Recent Fire Damage Posts

Professional Fire Restoration- Lincoln, Pike & Marion Counties

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire with "SERVPRO" logo Trust the professionals to help get your life back to normal.

After a Fire

A fire damage can be more involved than you may realize. Smoky residue saturates every opening because of the convection pattern that flames typically form during ignition. The soot constructs up in layers that may end up being solidified and tough to eliminate which is another reason to leave the cleaning to a specialist.

When the cleaning teams arrive, they promptly different salvageable items from charred debris, taking the things creating the strongest odors out for cleaning.

Following a fire, wall surface areas can be harmed by soot. Non-water based cleaners need to be used to remove soot from walls. These kinds of chemicals should be handled by a specialist due to the fumes and toxicity. Water-based cleaning items can cause spots to bleed into plaster walls, which is why a trained specialist should be left to deal with these chemicals.  

"What could possibly happen if I do it myself?" 
A professional restoration team reduces the after-effects a blaze can have on the health of those who return in. If a homeowner does not have the property restored by a professional, the results can be found later on down the line. To an untrained eye, they might believe the issue has been fixed. Homeowners who do it themselves may experience the remaining impacts of indoor air pollution for numerous months later on, which could also form an increased respiratory discomfort.  

We are trained to help remove your belongings as well as cleaning and storing them until your property has been restored to its original condition. We want to save as much as possible.

"Like it never even happened."

What To Do After A Fire

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Woman cleaning up after a fire. Prevent yourself from further damage.

Fire Damage Tips

Here are some important tips after you have a fire damage in your residence or business:

  1. Keep your hands clean. It is easy to spread soot and you do not want to make a bigger mess than there already is.
  2. Limit movement in the home to also prevent further damage.
  3. Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
  4. If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  5. Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.
  6. Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia.
  7. Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting us.
  8. Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without a repair service.

"Save as much as possible!"

We aim to return damaged areas and items to preloss conditions. We want to make your fire damage “Like it never even happened.” In this business, it is crucial to act fast. Our professional technicians arrive sooner for the chance to reduce damage and save money.  We are proud to serve Lincoln, Pike, Lawrence, Walthall and Marion counties. We are only a call away! (601) 823-1100

Summertime Fire Pit Safety Tips

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Here in Brookhaven, MS its a tradition to enjoy the cooler nights outside around a homemade fire pit! Many of us are looking forward to spending time gathering around them to enjoy time with family and friends. Before you start dreaming of moonlit nights and toasted marshmallows, take a moment to check out some of these tips from Allstate to remember.

Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips:

  • Whether you prefer a built-in or portable fire pit, choose one that is not too large for the area. The pit should be a minimum of 10 feet away from any structures or combustible materials as well as away from trees, fences, sheds, power lines, and telephone wires.
  • Make sure that the seating area is large enough and properly placed for comfort and ventilation.
  • Check wind direction before lighting a fire.
  • Don’t use flammable fluids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) to light or relight fires.
  • To start the fire, use a lighter to ignite crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks. Then, add larger sticks and a log or two to keep it burning. 
  • Burn only dry material. Damp material will create excess smoke. 
  • Don’t wear flammable clothing (like nylon) or any loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave the fire unattended, and keep pets and children far away from the fire as they will be attracted to it.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or bucket of water nearby.
  • As the fire dies down, use a shovel and spread out the ashes to allow them to cool down. Then slowly pour water over those ashes and watch them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain or reignite. Put the cooled ashes in a specially designated ash storage metal can. 

When Fire Attacks Your Business

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Burned up office with a lot of soot. SERVPRO is here to help your business get back on track!

At SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, we take fire damages seriously. Fire losses account for approximately $2.3 billion in commercial and industrial direct property loss each year.  At times you can have large-loss fires that affect buildings such as apartments, facilities, and places people work. These types of losses affect multiple lives. It can take a lot of effort on everyone's part to provide support.

Property Owner Tips

  • Make sure everyone is safe and away from the property. Safety is the number one concern.
  • Get the community involved in helping families or workers that may be affected
  • Bring your adjuster in early to help manage things such as photos, mitigation, documenting anything they need to.
  • Analyze your policy, including all clauses, additions, extensions, and exclusions.
  • Bring in experts to check out the damages
  • Communication is key. Everyone should stay in good contact to get the job done as smoothly as possible.
  • Know that the process can be long and require a lot of patience.

We hope you never need these expert services but if you do, call us at (601) 823-1100 or send us a message through Facebook.

Understanding the Fire Damage Restoration Details

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

An image showing before and after of thick soot on a table and the clean results SERVPRO has not only the professional products but also the eye for detail to restore your fire damage content.

Fire Damage

Smoke and soot affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are the very things that make a house a home.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out has several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, they will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage. 

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. 

