Recent Fire Damage Posts

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.


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!


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.

Christmas Fire Hazards

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas Time Near a Fire A relaxing Christmas time near the 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.


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.


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 Fire Prevention

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Turkey Dinner Turkey Dinner for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is seriously and without a doubt my favorite holiday. I cannot get enough turkey and mashed potatoes. However every year it seems more and more fires are occurring at this time of thanks and family. The number one culprit is those pesky turkey fryers. Trust me when I say I love deep-fried turkey, but there are some safety measures to take before frying your turkey.

The first and most important is having a nice open area outside to fry your turkey. Never fry it inside, and I mean NEVER. Secondly is make sure to have a fire extinguisher that is rated for oil nearby. Finally and also incredibly important, make sure your turkey is completely thawed and wiped off of any excess water. If you have any doubts that the turkey is not 100% thawed, then do not put it in the oil.