Recent Fire Damage Posts
Does Lightning Cause House Fires?
Wiring caught fire in a Smiths, KY home
Lightning strikes regularly cause more than 22,000 reported fires per year in the United States. These fires result in upwards of $450 million in damages. Find out more about the various types of flashes that pose a lightning fire risk and how strikes travel toward the ground and ignite.
Types of Flashes
Flashes may involve one or more leaders, return strokes, and continuing current. Depending on the type of current, a flash may be considered:
- A hot flash with continuing current
- A cold flash with return strokes that may flicker
- A combined flash with returned strokes and continuing current
A hot flash with continuing current is the most common lightning fire cause. This type of flash illuminates with varying levels of brightness. If a hot flash hits an object, it may heat and ignite. These fires may be visible or hidden, and can result in extensive damage. Fire restoration experts work on many house fires that result from hot flashes.
How Strikes Travel
Flashes can travel through the air without the need for conductors. Any conductive materials on or near the ground are capable of attracting a strike. Some of the most common conductors include:
- Gas lines
- Water pipes
- Window frames
Flashes may jump through the air from one conductor to another with better grounding. This rerouting is called a side flash, and poses the greatest risk of a house fire.
Lightning can cause visible fires or dangerous hidden fires on a roof, in an attic, or behind walls. If a direct strike occurs at or near a residence in Smiths, KY, the homeowner should call the fire department. It may not be immediately obvious that a lightning fire has started until significant damage has been sustained. These fires also pose a major safety risk. Firefighters can confirm that no fire is present or extinguish hidden fires.
5 Steps to Fire Safety
A fire escape plan is a vital part of your family's safety
Protecting your home in Plano, KY, from fire damage is an essential safety precaution. It's important to have a fire escape plan, however, just in case your home does catch fire. The American Red Cross gives several tips on how you can prepare for a fire emergency in your home.
5 Steps to Fire Safety
1. Make a list of emergency contact numbers. The emergency number 9-1-1 is pretty easy to remember, but you will also need to contact your insurance company and fire restoration specialists pretty soon after you vacate your home. Having these numbers stored on your phone or in your backup files online ahead of time can significantly minimize the amount of time it takes to process the damage.
2. Have an emergency escape plan. Everyone in the family should be able to name two ways to get out of every room in your home. That way, if one path is blocked, you can still get to safety. Talk about the plan with family members to ensure everyone understands it.
3. Install and maintain smoke detectors. Your fire escape plan will likely be put into action by the sound of a smoke alarm. Install a detector in a common area on every level of the home and one outside each sleeping area. Test them monthly to make sure they're operational.
4. Establish a meeting point. Decide as a family where you will meet if you get separated after the fire. It could be a neighbor's house or a well-lit convenience store down the block. Everyone should be able to get there quickly on foot.
5. Practice the plan. At least twice a year, have a family fire drill. Go through the motions of evacuating your home as if it were actually on fire so that everyone can get a feel for what the process may be like if it ever becomes necessary.
A fire escape plan is a vital part of your family's safety. While you may never need it, but you'll be glad to have it if you do.
Where There's Fire, There's Smoke: How To Eliminate Odors
Fire damage in a Richardsville, KY home
When you walk through your building in Richardsville, KY, after a fire, you may be overwhelmed by the smell of smoke. Fire does more than burn your structure and the things inside it. It also permeates the air with an intense smoke odor, and getting rid of this odor is part of the mitigation process. There are three main methods professional remediation experts use for smoke cleaning.
1. Thermal Fogger
A thermal fogger uses a vaporized solution to neutralize odors in your building. By heating the solvent, the machine produces a fog that it releases into the room. The deodorizing particles find their way into carpet, walls, cracks, crevices and vents to trap smoke particles and absorb them, leaving behind a fresh scent without the use of water.
2. Ozone Machine
An ozone machine creates the same atmosphere that occurs in nature after a thunderstorm. It is effective in smoke cleaning because it purifies the air by traveling the same path that the smoke took through the building and oxidizing its fumes. Technicians seal off the affected area and set up the industrial ozone machines. They vacate the area, letting the machines work their magic, and return later to a room that no longer reeks of smoke.
3. Air Purifier
An air purifier pulls malodorous air into it and releases purified air. The best air purifier to use for the remediation of smoke damage is a HEPA purifier with an activated carbon filter. The HEPA filter can trap extremely small particles. The pores in the activated carbon filter hold smoke particles and neutralize them, ridding the area of odor.
There are many smoke cleaning devices and techniques. After assessing the damage to your building during the walk-through, experts can recommend the method they think would be the most effective in neutralizing the smoke odor in your building so that you can get back to business.
Natural Gas Safety and Fire Prevention Tips
It is always important to remember that the smallest spark can ignite a gas fire
Natural gas is a simple carbon-hydrogen, an air-like compound that has no unpleasant odor. In order to keep people safe, a rotten egg smell is added by the businesses that distribute the gas to home suppliers. The sulfuric odor is meant to alert homeowners to a dangerous situation because as the smell becomes noticeable, the presence of the highly combustible gas can pose a great threat to homes, animals, and human life. A natural type gas fire is one of the most explosive situations a property owner can experience, and one of the most devastating as well.
