Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Safety at your Campsite

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Fire

With summer upon us and loads of people wanting to get out of their houses amid the coronavirus, camping and the good ole outdoors has taken famously with the public. SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex would like to remind you of some basics when it comes to maintaining and extinguishing your campfire at your campsite. It is your responsibility to maintain and extinguish it to prevent wildfires.

  1. Never cut whole trees or branches, dead or alive. Live materials won’t burn and dead standing trees are often homes for birds and other wildlife.
  2. Once you have a strong fire going, add larger pieces of dry wood to keep it burning steadily.
  3. Don’t burn dangerous things like aerosol cans, pressurized containers, glass or aluminum cans. They could explode, shatter and/or create harmful fumes or dust.
  4. Keep your fire to a manageable size.
  5. Never leave your campfire unattended.
  6. Allow the wood to burn completely to ash.
  7. Pour lots of water on the fire. Drown ALL embers, not just the red ones. Pour until hissing sound stops.
  8. If you do not have water, stir dirt or sand into the embers with a shovel to bury the fire.
  9. With your shovel, scrape any remaining sticks and logs to remove any embers. Make sure that no embers are exposed and still smoldering.
  10. Continue adding water, dirt or sand and stirring with a shovel until all material is cool.
  11. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave

Keeping these steps and reminders in mind will not only keep you safe, but keep the campground or nature area you are visiting safe as well!

*Source: smokeybear.com

Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration Services for your Pewaukee and Sussex Property

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration Services Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration Services

Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration Services

Structural Cleaning:

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. A pretest will occur to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the surfaces of your structure. Depending on the amount of soot, we may be able to reduce the cost of recovery. 

Contents Cleaning:

All the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery. Careful inspection and testing of all fabrics will occur to ensure proper cleaning methods. All other restorable contents such as electronics, wood furniture, kitchen items, bedding clothing and more will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. 

Deodorization

We provide specialized services that rid your structure of odors left by fire or smoke damage. We don't simply cover the lingering odor with fragrance, we seek out the source of the odor and remove it. There is Air scrubbing, thermal fogging and ozone generation. 

Call SERVPRO of Pewaukee and Sussex today if you need fire restoration services at 262.696.6336

Check your Smoke Detector

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Importance of checking smoke detector Importance of checking smoke detector

Everyone hears how important a working smoke detector is, but few take the time to make sure theirs is working properly. Me personally I grew up a firefighter's granddaughter and a firefighter's sister so you bet we had our smoke alarms regularly checked and we even had fire drills in our house so we know where to go and meet if something unfortunate did occur. 

You like the majority of people out there who take this small white circle on their ceiling for granted, but it has saved countless numbers of lives. I remember when I was a tween and eating breakfast one morning that I smelled something funny coming from the basement and as I turned the corner I saw a huge amount of smoke. Simultaneously as I saw this smoke our smoke detector went off and we all went outside. Luckily for us, the fire was contained inside our heater. Since this day I have never taken for granted this small circle on my ceiling, as I will always remember the fright I felt as I saw the smoke and how this beeping perhaps saved our family.

Fire Damage Cleanability

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Fire with Soot Fire with Soot

Factors Affecting Cleanability in a Fire Damage 

Fire damages create many different cleaning challenges. A burning building is actually many complicated reactions between various elements, including the following:

  • the type of material burning
  • the amount of heat, oxygen and moisture content
  • air flow patterns in the building
  • types of smoke residues present 
  • the types of surfaces impacted by smoke and heat

Depending on how these elements interact as a fire progresses, fire damages can present extremely different cleaning and restoration situations depending on how these elements interact as the fire progresses. Here are factors you should consider to determine how difficult it will be to remove smoke residues. 

  • Type of surface
  • Age of surface
  • Amount of heat
  • Amount of moisture 
  • Type of material burned 
  • Air pressure 
  • Impingement
  • Temperature change

This information is important to SERVPRO of Pewaukee and Sussex in order to determine appropriate cleaning methods in a variety of situations and helps us to improve their inspection, scoping, pretesting, and restorability evaluation on fire projects. 

If your property has a fire damage, call SERVPRO of Pewaukee and Sussex. 262.696.6336.

Christmas Fire Hazards

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

Cozy near a fire Cozy near a fire

Yup, it is almost that time of year and we all cannot wait. Spending time with the family around a nice warm fire with a glass of eggnog. The holidays are a beautiful time of year, but they can also be one of the most dangerous. All the cooking, candles, and Christmas lights can all cause quite a bit of damage if misused. So here are few ways to limit a chance of fire this Christmas season.