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician

Document/Photograph Drying

When you're valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. Learn more about our document restoration services.

Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia for your fire remediation process! (601) 823-1100 

Valentine's Fire Hazards!

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Don't Let Your Romance Go Up in Smoke!

Your friends here at SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia want to spread some love by cautioning you on this Valentine’s Day. Today is all about love and happiness, what could go wrong? Well believe it or not, accidents still happen on this lover’s holiday and we want to make sure you are prepared.

Candle Safety Stats

Candle fires caused an annual average of:

  • $295 million in direct property damage
  • More than 37% of home candle fires began in the bedroom, although the National Candle Association found that only 13% of candle users burn candles in the bedroom most often
  • 58% candle fires started when burnable items (furniture, mattresses or bedding, curtains, or decorations) was too close to the candle.
  • In 16% of the fires, the candles were unattended or abandoned.

In movies, they might line hallways, tables, and bathtubs with candles on Valentine’s Day, but that is a guaranteed fire hazard. Don’t let your romantic ambience become a romantic fire hazard.

Candle Safety Tips

Avoid candle fires by:

  • NOT leaving candles unattended or abandoned. Blow out all candles when you leave a room or before you go to sleep
  • Putting out any candles before you go to bed.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that could burn or catch on fire
  • Placing candles in sturdy holders made of glass, metal or ceramic. (If you’re not sure about something, don’t do it.)
  • Placing candles on a flat surface where they could not be knocked over
  • Keep all candles out of reach of children and pets
  • Make sure fire alarms are in working order before you light your candles.
  • When possible, use battery-operated candles.

source: http://www.nfpa.org

Need-to-Know Fire Facts

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a severe house fire. Smut and ash is everywhere and the structure is destroyed. When all seems lost, our team is here to help!

What To Do?

If you receive a call from a client today with a fire loss, what would you do?

You have a fire loss on one of your properties OR You have a fire at your own personal property?

Here is some helpful information that might help you be prepared.

Statistics:

Fire claims spike during the months of November - February.

On average, Fire causes over $12.4 billion in property damage annualy.

Top 5 Causes of Fire loss:

  • Cooking equipment
  • Heating equipment
  • Intentional
  • Electrical distribution & lighting equipment
  • Smoking materials

What to do after the fire is out:

You need a Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration company like SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia.

Why not a Contractor?

Mitigate, clean, & restore FIRST! Then repair and rebuild.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia can handle it all -One Stop Shop.

Our services also include:

BOARDUP!
Many times, the home or building must be secured immediately BEFORE anything else.

Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia (601) 823-1100

Gas Fireplace Hazards

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Firefighters trying to put out a big house fire from the outside of the fireplace. It could happen to anyone.

Did You Know? 

Gas fireplaces might be safer than wood burning fireplaces, but everyone should still take precaution. Fire damage is possible even though you are not burning wood in your fireplace. The misleading thought of “Oh, it won’t happen to me” causes people so much heart ache when it does happen to them. Do not be left in the dark about your gas fireplace. Know the risks and be prepared. Some things you need to know about your gas fireplace is:

The Possible Faulty Gas Valves

Fireplace explosions exist with gas fireplaces. Scary right? Faulty gas valves leak flammable gas into the air and cause explosions that leads to major fire damage in your home. 
How does fire place explosions happen? Well, when the valve's "On/Off" switch fails, it continues to seep gas into the fireplace pilot light area. Any little spark or flame can cause the gas in the air to immediately catch fire, and create a powerful explosion.

Chimney and Flue Design Mistake

Another cause of fire explosions in gas fireplaces may be because of chimney and flue design. If you don’t know what a flue is, it’s a duct for smoke and waste gases. Some chimneys are unable to withstand high temperatures, contributing to soot and creosote buildup, because they are designed for natural gas. Creosote is a black, sticky substance formed from liquefied gas. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, creosote is the leading cause of chimney fires. Double venting systems worsens the issue and can cause gases to back up into flues connecting to other stoves or furnaces. The resulting backup causes an explosion or leaks carbon monoxide into the home.

Accidental Plugged Burners

Paint and building materials can form over the burner hole port. Ceramic coals or mineral wool may inadvertently be placed over the ports, creating a blockage and unbalanced flame. Consequently, the plugged burner hole can delay fireplace ignition, and cause gas in the fireplace to explode.

Precautions

Call a professional service technician to remove creosote buildup from chimneys and fireplace walls. Gas valves and hose connections leading to the fireplace burner and tank should also be inspected by a professional technician. Moreover, check for cracks in the flue lining and firebox, and look for signs of rust and corrosion. Your fireplace should also be equipped with a thermocouple, which shuts off the gas in case the pilot light is extinguished.

At SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, we are eager to help you in any way possible! If this unfortunate disaster happens to you, call us immediately! "Faster to Any Size Disaster"
(601) 823-1100

Via Hunker.com

What To Be Aware of During New Years

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fireworks on the ground, shooting up sparkles Don't start the new year off with a disaster!

