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Preventing electrical fires in your Ft. Worth home

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 home fires in the U.S. are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions each year. These fires result in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage. Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. Help lower your risk of electrical fires by not overloading your electrical system.

Overloaded circuit warning signs:

  • Flickering, blinking, or dimming lights
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses
  • Warm or discolored wall plates
  • Cracking, sizzling, or buzzing from receptacles
  • Burning order coming from receptacles or wall switches
  • Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles, or switches

When choosing lighting for your home, it is important to understand that some light switches have more functions than simply turning on lights.  These added features such as timers and dimmers can make your home more convenient and efficient. If you are thinking of making a switch, contact a qualified electrician to make sure that the lighting you choose is compatible with your home.  And remember, all light switches should be installed by a professional.

Don't Take These Warning Signs Lightly:

  • The wall plate is hot to the touch.
  • There is discoloration of or around the switch plate.
  • Lights dim and/or flicker without cause.
  • You hear crackling, popping, or buzzing from your outlet.
  • Often Breakers trip or fuses blow when the switch is turned on.
  • You detect an odor when a switch is used.
  • The switch leans to one side or feels loose when operating.
  • You often experience a shock when operating the switch.
  • Lights get brighter or dimmer when other appliances turn on or off.
  • The home is over 40 years old and has aluminum wiring, but has not recently undergone a safety inspection by an electrician.  

If your lighting control points are characterized by any of the above, have your home's electrical system inspected by a qualified electrician as soon as possible.

How to prevent electrical overloads:

  • Never use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for appliances
  • All major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Only plug one heat producing appliance into a receptacle outlet at a time
  • A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have a qualified electrician inspect your home and add new outlets
  • Power strips only add additional outlets; they do not change the amount of power being received from the outlet

Hopefully these tips can help keep your home safe and protected from fires caused by electrical malfunction, though accidents do occur. Our crews here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth see a handful of electrical fires each year, especially during the summer when extra fans and a/c units are plugged in and in winter when plug in heaters are in use as well as holiday lights. 

If your home or business is effected by an electrical fire. SERVPRO is ready 24/7 365 to help deal with the smoke and fire damage that can occur and get your house back to pre-fire condition. 

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Pet Fire Safety - Preventative measures

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Keeping our furry friends safe from harm and out of trouble could help prevent a fire in the future in your home. #firesafety #SERVPRO

House fires are disastrous and dangerous. Fires can grow and spread very quickly, causing serious damage to a house in a short period of time. The heat and smoke can be harmful and deadly to both humans and pets.

The best thing you can do for your home, your pets, and your own safety is to put conscious efforts into preventing fires in the first place. This places every household member out of harm’s way and is not only easier but also cheaper than dealing with the aftermath of a house fire. 

We'll be going over what you can do to keep your pets safe from fires in this 3 part series for fire safety. 

Part 1 - 

  • EXTINGUISH OPEN FLAMES

  • You should never leave open flames unsupervised, but this is especially important if you have a pet who can knock things over or pass their tail through the fire. Consider using flameless candles or other electronic alternatives.

  • NO CLIMBING IN THE KITCHEN

    Discourage your pets from playing around in the kitchen. There are many hazards here including sharp objects, open flames if you have a gas range, and dangerously hot surfaces.

  • PUT COVERS ON STOVE KNOBS

    Some pets (especially cats) tend to be curious about surfaces and knobs. Prevent possible fires started by stove knobs turned on by pets by placing an inexpensive stove knob cover whenever you are not using the kitchen

  • ELIMINATE LOOSE WIRES

    Go through your home and make sure that any electric wiring is tucked away and inaccessible by any pets or children.

  • SECURE CORDS NEATLY

    Any exposed cords that you are using to power your appliances should be neatly secured and placed out of pathways. Curious pets can get tangled in messy cords, and some animals (particularly rabbits and cats) may try to chew through them.

  • CERAMIC OVER GLASS

    If you leave food or water bowls outside on a wooden deck, don’t use glass. Glass bowls can create a magnifying effect, starting a fire from the sun’s rays. Ceramic bowls are safer and just as sturdy.

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Pet Fire Safety - Preparing for a fire

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

No one wants to think about a fire effecting their home. Having an emergency plan can help avoid confusion and possible harm in the event one does occur, but have you included the furry members of your family?

A fire is just as scary for them as it is for you and being prepared and knowing a clear exit for you and your pets could be the difference between getting out and a tragedy.

Part 2 of our pet fire safety series goes over what you can do to prepare for the event that a fire does occur.

