Recent Fire Damage Posts

Our Fire and Soot Damage Restoration Services

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

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 and experience to restore your fire, smoke and soot damage.

Different Types of Smoke Require different cleaning methods.  There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. 

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. 

Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights will need to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on that information.  We will take the extra time to ensure the soot damage is removed prior to placing your contents back into your home or business. 

 As many of us know from sitting by the bonfire or your wood-burning fireplace in your home, soot travels throughout the air leaving a thin layer of what appears to be black dust.  That dust is made up of a number of carbon particles that contains high levels of carcinogens.  After a fire the smoke and soot damage can travel all throughout the home, regardless of where the fire originates.

Please call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights at 216-464-4498 and let us take over the stress of cleanup which will allow you to focus on what's important.  We will treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Home Fire Safety

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

You may not be aware of the common causes of fires in our homes.  The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) reports that "there are as many as 400,000 house fires every year in the United States and cooking equipment is the number one cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries; smoking is the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths and heating equipment is the second most common cause of home fire fatalities.” 

Additionally, the facts do not lie, our friends at FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) reports that “2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss.”  FEMA also reported that the “peak months of fall and winter this is even more likely to occur.”

Keep your family safe, The American Red Cross recommends the following:

“Top Tips for Fire Safety:

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.”

We here at SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights, care about your safety and are here to assist and restore your property and your belongings in the unfortunate event of a fire.  If you ever have a fire in your home or commercial building, call us at 216-464-4498 so our team of trained technicians can clean, deodorize and sanitize your home for you.

Fireworks Can Lead to Fires!

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

With the Fourth of July approaching this week, young and old are excited for their local fireworks displays around northeastern Ohio. National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA), reports that an average of 15,600 fires per year are caused by fireworks. These include 1,400 structure fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14,000 outside and other fires. Property damage, injury and even death are caused by these fires each year.  More than a quarter of fires reported, occurred on July Fourth. More than one-third (35%) of the people seen in emergency rooms for fireworks injuries from June 20-July 20 at the time of this study were under 15 years old; nine percent were under five years old. Even something seemingly tame like sparklers alone accounted for more than one one-quarter (28%) of the emergency room fireworks injuries seen from June 20-July 20 at the time of this study. Keep your family safe by enjoying fireworks presented by your local communities. 

Studies show that there is more property damage on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Check with your home owner’s insurance company on your coverage relating to fireworks. If you are involved in illegal fireworks you may not be covered. This could be a costly celebration!

If you do have a fire property loss, SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights has professionally trained production teams that can quickly respond to your fire loss. We will send an estimator to your home to evaluate the loss and supply you with an itemized estimate for fire restoration and repairs needed in your home. If your damage is severe, SERVPRO can pack up your contents and store them until your home repairs are completed. SERVPRO will clean all cleanable structure and remove any structure that is not salvageable. Our trained construction department can replace any damaged structure.

Be safe and have fun this Fourth of July!

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights at 216.464.4498 if you experience a fire loss. We’re here to help!

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights Can Help After a Fire

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

The one place you should feel completely safe and comfortable is your own home. This can change in a second when a fire starts, and smoke fills your home. The residue that is left behind after the fire is out is called SOOT. Soot is the black powdery or flaky substance consisting largely of amorphous carbon, produced by the incomplete burning of organic matter. Do not take cleaning soot into your own hands, it is important to call the professionals of SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights to clean up after your home has been affected by a fire. Below are helpful tips:

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves
  • Change HVAC filter and have your HVAC provider to your home to perform a system check
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet because the wiring may be damaged
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner as improper cleaning may set smoke odor

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights has highly trained professionals to call 24-hours a day to help clean up and restore your home. 216-464-4498

Fire Restoration and Cleanup

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

What would you do if...

You receive a call from a client today with a fire loss?

You have a fire loss on one of your properties?

You have a fire at your own personal property?

Some 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

After the fire is out...