Happy New Year!

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia would like to wish everyone a new year full of happiness and free of disaster. Every New Year’s Eve, America gets in the spirit of popping fireworks in celebration of the New Year.

Believe it or not, fireworks are a fire hazard! SERVPRO would like to help you avoid any accidents that could lead to a fire.

Firework Safety Tips:

  • If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800°F (982°C) - hot enough to melt gold.
  • Never try to make your own fireworks.
  • Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.
  • Steer clear of others - fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction.
  • It is not safe to throw or point fireworks at someone.
  • Aim fireworks towards an open sky – avoid aiming anywhere towards your house, vehicles or trees.
  • Light one firework at a time (not in glass or metal containers), and do not relight a dud.
  • Don't allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
  • Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can

The "Need-to-Know" on Holiday Decorating

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why Taking Safety Precautions During the Holidays is Important

Christmas trees aren't the only thing that will make your holiday go up in smoke!

Holiday Decorations: 

That's right, your decorations can be hazardous too! It's averaged, per year, that 780home structure fires began with decorations in 2013-2017. That's excluding Christmas trees.

As we always warn with Christmas trees, decorations were also too close to a heat source such as a candle or equipment in more than 44% of those fires.

A good portion of the decoration fires started in the kitchen. Sixteen percent of those fires started in the living room, family room or den.

Candles: 

Yes, your candles too! Though it may be obvious, having your candles placed & lit all in your garland, or whatever decoration, can be very regretting. On average, 22 home candle fires were reported each day between 2013-2017.

60% of those candle fires started when something that could burn, burned by being too close to the candle, such as furniture, mattresses or bedding, curtains, or decorations.

A whopping 18% of December candle fires started in the living room and 8% started in the dining room, whereas for the rest of the year, fires are 14% and 3% for those areas. That's quite a difference when we are taking about actual fires, and those are only the ones that are reported!

The two peak days for candle fires were Christmas and Christmas Eve. Definitely not the way you'd want to spend your Christmas.

Holiday Cooking:

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, as we've cautioned you about before. But of course, with all the families and friends gathering together again, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve follow right behind Thanksgiving for fires caused by cooking.

Decorations pose a problem here too, causing 19% of home cooking fires. That is one of every five homes that was devastated by the damages of fire. The cause? Decorations that are left on or too close to a stove or other cooking equipment. 

Please don't take this information lightly! This is your need-to-know information to help keep you from being one of these numbers.

[via nfpa.org]

Tips to Avoid Christmas Tree Fires

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

A close up on a Christmas tree that is placed in front of a fire place Fact: Christmas tree fires can happen in the matter of SECONDS

The Stats

According to NFPA.org, between 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees PER YEAR. The biggest portion (25%) of those Christmas tree fires started because of some type of heat source, such as a candle, fireplace or equipment, was too close to the tree. We hope to see these numbers go down!

We want to help you avoid your holiday from going up in smoke! 

Tips:

Picking the tree

Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source (like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights).
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit!
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting the tree

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect. 
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

After Christmas

Why you should get rid of the tree after Christmas:
Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.
Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards. Doing this also helps your Christmas light last longer.

via NFPA.org

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia will help save your Christmas from going up in flames! 
(601) 823-1100

Saving Your Home from Thanksgiving Disasters

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

A turkey that has caught on fire. Having fire damage can make your holiday harder than it should be. Take the easy route by following our safety precautions!

Making This Thanksgiving Easier 

"What could possibly go wrong at Thanksgiving, besides Uncle Eddie eating all the sweet potato pie?" Fire. Did you know fire damage is particularly higher this time of year? We need to keep fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time. It is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.

Thanksgiving Facts
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving.

  • In 2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,600 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths. 

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

(via www.nfpa.org)

Space Heater Tips for Mississippi's Arctic Surge!

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

A space heater sitting on the living room floor Stay safe and warm during this arctic cold front this November!

Temperatures have already dropped with this arctic cold front this November! No one likes to be cold, but there are safety precautions when trying to stay warm. Portable electric space heaters can be a convenient source of supplemental heat for your home or work place in cold weather. Unfortunately, they can pose significant fire and electric shock hazards if not used properly.

Safety should always be a top consideration when using space heaters. Here are some tips for on how to keep your home safe and warm during this arctic cold surge:

  • 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.

(via esfi.org)

Fire Prevention Week

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Seconds Count

Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

via http://www.nfpa.org/

Have you contacted your local fire department? See how you can get involved with them and your community to prevent house fires. Sometimes they will have events or give out smoke detectors for your home. Don't think this could never happen to you because it easily could. We don't have control over everything in our homes! We understand that, and SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia is faster to any size disaster!