Recent Fire Damage Posts

Differences in Burns

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Like fires, burns have varying degrees of severity. And it’s important to know because the way to treat them is very different. A minor burn would probably not require any kind of medical care beyond what a first aid kit can provide. But a more major burn would require professional medical care to keep it from getting infected and causing even more damage. So it’s definitely important to know what type of burn you’re dealing with. The U.S. National Library of Medicine has a list of the different burns and what those differences are;

  • First-degree burns affect only the outer layer of the skin. They cause pain, redness, and swelling. These are classified as minor burns.
  • Second-degree burns affect both the outer and underlying layer of the skin. They cause pain, redness, swelling, and blistering. They are also called partial-thickness burns. These are classified as minor or major burns depending on the severity and size of the burn.
  • Third-degree burns affect the deep layers of skin. They are also called full-thickness burns. They cause white or blackened, burned skin. The skin may be numb. These are classified as major burns.

Like any other injuries, burns can vary from injury to injury. It’s possible to even have multiple different types of burns on your body at once. So it’s important to know how to identify which types of burns you’re dealing with so you can treat them properly. And as always, when in doubt about just how bad the injury is, always check with a doctor. But hopefully, you can also make an informed decision about your burn on your own as well. So stay safe and be careful when around potential burn causes.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Fireplaces: Warm, Cozy, and Safe

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

As the weather gets colder and colder, a lot of households turn to their fireplaces for an extra source of heat and a cozy place to gather as a family. This happens so often that the fireplace is often pictured alongside other Christmas traditions. But even during our time cuddled up in front of the fire we have to remember that a fireplace is an open flame. And like any other open flame, it can be dangerous if not taken care off properly. Healthy Children.org has a list of tips that can help your fireplace stay cozy and not dangerous;

  • If possible, keep a window cracked open while the fire is burning
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand
  • Be certain the damper or flue is open before starting a fire
  • Ensure your smoke detector and fire alarm are working properly
  • Use dry and well-aged wood
  • Put fireplace tools and accessories out of a young child's reach
  • Smaller pieces of wood placed on a grate burn faster and produce less smoke
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended
  • Clean out ashes from previous fires to increase oxygen flow
  • Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of anything that is potentially flammable
  • The chimney should be checked annually by a professional
  • Consider installing a safety screen if you don’t have one already
  • Check for animal nests or other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping

Most modern fireplaces come with plenty of safeguards that there shouldn’t be a problem if you want to light that fire and relax for a while. But even so, the wrong combination of steps can result in a devastating house fire and leave you literally out in the cold. So just make sure you’re careful when putting that finishing touch on your holiday living room.

Source: https://www.healthychildren.org

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Turn on the Heater, Not a Fire

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

The cold weather is returning again and fast. And many of us are turning our heaters and or furnaces back on if we haven’t already. After all, who wants to be freezing cold in their own home? But while not as precarious as a fireplace or a space heater, your furnace can cause a catastrophic house fire that could cost thousands of dollars to fix. So it’s crucial to make sure your furnace is as safe as it can be. Nationwide Insurance has provided a list of tips to help you make sure your furnace doesn’t heat your house into a fire; 

  • Inspect your furnace annually
  • Don’t forget about the laundry room when inspecting for hazards
  • Clean your chimney if you use it frequently
  • Give your boiler a wide berth from other appliances
  • Check your chimney for structural damage before winter
  • Check your water heater for any problems
  • If using a fireplace, use a diffusion screen to keep logs securely inside
  • Be extremely careful with space heaters

The number of household fires from furnaces and other heaters during the winter months is sky high every year. And often this is just from a lack of simple maintenance on these appliances and systems. This is why it’s so important to keep your appliances well maintained and clean both during use and when they’re not in use. So take the time to make sure your appliances are clean and up to code. And don’t heat the house so much it becomes a fire.

Source: https://nationwide.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Warning! Wildfires!

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Wildfires are not an exclusive event to California and the rest of the western coast. Under the right circumstances, a wildfire can start anywhere. So it’s very important to know the dangers and warning signs of the conditions under which they’re likely to spark. The National Weather Service has a list of the three different warnings that are put out when wildfires are in the area to help those living or working in the area know when to evacuate;

  • The Fire Weather Watch alert means that there is currently no wildfire activity, but the conditions for it are extremely favorable. This means that a wildfire could spark at any moment and residents of the area need to be on the watch for flames or other warnings.
  • The Extreme Fire Behavior alert means a wildfire likely to rage out of control but hasn’t yet. These types of wildfires are typically easier to get under control but can be dangerous because they behave erratically, sometimes dangerously.
  • The Red Flag Warning alert means there is an ongoing or imminent critical fire weather pattern. These wildfires are extremely dangerous and can spread quickly if left unchecked for too long. People under this warning need to get to a safe location as quickly as possible.

Wildfires can be some of the most deadly weather disasters in the country. They spread faster than most storms move, and they destroy more as they spread than a tornado. So no matter where you live, it’s important to be aware that under the right circumstances, a wildfire can spark. And if you are unaware of the warning signs, you won’t be able to take the proper action to keep yourself safe. So stay safe and watch out for wildfires.

Source: https://www.weather.gov

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

The Damage Smoke Can Do

9/4/2021 (Permalink)

The damage a fire can do to your belongings and your home is obvious. A fire has the ability to destroy almost anything in its path. With such destructive power, its other attributes are commonly overlooked. But the truth is, the smoke a fire produces can be very damaging as well. But how can it? It’s just more air, isn’t it? Well, actually there are a number of things that smoke can cause damage to if you’re not careful. The New York State Department of Health has a list of facts about smoke and its damaging effects on both people and their belongings;

  • Smoke is a mixture of particles and chemicals produced by the incomplete burning of carbon-containing materials
  • Smoke is irritating to the eyes, nose, and throat, and its odor may cause nausea
  • Inhaling carbon monoxide, which is present in most smoke, decreases the body's oxygen supply
  • Prolonged exposure to smoke can lead to permanent health effects
  • Smoke can stain objects exposed to it
  • The odor smoke produces can stick to softer surfaces, expelling the air back into the room even after the fire has stopped
  • Smoke carries soot and ash further distances than wind, allowing the irritants to travel a greater distance
  • Smoke can reside in the ductwork of a building and travel to other areas of the building that were not exposed to the fire

There is no doubt that fire by itself can be deadly and very destructive. Unfortunately, fire also causes smoke that can only add to the destruction. So it’s a good idea to make sure you know the damage smoke can cause and plan for it just as you would a fire. Minimize the damage your home goes through and prepare for fire and smoke.

Source: https://health.ny.gov

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

That’s a Fire Hazard?!

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

We all know about the traditional fire hazards in our lives. Unattended stoves, candles, grills, and many more that we are careful with every day. But for every traditional fire hazard you know about, there’s most likely an unusual fire hazard nearby that you might not have ever heard of. A lot of these hazards are not typically causes of fire. However, when not cleaned properly or in long stretches of time, they can become a real threat to your home. So it’s important to know what they are ahead of time so you can properly maintain them. Reader’s Digest has a list of these unique fire hazards to help you be on the lookout;

  • Toaster ovens
  • Pests and critters
  • Heaters
  • Bathroom exhaust fans
  • Air conditioners
  • Rangehoods
  • Overgrown trees and shrubbery
  • Dryer vents
  • Unwashed rags
  • Lawnmowers

Any of these items or appliances can end up doing massive damage to your home if they are not properly cleaned or maintained. And because they’re not traditional sources of fire, it can be easy to overlook them and their upkeep. So do yourself a favor and make sure you do some simple regular maintenance to protect your home and family from unexpected fires.