You need a company "Like SERVPRO"
Industry research from 2016 by Buntin Group found that SERVPRO Brand is becoming synonymous with the services provided!

Why not a Contractor?

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

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Home Fire Information from FEMA

2/11/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in a home, whether you live in an apartment, a single family, or multifamily home, can cause serious damage. The building and many of the things in your home may have been badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke, and water. You will find that things the fire did not burn up are now ruined by smoke and soggy with water used to put out the flames. Anything you want to save or re-use will need to be carefully cleaned. The firefighters may have cut holes in the walls of the building to look for any hidden flames. They may even have cut holes in the roof to let out the heat and smoke. Cleanup will take time and patience.” Source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa_46.pdf

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First Steps When A Fire Starts

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

What do you do if a fire starts in your home?

  • "Remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency phone number.
  • Yell "Fire!" several times and go outside right away. If you live in a building with elevators, use the stairs. Leave all your things where they are and save yourself.
  • If closed doors or handles are warm or smoke blocks your primary escape route, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to the touch.
  • If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit. Close doors behind you.
  • If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.
  • Once you are outside, go to your meeting place and then send one person to call the fire department. If you cannot get to your meeting place, follow your family emergency communication plan."

The above information was quoted from http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/if-a-fire-starts.  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Preventing Dryer Vent Fires

12/24/2017 (Permalink)

One of the most common causes of fires is also perhaps the most preventable.

Dryer vents connect from your clothes dryer, and can build up lint. If not cleaned out properly, the air cannot flow properly, and a fire can result. This type of fire happens most frequently in homes, posing dangers to adults and children.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. These fires cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The U.S. Fire Administration also reports that the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them (34 percent).

Apart from cleaning your dryer vent, the U.S. Fire Administration has suggestions to enhance safety when using your clothes dryer:

  • Don’t use a clothes dryer without a lint filter or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged or clogged.
  • Don’t overload the dryer.
  • Don’t use a wire screen or cloth to cover the wall damper. They can collect lint and clog the dryer vent.
  • Don’t dry anything containing foam, rubber or plastic. An example of an item not to place in a dryer is a bathroom rug with a rubber backing.
  • Don’t dry any item for which manufacturers' instructions state “dry away from heat.”
  • Don’t dry glass fiber materials (unless manufacturers' instructions allow).
  • Don’t dry items that have come into contact with anything flammable like alcohol, cooking oils or gasoline. Dry them outdoors or in a well-ventilated room, away from heat.
  • Don’t leave a clothes dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed.

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Fire Clean Up in Beachwood, Ohio

12/9/2017 (Permalink)

Tips to prevent residential fires

  • Cover your chimney with a mesh screen spark arrestor
  • A yearly inspection is recommended
  • Ensure all smoke detectors are operating efficiently
  • Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year
  • They should be installed on every floor of your home

If there is ever a fire it is important to exit the building immediately and call for help.  SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights is here 24/7 if you need our help.  Call us 216-464-4498.

We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your Shaker Heights property back to pre-fire condition. We focus on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas of your property is substantially less costly than demolishing and replacing those areas. This “restore first” mentality also allows us to get your home or business back to pre-fire condition quicker and with less disruption.

Christmas Tree Fires in Cleveland Heights, Ohio

12/9/2017 (Permalink)

The holiday season tends to have the most house fires. Some of these fires are started by Christmas trees. There are many ways that Christmas tree fires get started. One most frequent reason is due to electrical problems. There have been instances where an extension cord has failed while under pressure of an object and causes a fire. With real trees there are many precautions and care that needs to be given.  Watering the Christmas tree daily is absolutely necessary because if the water level drops below the cut end of the tree no water can be absorbed. Dry trees are the biggest culprit in these fires because they can burn faster than newspaper, causing the fire to spread rapidly. One in 31 Christmas tree fires is deadly. Keep your family safe in your Cleveland Heights home by making sure string lights have no loose connections, using a single extension cord that isn’t longer than needed, use UL- approved lights, turn off lights before bed, water the tree daily, and keep candles away from the tree.