PREPARING FOR A FIRE

  • Include your pet into your family emergency plan and practice taking them with you. Talk with your family members to determine who is responsible for grabbing your pets and who should grab their emergency kit (food, medication, photo, leashes and carriers, medical records) during an emergency so you can reduce scrambling and redundancy when speed and efficiency are needed.
  • Put a decal in your home’s front window indicating the number and type of pets you have – Providing this information can cut down on the time responders spend searching your home in the case of a fire.
  • Make sure your pet’s updated contact information is reflected on their ID collar and in the microchip database – If your pet gets lost during a fire, this will help rescuers get him or her back to you.
  • Use monitored smoke detectors that are connected to emergency responders – Should a fire start while you are away from your home, you’ll rest assured that your pet has access to emergency response services even if no one is home to call them.
  • Know your pets’ hideaways and create ways for easy access to them in case of an emergency – It’s nice that your pet can get away if he or she wants to, but in an emergency, you need to be able to locate and extract your pet as quickly as possible.

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Pet Fire Safety - What to do when a fire occurs.

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Part 3 of our Pet fire safety series is what to do when a fire actually occurs. 

 Hopefully no one ever needs to deal with this particular set of advice but if one does occur, the preparation and readiness we discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 have helped make you and your pets ready for the worst. 

DURING A FIRE

  • Attempt to grab your pet and exit the home as quickly as possible, use your home emergency plan, grab your emergency kits and head towards the exit. If it takes too long to locate or secure your pet, leave – You should never delay escape or endanger yourself or your family. Once responders get there, immediately inform them your pet is still inside, so they can go enter your home and continue looking for your pet.
  • Grab leashes and carriers on your way out if they are not already included in your pets emergency kit– Outside will be chaotic and that may cause your pet to try to escape to a calm, safe area.
  • Never go back inside a burning house. If you can’t find your pet, leave, open the door, and call to them repeatedly from a safe distance away. Let firefighters take over the task of locating your pet. 

Once you are all out safely, follow the steps of your readiness plan, use one of the listed kennels to house your pet and contact your insurance to arrange temporary housing while your house is being restored. 

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DRYER FIRE PREVENTION TIPS

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

The removable lint filter in your dryer doesn't catch it all. Lint buildup can cause house fires, and regular cleaning reduces this risk.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 dryer fires are reported each year. These fires lead to a staggering national average of 35 million dollars in property damage, 100 injuries and 5 fatalities annually. With so much at risk, it's important that you understand what causes dryer fires and how you can prevent them from happening in your own home. To protect yourself, your family and your house.

DO: Clean the lint filter

A clogged lint filter is the leading contributing factor in residential dryer fires. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that failing to clean out the lint trap causes 34 percent of reported dryer fires every year.

Each time you unload the dryer, clean out the lint trap. Before putting the next load of clothes in, double check that the lint trap is completely clean to lower your risk of fire. A clean lint filter allows the dryer to run more efficiently, too, thus drying your clothes faster while also preventing your machine from overheating.

DON'T: Dry clothes without the lint filter

A dryer without its lint trap is an accident waiting to happen. The filter protects the dryer's inner workings from collecting lint. Without this defensive shield, a buildup of lint in the ducts can easily lead to a dryer vent fire.

To lower your risk, always use your dryer with the lint trap in place. In the event that your existing lint trap is worn or develops any holes, replace it immediately at your nearest home supplies store.

DO: Inspect the ducts regularly

Blocked ducts frequently cause dryer fires. To ensure your dryer is running properly, check your ducts about once a month to ensure there are no blockages. Some telltale signs that your ducts are clogged include the following indicators:

  • Your laundry is taking longer to dry
  • Exhaust air is failing to exit the vent
  • You suspect that your machine is overheating

Sometimes, a blockage occurs because the venting system itself is damaged. Other times, blockages may be occurring because of an accumulation of lint, animals building nests in the vents or snow building up over the outside vents.

If you notice any blockages, clean them out before using your dryer again. To clean your ducts, simply disconnect them, remove the blockages and reconnect it. If you notice any damage to the venting system, call in a professional to repair the issue.

DON'T: Overload the dryer

Stuffing too many wet clothes or bedding into a dryer can cause an excess of lint to accumulate. Since lint buildup reduces a dryer's ability to ventilate, the machine may quickly overheat and cause a fire to break out. Read your owner's manual to determine your machine's maximum hold to ensure you aren't over stuffing it.

DO: Replace outdated ducts

Older ducts made of plastic or foil are prone to sagging. These accordion-style ducts can easily trap lint in hard-to-reach spaces, increasing your risk of fire. To keep your home safe, replace your older models with new ducts designed with heavy-duty metal.