Source: https://www.rd.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Celebrate Safe This Independence Day

7/4/2021 (Permalink)

Happy Independence Day from all of us here at SERVPRO of Springfield! Whether celebrating in your backyard with the family or heading out to watch the official celebration for your town, it's important to remember that despite all the beautiful colors and unique patterns, fireworks are still very dangerous. They're literally fiery explosions in the sky. So no matter where or with what fireworks you're celebrating, it's important to know how to be safe. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has put out a list of safety tips for dealing with fireworks this summer;

  • Do not let young children handle fireworks
  • Do not buy fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because they are most likely for professional displays
  • Always have adult supervision when handling fireworks
  • Never place any part of your body over a lit firework
  • Never try to relight a firework that did not go off properly
  • Keep a source of water nearby in case of emergency
  • Only light one firework at a time
  • Wait before picking up a spent firework in order to let it cool
  • Do not use illegal fireworks in your area

The 4th of July is a time for a lot of family fun and excitement. But the last thing you want is for someone to get carried away and end up hurt during the celebration. On average, 180 people go to the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries during July. So stay safe and have a lot of fun this Independence Day.

Source: https://www.cpsc.gov

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Fumes: The Hidden Danger of Your Grill

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Now that summer is in full swing, so are the traditional summer activities. One of the most common is the summer outdoor barbeques. Most of us are aware of the fire dangers of an open flame appliance. But what is often overlooked is the fumes that a grill produces while cooking. Grills can produce dangerous levels of toxic fumes that can be inhaled, or even absorbed through your skin. And if this happens too often, it can affect your overall health. Technology Works has provided a list of things to keep in mind about the fumes from your grill;

  • Some of the fumes from a grill can result in cancer from prolonged exposure
  • Overexposure to grill fumes can cause respiratory diseases and DNA mutations
  • Grilled foods are the most common source of Pulmonary Hypertension (PAH)
  • Even bystanders near barbecues are exposed to considerable amounts of PAH
  • Washing clothes soon after leaving a grilling area is recommended to reduce exposure
  • Fumes from a grill are highly flammable so use extra caution

Grilling food outside is a fun way to spend the summer for sure. But it’s important to be aware of the dangers of using your grill. Especially the ones that might not be as obvious. So keep both the fumes and the flames in mind while enjoying that summer barbeque party.

Source: https://www.technologynetworks.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Keeping Your Chimney Fire Free

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

With summer right around the corner, most likely the last thing on your mind is your chimney. It’s great to sit around the fireplace in the winter with a relaxing fire burning. But in the warmer months, there’s really no reason to do that so our chimneys fall to the back of our minds. However, the truth is during the winter months is a good time to make sure your chimney isn’t at risk for a chimney fire. A dirty chimney can cause a chimney fire that can’t be put out before massive damage is done to your home. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has a handy list to help you know when it might be time to get that chimney cleaned out;

  • Loud cracking and popping noise inside the chimney
  • A lot of dense smoke billowing out from the top
  • An intense, hot smell
  • Flames coming from the top of the chimney
  • A sudden sound similar to a freight train

If you experience any of these problems with your chimney, don’t allow it to go unchecked. Even a brick chimney can create massive fire damage to your home if a chimney fire occurs. So be sure you know how dirty the inside of your chimney is and look into getting regular cleanings during the months you don’t use it. That way you can enjoy it again when the cold weather returns.

Source: https://www.csia.org

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Spring Season is Fire Season

4/4/2021 (Permalink)

Contrary to what some might believe, Spring is the season that actually has the highest daily average of fires of the year. The human and nature factors actually line up quite perfectly when it comes to setting accidental fires. So it is important to know the triggers and dangers of a sudden Spring fire should you come up against one. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and United States Fire Administration (USFA) has a helpful list of common Spring fire triggers to help everyone know how to stay safe.

  • Relative humidity tends to be lower
  • Winds tend to be higher
  •  Leaves and other brush material are on the ground as kindling
  •  Sunlight both warms and dries surface fuels
  •  Cooking outdoors begins to increase
  • Areas with lots of trees or brush tend to be very dry from the previous winter

Despite the rain and general wet conditions of Spring, accidental fires can still be easy to set and disastrous to the area. So don’t let your guard down just because the bitter cold has gone and the sweltering heat hasn’t arrived yet. Take the initiative to know the fire triggers near you so an unexpected blaze doesn’t catch you off guard.

Source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Maintaining Your Smoke Alarm

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

The smoke alarm is one of the most basic fire safety devices we have today. It has been installed in virtually every building in the United States and requires very little to do its job. Yet despite their relative ease, there are still things that must be done in order to keep these devices working at their peak efficiency. The U.S. Fire Administration has several simple tips they recommend for keeping your smoke alarm working well;

  • Test your smoke alarm monthly
  • If using a nine-volt battery, replace the battery once a year
  • If using a 10-year lithium battery, do not attempt to remove the battery on your own
  • If your system is wired into the electrical system of the building, replace the battery back up once a year
  • Once every ten years, replace your entire smoke alarm unit

It may seem tedious or unimportant to follow these steps, but it is important to keep up the maintenance on your smoke alarms. After all if you have no early warning system when a fire breaks out, the resulting damage from an unexpected fire can rise very quickly from what might’ve been a manageable fire originally. So follow these simple steps to keep your homes and businesses safe.

Source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Space Heater Safety Tips

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

If you’re like my family, you’ve probably got a space heater in the basement to keep you warm when spending time down there. But like any other device that can produce heat, it can be dangerous if it’s not handled properly. And despite the relatively safe nature of the modern space heater, it is still vitally important to know how to safely heat your home with one. Luckily, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a helpful list of tips they recommend when handling a space heater;

  • Keep your space heater at least 3 feet away from anything flammable, including people
  • Make sure you know if your space heater has any overheat protection
  • Keep your space heater on a solid flat surface
  • Find out if your space heater has an emergency auto shut-off if the unit falls over
  • Never block an exit with the space heater
  • Keep it out of the major foot traffic areas of your home
  • Keep children away from the space heater
  • Only plug into the wall outlets, do not use an extension cord
  • Always turn off the space heater when you leave the room

The space heater is a great way to keep your home warm during these cold winter months. Just remember that like any other heating device, there are still dangers when operating one. So always stay alert, take precautions, and keep warm. 

Source: www.nfpa.org

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.



The Five Classes of Fire

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

A fire in any sense of the word can be disastrous. Whether it happens at the home, in the business, or out in a forest, there’s no doubt that they need to be put out as soon as possible. But what most don’t realize is that not all fires are able to be put out by the same method. According to the Strike First Corporation of America, there are five different classifications of fire;

  • Class A fires are the most common accidental fires. They start typically when a combustible material, such as wood or fabric, accidentally catches on fire. These are the fires that should be put out with water.
  • Class B fires happen when a liquid such as gasoline or oil is lit on fire. When facing this type of fire, the most efficient way to put it out is to cut off its oxygen supply. These fires must be smothered in order to put out the flames.
  • Class C fires are commonly known as electrical fires. As the name suggests, they happen as a result of electrical surges, such as from power cords or motors. These types of fires will extinguish once the power to the electrical object has been cut off.
  • Class D fires occur when a metal such as aluminum or titanium catches on fire. Trying to put out these types of fires with water will not work and could even increase the flames. To put out the flames, a dry powder should be used to smother the flames.
  • Class K fires are more commonly known as cooking fires. They most commonly appear in kitchens when the oils used in cooking, such as grease or animal fat, catch on fire. In these cases, turning off the heat source and smothering the flames is the best course of action.

It is important to know about the different fire types so if confronted with one, one can respond quickly and efficiently. The best thing you can do to protect your home or business is to know which class or classes will be most likely to happen and have the proper extinguishing agents are available. That way the damage can be minimized if a fire ever breaks out.

Source:  www.strikefirstusa.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.



How to Safely Set a Candlelit Mood

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

As Valentine’s Day creeps closer and closer, the plans of how to celebrate with a special someone begin. And for many, those plans can include a candlelit dinner. But a lit candle, like any other open flame, is one that must be handled with care. To make sure your dinner date doesn’t go down in literal flames, make sure to remember these simple tips from the Carolina Candle Company when setting your table:

  • Make sure all the plastic packaging is removed before lighting the candle
  • Always place the candle on a smooth, sturdy, and flat surface 
  • Keep the candle wick centered to keep the burn even
  • Do not leave candle unattended
  • Never try to move a lit candle
  • If the flame becomes out of control, do not use water to extinguish, use baking soda
  • Do not extinguish the candle by blowing it out, that could splash hot wax. Instead use a candle snuffer

We want everyone to have a happy and safe Valentine’s Day this year. So just remember to keep those romantic candles in check when having your special someone over to dinner. 