Cooking

When cooking your wonderful meal please double check to see if something is already in the oven before turning it on. This may sound like common sense but every year we see this as a common cause of kitchen fires.

Another common fire hazard while cooking is simply leaving to do something else. We all know time is crunched on Christmas, but leaving a stove with 4 pots and a full oven on while getting ready may not be the best idea.

Decorations

We (me especially) love the smell of Christmas candles. I normally have a few lit any chance I can. However one must make sure that they are not near curtains. Candles can cause a very large fire rather quickly and curtains tend to be the main culprit, at least in my experience.

Christmas lights are beautiful and thanks to LED technology they burn much less hot. Yay for technology, but they can still be a fire hazard if misused. Please always read the directions to see how many strands you can plug-in together safely.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Turkey Thanksgiving Turkey

For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations.

So keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.

Top 10 safety tips
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

*Source: nfpa.org

Safe Practices for Deep Frying Turkey

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Deep Frying a Turkey Deep Frying a Turkey

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we would like to remind everyone to stay safe when it comes to their cooking! Whether you decide to bake the turkey or fry it, we hope that you will be mindful and do it safely. 

Frying a turkey is a bit more challenging, especially if you have never done it. Thousands of fires as well as many deaths and injuries happen each year due to turkey fryer fires. Before you set up your turkey fryer this Thanksgiving, remember these safety tips.

  1. Stay Away from The House – Set up the turkey fryer more than 10 feet away from your home and keep children and pets away. Never leave it unattended.

  2. Find Flat Ground – The oil must be even and steady at all times to ensure safety. Place the fryer on a flat, level surface and carefully gauge the amount of oil needed.

  3. Use a Thawed and Dry Turkey – Make sure your Thanksgiving turkey is completely thawed and dry. Extra water will cause the oil to bubble furiously and spill over. If oil spills from the fryer onto the burner, it can cause a fire.

  4. Monitor the Temp – Use caution when touching the turkey fryer. The lid and handle can become very hot and could cause burns. Also be sure to keep track of the oil's temperature as many fryers do not have their own thermostats.

  5. Be Prepared – Have a fire extinguisher (multipurpose, dry-powder) ready at all times in the event that the oil ignites.

*Source: pbs.org

Fire Safety at Your Campsite

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Campfire Learn and practice proper campfire safety

With summer upon us and loads of people wanting to get out of their houses amid the coronavirus, camping and the good ole outdoors has taken famously with the public. SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex would like to remind you of some basics when it comes to maintaining and extinguishing your campfire at your campsite. It is your responsibility to maintain and extinguish it to prevent wildfires.

  1. Never cut whole trees or branches, dead or alive. Live materials won’t burn and dead standing trees are often homes for birds and other wildlife.
  2. Once you have a strong fire going, add larger pieces of dry wood to keep it burning steadily.
  3. Don’t burn dangerous things like aerosol cans, pressurized containers, glass or aluminum cans. They could explode, shatter and/or create harmful fumes or dust.
  4. Keep your fire to a manageable size.
  5. Never leave your campfire unattended.
  6. Allow the wood to burn completely to ash.
  7. Pour lots of water on the fire. Drown ALL embers, not just the red ones. Pour until hissing sound stops.
  8. If you do not have water, stir dirt or sand into the embers with a shovel to bury the fire.
  9. With your shovel, scrape any remaining sticks and logs to remove any embers. Make sure that no embers are exposed and still smoldering.
  10. Continue adding water, dirt or sand and stirring with a shovel until all material is cool.
  11. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave

Keeping these steps and reminders in mind will not only keep you safe, but keep the campground or nature area you are visiting safe as well!

*Source: smokeybear.com

Check Your Smoke Detector

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Firefighter fighting fire The importance of checking your smoke detector

Everyone hears how important a working smoke detector is, but few take the time to make sure theirs is working properly. Me personally I grew up a firefighter's son so you betcha we had our smoke alarms regularly checked and we even had fire drills in our house so we know where to go and meet if something unfortunate did occur. 

You like the majority of people out there who take this small white circle on their ceiling for granted, but it has saved countless numbers of lives. I remember when I was a tween and eating breakfast one morning that I smelled something funny coming from the basement and as I turned the corner I saw a huge amount of smoke. Simultaneously as I saw this smoke our smoke detector went off and we all went outside. Luckily for us, the fire was contained inside our heater. Since this day I have never taken for granted this small circle on my ceiling, as I will always remember the fright I felt as I saw the smoke and how this beeping perhaps saved our family.