DON'T: Leave the dryer running unattended

Never go to sleep or leave the house while your dryer is running. If a fire breaks out, your ability to extinguish it or call emergency services right away can make all the difference between damage to your laundry room and entire loss of your home.

Despite our best efforts as homeowners, accidents still happen. If your home has been damaged by fire and smoke, call SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth. Our team of highly trained technicians can help get your life back to normal as quickly as possible. With the proper training, innovative equipment and helpful guidance, our expert technicians will be with you every step of the way to get you back on your feet. From soot removal, water restoration after the fire department leaves to rebuilding your home SERVPRO has you covered. 

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FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Christmas Holiday Safety Tips - Keep The Season Merry! #HolidaySafety

Don’t let Christmas ever heat up too much — with fire that is. Did you know that Christmas trees alone result in 13 million dollars, annually, in property damage? More importantly, these fires present real risk towards family and friends. When showcasing a live tree in your home, the combination of tree dryness, electrical malfunction with lights and poorly located heating sources can make for a deadly combination.

BUT IF YOUR HOLIDAY IS JUST NOT COMPLETE WITHOUT A LIVE TREE, FOLLOW THESE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS TO KEEP THREATS AT BAY:

  • Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily.
  • Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
  • Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety, and throw out any damaged lights.
  • Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
  • Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor.
  • Bedtime means lights off! ­ Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.

When your tree begins to drop its needles, it’s time to say goodbye to your evergreen foliage until next year. So this year, follow our guidelines to avoid being another statistic in the National Fire Protection Association or United States Fire Administration report during the upcoming holiday season.

Real tree not for you? How about an artificial tree?

If you want to skip the real tree this year and go artificial, you want to look for a tree that you can enjoy for years to come. Here are some tips for choosing the perfect faux Christmas tree. 

  • First, think of an artificial Christmas tree as an investment. Because you may be keeping the tree for 20 years or more, you may consider purchasing a high-quality artificial tree that has foliage resembling a real Christmas tree. This is often determined by the quantity of the branch tips and design of the foliage. In most cases, having more branch “tips” is preferred because an abundance of branches and needles creates a full look for the tree.
  • Ensure the Christmas tree has the specific desired appearance. Look closely to see if you can see the center pole of the tree–if so, it may not be a high-quality tree (though trees with artificial trunks are often designed so that the trunk is visible).
  • Choose a tree with a strong stand to ensure that your Christmas tree will not topple or lean to one side, even if heavy ornaments are added to the tree. Some tree stands come with rubber feet to protect your carpet or your wooden floors
  • High end artificial Christmas trees have hinged branches, which simplify setup and allow for easy storage.
  • If your artificial tree has been in storage, be sure to shake it out and dust it get rid of any detritus that might cause respiratory irritation.

Setting up your Christmas tree

The way you set up and care for your tree has a big effect on how long it will last, how beautiful it will stay, and, ultimately, how safe it will be to have in your home.

  • Before putting your new Christmas tree into its stand, cut a couple of inches off the bottom of the trunk to expose fresher (and far more absorbent) wood. Taking a few minutes to do this will improve your tree’s water intake, and make it harder for your tree to catch fire.
  • Your tree stand should have a capacity of at least one gallon, which is the amount of water that the average 6-foot Christmas tree can consume in a day’s time. As a general rule of thumb, live Christmas trees require one quart of water for every inch of trunk diameter.
  • Water live Christmas trees daily.
  • Position tree a minimum of 3 feet away from candles, fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, heat vents, and other heat sources.
  • Because nearly half of all Christmas tree fires involve electrical malfunctions, it’s extremely important to check that light strands and other electrical decorations are in good condition (free from insulation cracks, fraying wires or damaged bulbs and plugs) before decorating your tree with them.
  • Once you've settled on that perfect tree for you, brought it home and set it in the perfect spot it's time to decorate and that means lights. 