Source: https://carolinacandleco.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Fire Safety

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

firefighters fighting a fire SERVPRO of Springfield is your fire restoration expert.

Most schools teach children about fire safety but have you had the opportunity to discuss the ins and outs with your child about your own fire safety plan in your home? It’s one of the most important discussions we should have and often do not have with our children. It’s actually a conversation that needs to be discussed multiple times, I would recommend once a month. It can be overwhelming and quite frankly a little scary for our children. If you have babies, it's important for you and your partner to have a plan for a child who is immobile. I have put together a few starter points to have with your family to help keep them safe in case of an emergency. Our goal here at SERVPRO is to help you in times of need. We want your family to be whole and happy. 

  1. Create an escape route by mapping out your home on paper. It’s important to know and understand all the possible points of escape.
  2. Have a plan to meet in a specific spot outside the home if your child needs to escape separately from you. If a neighbor or friend's home is close by, I recommend using their property. Again, be sure to use a meeting spot that is close without having to cross a street. Your child may be disoriented or confused from all the smoke and not able to cross a street safely.
  3. Outline the Stop Drop and Roll procedure. This is taught in schools but it’s important to reiterate this information in relation to your home.
  4. Review general Do’s and Don’ts of fire safety. This would include information like having them touch a doorknob to see if it is warm or hot, if so, they should seek escape through a window or know how to call 911. Be sure they are aware of their address and how to explain where their room is to someone from the outside, ie, “my bedroom window is on the second floor on the west side of the house”. If your child is too small to be able to escape on their own, it’s a good idea to teach them to go to a certain corner of their room, tell them not to hide, and stay close to the floor. This will help if you or a firefighter find them easily to rescue them. 
  5. Discuss the importance of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Have your children help you test them. It’s important for your child to hear them and know what to expect. If your child has never heard the alarm, it’s difficult for them to comprehend what is happening if an emergency were to arise at night or when you may not be by their side.
  6. Reassure your child. Family support and emotional support are incredibly important. Having a regular meeting (once per month) will help your child gain confidence in what he or she may need to do to protect themselves. It is a scary situation but being well informed will help you all find safety. 

At the end of the day, SERVPRO of Springfield is Here to Help in any disaster. We are your fire and water restoration company. We will bring our decades of experience to you and your home and make it "Like it never even happened." 

 As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, serving: Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

After a House Fire - Do's and Don'ts

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Having a house fire can be devastating and quite frankly, overwhelming no matter how prepared you are, you will need help and support. It’s important to contact SERVPRO of Springfield right away. Time is a definite concern when we are dealing with smoke and water damage. I know it seems odd to have water damage during a house fire but it's absolutely true.  We are so very thankful for our fire departments and our firefighters. They have an extremely difficult job and if you are from a small town you will notice most fire departments are volunteer-run. They still risk their lives for their community. KUDOS!

SERVPRO of Springfield has been proudly serving the Springfield and surrounding areas for many years. We are experts in the restoration business with highly trained production technicians proficient in water and fire restoration as well as CDC approved COVID-19 cleaning. 

I asked some of our team to put together a list for you to help decipher what to do in the unfortunate event of a fire. I hope you find these suggestions helpful and please don’t hesitate to call our office if you have any other helpful pieces of information to add. 

DO’s

  • Take Photos of the damaged areas. It is recommended by most insurance companies to take photos of your belongings (especially valuables) prior to a house fire and keep them in a safe place or electronically save them where you would be able to gain access to them outside of your home.  
  • If it is safe for you to be inside the home according to the firefighters, discard all food and drinks that were exposed to water, smoke, and fire. Empty out your refrigerator and deep freezers, unplug them, and keep the doors propped open. These will need to be cleaned and sanitized, there might be potential carcinogens from the fire.
  • Send all clothing and curtains with smoke damage to SERVPRO of Springfield to be professionally cleaned.

We have the Do’s underway, let’s talk about the Do Nots. These may seem a little redundant but they are extremely important for many reasons, mostly being your health and the health of your family. SERVPRO of Springfield is here to keep you safe.

DO NOT

  • Please do not enter your home unless it has been cleared by the fire department and inspected for safety. It may look safe and maybe look like there is very little damage but there could be water damage to the floor making it unsafe and unstable to walk on.
  • Do not try to use water or electricity. The firefighters have most likely turned these off but in the event they did not, it could potentially be extremely dangerous.
  • Do not eat, drink, or breathe in anything that has been exposed to the smoke, soot, or water used to put the fire out. These can all contain carcinogens that are dangerous to you.
  • Please do not attempt to clean or launder anything exposed to the fire, soot, smoke, or water used to put the fire out. Any and all items that are salvageable should be cleaned and treated by the experts at SERVPRO of Springfield. 

When disaster strikes, please call SERVPRO of Springfield for your restoration needs. Our expert team is available 24/7/365, please call our office any time of day at 217-528-7775. We are Here to Help!

Campfire Safety

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Camping is a long time family favorite weekend getaway for many families. It often involves fishing, biking, playing games, and cooking over a fire. My favorite is roasting marshmallows over the campfire and making s’mores. It’s all a great memory-making experience if we are cautious and careful. 

I have gathered some tips for you to make a fun memorable trip by building a proper campfire and abiding by some tips that may save someone from injury.

Preparing and building a Campfire

  1. Check with local authorities to see if they allow fires in your area.
  2. Don’t make a fire too close to homes, shrubs, trees, tents, or other buildings.
  3. Make sure there’s no brush near the fire. Clear an area approximately 10 feet.
  4. When building your fire remember to use dry hardwood.  Pine gives off a lot of sparks.
  5. Make a teepee with a few pieces of hardwood.
  6. Put kindling inside the teepee  (twigs, leaves, newspaper, bark, etc.)
  7. Light the tinder.
  8. Slowly add wood after the fire is burning.

5 safety tips during the fire

  1. Have a hose or bucket of water ready in case you need it in an emergency or when it’s time to put the fire out.
  2. A fire blanket is good to have on hand in case someone catches on fire.
  3. Pay attention to the wind direction and strength.
  4. Keep the fire safe and manageable.
  5. Keep the wood-burning steadily. Don’t make a huge fire.

Extinguishing the fire

  1. Let the wood burn completely to ash if possible.
  2. Pour a lot of water, to drown the embers.
  3. The water will make a hissing sound when it hits the fire. Pour water until there is no more hissing.
  4. Everything should be cool to the touch.

These are pretty simple but always a great reminder. Again, safety should always be the first priority so we can keep the fun going! We all want to create a great memory with our family, following safety tips, and being cautious will help you to keep everyone safe, happy, and looking forward to the next trip with the family.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Happy Independence Day

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

fireworks lit in a night sky Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day! The fourth of July is one of my all-time favorite holidays! It’s filled with family & friends, swimming, food, and fireworks. Who doesn’t love a great outdoor party? As a kid, my family and I lived in a very tight-knit friendly neighborhood. We had a great big backyard with a pool so the whole block would gather at our house with their family bringing covered dishes, desserts, and drinks. I often wonder how we survived as kids because looking back the adults were enjoying themselves giving little care to what us kids were up to… Which was mostly trying to outdo each other with trick jumps into the pool or seeing who could hold onto a lit sparkler the longest. Even with our freedom and some poor choices, I don’t remember any major injuries, thank goodness. I am extremely thankful for so many great memories with friends and family and equally thankful for making it out of the 80s unscathed. We are a little more aware, it seems, with our own children's safety. I read that the 4th of July is actually one of the most dangerous holidays and reports the most injuries of any holiday. It turns out there are even more injuries related to fireworks than trying to deep fry a turkey, who would have thought?  Now that we are a little older and hopefully a whole lot wiser with access to much more information than our parents had, let’s try to limit the injury while keeping the fun! 

Here are some safety tips for you and your family to adhere to while staying safe and enjoying the celebration.