Because of the explosive nature of natural gas, there are some expert-backed safety tips regarding steps to take the moment you notice the unpleasant odor of rotten egg-infused gas. So, if you notice the tell-tale smell, take care to do the following:
Extinguish all open flames including cigarettes and candles.
Turn off any flames powering appliances such as water heaters or gas stoves.
Refrain from flipping any electrical switches on or off.
Leave the area and contact authorities as soon as possible – but not from a phone inside your home.
Furthermore, it is important to take all pets out of the house to prevent potential harm or injury.
Natural gas is a huge part of many people’s lives in Bowling Green, KY. From ovens to barbeques, there are many ways people heat and cook with the explosive gas in daily life. To keep homeowners safe from a gas explosion, fire recovery and restoration experts recommend proactive maintenance on every gas appliances at least once a year. The same maintenance should also be done on gas lines into the house and all appliance supply gas joints. Installing a carbon monoxide detector and refusing to sleep in a room heated by gas can also prevent serious injury from a gas fire.
If you do happen to smell a leak, don’t attempt to locate the source of the natural gas. It is always important to remember that the smallest spark can ignite a gas fire. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROwarrencounty.com/.
We arrived onsite within an hour of the call of a commercial fire damage.
IF A GREASE FIRE STARTS:
- Cover the flames with a metal lid or cookie sheet. Leave the cover on until it has cooled.
- Turn off the heat source.
- If it’s small and manageable, pour baking soda or salt on it to smother the fire.
- As a last resort, spray the fire with a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher.
- Do not try to extinguish the fire with water.
- Do not attempt to move the pot or pan outside.
Do not use flour, baking powder or other cooking powders that resemble baking soda or salt – they have a different chemical makeup and will not react similarly. They will make the fire worse.
5 Ways to Prevent Space Heater Fires
Approximately 25,000 house fires every year are attributed to space heaters. User error is the primary cause, although heaters without essential safety features may malfunction and pose a fire risk. Here are five ways that you can prevent a burned space heater from starting a fire in your home.
1. Keep a minimum of three feet between space heaters and combustibles. Combustibles include bedding, curtains, and upholstered furniture. You should also only operate a space heater on a hard, level, non-flammable surface.
2. Don't operate heaters unattended around pets or kids. Children, cats, and dogs don't understand the principles of fire safety.
3. Purchase a space heater with safety features. One of the best ways to prevent a burned space heater is to purchase a model that automatically shuts off when it overheats. Check the model you are considering for a safety certification label, ground fault circuit interrupter plug, and a sturdy cord that is at least six feet long. Make sure the heater has all of the features you need to stay warm while running a very low risk of fire.
4. Turn off or unplug heaters when not in use. This can reduce the risk of a fire starting when you are elsewhere in your home or away from home.
5. Avoid plugging other electronics into the same outlet as a space heater. You should also never use an extension cord, as this equipment heightens the overheating risk.
Your heater can only work as designed if it is kept in working condition. You may need to regularly clean the filter on your space heater to prevent it from overheating. In addition to following these steps, you should also test the smoke alarms in your home and replace batteries or damaged units. If a burned space heater does cause a fire, contact a smoke cleanup service in Bowling Green, KY.
For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROwarrencounty.com.
SERVPRO To the rescue!
Commercial Building that suffered a fire damage.
We were on the seen within 1 hour and began working right away.
A small electrical fire caused a big mess at a local business here in Warren County.
Our team started the job by extracting the water from the fire sprinklers and fire department. Removing the water is the primary step after a fire to make sure mold will not begin to grow. Once the water was removed our cleaning crew could get to work cleaning up soot and smoke damage.
There is no job too small or too big for SERVPRO of Warren County. This building was quite large with water and fire damage. The property owners were impressed with our work and very thankful that they were able to get into their building so quickly after the fire.
Fire in classroom
Burned school from HVAC fire.
It was a Sunday afternoon when SERVPRO of Warren County the call that a classroom in one of our local county schools had a small fire from their HVAC unit. It was very important for them to be able to conduct school the next day so that the entire Warren County school system didn't have to shut down.
That sounded reasonable to us so we called our entire crew in, including our marketing people, to start the work. We spent about 6 hours scrubbing walls and floors, throwing contents away and setting equipment including ozone machines to help to alleviate the smell.
The officials at the school were very grateful that they could re-locate the damaged classroom upstairs but even more excited that they were able to resume classes as usual.
House Fire in Bowling Green, KY
Coffee maker catches fire in Bowling Green, KY
A Coffee Maker caused the fire in this Bowling Green KY home.
The homeowner requested that her Insurance Company call us after seeing our van in the area. We were on location within a couple of hours to begin the cleanup of this severely damaged home.