    Lights and Decorations

  • When shopping for lights, electric decorations and extension cords, purchase only the ones that are UL-listed
  • If you’re planning to decorate outdoors, make sure that you use lights and decorations that are rated for outdoor use. Putting indoor-only products outside in the weather can result in electric shock and fire hazards.
  • If you’re in doubt as to whether light strings are rated for indoor or outdoor use, just check the color-coded UL mark on the product’s package. A green holographic UL mark says, “indoors only, please,” while a red one indicates that the product is safe for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Whether they’re brand-new out of the box or seasoned veterans from holidays past, before you put them up, inspect all lights, electric decorations and extension cords for signs of damage to wire insulation, plugs, and bulbs. If the damage can be repaired (i.e. broken bulbs replaced), do not use the item until the repair has been made. If cords and plugs are damaged, discard and replace the decoration.
  • Always unplug lights before changing bulbs, replacing fuses, or making any other repairs.
  • If you need to replace a bulb in a string of Christmas lights, make sure that the wattage rating of the replacement bulb you’re using matches that of the light strand. Using a bulb with too high a wattage can cause the light string to overheat, creating a fire risk.
    • When hanging Christmas lights outdoors, reduce your risk of electric shock by passing up metal ladders in favor of ladders made of non-conductive materials like wood or fiberglass-reinforced plastic.
    • Only use lights and decorations in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions.
    • Before you begin decorating, verify how many strands of lights it is safe to connect end-to-end (as a general rule, it’s 3).
    • Be careful not to overload extension cords. Before you start plugging in, find out the wattage rating of your extension cord, as well as the power requirements of any lights or decorations you’re planning to plug into it. A wattage rating is the amount of electricity that an extension cord is built to carry, and if the combined power requirements (or “pull”) of your lights and decorations exceed that rating, overheating and fire can occur.
    • Every so often, check Christmas light wires to make sure that they’re not warm to the touch.
    • Always turn off all Christmas lights and decorations before going to bed or leaving the house.

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    Pets and Fire Safety

    8/6/2018 (Permalink)

    When disaster strikes it effects you & your pets. Be prepared, make sure they have clean correctly sized pet carriers ready in case of an evacuation.
     No one wants to consider the possibility of facing a fire emergency in their own home, but it could happen at any time. Coming up with a fire plan is key to getting yourself and your family out safely. But what about your pets? including pet preparation in your fire safety plan is crucial to be able to get your furry friends out in time. Keep your furry companions safe by following these steps to create a fire evacuation plan for your pets. 
    • The best way to protect your pets from the effects of a fire is to include them in your family plan. This includes having their own disaster supplies kit as well as arranging in advance for a safe place for them to stay if you need to leave your home.
    • When you practice your escape plan, practice taking your pets with you. Train them to come to you when you call.
    • In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. But remember: never delay escape or endanger yourself or family to rescue a family pet.

    Prevent Your Pets from Starting Fires

    The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners' pets.

    • Extinguish Open Flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
    • Remove Stove Knobs - Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house - a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
    • Invest in Flameless Candles - These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
    • Secure Young Pets - keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
     

    Help Firefighters Help Your Pets

    • Keep pets near entrances when away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
    • Affix a pet alert window cling and write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static  cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.

    BE PREPARED. Have A PLAN.

    • Know their hiding places! During a fire your pets will be terrified, and they’ll most likely run to in the places they feel most safe.  If you don’t know their common hiding places, you could run out of time to save your furry, scaly, or feathered friend.
    • Map it out!  Find their hidey-holes and niches. Map these out on a piece of paper, and include the map in your fire escape plan.
    • Always evacuate your pets on a leash or in a pet carrier. Pets will panic at the smell of smoke, and may bolt when outside, making them impossible to find.
    • Prepare an emergency kit for each of your animals. The kit should contain your pet’s food, veterinary paperwork, prescription medications, and an updated photo and description of each animal. You may have to board your pet at a kennel or other facility until you get settled after a fire, and they will require proof that your pet has current vaccinations.
    • Have an evacuation plan. If you have to evacuate your home, and you cannot return for a while, have a plan of action!
     

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    Dealing with Smoke Damage After a Fire

    8/1/2018 (Permalink)

    We here at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth specialize in #Fire and #Odor #remediation. Call us today if you've been hit by disaster, we're available 24/7

    If you’re dealing with fire damage, it’s time to call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth. There are several, little-known facts that are crucial tosmoke damage restorationprocedures. Put your health and property first by learning more about the recovery period.

    Ventilation is the First Step

    Immediately following a fire, focus on ventilation for the home. The professionals may not be on-site yet, but you can improve the situation right now. Open the doors and windows. Use any fans within the home to move air out of the structure. Our Technicians will bring in industrial fans for this purpose, but get the process started yourself.

    Consider your health when it comes to ventilation too. Wear dust masks if you must be inside the home. Remove children, pets and older residents from the premises. The particles in the air can be irritating to some people.

    Odors Don’t Dissipate on Their Own

    There’s a misconception about fire damage cleanup and ventilation. You might believe that fire odors will simply dissipate with enough fans blowing in the house. Soot and other fire byproducts are chemically based substances. Unless they’re physically removed, they’ll continue to react with the drywall, wood and other materials.