  • Always read and follow label directions
  • Always have an experienced adult present
  • Only buy from reliable and reputable fireworks sellers
  • Only ignite fireworks outdoors and away from any structures
  • Be sure to have plenty of water handy, I find a hose is great but also have a few buckets full of water handy too. 
  • Please do not attempt to make your own fireworks
  • Light one firework at a time
  • Never attempt to reignite a firework that has fizzled out or malfunctioned
  • Please keep all children clear of fireworks
  • Fireworks are best stored in a cool dry location
  • Dispose of fireworks properly, it’s best to read the label or abide by the manufacturers' directions
  • Never throw fireworks at another person or try to handle a lit firework
  • It’s best to shoot fireworks from a flat sturdy surface, never shoot them from metal or glass containers

We wish you a safe and happy celebration! HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Grill Safety Tips

5/3/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is synonymous with grilling and good times! We want to help you and your family keep the good times with some tips on how to stay safe while cooking over the grill. Nearly 60% of all grill fires happen between May and August. Grill related fire damage approximately 9,200 homes per year on average and when your house catches fire it will sustain four principal types of damage:

Fire Damage

Smoke Damage

Structural Damage

Water Damage

With this in mind, the experts have compiled the following grilling safety tips to help you avoid turning your family cookout into a summertime catastrophe.

Charcoal and Propane Grill Safety Tips:

Charcoal:

  • When using lighter fluid or starter fluid, do not use other flammable liquids or objects. Charcoal starter fluid is specifically for this purpose.
  • Keep charcoal starter fluid out of the reach of children and far away from any heat sources.
  • You can dispense with the starter fluid by using a charcoal chimney starter. These allow you to start the charcoal with paper as the fuel.
  • When using an electric charcoal starter, use an extension cord to get the proper distance from your home.
  • Allow coals to cool completely before disposing of them and be sure to use a metal container.
  • It’s a good idea to soak the coals with water. This may be a bit messy but it’s a fast way of cooling the coals before their disposal.

Propane (gas):

  • Read the instructions carefully - every new gas grill should come with a set of instructions. Reading them will help you correctly operate the grill and get your food cooked right while keeping you safe.
  • Be sure to keep an eye (and nose) out for gas leaks.
  • Every season you should check all the gas lines for damage, wear, and leaks.
  • Arrange the hose or hoses so they do not come in contact with the body of the grill.

Any type of grill:

  • Clothing and Utensils - Wear clothing without hanging frills, strings, or shirttails that can catch fire. Long-handled utensils will help you keep a safe distance from the heat of the grill. Do not forget the mitts to handle hot objects and vents.
  • All grills should be at a minimum of 3 feet from your home or any structure or object. You should never grill below awnings or extensions from the house.
  • Never move or relocate a grill while it’s hot. It should be kept in place until the grill is completely cool.
  • Never walk away from a grill. It should never be left unattended while lit.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Extinguishing Electrical Fires

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

During these cold months, we tend to use a lot more electricity while heating our homes. We use a lot more electricity lighting our homes. We spend more time inside our homes being entertained by our electronics. We do not think twice about flipping a switch or plugging something into an outlet. Electricity is a normal part of our day to day lives, therefore, we sometimes forget that it can be quite dangerous. The dangers of our daily electricity can harm us in the way of shocking or even electrocuting us, it can also cause a fire. Electrical fires need to be handled with extreme care and caution. Our number one concern is for your safety. Please do not try to extinguish a large fire that is out of control. Please be sure to have a fire escape plan for you and your family and immediately call 911. Things are replaceable, YOU ARE NOT. Stay safe and allow SERVPRO of Springfield to take care of you and your belongings.

IF AN ELECTRICAL FIRE STARTS

  1. If the device that is causing the electrical fire is found, and you can reach the cord and outlet safely, unplug it. 
  2. If the fire is small, you may put it out by smothering it with baking soda.
  3. It may also be put out by removing the oxygen source with clothing or a heavy blanket if the fire is small and it is safe to do so.
  4. Don’t use water to put it out. Water is a natural conductor of electricity and if you throw water on an electrical fire, you can get shocked or electrocuted. Also, water may enable fire to spread by conducting electricity throughout the room and potentially igniting flammable materials.
  5. Check your fire extinguisher. Electrical fires are a class C fire, which means you will need an extinguisher that is appropriate for this type of fire. Most residential fire extinguishers are multi-purpose and labeled ABC, but it is crucial to verify this before using it on an electrical fire. 

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO EXTINGUISH THE ELECTRICAL FIRE

  1. GET OUT. You and any family members need to leave as soon as you can to prevent injury or loss of life. Do not try to be a hero.
  2. Close the door as you leave to contain the fire.
  3. Call 911 as soon as you are at a safe distance from the fire. 
  4. Do not re-enter your home until the fire has been contained by firefighters. 

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Make Memories in Your Kitchen, not Disasters

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Cooking is one of the most common causes of residential fires. This may be a great excuse for some of us to hang up our apron and never cook! However, that is just not feasible for most of us. I personally really enjoy cooking, especially with my children and family. Cooking is a great way to bond and make memories with our loved ones.

Here at SERVPRO of Springfield, we have seen the unfortunate end to some carelessness in the kitchen. We want you to be safe and make great memories with your family so we have put together some safety tips to help make this happen for you all. 

  • Never leave your range or cooktop unattended while cooking. If you have to leave the room, turn your range or cooktop off.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves. Loose clothing can hang down onto hot surfaces and can catch fire if it comes in contact with a gas flame or electric burner.
  • Keep your cooking area clean and free of combustible materials. Food wrappers, oven mitts or other materials left on or near the stove may catch fire.
  • Be sure to clean up any spilled or splattered grease. Built-up grease can catch fire in the oven or on the cooktop.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher readily available. Having an extinguisher nearby is important, but you also need to have the correct type of extinguisher and know how to properly use it.
  • Never throw hot grease in the garbage as it can ignite combustible materials. Be sure to let grease cool and consider disposing of it in an old can, such as a metal coffee can.
  • Do not store food or other items in your oven. It can be easy to forget there is an item in your oven, and this could catch fire while preheating.

What to Do If a Cooking Fire Flares Up

By exercising caution in your kitchen, you can help reduce the risk of a kitchen fire. But if a fire does flare up, you need to be prepared.

  • Your safety comes first. If you cannot safely extinguish the fire, leave the scene, call 911 for help, and let the fire department control the fire.
  • If a small fire flares up and you are going to try to extinguish it, call 911 for help first. A fire may grow out of control more quickly than you anticipate. It is safer to have help already on the way.
  • Smother a grease fire – never throw water on a grease fire. The water can be super-heated and change to steam, and can cause severe burns. Also, it can cause oil to splash up and spread the fire. If a grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by sliding the lid – while wearing an oven mitt – over the pan. If safe to do so, turn off the heat source. Do not move the pan; keep the lid on until the fire is out and the pan is completely cool.
  • If a fire starts in your oven, keep the door closed and turn off the heat source. Keeping the door closed will help smother the flames. Do not open the door until the flames are completely out.
  • If a fire starts in your microwave, turn off the microwave and do not open it until the fire is completely out. Unplug the microwave only if you can safely do so

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775. We wish you safe, happy, and healthy cooking!

Fire Safety Tips

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fire safety is one of the most important ways we can protect our family and home. When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield is here for you. We also know how important it is for you to be as prepared as possible to limit injury and damage to you, your loved ones, and your property. We sincerely hope you find these tips helpful in your home.

  1. Smoke alarms are key to helping you and your family escape a potentially deadly situation, unscathed. Place a smoke alarm on each floor and in all sleeping areas.
  2. Carbon Monoxide alarms should also be placed on every floor of your home as well as sleeping areas. 
  3. Fire Extinguishers should be placed on each floor of the home as well as the kitchen and garage.
  4. Test your smoke alarms on the same day each week. Be sure to clean your smoke alarm weekly with a vacuum cleaner only, it is never recommended to wipe it down or use water.
  5. Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms twice a year. You could do this when you move your clocks forward in the spring and when you move them back in the fall.
  6. Replace your smoke alarm every ten years and replace your carbon monoxide alarm every five years.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Know Your Fire Extinguisher

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are common and hopefully, most of us have them on hand. One thing we may not think about is whether we are using the correct fire extinguisher for that fire classification. For example, you would not use the same Class K fire extinguisher (kitchen) in your garage that would likely need a Class B fire extinguisher. I have put together a list for you to quickly assess the right fire extinguisher for you in the appropriate area of your home, work, or garage.

