can you view fireworks in Riverside?
Free event displays a spectacular array of fireworks at two separate locations which include:
La Sierra Park (5215 La Sierra Ave.)
Ryan Bonaminio Park (5000 Tequesquite Ave).
For more information check out:
Be safe, keep emergency contact information handy and remember SERVPRO of East Riverside is here to help!
Avoid Injury or Death with Smoke Alarms & A Plan
Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives and, when properly installed, can cut the risk of injury in half.
It is required that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the home. Business owners should consult their local Fire Marshall to ensure that specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.
Following these recommendations are great, but having proper smoke alarms in place is just the start to protecting your family and property. Having an escape plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation keeping everyone out of harm’s way.
Tips on Installation & Maintenance
Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, about 10 feet from all cooking appliances.
Test your alarms at least once a month using the test button.
Replace batteries in all alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps” the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years.
Smoke Alarm Facts
3 out of 5 fire deaths occur in homes where the smoke detectors are not working properly.
Smoke alarm failures usually result from missing, disconnected or dead batteries.
More than one third (37%) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.
For Business Owners
See our blog on SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business.
This helps you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance of an emergency is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Common Flammable Household Liquids
You may be aware that there is an abundance of combustible liquids in our homes but you may not know that more than 43,000 home fires are caused by these everyday items each year, resulting in 200 deaths, 2,500 injuries and $469 million in property damage. Here are some of the most common flammable liquids you probably have in your home.
Do not panic – there is little chance you will set your house on fire with these items as long as proper precautions are followed.
Nail Polish Remover
This every day liquid used by most women is composed of a highly flammable liquid: acetone. A woman in Cypress, Texas was burned when a nearby candle ignited her nail polish remover.
However, this is a rare occurrence. Be mindful of having open flames nearby while doing your nails.
We all have a bottle of rubbing alcohol in our medicine cabinets and we do not see this item as hazardous. If rubbing alcohol is used correctly it poses no harm to you our your house although it is very flammable and vaporizes quickly. Although some have used rubbing alcohol to kill bedbugs by pouring it over the affected fabrics, this is not a good idea! The alcohol then can easily catch fire, especially once placed into the washer or dryer.
Gasoline, Paint thinner & Turpentine
While it is a good idea to store gasoline in case of an emergency it must be stored properly to avoid fire hazards, along with paint thinner or turpentine.
Approximately 8,000 home fires are started annually due to the improper storage of these flammable materials. Gasoline needs to be stored in an UL-approved container at room temperature away from any heat sources such as a water heater or furnace. Paint thinners and turpentine should be in a tightly sealed container away from heat source.
Most grill masters are aware of the dangers of lighter fluids and take safety precautions to maintain a controlled burn for the perfect burgers or ribs. So shouldn’t you do the same while storing these items?
It’s common knowledge that aerosol cans contain flammable propellant. As seen in many movies, a flame mixed with any common aerosol can be turned into a weapon. While this is an exaggeration, it is unwise to leave any aerosol cans near an open flame or in an area where they can overheat, which can lead to the can exploding.
Having a kitchen full of friends and family adds to the joy of any dinner party, yet it can also be a distraction leading to disaster. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) there were 1,730 home cooking fires started in 2014 on Thanksgiving Day. Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy says, “People are preparing multiple dishes for many guests and there can be plenty of distractions in the home, which can make it all too easy to forget what’s on the stove. That’s when cooking mishaps are most likely to occur.”
Here are some tips to reduce the risk of cooking fires.
- Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stove top.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
- If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly. Using a timer may help you to do this more often. Remain in the kitchen while food is cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stove top.
What To Do If A Fire Starts
- Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
- If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear path to exit your residence.
- Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove top. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
- For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
Safety considerations for cooking with oil
Oil is a key ingredient found in the majority of today’s kitchens. Whether a recipe calls for frying or sauteing, we include oil in almost all of our daily cooking. When using any of the many oils to prepare your meals--like olive, canola, corn or soybean-- consider the following safety tips when cooking:
- Always stay in the kitchen when frying on the stove top.
- Keep an eye on what you fry. If you see wisps of smoke or the oil smells, immediately turn off the burner and/or carefully remove the pan from the burner. Smoke is a danger sign that the oil is too hot.