    Our smoke damage restoration professionals will clean, remove and service the structure as necessary. They’ll deodorize rooms with careful attention to humidity and corrosion issues. There shouldn’t be any remaining odors after a professional cleanup job. Subtle odors equate to dirty conditions that will only grow stronger over time.

    Soot Moves into Every Crevice

    Cleaning off the walls and ceilings is only the beginning of the fire damage cleanup process. Most people don’t realize that soot is an extremely fine particle. It floats and lands on nearly every surface. If you have light fixtures near the damaged area, be sure to remove the bulbs and clean them. Soot finds its way into the threaded base. Hazards arise if you turn the fixture on without cleaning it first. Soot can be a fire hazard if it’s not cleaned away in its entirety.

    Smoke Damage Restoration Applies to Electronics and Antiques

    If soot can find its way into light fixtures, your electronics might fall prey to it too. Discuss fire damage cleanup in reference to your televisions, audio receivers, and other devices. It may take time to restore these items, but it’s worth the effort when it’s done right.

    Think about any antiques that you might have as well. SERVPROs restoration experts can bring these items back to life. When an antique has either sentimental or monetary value, restoring it should be part of your recovery process.

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    Smoke Alarms, what you need to know.

    7/6/2018 (Permalink)

    Did you know working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home #fires in half?

    While SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is here to help in the event that you suffer from a fire. We still want each of our customers to be safe as possible. Here are some tips to make sure your house is prepared in the event of a fire. 

    There are different types of smoke detectors

    There are two main types of smoke detectors: - those that use photoelectric detection - those that use ionization detection

    Ionization detectors are more common because they are generally mass produced and typically inexpensive, but photoelectric detectors are fairly affordable as well.

    Ionization detectors are best at detecting flaming fires, while photoelectric alarms are usually more sensitive to smoldering fires. The best idea is to either have a combination of the two types of alarms or find one alarm that utilizes both types of detection.

    How many smoke alarms do I need?

    For maximum protection one smoke alarm per room except the bathroom, kitchen and garage. Heat alarms may be considered where fumes from cooking or smoke from cigarettes or open fires could lead to unwanted alarm activations.

    For minimum protection one smoke alarm for each level/floor of your home.

    You should test your smoke alarm often

    Test your smoke alarm at least once a month to ensure it is functioning properly. Most alarms have a test button. Simply hold the button for a few seconds and see if the alarm sounds. If you don’t hear it, or it is faint, it’s time to replace your batteries. Keep your family safe by remembering to check your alarm regularly.

    If you don’t change your alarm’s batteries, you’ll likely hear that annoying high-pitched periodic chirp until you do. While the sound is grating, it does an excellent job reminding you when the battery is low, and it is time for a fresh one. If you’re not sure whether or not the battery is dead, test it in a non-safety device.

    When in doubt, throw it out. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. It never hurts to give your fire alarm a fresh new battery even if you aren’t sure if the last one is dead. Consider writing the date on the new battery with a permanent marker so when it dies, you can see how long it lasted and know approximately how long each battery will work in your particular alarm.

    Experts recommend you change your smoke alarms about every 10 years. When it comes to your family’s safety, you’ll want to make sure your equipment is functioning well and that you are using the latest technology to warn of fire danger.

    Combination alarms are available

    Arguably even more dangerous than a fire is carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide gas is odorless and tasteless, yet extremely toxic, and therefore very dangerous. It is produced by vehicles and gas-powered furnaces and unsafe levels of it cause hundreds of deaths each year. If possible, look for a fire alarm that also includes a carbon monoxide sensor.

    Know your Evacuation Plan!

    The purpose of a Smoke Alarm is to give an early warning of an outbreak of fire! It is vital that you and your family know exactly what to do when the Smoke Alarm activates.

    Plan an escape route, then run fire drills. If possible, figure out two ways to exit every room, even if that means out a window. Make sure everyone in the household understands and can run through the escape route. The practice should include the post-exit meeting place outside.

    • Practice drills during less-than-desirable times: in the middle of the night, in very cold weather, etc., as well as under more ideal circumstances.
    • Tweak the plan as necessary. Who may be capable of actually sleeping through the alarm? This should be addressed. Make sure that an escape plan is in place for physically disabled occupants, babies and pets.
    • Purchase a folding ladder in case an escape through an upper window is necessary.

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    Dealing with Smoke and Soot after a fire

    7/6/2018 (Permalink)

    #SERVPRO has the experience to #repair #smoke #damage and deodorize your home or business after a #fire. #FireDamage #SmokeDamage

    Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. SERVPRO of East Fort Worth's 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 East Fort Worth 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. Any questions or to schedule an inspection give SERVPRO of East Fort Worth a call (817) 293-5553

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    Keeping your home safe and preventing grass fires.