When we looked in the attic we were able to locate the customers wedding dress still in tact as well as the candle from their wedding day. We were also able to recover and restore several of their vintage heirlooms that had been in the family for years.
After several months of long work and diligence we were able to get the home repaired and some very happy customers back to a place they had called home for years. "Like it never even happened."
4 Important Steps You Should Take To Reduce Space Heater Fires
Space heaters can be very convenient, especially if you have one room in your home that never seems to get enough heat from your central HVAC system. Whether you use a space heater regularly or you only pull it out on the coldest winter days, here are four important steps you should always take to prevent fire damage in Bowling Green, KY, from a burned space heater.
1. Clean It Thoroughly
Before you use your space heater for the first time, make sure you clean all visible surfaces thoroughly. Dust and other small particles tend to build up on the heater’s surface and could potentially cause the unit to overheat or catch fire if not removed regularly.
2. Leave Plenty of Empty Space Around Your Heater
Never put your heater up against a blanket, piece of furniture or any other item. If you do, you’re likely to have a burned space heater before long. Space heaters should always have at least three feet of empty space around them, free from furniture, carpets and other items.
3. Keep Heaters Away From Kids
Don’t operate a space heater in an area where kids frequently play. To reduce the risk of fire if a child does accidentally knock over the heater, make sure you purchase one that has an emergency shut-off mechanism. You should also keep pets away from heaters whenever possible.
4. Never Leave a Heater Unattended
Never leave a space heater unattended. If you plan to leave the room for a few minutes or a few hours, turn the space heater off beforehand. You can easily turn it back on when you return.
Following these preventatives steps will minimize your chances of fire damage while warming your home. If you experience a burned space heater or fire damage even after taking these preventative steps, a fire damage restoration professional can help with your smoke cleanup and restoration needs.
For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROwarrencounty.com.
Electrical Fire in Bowling Green
This home in Bowling Green, Kentucky was damaged when the wiring caught fire. Luckily nobody was injured, but the homeowners lost most of their contents as well as sustaining significant structural damage before it was extinguished.
As soon as the scene was released, our SERVPRO of Warren County crew was on the scene to help begin the clean up process. We helped to document all of the unsalvageable contents as well as packing up anything that could be cleaned and stored until the home is repaired and ready to be moved back in to.
It is a very sad experience for anyone to have to go through, but our goal is to make it as easy and worry free as possible so that the customer can concentrate on other things.
When in crisis we are always here to help!
Lightening causes major damage to home
Lightening causes home to catch fire
This home sustained severe damage when lightening hit the roof and caught it on fire. The Fire Department had to put it out with water which caused even more damage. SERVPRO of Warren County was on the scene within an hour of receiving the call. There was a lot of structural damage as well as the contents being damaged and destroyed. Our crew spent hours sifting through the items with the customer to pack up what was salvageable and bring it back to our office to be cleaned and stored until repairs are complete. The homeowner will have to move out until all the work can be done, however, they feel safe in the knowledge that we are going to make things "Like it never even happened."
Vandalism fire in local school
Fire in local school shuts down bathroom temporarily.
The bathroom in this Warren County School suffered minor damage when a student decided to set the toilet paper dispenser on fire. Luckily it was contained to one room and only caused minimal damage. SERVPRO of Warren County was on the scene shortly after receiving the call and was able to begin the cleaning process. Our crew set some Negative Air equipment in order to help with the odor in the air. They spent several hours cleaning up debris and wiping down surfaces in order to get this bathroom operational in the shortest amount of time. At the end of the day we had another happy customer and a bathroom that looked like "It never even happened"
Nobody likes vandalism, but if you are in need of clean up give us a call 24/7.
Grease Fire in Warren County home
Grease Fire in Bowling Green, Kentucky
This kitchen had severe smoke damage from a grease fire. The resident stepped away for just a moment and the fire erupted causing soot and grease to splatter all over the kitchen cabinets, ceiling and floor. Fortunately they were able to get it put out very quickly to prevent more extensive damage. You can see the soot and grease on all of the contents and counter top.
Our Warren County SERVPRO team was called to clean up the mess and was able to get a crew on site within an hour. Using our special SERVPRO cleaning products and a little bit of elbow grease we were able to get the cabinets and countertops looking like brand new. We were able to get the soot off of the walls and floors and left with another satisfied customer.
Grease Fire in Bowling Green, KY
Kitchen Fire in Bowling Green, KY
This Bowling Green, KY kitchen was damaged when a pan caught fire and ignited the stove and cabinetry above. Smoke and soot affected most of the home and the resident had to move out until work could be completed. We heard about the fire on Twitter and arrived on the scene while it was still smoldering.
It takes several days of scrubbing down walls and ceilings as well as setting negative air machines to help with the odor in the home. SERVPRO uses special chemicals in order to cut through the grime caused by a grease fire. Our crew works dilligently to get this work done in order to get the resident back in their own bed where they belong. Our customer was very happy that we were there in a timely manner to get the process started as smoothly as possible.