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights is here 24/7 if you need our help.  Call us 216-464-4498.

Fire Cleanup

11/26/2017 (Permalink)

A fire in a home, whether you live in an apartment, a single family, or multifamily home, can cause serious damage. The building and many of the things in your home may have been badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke, and water. You will find that things the fire did not burn up are now ruined by smoke and soggy with water used to put out the flames. Anything you want to save or re-use will need to be carefully cleaned. The firefighters may have cut holes in the walls of the building to look for any hidden flames. They may even have cut holes in the roof to let out the heat and smoke. Cleanup will take time and patience.” Source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa_46.pdf

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help with your fire clean up needs.

Hanukkah Candle Safety Tips

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

  • “Never leave a lit menorah unattended.
  • Place menorahs on tall, sturdy surfaces like kitchen counters and dining room tables, out of reach from pets and small children.
  • Never light a menorah near curtains, plants, tablecloths or decorations.
  • Sit the menorah atop a nonflammable surface (we always used aluminum foil) to catch wax drippings or a falling candle.
  • Secure candles in their holders by slightly melting the wax at the bottom of each candle before placing in the menorah.
  • Only use electric menorahs on windowsills.
  • When plugging in an electric menorah, keep infants and toddlers away from the socket (and be sure to check for frayed wires before using).
  • Keep matches and stick lighters away from young children.
  • Test thesmoke detectorsin your house and have a fire extinguisher nearby in case the unthinkable happens.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.vivint.com/neighborhood/safe-neighbor/safety-tips-for-lighting-the-hanukkah-menorah/ by PJ Feinstein.

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Turkey Fryer Safety

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Thinking about using a fryer to cook your turkey this Thanksgiving? Please remember to follow all the safety tips provided at the time of purchase so you do not become a statistic.

  • “Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
  • In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires and civilian and tied with heating equipment for the second leading cause of home fire deaths.”

Source: NFPA's Fire Analysis & Research Division

http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Thanksgiving-safety

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Using appliances properly to prevent fires

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

“Review these tips to ensure safe operation of electrical appliances:

Make sure appliances are approved by Underwriters' Laboratories or another authorized laboratory.

Never operate an appliance while touching a metal object - especially plumbing - or while standing on a wet surface or while taking a bath or shower. Teach children not to touch appliances with wet hands.

Always locate appliances away from sinks and tubs in the kitchen or bathroom.

Never use a metal object such as a fork or knife to dislodge something from an appliance.

Keep motors clean and free from lint, dust, and dirt. Always unplug appliances before cleaning them.”

Source: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/safety/using-electricity/home.html#appliances

Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Keeping Your Fur Babies Safe

7/29/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keeping Your Fur Babies Safe Rosie the Beagle practicing her safety

Do you have pets in your home? Dogs and Cats for many of us are our children and keeping them safe in an emergency is equally as important. Dogs and cats are particularly curious animals and sometimes that can actually result in fires if you don't take a few extra precautions. 

Did you know?

"Pets and wild animals have a part in starting about 700 home fires per year. Roughly three-quarters of these fires were started by cooking equipment, fireplaces or chimneys, lighting, or candles."(NFPA)

To protect your home and pets here are a few simple things you can do to be safe:

  • "Consider battery-operated, flameless candles. They can look and smell like real candles.

  • Some pets are chewers. Watch pets to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional."

If you'd like more tips about pet fire safety visit:http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/petsafetytips.pdf?as=1&iar=1&la=en

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Fire and Smoke

7/23/2017 (Permalink)

“On average, 8 people die in a home fire each day in the U.S.—almost 3,000 people every year. While working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire nearly in half, roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, according to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).”

While many home have smoke detectors many are not up to the standards that are recommended. New advances in technology has brought out newer alarms that are all interconnected to provide you with the best detection and alerts possible. 

In addition, 

“Smoke alarms should be tested once a month by pressing the TEST button.

Smoke alarm batteries should be replaced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps” or “beeps” to indicate low batteries, they should be replaced immediately.