- Heat the oil slowly to the temperature you need for frying or sauteing.
- Add food gently to the pot or pan so the oil does not splatter.
- Always cook with a lid beside your pan. If you have a fire, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Do not remove the cover because the fire could start again. Let the pan cool for a long time. Never throw water or use a fire extinguisher on the fire.
- If the fire does not go out or you don’t feel comfortable sliding a lid over the pan, get everyone out of your home. Call the fire department from outside.
Candles and lights add a simple yet elegant touch to your home or dinner table during the holidays. However, without the proper precautions this season can go from festive to frightening in an instant.
Did you know December is the peak time of year for home candle fires? Reduce the risk of home fires with the following tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
- Keep candles 12" away from anything flammable. Flame-less candles are a great alternative in achieving the same look without the dangers of an open flame.
- Use sturdy candle holders that don't easily tip over. Follow the "Three's" rule to have a clean uncluttered look while keeping things safe. The 'Three's' rule is to pair or group your decorations in three's of varying heights, shapes and sizes. This adds interest without cluttering the surface.
- Keep your tree, if you have one, 3 ft away from any heat source such as the fireplace, radiator, space heaters, candles or air vents.
- Not all holiday lights are for indoor use; double check the instructions for the lights you have before putting them up.
- Do not use lights that are worn, have broken cords or have loose bulbs. Yes, it can get expensive buying new lights each year but it's worth your family's safety!
- When your tree is dry it's time to get rid of it. Do not leave old trees inside your home, garage or outside leaning against your home or any structure. Check with your local community for safe tree disposal.
- Designate one person to properly ensure all candles and lights are properly extinguished and turned off after guests leave or before going to bed.
If disaster does strike during this holiday season, Don't Panic as SERVPRO of East Riverside City is here for you 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
Fire Extinguisher ABC's
Most home fires start out small. A variety of factors contribute to a fire spreading from small to large, but with a fire extinguisher handy on each floor of your home – most importantly, one in the kitchen – you can quickly put out a small fire without calling 911.
Before You Buy
It is important to know that different kinds of fires often require different kinds of fire extinguishers. For the home, the best is an “ABC” dry chemical fire extinguisher. This multipurpose extinguisher is perfect for the home because it can put out the three most common types of home fire. Those are:
Class A: wood and paper fires
Class B: Grease and oil fires
Class C: electrical fires
It is important to remember that an extinguisher for a class A fire, which is water based, should never be used on a class B grease fire. This will not put out the flame. Rather, it will actually spread the flames.
Once you have chosen your fire extinguisher you should read all of the instructions. A typical fire extinguisher contains only about 10 seconds of extinguishing power, so knowing how to operate it ahead of time means nothing goes to waste. All extinguishers work in a similar manner. An easy way to remember how to use one is by memorizing the acronym “PASS”
PULL the pin at the top
Before you pull the pin make sure everyone is safely out of the house and that you have the exit behind you to escape safely.
AIM the nozzle at the base of the fire, not at the flames
SQUEEZE the handle to release the extinguishing agent
SWEEP the spray back and forth across the fire until it’s out
Having a fire extinguisher in your home is not enough. Like any other tool it needs to be maintained. Every month, dry chemical extinguishers (like the recommended ABC) needs to be shaken to prevent the powder from settling. If your extinguisher has a pressure gauge, consistently check that it is not too high or too low. Keep the extinguisher clean and wipe off any oil or grease residue that may accumulate from cooking. Never use an old extinguisher with signs of damage such as dents or rust.
Home Fire Help
A house fire is one of the worst things that can happen to a homeowner. The fear, uncertainty and overwhelming feelings of helplessness can last long after the flames have been put out. SERVPRO is here to help.
When possible, our goal is to help you restore your home and belongings as if the fire had never even happened. This makes it so you can keep your memories instead of having to replace them.
If a fire ravages through your home or office do not risk doing any further damage by attempting to clean the damage by yourself. Your first call is to the heroes at the fire department; your second call should be to SERVPRO, the professional fire damage cleanup and restoration heroes!
In the mean time here are some things you can do to prevent further damage until help arrives.