There are 5 classes of Fire Extinguishers. Each class is designed to put out fires depending on the fuel that is being burned.

Class A - Is used to fight a fire burning general flammable materials such as fabric, paper, or lumber.

Class B - This fire extinguisher is designed to fight combustible liquids like motor oil, automotive fuel, and paint devices.

Class C - Electric current and devices

Class D - Flammable metal

Class K - Kitchen flammables such as grease or fat used in a frying pan or deep fryer

Fire Extinguisher Types

Below are the most widely available types of devices used to extinguish fires, along with the class of fire on which each should be used.

Water

  • Class A
    This is the most widely used agent for firefighting. Unfortunately, its extinguishing capabilities are limited to simple fires in which standard combustible materials are burning Foam.
  • Classes A, B
    The agents in these fire extinguisher types are effective on both solids and combustible fluids. Anything sprayed with one of these devices must be cleaned thoroughly. Remnants will then evaporate

Multi-Purpose Dry Chemical

  • Classes A, B, C
    Mono ammonium phosphate is the agent used in this type of extinguisher. This chemical can damage anything it touches, so it is important to wash away all residue of the agent as soon as possible following its use.

Regular Dry Chemical

  • Classes B, C
    This extinguisher uses sodium bicarbonate as its agent. Sodium bicarbonate will not damage your property and is completely safe to use. Cleaning away the chemical is simple, but of course its usability is more limited than the multi-purpose option.


Carbon Dioxide

  • Classes B, C
    The agent in this type of extinguisher sucks away the oxygen that is enhancing the flammability of the environment. These extinguishers do not spray as far as others do. It is unnecessary to wash affected areas afterward because the chemical is safe and no traces remain after its usage.

Halotron

  • Classes A, B, C
    The agent in this extinguisher is a fluid that vaporizes when released from its container. Like carbon dioxide devices, these extinguishers are green-friendly and will not require cleaning after usage.

Purple K Dry Chemical

  • Classes B, C
    This type of fire extinguisher uses the agent potassium bicarbonate. The chemical will not damage belongings or the surrounding atmosphere. It does, however, need to be swept up or flushed away after the device is used.

Wet Chemical

  • Class K
    The agent used in this type of fire extinguisher is a complex agent with the compound potassium acetate as its basis. It mists any inflamed cooking fluids and fats, also affecting any gases that are being released by the fire.

Dry Powder

  • Class D
    There are a range of dry powder devices. If your atmosphere contains metals that can catch fire, be sure you are using an extinguisher specific for the metal in your environment.

Our first priority is your safety. Prevention is key to eliminating or at least reducing your loss. We hope you find this information helpful and useful in preventing loss in your home and work.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery Counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Candle Safety Tips

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Here are a few candle safety tips to review before you light your next candle:

  1. Burning candles should NEVER be left unattended.
  2. Keep candles away from anything flammable.
  3. If your candle is in a candle holder, it should be sturdy enough to avoid being easily knocked over.
  4. Candles should be placed where children and pets can't reach them.
  5. The National Candle Association recommends that candlewicks be trimmed to 1/4 inch each time before burning.  Long wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.
  6. Keep the pool of wax in the candle clear of debris such as wick trimmings.
  7. Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions for candle use.  Most candles should be burned for only a couple of hours at a time.
  8. Extinguish candles with a candle snuffer rather than blowing them out, as hot wax can splatter.

Working smoke alarms greatly increase your chances of surviving a home fire, so be sure to check them every month to ensure they are working properly.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Montgomery Counties is always here for you.  We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

FIRE PREVENTION CHECKLIST

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

FIRE SAFETY CHECKLIST

  • Test all fire alarms (test alarm, check batteries and replace expired units)
  • Test all carbon monoxide alarms (test alarm, check batteries and replace expired units)
  • Test all fire extinguishers
  • Plan a family escape route and action list 
  • Practice family escape route
  • Clean dryer vents
  • Clean furnace
  • Clean fireplace & chimney
  • Check to make sure all windows open and close properly
  • Check all wires & cords for damage
  • Store extra batteries in a safe place
  • Test and clean space heaters
  • Create an emergency contact list and display it in a main area
  • Make sure your house number is visible from the street to make it easy for first responders to find you in case of a emergency

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Montgomery Counties is always here for you.  We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

The Importance of Maintaining Your Electrical System

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

A fire breaking out from a wall outlet. Faulty wiring is the number one cause of electrical fires.

MAINTAINING YOUR ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

  • Electrical fire can be caused by broken wires, wire insulation drying out, loose switches or receptacles and overheating caused by dirt and oil.
  • Get your electrical system checked by a licensed electrical every four years.
  • Faulty wiring is the number one cause of electrical fires.  The warning signs? Flickering lights, breakers that always trip, fuses that blow, a burning smell when you plug in appliances, outlets and switches that spark and discolored wall outlets.

If there's ever a fire, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Montgomery Counties is always here for you.  We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Fire Safety Tips for Halloween

10/20/2019 (Permalink)

Carved jack-o-lanterns HAVE A SAFE HALLOWEEN.

FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN

  • Keep decorations far away from open flames and other heat sources like light-bulbs and heaters.
  • Try a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns.
  • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards.
  • Choose costumes that don't require long trailing fabric.
  • Talk to your children and remind them to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles inside.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties is  always here for you.  We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.  

How To Stop A Fire Alarm From Beeping

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

A fire alarm that starts beeping when there is no fire or smoke requires maintenance. The specific steps to reset your alarm or change the battery depends on the alarm design. Here are three ways to determine what is wrong with an alarm and ensure that it is functioning properly to limit fire damage.

1. Reset and Clean the Alarm

If you are using an alarm powered by a nine-volt battery, detach the unit from the mounting bracket and remove the battery. Press and hold the reset button on a sealed 10-year model with a lithium battery. If the alarm is hardwired, turn off the power supply at the circuit breaker, detach the detector from the mounting bracket, and disconnect the power supply (if present). Press and hold the test button for 15 to 20 seconds. You can also use an air blower to clean out the vents prior to reinstalling the alarm.

2. Change the Batteries

If a fire alarm powered by a replaceable battery starts beeping again, you probably need to change the battery. Switch out nine-volt or other replaceable batteries every six months to one year.

3. Deactivate and Replace the Alarm

If an alarm keeps beeping after being cleaned and having the battery changed, you may need to replace the unit. Remove the batteries from models that rely on them before purchasing and installing another alarm unit. If the model has a sealed 10-year long-life battery, disconnect the alarm and use a screwdriver to pierce the icon of a straight line next to an arrow on the back. Turn the screw to the off position to permanently deactivate the model and drain the battery.

A functional fire alarm can help you limit the amount of fire damage to your residence. If a fire breaks out, contact SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties at 217-528-7775.  We are Here to Help!!

10 Ways to Prevent and Survive House Fires

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

These 10 tips from professional firefighters can help you prevent a fire from damaging your home and help you escape if one does occur.

Many house fires can be prevented and survived. Keep yourself and your family safe with these best practices provided by professional firefighters.

1. Show Us Your Number

Firefighters and first responders need to find your home quickly in an emergency. House numbers  should be at least 4 inches tall, visible from the street, visible at night and unobstructed from all angles.

2. Hold Regular Fire Drills

Make a family escape plan and practice it. Start your drill in sleeping areas with the lights out. Practice staying low and crawling through your emergency exits. Meet at a pre-selected meeting place outside.

3. Inspect Extension Cords

Inspect cords and discard any that get hot with use or are visibly damaged. Make sure your cords are properly rated for the job and aren’t pinched behind or beneath furniture.

4. Cool Your Ash

Treat all fireplace ashes as if they’re still burning. Put them in a metal container, close it with a tight-fitting lid and let the ashes cool outside at least 10 feet from your home or other structure.