Occasionally dust or lightly vacuum the exterior of the alarm to remove dust and cobwebs.

Smoke alarms should be replaced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, at least every ten years.

Never paint over a smoke alarm.”

For more information visit: ESFI Fire Escape Planning

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Generator Tips

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

This time of year sometimes leads to power outages. During inclement weather use of generators can be a source of danger around the home. “When plugging in appliances, make sure they are plugged directly into the generator or a heavy duty outdoor-rated extension cord. The cords should be checked for cuts, tears and that the plug has all three prongs, especially a grounding pin. If you must connect the generator to the house wiring to power appliances, have a qualified electrician install a properly rated transfer switch in accordance with the National Electrical Code® (NEC) and all applicable state and local electrical codes”. 

Also, “Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open, Generators should be used in well ventilated locations outside away from all doors, windows and vent openings.”

For more information visit: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/generatorsafetytips.pdf?la=en

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Home Fire Prevention

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that Electrical malfunction is the leading cause of home fires? With some simple tips to ensure your electrical in your home is safe many fires could be easily prevented. 

-Have your home electrical system thoroughly inspected by qualified electricians to ensure that all electrical work in the home meets the safety provisions in the NEC.

-Install smoke detectors on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.

-Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the light fixture.

-Look for telltale signs of electrical problems such as dim and flickering lights, unusual sizzling and buzzing sounds from your electrical system, insulation and circuit breakers that trip repeatedly. Contact a qualified electrician immediately.

-Use extension cords only temporarily, and never with space heaters or air conditioners.”

For more safety information to prevent home fires visit: http://www.esfi.org/fire-prevention

 SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help! 

4th Of July Safety Tips

6/18/2017 (Permalink)

“Now is the time of year when we have cook outs, and sometimes those will often include fireworks. Whether you are setting them off, or attending a fireworks show, here are some important tips to follow. FIREWORKS SAFETY The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. Many states outlaw most fireworks. If someone is setting fireworks off at home, they should follow these safety steps:

Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.

Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.

Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.

Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."

Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Red-Cross-Issues-Safety-Tips-For-4th-of-July-Holiday

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights can be reached at 216-464-4498.

Make Sure Your Smoke Detector Is In Working Order

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

As we spring forward for daylight savings time, this is a great opportunity to test your smoke detectors and check their batteries. These are a few helpful pointers.

“Warn family members. Unless you are trying to conduct a fire drill, you should let everyone in the home know that you will be testing the smoke detector so that they will not feel frightened when the detector goes off.[3] •If your smoke detector is hardwired to a monitored security system, be sure to notify the security system's company that you are performing a test before you test the alarm. You don't want the fire department showing up at your door!”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.wikihow.com/Test-a-Smoke-Detector

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights can be reached at 216-464-4498.

Are You Using Your Fireplace Vent Properly?

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

“A fireplace is often the main feature in a room. Pictures and keepsakes are displayed on the mantel, and during the holidays, the pictures are exchanged for Christmas stockings. A fire crackling in the fireplace adds to the ambiance while the heat it generates helps to warm the area. A closed vent can cause smoke to billow into the room, but using the fireplace vents properly ensures enough air feeds the fire and the smoke escapes up the chimney.


Prepare your fire in the fireplace by placing two dry, seasoned logs onto the grate. Place a kindling between the two logs such as dry leaves, twigs, bark, dried pine needles or small pieces of split, dried softwood. Loosely crumple old newspaper and push it under the grate. “


For more information, please continue reading at:


http://homeguides.sfgate.com/use-fireplace-vents-properly-27448.html


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Fire Safety Plans- For Your Pet

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

“Have an escape route and plan in place to expedite the escape of everyone, including your pets, to a location outside and to an agreed upon meeting place. One integral thing that can ensure a safe exit is having a leash and cat carrier near the exit door. Maintaining control of a pet in a stressful situation like this means everything.