    7/2/2018 (Permalink)

    Wildfires affect America’s farms and ranches, damaging and destroying homes, barns, agriculture production facilities, crops and livestock.

    It's summer in Texas and that means high temperatures and little rain. grass and brush is dry and could easily catch fire. Here's what you can do around the house to make sure that a fire doesn't break out close to home.

    • Keep flammable objects (lawn mowers, oil or gas cans, propane tanks and wood piles) at least 30 feet away from the home at all times. Move flammables, such as lawn furniture and toys, during wildfire activity.
    • Keep roofs, gutters, decks and patios clear of leaves, pine needles or other flammables at all times.
    • Remove flammable mulch and vegetation within 5 feet of the home and replace with nonflammable material.
    • Remove tree or shrub branches that overhang within 10 feet of your house, roof or chimney.
    • Keep lawns watered and mowed, or if water-conserving, make sure debris is removed within 30 feet of home.
    • Trim tree limbs 10 feet above the ground (these are called ladder fuels).
    • Install 1/8-inch metal mesh screens over vents and under decks to prevent ember intrusion.

    Even with preventive measures taken fires can still occur, but these tips can greatly reduce your risk.Always have smoke detectors and a fire safety plan for you, your family and your pets. Get out safely, and call for help. Once the fire has been put out SERVPRO of East Fort Worth would be happy to help with the water extraction and fire restoration of your property.

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    Smoke Damage is as Dangerous as Fire Damage

    3/23/2018 (Permalink)

    some damage to kitchen ceiling after a fire

    In a typical house fire, more damage is caused by smoke than by the actual flames.  During a fire, the materials that burn produce toxic smoke that is actually filled with microscopic particles known as soot.  These tiny particles become charged from the extreme heat and migrate to cooler air found in other parts of the house.  Because this smoke is often extremely hot, it can cause additional damage away from the actual source of the fire by melting plastics, scorching fabrics and textiles and spreading toxic gasses that will literally kill any living thing in its path.  That’s why smoke alarms throughout your home are critical to saving lives.

    The Department of Homeland Security says “In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames. Most deadly fires occur in the home when people are asleep. If you wake up to a fire, you won't have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape.”

    At SERVPRO of East Fort Worth, our trained specialists know how to restore your belongings after a house fire.  We hope you never need our services but if you do, we will help you determine what can be restored and what needs to be replaced.  Restoring smoke and fire damaged items costs less than replacing them.  Having your belongings restored, especially items of sentimental value, helps most families recover from the trauma of a fire more quickly than otherwise possible.

    Again, we hope you never need these expert services but if you do, call us at (817) 293-5553 or visit us on the web at http://www.SERVPROeastftworth.com/    We have helped hundreds of families recover from house fire damages

    Common Causes for House Fires

    3/21/2018 (Permalink)

    Common Causes of House Fires

    There are several causes for house fires. Listed below you will see some of those causes.

     Cooking Equipment

    Pots and pans can overheat and cause a fire very easily if the person cooking gets distracted and leaves cooking unattended. Always stay in the room, or ask someone to watch your food, when cooking on hotplates.

     Heating

    Keep portable heaters at least one meter away from anything that could easily catch fire such as furniture, curtains, laundry, clothes and even yourself. If you have a furnace, get it inspected once a year to make sure it is working to safety standards.

     Smoking in bedrooms

    A cigarette that is not put out properly can cause a flame, as the butt may stay lit for a few hours. If it meets any flammable materials such as furniture, it can burst into flames.

     Electrical Equipment

    An electrical appliance, such as a toaster can start a fire if it is faulty or has a frayed cord. A power point that is overloaded with double adapter plugs can cause a fire from overuse of electricity.

     Candles

    Candles look and smell pretty but if left unattended they can cause a room to easily burst into flames. Keep candles away from any obviously flammable items such as books and tissue boxes. Always blow a candle out before leaving a room.

     Faulty Wiring

    Homes with inadequate wiring can cause fires from electrical hazards. Some signs to see if you have bad wiring are:

    1) Lights dim if you use another appliance.

    2) For an appliance to work, you must disconnect.

    3) Fuses blow or trip the circuit frequently.

    Have a licensed electrician come and inspect you house or contact your landlord if you have any of the above occurrences.

     Lighting

    Lamp shades and light fittings can build up heat if they are very close to light globes.

    Here at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth, no matter the type of fire loss or residue left, our highly trained professionals understand the behavior of smoke and the cleanup processes to best utilize during fire restoration services. We are ready for whatever happens 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 817-293-5553.