5. Avoid False Alarms

Make sure your fire alarm system is installed by a licensed professional, test it monthly and keep it clean of dust and debris.

6. Allow Space for Space Heaters

Give space heaters at least 3 feet of clearance on all sides. Never leave a space heater unattended and keep children and pets a safe distance away.

7. Learn What to Burn

Don’t burn trash or paper in a fireplace. Tiny particles of burning paper can float up your chimney and onto the roof or into the yard, posing a fire risk.

8. Use the Right Extinguisher

A 2.5-pound Class ABC multipurpose dry chemical extinguisher will put out many types of household fires that involve wood, paper, plastics, liquids, electric appliances or electrical outlets.

9. Use That Extinguisher Correctly

Remember a simple acronym: PASSPull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze and hold down the handle, and Sweep from side to side and front to back.

10. Inspect Gas Grills Annually

Check the gas tank hose for leaks by applying a soap-and-water solution to it, then open the valve to the propane tank. If you see bubbles, close the gas valve and have the grill repaired before using it.

We are here for YOU!

If disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties is Here to Help!  Give us a call 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Source: Bob Vila

Clothes Dryer Lint is A Fire Hazard

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Follow these safety tips to avoid dryer fire hazards in your home.

A clothes dryer doesn't look scary or dangerous. Unfortunately, it is the cause of more than 20,000 house fires every year totaling millions of dollars in damage. Regular cleaning and maintenance can protect your family and your home investment.

Get Rid of Dangerous Lint in the Dryer

Whether you use an electric or gas clothes dryer, you will have lint. Lint builds up in the lint trap, as well as inside the dryer vent and duct work, reducing air flow and drying efficiency. Lint can cause humidity levels to rise around vents causing mildew or mold to develop in walls and insulation. But most importantly: Lint is combustible. Lint causes fires.

The first area to clean after every load is the dryer lint trap by removing the lint from the screen and wiping clean the edges. If the screen seems clogged, that is dryer sheet residue. Submerge the lint screen in a sink of hot water and scrub with a soft-bristled brush to remove all the built-up fabric softener. Use a long-handled flexible brush to help you reach areas that you cannot get to by hand. Remove the dryer lint filter and use the brush in the opening to gently loosen the built-up lint. Don't force the brush if you meet resistance but be sure to clean every surface as much as possible. 

Remove the big chunks of lint that come out with the brush. Don't worry about the smaller pieces. Replace the cleaned lint filter. Turn the dryer setting to air only and run for a cycle. This will pull any remaining lint into the filter or blow the loose particles out the outside vent.

How to Clean Dryer Vents

At least once per year, unplug the dryer and check the area where the exhaust vent connects to the dryer. The hose or pipe is held in place by a clip or a steel clamp that can be loosened with pliers or a screwdriver. After removing the pipe, reach inside the dryer opening or use a vent brush to remove as much lint as possible. Use a damp cloth to wipe away remaining lint around the connection. Then look inside the hose or pipe and clean it as well.

If you still have a white or silver vinyl duct hose, it should be replaced immediately. The material is flammable and if lint is ignited by the dryer the hose will burn and cause a house fire. All national and local building codes now require metal duct work for clothes dryers. Ideally, you should use rigid aluminum tubing pieces between the dryer and the outside vent. This type of tubing resists the collection of lint in the duct and cannot be easily crushed. Flexible aluminum ducting is available, however, it is more prone to collecting lint inside. 

One last step is to clean the exterior vent. Again remove as much lint as possible using your hand or a brush. You may need a screwdriver or another tool to hold the vent flap open for easier cleaning. If you live in a high humidity area or use your dryer more than twice weekly, you should clean this vent several times per year.

Reduce Fire Hazards by Installing the Dryer Correctly

A clothes dryer should not vent inside your home or attic. The exhaust contains too much humid air and can cause problems with mold and mildew. A ventless dryer should be used if outside venting is not possible.

The maximum length of a clothes dryer exhaust duct should not exceed 25 feet from the dryer location to the wall or roof termination. The maximum length of the duct should be reduced two and one-half feet for each 45-degree bend, and five feet for each 90-degree bend. The maximum length of the exhaust duct does not include the transition duct. 

Be certain that you have a 220v grounded electrical outlet available for an electric dryer. A professional should always be hired to connect or install gas lines for gas dryers.

Dryer Safety

  • Clothing that has been soiled by volatile chemicals like gasoline, cleaning agents or even large amounts of cooking oil should not be dried in a clothes dryer. If they must be dried in the machine, wash the clothing more than once to minimize the risk of fire. Use the lowest heat setting and shortest drying cycle possible. Use a cycle with a cool-down period at the end of the cycle to prevent ignition.
  • Never leave a dryer running when no one is at home.
  • Never store volatile chemicals or rags near a dryer. Some liquids emit vapors than ignite. The area around the dryer should be kept free of lint, papers, and stacks of clothing.
  • If you suspect a fire, get everyone outside and call 911. Disconnect the power immediately or turn off the breakers if you can do so safely. Keep a fully-charged fire extinguisher in the laundry room. 

Source:  the spruce

If disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties is Here to Help!  Give us a call 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Space Heater Safety Tips

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States. More than 65,000 home fires are attributed to heating equipment each year. These fire result in hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage. 
 
Portable electric space heaters can be a convenient source of supplemental heat for your home in cold weather. Unfortunately, they can pose significant fire and electric shock hazards if not used properly. Fire and electrical hazards can be caused by space heaters without adequate safety features, space heaters placed near combustibles, or space heaters that are improperly plugged in.
 
Safety should always be a top consideration when using space heaters. Here are some tips for keeping your home safe and warm when it’s cold outside:

  • Make sure your space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Before using any space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully.
  • Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. If frayed, worn or damaged, do not use the heater.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you're leaving a room or going to sleep, and don't let pets or children play too close to a space heater.
  • Space heaters are only meant to provide supplemental heat and should never be used to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing or thaw pipes.
  • Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas and test them once a month.
  • Proper placement of space heaters is critical. Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs.
  • Locate space heaters out of high traffic areas and doorways where they may pose a tripping hazard.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
  • Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces. Never place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.
  • Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.

Remember, if disaster does strike, SERVPRO® of Springfield is Here to Help!® Give us a call 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Preventing Smoking Related Fires

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Be conscious of where you dump your cigarette butts!

Cigarettes, cigars, pipes and e-cigarettes are a leading cause in preventable home fires in the United States. Here are some safety tips for preventing fires caused by smoking materials.

  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches and other smoking materials up high and out of site of children. Play can quickly turn dangerous if
  • Smoke outside as most smoking related deaths result from fires that start inside the home.
  • Use a deep and sturdy ash-tray that is away from anything that can burn.
  • When disposing of butts and ashes, make sure they are out by dousing them in water or sand. Never throw cigarette butts in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants, dried grasses, leaves or landscaping as they can ignite quickly and easily.
  • Always use caution with e-cigarettes. The batteries can fail and cause mini-explosions that can result in fires.

Remember, fires caused by smoking related materials are always preventable. If, by chance, your home or business does experience a fire damage, reach out to a local professional to assist with clean-up. SERVPRO® of Springfield is available 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Tips for Avoiding Electrical Fires

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Always be careful to not overload a power strip or extension cord.

Electrical and heating fires can happen without warning. Wiring, lighting, cords and plugs all pose their own unique fire risk. By actively being aware of your environment and taking necessary steps for safety, you can work to prevent fire damage.

Ways to prevent electrical and heating fires:

  1. Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician and all heating equipment/chimneys cleaned and inspected by a professional. There are no shortcuts when it comes to home safety!
  2. All major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, a/c units and microwave ovens should be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Do not use extension cords or plug strips.
  3. Always turn off major appliances and heaters when you leave a room or go to sleep.
  4. Do not use extension cords as a permanent solution for power for any type of device.

If your home or business experiences an electrical fire damage, please reach out for local assistance. SERVPRO® of Springfield is available 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

National Fire Prevention Week

10/7/2018 (Permalink)

Check out the NFPA's website for more information.