During planning, you can teach your pooch that the smoke alarm going off means something significant. The noise from the alarm can be a nonverbal signal to your dog that they need to spring into action, along with everyone else, in a calm, cooperative way to exit the home safely. Implementing a specific training exercise with your dog and working with them can be part of their basic training.


After devising a clear exit plan, walk through it together, beginning with the sound of the alarm and proceeding just as you all would if there were a fire. Ideally, Hoeft adds, "Practicing the fire escape plan monthly will help kids and pets grasp the exercise with confidence." Pets are especially capable — they learn best with repetition and catch on quickly.


Integrating kids into the plan can be a pinnacle in getting them to understand the gravity of the situation, because they can be integral in ensuring that a pet is accounted for, especially if there are multiple pets. There are some pets who, by habit, sleep with a preferred child; it can be that child's mission within the plan to confirm to the adults where the pet is, or, if they are old enough to be considered able to do so, scoop up the cat and get her into a cat carrier or grab the leash near the door and accompany the dog outside.”


For more information, please continue reading at:


http://www.annarbor.com/pets/fire-prevention-week-2010---your-guide-to-pets-and-fire-safety/


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Grilling Safety Tips

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

“Liquid petroleum (LP) gas or propane, used in gas grills, is highly flammable. Each year about 30 people are injured as a result of gas grill fires and explosions. Many of these fires and explosions occur when consumers first use a grill that has been left idle for a period of time or just after refilling and reattaching the grill's gas container. To reduce the risk of fire or explosion, consumers should routinely perform the following safety checks:

-- Check the tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders, or food grease. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear blockage and push it through to the main part of the burner.

-- Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.

-- Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease. If you can't move the hoses, install a heat shield to protect them.

-- Replace scratched or nicked connectors, which can eventually leak gas.

-- Check for gas leaks, following the manufacturer's instructions, if you smell gas or when you reconnect the grill to the LP gas container. If you detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don't attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed.

-- Keep lighted cigarettes, matches, or open flames away from a leaking grill.

-- Never use a grill indoors. Use the grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any building. Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or under a surface that can catch fire.

-- Do not attempt to repair the tank valve or the appliance yourself. See an LP gas dealer or a qualified appliance repair person.

-- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions that accompany the grill.”

For more information, please continue reading online at: https://www.cpsc.gov/content/cpsc-releases-grill-safety-tips

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Fireplace Cleaning Tips

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

“If you’re planning some decorations for your fireplace, or if you just want to get rid of the unsightly build-up of soot, you are probably wondering how to clean a fireplace without making a mess. Cleaning your fireplace may look like a forbidding job, but if you take it step-by-step you’ll neither swear nor sweat. This tested method has worked on fireplaces up to 100 years old.

Items You’ll Need from the Hardware Store for a Clean Fireplace:

  • Plastic goggles for eye protection
  • A stiff nylon scrub brush
  • Sturdy rubber gloves
  • A cheap plastic drop cloth
  • A small carton of TSP (Tri-Sodium Phosphate) or phosphate-free TSP Substitute
  • A plastic bucket

Removing Soot for a Clean Fireplace

You can use latex doctor’s gloves to keep your hands clean, but be very careful when scrubbing that you don’t blister your hands, which will be moist and soft inside the gloves.

Put down a cheap plastic drop cloth to kneel on. It’s a good idea to have a large trash can, lined with 2 trash bags, standing by.

Remove your andirons and grate and take them outdoors. Remove the excess soot with your wire brush and set them aside. If your andirons are brass, you can polish them with a brass polish such Brasso, if you like. If the grate and/or the andirons are black, you can restore their look to new with a spray paint appropriate for high temperature use. “

Please continue reading this online article at: http://www.fireplacemall.com/blog/2013/10/clean-fireplace/

 

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Inspecting Your Fire Extinguisher

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

“Perform the Inspection.