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    Deodorizing Following Fire Damage In Fort Worth

    3/7/2018 (Permalink)

    Damage to a Fort Worth home after a fire.

    After a small fire in your Fort Worth home, you quickly start to assess the damages to the area. You visually inspect the furniture and walls. Even if there is no real lasting damage, there is one problematic element that tends to linger for weeks after a fire: the smell. Odor removal is an often overlooked, but significant aspect of fire restoration services.

    While our SERVPRO team is well educated in restoration techniques and cleaning processes to restore areas of your home that have been damaged aesthetically by an unexpected fire, the lingering odor that remains is often something that homeowners are less concerned with initially. It becomes more and more problematic as the home is being restored, but the smoke and charring scent of the fire’s destruction remains as powerful as ever.

    Fortunately, our team of technicians has state-of-the-art equipment for removing foul smells from a residence or business. Deodorizing happens through the use of dense fogging machines. The machines are capable of producing a heavy chemical fog that is sprayed throughout the entire affected area, ensuring that all of the affected structure and contents are also affected by the fog.

    Though this chemical has no scent, it reacts on a molecular level with the foul-smelling odor molecules lingering in the air after the fire gets extinguished. This new chemical compound is entirely neutral, leaving behind no smell at all. The process is a far cry from traditional deodorizing techniques, which merely overpower the harsh smell with an overbearing new scent for the damaged areas. Fogging leaves the room smelling like nothing has ever happened, even if you are still in the process of restoration efforts for the damages.

    Since formidable smells (like those left behind after a fire) are challenging to live with, be sure to speak with our technicians assigned to your residence about deodorizing the area as soon as possible. Fogging can happen alongside our cleaning and restoration efforts, which makes the entire process more streamlined and efficient.

    Recovering from a recent fire, regardless of its size, can be a complicated process. Contact us at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth to walk you through the entire restoration process and help to bring these damages back to their preloss conditions. Call us anytime at (817) 293-5553

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    Breathe Life Back Into Fire-Damaged Belongings

    3/5/2018 (Permalink)

    We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth is close by an

    Although fires can be catastrophic, often you can salvage a portion of your personal belongings from the ruins. However, even if your belongings are intact and functional, they may have absorbed stains and odors that can be difficult to get rid of. Many people can even grow ill from the smell of heavy smoke absorbed into belongings, and layers of dirt and ash can, if not cleaned properly, leave a mess everywhere. 

    That doesn’t mean your belongings are wholly lost. There are a number of options for cleaning and restoring fire-damaged possessions to restore their attractiveness and utility while eliminating that unpleasant burning or smoky stench.

    Sterilization and Odor Removal

    After a fire, many of your personal belongings may be coated in a patina of soot. While you may associate soot with wood ash, that soot can actually be particulates of plastic or any number of other substances that might pose a safety hazard upon contact. Even if touching the items is safe, the odor alone may be unpleasant enough to warrant getting rid of them. Content cleaning can be tricky in these instances and often involves specialized substances designed to cut through smoke residue, ash, and soot. You may consider hiring professional cleaners instead or using content storage services to set the task aside for later.

    Dry-Cleaning for Smoke-Damaged Clothing

    While not much can be done to restore fire-damaged clothing, it may be possible to restore clothing that simply suffered from smoke or ash. Smoke can infiltrate clothing fibers to leave behind an unpleasant and seemingly permanent smell, while both ash and smoke can leave stains that are difficult to remove, particularly from more delicate fabrics. Dry-cleaning can do a great deal to restore clothing and remove the effects of smoke and ash, particularly if you have your clothing cleaned by Fort Worth, TX professionals specializing in restoring smoke-damaged garments.

    Visit the SERVPRO of East Fort Worth blog for more information on commercial fire damage

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    Texas Fire Damage Facts

    8/15/2017 (Permalink)

    Dealing with Texas fire damage can be one of the most difficult experiences a homeowner encounters.

    In 2014, fires caused 2745 deaths, 11,825 injuries, and $6.8 Billion in property damage.

    Three out of five home fire deaths are caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or not working alarms.

    Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.

    In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94 percent of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80 percent of the time.

    When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.

    One quarter of home fire deaths are caused by fires that start in the bedroom. Another quarter result from fires in the living room, family room or den.

    One-third of survey respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening. The time available is often much less. Only 8% reported that their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out...

    Facts provided by National Fire Protection Association

     WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES

    DO:

    • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
    • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
    • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
    • Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
    • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
    • Change HVAC filters; 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.                               

    DON’T:

    • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
    • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
    • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
    • Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water, as they may be contaminated.
    • If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. 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.