What to do until Help Arrives:
- Limit movement in the home or fire damaged area to prevent soot from spreading and causing additional damage
- Place clean towels or old linens, if available, on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery
- Wipe any soot off chrome faucets, trim and appliances then protect these surfaces with petroleum jelly or oil
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet left behind after the flames were extinguished
- If electricity is off, empty the refrigerator and freezer completely and prop the doors open to help prevent odor
- If you have house plants wash, both sides of the leaves
- Change the HVAC filter but leave the system turned off until a trained professional can check the system
- Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces
- Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery
- Do not clean any electrical equipment
- Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner as improper cleaning may cause a smokey odor to set in
Remember SERVPRO of East Riverside is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. With industry-approved training, IICRC certification, cutting-edge technology and open communication, our crew is ready to restore not only your home but your peace of mind as well.
Fire Damage is more than what gets burned
Fire damage can be devastating. The damage, however, is not limited to what burns. Smoke from a wildfire can cause damage to homes miles from the flames!
Smoke and soot can be very invasive and may 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, the professionals at SERVPRO of East Riverside will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage that is contained in your residence. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pre-testing. 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
Each situation involving smoke and fire damage is unique. This means that any solution must be tailored to the specific needs of each situation. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your home after fire and smoke damage.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? SERVPRO of East Riverside City is here to help 24/7 365 just call #951-222-2224
Weather Watch or Red Flag Warning?
Not all storms are wet and windy. Extreme weather can cause wildfires, which is a deadly storm you do not what to risk playing with. Here in Riverside we are used to Red Flag Warning and Fire Weather Watches almost year round.
A Fire Weather Watch is issued when weather conditions could exist in the next 12-72 hours. A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times extreme caution is urged by all residents, because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire. A Fire Weather Watch is one level below a warning, but fire danger is still high.
The type of weather patterns that can cause a watch or warning include low relative humidity, strong winds, dry fuels, the possibility of dry lightning strikes, or any combination of the above. Here are a few safety tips from CA.gov.
Use Equipment Safely
- Never mow or trim dry grass on a Red Flag Warning Day. (Mow before 10 a.m. on a day when it’s not hot and windy).
- Never use lawn mowers in dry vegetation.
- Before starting a campfire, make sure you have a campfire permit and that they are permitted on the land you are visiting.
- Afterwards, ensure that your campfire is properly extinguished.
- Residents should make sure they have 100 feet of defensible space around all structures.
- Clear dead weeds and vegetation.
- Remove leaves and needles from gutters.
- Trim branches 6 feet from the ground.
- Never pull over in dry grass.
- Ensure trailer chains don't drag on the ground.
- Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained.
- Have proper tire pressure to avoid driving on wheel rim.
- Never let your brake pads wear too thin.
- Make sure cigarette butts are properly extinguished.
- Never burn landscape debris like leaves or branches on NO Burn Days or when it's windy or areas where not allowed.
- Target shoot only in approved areas, use lead ammunition only, and never at metal targets.
- Report any suspicious activities to prevent arson. See something - say something
If your home or office is damaged by a wildfire don't panic call SERVPRO of East Riverside City, we will make it "Like it never even happened."
One of the most dreaded household chores is Laundry! As annoying as these trips may be there is a benefit to going down to the laundry mat – not having to clean your Dryer Vents!
When was the last time you thought about cleaning out your dryer vent? Truthfully, I can’t remember either. Think about all the lint that gets trapped and collected with each load of wash. We all empty the lint trap with each load, which is just a small amount from what is sent down the vent. Now imagine how much is collected over 5, 10 or even 15 years!?
The old adage is true--out of sight out of mind. This oversight can actually cost us our home and potentially even our lives. Averages of 2,900 Dryer Fires are reported each year! The good news is is that this can all be easily prevented. How? Clean you’re Dryer Vents.
Easy way to test if your vents need to be cleaned:
- Your laundry takes longer to dry
- The dryer may be hotter to the touch than usual
- A burning smell may be present with the dryer is running
DIY is the big thing today, but some things are best left to the professionals. This is one of those things! Call us today for an estimate on cleaning out your vents, while we’re at it might as well look at your AC ducts. When was the last time you had your AC unit and ducts checked?
Click here for more information on Dryer Vents http://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/clothes_dryers.html