Every year the National Fire Prevention Agency sponsors the public observance of Fire Prevention Week during the week of October 9th. It is the longest running public health observance in the United States. The program began in 1925 when President Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week in order to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire that claimed the lives of more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, and destroyed more than 17,400 structures over 2,000 acres of land.

During Fire Prevention Week, the NFPA sponsors programs that educate communities about fire prevention and safety. By bringing awareness to the topic of fire prevention to people of all ages, races and socioeconomic status, the NFPA is hoping to drastically reduce the amount of casualties caused by fire.

You can learn more about the NFPA and their mission here: www.nfpa.org

SERVPRO® of Springfield is always here in case your home or office experiences a fire damage. Let us help you get your life back on track. We are available 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Cooking Safety Tips to Prevent Fire Damage

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Paying attention while you cook can greatly minimize the possibility of fire damage.

Cooking is responsible for nearly half of all home fires each year. And while it is alarming to think that such a simple task has the potential to have such destructive consequences, it is a very manageable risk to minimize.

Here are some simple ways that we can all use to lower the risk of turning a Tuesday night casserole into a Tuesday night catastrophe.

  1. Always stay nearby when cooking. Never walk away from food that you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling. If you are simmering or baking, check the food regularly. And if you absolutely must step away, set a timer to remind you that you are cooking!
  2. Be alert! Do not cook if you are sleepy or under the influence.
  3. Keep clutter away from the cooking area. Towels, oven mitts, and food packaging can all quickly catch ablaze.

Remember if a fire damage does occur, SERVPRO® of Springfield is available 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Dryer Safety with SERVPRO® of Springfield

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Small steps make a big difference!

SERVPRO® of Springfield was recently called to a residential fire clean-up. Thankfully the fire damage was contained to one room and no one was injured. But there is still no such thing as a “good” fire. The culprit for this particular fire damage was the clothes dryer. As we often do not think about the dangers that can come from our household appliances we thought we would offer a few maintenance tips for keeping your dryer safe.

Do’s

  • Have your dryer installed by a professional.
  • Clean the lint filter before and after each load and clean the back of the dryer when it becomes visibly built up.
  • Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months.
  • Check the outside vent regularly to ensure it isn’t blocked.
  • If you will be away from home for an extended time, unplug or disconnect the dryer.

Don’ts

  • Do not use a dryer without a lint filter or with a filter that is damaged or clogged.
  • Do not overload the dryer.
  • Do not dry anything containing foam, rubber or plastic.
  • Do not leave a dryer running if you leave home or go to bed.
  • Do not dry items that have come into contact with anything flammable. Dry those items outside or in a well-ventilated area.

If by chance you do experience a fire damage, contact SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775.

Source: www.usfa.fema.gov

Let SERVPRO® of Springfield Clean that Smoke Damage!

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

One of our crew cleaning smoke damage in a local residence.

The dangers of a fire don’t stop once the fire has been put out. Smoke and soot can negatively affect your health. They can both cause respiratory issues such as: shortness of breath, asthma, and bronchitis. Those with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk.

Because soot and smoke damage can be dangerous to your health, it is important to call a professional cleanup crew if you experience a fire in your home or business. The professionals at SERVPRO® of Springfield are trained in smoke restoration and have the know-how to clean and restore your property safely. Our team has the knowledge and experience to safely and effectively get your home or business back to “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO® of Springfield 24/7, 365 days a year at 217-528-7775.

Source: www.health.ny.gov

Hoarding and Fire Safety with SERVPRO® of Springfield

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Photo Credit: Newscom Hoarding is a major fire concern!

SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to remind the community that hoarding can cause a serious safety and fire risk. Hoarding is defined as collecting or keeping large amounts of various items in the home due to strong urges to save them or distress experienced when discarding them. Many rooms in the home are so filled with possessions that residents can no longer use the rooms as designed. The home is so overloaded with things that everyday living is compromised.

When a home is overwhelmed by hoarding, the home becomes unsafe. The large piles of personal belongings make it difficult to navigate around the home and can lead to injury. The piles can also block windows and doors making it difficult to get in and out of a home. Blocked doors and windows can prevent help from being able to enter the home. Fires can also start by having personal items too close to cooking or heating equipment. It takes only a small spark to ignite flammable items. Remember to always keep a clear 3 foot space around cooking and heating equipment.

Keep yourself and those you love safe and be aware of an escape plan for your home and ensure that all fire alarms are in proper working order.

If a fire damage does occur, call SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775.

Source: www.nfpa.org

Gasoline Fire Awareness with SERVPRO® of Springfield

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Remember Fire Safety Starts with You!

With all of this beautiful summer weather, we seem to be mowing our grass a couple times a week at the SERVPRO® of Springfield office. As such we thought we would share some gasoline safety tips to help keep you and your family safe. Remember that fire safety starts with YOU!

Safety Tips:

  • Do not use or store gasoline near possible ignition sources
  • Never use gasoline inside the home or as a cleaning agent
  • Do not smoke when handling gasoline
  • Only fill portable containers outdoors. Place the container on the ground before filling and never fill containers inside a vehicle or in the bed of a pick-up truck
  • Clean up spills promptly and discard clean-up materials properly
  • Always store gasoline outside of the home in an approved container

If you do experience a fire, call SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775 to help with the clean up.

Firework Safety with SERVPRO® of Springfield

7/4/2018 (Permalink)

Safety starts with YOU!

SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to remind you to stay safe over the holiday week. While fireworks can be fun they can also be unpredictable and dangerous. “Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage.” We have to work together to keep our homes and neighborhoods safe. Fire safety starts with each of us. Remember to pay attention to local fireworks ordinances and warnings.

If you happen to experience a fire damage, remember to call SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775. We are Here to Help®.

Source: www.nfpa.org

Smoke Alarm Safety with SERVPRO® of Springfield

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Monthly tests take just a few moments!

SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to remind everyone to check their smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are an important part of emergency planning and can make a significant difference in reaction time. Placing smoke alarms on ceilings or high on the wall in each level of the home and in every sleeping area will help protect your home and loved ones. In order to ensure the smoke alarms in your home or business are maintained and working appropriately they should be tested once a month by pushing the “test” button. If the alarm is over ten years old, it should be replaced. Small actions now can have a big impact later on.

SERVPRO® of Springfield is here to help clean up and repair the damage that can come from business and residential fires. Let us help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Grill Safety with SERVPRO® of Springfield

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Grill Safety with SERVPRO® of Springfield

As the warmer weather beckons more and more of us outside, SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to remind everyone to keep in mind some general safety information when it comes to those backyard bonfires and BBQ’s.

  • Do not use soft wood such as pine or cedar that can pop and throw sparks
  • Check wind direction before lighting fires
  • Keep flammable liquids away from open flame
  • Place the grill away from lawn games and foot traffic
  • Keep kids and pets in the “safe-zone” - 3 feet from grills and open flame

Fires can spread quickly when the source isn’t monitored. According to the National Fire Protection Agency outside fireplaces or fire pits caused nearly 3,700 grass and brush fires, the total number of injuries have tripled over the last six years and an average of 8,800 home fires involve grills, hibachis or barbecues each year. Let’s work together to keep our friends and family safe this year.

If disaster does strike your home, we are available 24/7 at 217-528-7775. SERVPRO® of Springfield is ready to help with cleanup. #HeretoHelp 

Sources: NFPA’s Fire Analysis & Research Division and www.safekids.org

Fire Escape Planning with SERVPRO® of Springfield

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Make a plan together today!

SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to help your family create a disaster preparation plan. Getting the whole family involved in creating a family escape plan can be a fun way to deal with mitigating a potentially serious disaster. Sitting down together to draw an escape map and running drills will help keep the plan fresh in everyone’s minds in case the worst were to ever happen.

Check out www.safekids.org for more tools and tips for keeping your family involved in keeping one another safe in case of disaster. Below are a few tips your family can implement today!