    Please, contact us (SERVPRO East Ft. Worth) with additional questions or to schedule services.

    (817) 293-5553

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    Causes of Residential Fire Damage

    8/15/2017 (Permalink)

    When it comes to disasters, there is probably none worse than a property fire damage.

    What Causes Residential Fire Damage?

    When it comes to disasters, one could argue that none are worse than a residential fire. Not only do the flames cause inherent danger as they destroy your family’s home and or business but there is also the after effect concerning the removal of debris, soot, smell of smoke, compromised structure and additional damages that have been inflicted on your home, business or possessions. For most homeowners, a fire is an unimaginable event. However, they DO happen and for a variety of reasons. With this in mind, We've listed the top 10 causes of fire below:


    1. Home heat fires: Your furnace needs regular inspection(s) and make sure combustibles are not near any portable heaters.
    2. Cooking fires: Unattended kitchens, splattering grease, and combustibles near the source of heat are very common fire starters.
    3. Smoking: Always ensure that you properly and completely extinguish the cigarette if you smoke in your home.
    4. Electrical fires: Look out for frayed cords, overloaded plug outlets and the overuse of extension cords.
    5. Children: Keep lighters and matches away from children to stifle any curiosity they could have about what happens when various items catch fire.
    6. Candles: Candles may smell nice but if left unattended, they could cause a major issue.
    7. Flammable items: Do not keep adhesives, paint or cleaning agents close to sources of heat.
    8. Faulty wiring: A significant safety hazard is inadequate wiring ( MOSTLY prevalent in older apartments and homes).
    9. Grills: Never cook on the grill under an awning or on a covered porch. Give yourself ample space away from your home and automobiles.
    10. Holiday décor: Be mindful of how close your Christmas tree is to your fireplace and always make sure that you are hanging other décor safely.

    We hope this short list has informed on some of the causes of household fires and ask that you will adhere to the instructions... However, should you or someone you know, ever need our services... Call us (SERVPRO East Ft. Woth) immediately!We will arrive at your home quickly to mitigate the damages, secure your property and start the emergency cleaning process to items that are of priority. While we are on the site, your property will be inspected, assessments of damage(s) will be documented, and preliminary estimates made to give you a comprehensive restoration plan of action. 

    Call SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth with any questions or to schedule services:

    (817) 293-5553

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    Vent Cleaning Is Wise Maintenance for Fire Damage Protection

    7/26/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth, protects your Texas home from fire damage with dryer vent cleaning!

    SERVPRO Helps Prevent Fire in Your Texas Home with Dryer Vent Cleaning

    House fires affect millions of people every year at the cost of over $500 Million. Smoke detectors have proved their value every year, saving lives and homes from total loss. Most house fires start in the kitchen but a significant number still occur in a place most forget about once the item is installed, the dryer vent. 


    A dryer vent cleaning cost may seem like an avoidable charge, but it is needed to prevent fire in your Texas home. There are over 15,000 dryer fires each year and the accumulated property damage cost exceeds $70 million annually. We have the personnel and equipment needed to keep you from adding to those numbers in the coming year. This vent cleaning service may also reduce the workload of your clothes dryer while lowering energy usage!

    A dryer inside the house or apartment uses a metal exhaust pipe (galvanized iron or steel usually) to vent hot air to the outside of the home. The zinc-coated material is designed to handle the highest dryer settings and more but not open flames from burning built-up lint. Since this is an exhaust pipe and smoke seeks the easiest access, a vent fire goes undetected by the smoke detectors much longer than a fire anywhere else in the house. 

    If your dryer is in the garage or under a carport, the chance for a major fire is reduced but not eliminated. The flexible vent tube may not run under the house but it is still at risk. The build-up of lint can still ignite, destroying your dryer and the washer next to it. As the flexible, plastic pipe melts, the burning material quickly ignites drywall and other building materials. 

    Our technicians can eliminate this threat with an inspection. We can attach an air mover which introduces high-velocity air flow into your vent for just a few minutes. If the build-up has caked against the sides of the pipe, we'll then use a brush with a telescoping handle to scrape the sides and then blore-attach the air mover to w the lint outside your home. For a flexible conduit, we detach it from the dryer and clean it outside using either an air mover or garden hose to wash it out. 

    The cost for vent cleaning is minor compared to the possible cost(s) to restore your home fire damaged home... If you're in need our services or would like an inspection, contact SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth immediately!

    (817) 293-5553

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    Everman, Tarrant County, DFW- Smoke and Soot Cleanup

    7/19/2017 (Permalink)

    Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your 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 East Ft. Worth 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 – SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth (817) 293-5553

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