  1. Teach children two things:
    1. The street name and number where you live
    2. How to call 9-1-1 in an emergency from a safe place outside
  2. Draw a map that clearly shows exits and pick a place to meet outside
  3. Place the map where everyone can see it
  4. Keep exits clear, so it is easy to get out quickly

We are here to help if disaster does strike. Call your local SERVPRO® of Springfield 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Have a Professional Handle the Process of Fire Restoration According to the IICRC

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

The process of fire restoration can be very involved. Private homeowners and companies can oftentimes be devastated by the damage caused by this kind of event.  One aspect that gives peace of mind involves knowing when the right professional has been hired. That is one of the reasons why it is important to hire a firm that is associated with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.   

Homeowners and business owners may be in shock from the initial devastation.  It is important to try and follow the proper steps to achieve a complete fire restoration.  Service providers that are associated with the Institute will have the following distinctions:  current training, safety and health certifications, vast amounts of experience in restoration projects and the proper licenses and insurance information.  Customers should also check all references and obtain price quotes prior to hiring anyone.  Any contracts that are presented should be reviewed closely.

The first step in the process is to clean up as much of the existing area as possible. If the area is not immediately cleaned, soot residue and permanent damage can be left behind.  If the homeowner or business owner does the initial cleaning, it is important to follow these steps. When cleaning, always use dust masks and open the area for proper ventilation.  Clean from the ceilings to the floors and vacuum all floors and upholstery.  Wash any items that are able to be laundered.  Clean the outside with a pressure washer if available.  

If immediate clean up is not done, it can lead to devastating effects.  Within minutes of fire and smoke damage, appliances and many items will discolor to a yellow hue.  After a few hours, acid will stain bathrooms and many other areas of the home or business.  Within days, walls will discolor permanently and items will begin to rust due to the acid residue.   Finally, after weeks the cost of clean-up will become substantially more expensive. The building and furnishings can be permanently damaged by the acid left behind.  Soot residue will be layered throughout the home or business.  For these reasons, it is vital to contact a professional associated with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification to utilize fire restoration techniques in an effort to return the home or business to a preloss state.  One company or service provider should be able to handle the damage.  The seal of Certification by the Institute should be shown on any provider’s website.  This shows the customer the reliability and the expertise of the service provider.

Residue and smoky odors need to be removed immediately.  Professionals will use the process of fire restoration to achieve satisfactory results.  These providers will remove the source of the odor, clean any items that can be salvaged, get rid of any lingering odor with an odor counteractant and deodorizing fog.  Finally, the provider will seal salvageable items to encapsulate odor and prevent further recontamination.

Homeowners and businesses that are educated in the fire restoration process are able to minimize the cost of repair.  Professionals can be contacted in a timely manner to return the area to a preloss state.   By hiring the right professionals the victims can have some peace of mind during a very stressful time.

-Source: Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC)

National Fire Safety Week

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

October 8th through the 14th was National Fire Safety Week!

The one of best ways to keep your home safe from fires is through preventing them in the first place.  Check out these statistics and tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) on how to prevent electrical fires in your home or business.

  • AFCI Breakers and Outlets can prevent 50% of residential home fires.
  • Each year 2,400 children in the US are treated for injuries caused by outlets. 1/3 of parents do not have outlets childproofed. Install Tamper Resistant Receptacles.
  • 470,000 counterfeit smartphone batteries were recalled in 2010 due to burn and fire hazards. Purchase electronics at reputable retailers.
  • 3,300 home fires originate from extension cords each year. Heavy reliance on extension cords is a sign to have more outlets installed.
  • The CPSC found 47% of electrocutions could be prevented with GFCI protection in homes.
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers or flown fuses and cracking, sizzling or buzzing from outlets can be signs of an overloaded circuit. 47,700 home fires in the US are caused by electrical failure or malfunction each year.

Learn more about how to keep your home safe from fires from the ESFI from their website http://www.esfi.org/

Source: Electrical Safety Foundation International

Securing Structure after Fire

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damages are never a good situation.  In some cases structures are uninhabitable after a fire occurs which can add to the stress of the situation.  From loss of property and the shock of what has happened it can be hard to figure out where to start and what to do. 

One of the first considerations for the immediate future directly following the fire department's departure is making sure that the structure is secure. 

Making sure the structure is secured serves multiple purposes. First, making sure that the interior is protected from the elements, this can mean tarping a roof that has been compromised or boarding up windows that were broken out. 

The next reason for securing is deterring burglars or vandals.  It is a sad consideration but when you have a fire and there are trucks outside the house for multiple hours it can be a big flashing light for burglars that there is a structure with nobody home and easy access. Using boards and screws to secure door and window openings can make it a lot less likely that someone would be able to gain entry.

Another good reason for boarding up is preventing animals from wandering inside the structure.  Animals may take advantage of the missing windows or doors in an attempt to seek shelter or find food.  

If you need help with securing a structure after a fire call SERVPRO of Springfield at 217-528-7775

Ultrasonic Cleaning

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

When we get fragile or hard to clean items that are damaged by soot from a fire one option is using our ultrasonic cleaning tank.  This cleaning procedure requires the use of a specialized piece of equipment that uses microscopic bubbles produced by sound waves to gently "scrub" the contaminants away leaving the item completely intact.  

This option is good for items that would be negatively affected by the strong cleaning detergents normally required to remove the soot.

 Ultrasonic cleaning has a wide array of applications from porcelain collectibles to electronics.  Ultrasonic cleaning gets to all the cracks and crevices that other methods can miss.

If you have a fire and have items that need some special treatment after a fire or smoke damage contact SERVPRO of Springfield 217-528-7775

Fire Safety

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

Source: American Red Cross

SERVPRO of Springfield encounters a lot of fires that ended with everyone safely out of the vicinity thanks to smoke detectors that end up looking like this.  

Follow these tips from the American Red Cross to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they're not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

If you do have a fire in your home or business call SERVPRO of Springfield to help clean it up at 217-528-7775

Fire Safety

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

Source: American Red Cross

SERVPRO of Springfield encounters a lot of fires that ended with everyone safely out of the vicinity thanks to smoke detectors that end up looking like this.  

Follow these tips from the American Red Cross to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they're not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

If you do have a fire in your home or business call SERVPRO of Springfield to help clean it up at 217-528-7775

Dangers of Burning Candles

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Candles can make your home smell great but they can also cause a lot of damage if left unattended. 

This fire was caused from leaving a candle burning and unattended.

When using candles, we all should practice the following safety tips:

  • Always keep matches, lighters, and candles away from children.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Keep combustible materials far away from candles.
  • Do not put candles in a location where children or pets could knock them over. Be aware that candles and rambunctious puppies don’t mix.
  • Use only nonflammable candleholders that are sturdy and hard to tip over.
  • Always trim the wicks before lighting.
  • Do not burn a candle all the way down to where it is too close to the holder or container.
  • Use flashlights rather than candles when you have a power outage.

-Source: Pekin Insurance

Luckily no one was hurt in this fire and it was contained to only one apartment of this complex.  SERVPRO of Springfield was called to help with the cleanup to make it "Like it never even happened."

If you have a fire at your home or business call SERVPRO of Springfield at 217-528-7775

Some Helpful Tips on How to Avoid Kitchen Fires in Your Home

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

More home fires occur in the kitchen than any other place in the home.

SERVPRO of Springfield would like to help you avoid a kitchen fire by following these simple tips.

  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • Keep an eye on your food regularly while cooking and remain in the kitchen while cooking.
  • Use a timer to remind you that the stove or oven is on.
  • Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen and test it once a month.
  • Loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking can catch on fire. Avoid wearing this kind of clothing and accessories while you are in the kitchen.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen.
  • Keep the kids out of the kitchen while you are cooking.
  • Clean cooking surfaces after every use to prevent grease buildup.
  • Check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure stoves, ovens, etc. are turned off.

Follow these simple rules to avoid a kitchen fire in your Frankfort home. If a fire does occur, call SERVPRO of Springfield ASAP to remove smoke and soot damage and safely restore your damaged kitchen.

Springfield Smoke and Soot Clean-up

7/7/2016 (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 Springfied 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 – 
217-528-7775

Grill Safety

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

"When the warmer weather hits, there's nothing better than the smell of food on the grill."

It's getting to be grilling season and the weather is heating up!

Check out the link below to check out some interesting statistics about grilling and also some great safety tips for the summer.

National Fire Protection Association Grilling Safety