Once you locate the portable extinguishers in your area, the next step is learning the process of visual inspection. Visual inspections should include the following steps:

Ensure access to the extinguisher is not obstructed by storage bins, file cabinets, or similar items

Make sure the extinguisher is mounted in a location where it is visible and easy to locate during an emergency

Check the tamper-seal to verify it is not broken or missing

Ensure the pull-pin is not missing

Check the pressure gauge to make sure the indicator is in the operating range (the needle should be located in the green portion of the gauge)

Note: Carbon Dioxide extinguishers do not have a gauge. The only method for verifying a carbon dioxide extinguisher is fully-charged is to weigh the unit, and weighing extinguishers is outside the scope of the normal visual inspection.

Check the extinguisher for obvious physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or a clogged nozzle, and report any problems with campus extinguishers to Fire Prevention Services so we can make corrective measures

Keep track of when the last professional inspection was; off-campus this information is likely written on a paper inspection tag, and on campus Fire Prevention Services monitors the dates of annual inspections through barcodes on the extinguishers”

For more information, please continue reading at: https://fireprevention.utexas.edu/extinguishers/inspection.html

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Create a Fire Escape Plan

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

“Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible.

Make arrangements in your plan for anyone in your home who has a disability.

Allow children to master fire escape planning and practice before holding a fire drill at night when they are sleeping. The objective is to practice, not to frighten, so telling children there will be a drill before they go to bed can be as effective as a surprise drill.

It's important to determine during the drill whether children and others can readily waken to the sound of the smoke alarm. If they fail to awaken, make sure that someone is assigned to wake them up as part of the drill and in a real emergency situation.

If your home has two floors, every family member (including children) must be able to escape from the second floor rooms. Escape ladders can be placed in or near windows to provide an additional escape route. Review the manufacturer's instructions carefully so you'll be able to use a safety ladder in an emergency. Practice setting up the ladder from a first floor window to make sure you can do it correctly and quickly. Children should only practice with a grown-up, and only from a first-story window. Store the ladder near the window, in an easily accessible location. You don't want to have to search for it during a fire.”

For more information, continue reading this online article at: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/safety-in-the-home/escape-planning/basic-fire-escape-planning

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Fire Protection-Sprinkler Systems

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

Your building may be equipped with an automatic sprinkler system. When properly installed and maintained, this system provides 24-hour fire protection. Should a fire start, the system will activate and release a water spray in the area of the fire, suppressing it until the fire department arrives. It is important that the system be professionally inspected at least annually, or more often depending on your local codes and requirements. Fire Extinguishers Portable fire extinguishers are often the first line of defense in fighting a fire. It is important that your business has the right type, size and number of extinguishers, and that your employees are trained to locate and use them.”

Please continue reading this entire article at: https://static1.st8fm.com/en_US/content_pages/1/pdf/us/Loss%20Control%20for%20Business.pdf

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Christmas Tree Fire Information

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

 “U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 210 home1 structure fires per year that began with Christmas trees in 2009-2013. These fires caused an annual average of seven civilian deaths, 19 civilian injuries, and $17.5 million in direct property damage. On average, one of every 31 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires. When these fires occur, they are much more likely to be deadly than most other fires. Electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in 30% of Christmas tree fires. In one-quarter (24%) of the Christmas tree fires and two-thirds (67%) of the deaths, some type of heat source, such as a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree “

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fire-causes/holiday/christmas-tree-and-holiday-lights

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Space Heater Safety Tips

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

  • “Never leave pets and young children alone in a room with a space heater.
  • Buy a space heater that has a guard around the heating element. This will help keep kids and pets safe from burns.
  • Choose one that’s tested and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. Not only do they meet certain safety standards, but manufacturers have to provide use and care information to consumers.
  • Never leave a space heater turned on when you leave the house or go to sleep. Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can form if you’re using a fuel-fired heater, and a fire can start if you’re using an electric model.
  • Don’t run several appliances at the same time if you’re using a space heater. In addition, don’t use extension cords with them. This will help avoid a circuit overload.
  • Check your heaters regularly – look for frayed wires and remove dust accumulation on grates, grills, coils, and other elements of the heater. All of these are a fire hazard.
  • To help prevent shocks, avoid using space heaters in rooms where spills and moisture build-ups are likely, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
  • If you have an older model, consider getting a newer one that most likely has improved safety features.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.clekis.com/dangers-space-heaters/

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Holiday Fires-Tips

11/27/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know?

“Nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage.** • On average, one of every 22 home fires started by Christmas trees result in death.*** • Candle fires are four times as likely to occur during the winter holidays.** • During the winter holiday season, an average of 40 home fires per day are caused by children playing.** • The number of home fires the American Red Cross has responded to has risen 10% since 2000.* • Having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.**  Sources: American Red Cross,* U.S. Fire Administration,** and the National Fire Protection Association.*** “

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340080_FireHolidayFactSheet.pdf

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Candle Safety Tips

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know these facts about candle safety?

  • Always keep a burning candle within sight.Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
  • Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Trim candlewicks to ¼ inch each time before burningLong or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.
  • Always use a candle-holder specifically designed for candle use.The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
  • Be sure the candle-holder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface. This can help prevent heat damage to underlying surfaces and prevent glass containers from breaking.”

Source: http://candles.org/fire-safety-candles/candle-safety-rules/ Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Home Fire

11/4/2016 (Permalink)

A fire in a home, whether you live in an apartment, a single family, or multifamily home, can cause serious damage. The building and many of the things in your home may have been badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke, and water. You will find that things the fire did not burn up are now ruined by smoke and soggy with water used to put out the flames. Anything you want to save or re-use will need to be carefully cleaned. The firefighters may have cut holes in the walls of the building to look for any hidden flames. They may even have cut holes in the roof to let out the heat and smoke. Cleanup will take time and patience.” Source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa_46.pdf

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Fireplace Safety Tips

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

Nationwide Insurance online states: “Creosote is a highly combustible fuel that burns intensely. A slow-burning fire such as those found in a modern, airtight stove damped way down, produces a flue temperature in the 100-200 degree Fahrenheit range. These comparatively low temperatures do not sufficiently carry all of the unburned, combustible gases into the atmosphere. Instead, they condense along the walls of the stovepipe and the chimney as creosote. Creosote may take 3 forms:

  • A sticky liquid that will run down the chimney and stove pipe where it will be burned
  • A flaky, black deposit which is easily removed by brushing
  • A hard, glazed tar which is almost impossible to remove, except by a certified professional chimney sweep”

The online article has many more fireplace safety tips. To continue reading, please click on this link: https://www.nationwide.com/wood-stove-safety.jsp

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Candle Fire Statistics

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

“Nearly 10,000 residential fires are caused each year by the careless or inappropriate use of candles.

The National Candle Association urges consumers to always keep a burning candle within sight, keep candles away from anything combustible, and to keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

  • These bedroom fires caused 32% of deaths associated with candle fires and 47% of associated injuries.
  • On average, 25 home candle fires are reported per day.
  • Falling asleep was a factor in 11% percent of the home candle fires and 30% of the associated deaths.”

Source: http://candles.org/fire-safety-candles/candle-safety-rules/ Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Electrical Fire Facts

10/7/2016 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 home fires in the U.S. are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions each year. These fires result in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage. Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. Help lower your risk of electrical fires by not overloading your electrical system.”  Source: http://www.esfi.org/resource/don-t-overload-your-home-545

Please click the link above to read more about electrical safety.

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Fire Prevention Week-Candles

10/6/2016 (Permalink)

  • “During 2009-2013, candles caused 3% of home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries, and 5% of direct property damage from home fires.
  • On average, there are 25 home candle fires reported per day.
  • More than one-third of these fires (36%) started in the bedroom; however, the candle industry found that only 13% of candle users burn candles in the bedroom most often.
  • Nearly three in five candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle.
  • Falling asleep was a factor in 11% of the home candle fires and 30% of the associated deaths.”

 

Source: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week/fast-facts-about-fire

 (http://www.firepreventionweek.org):

Click the link to continue reading more of the online article.

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Fire Prevention Week-Cooking

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

  • “U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 162,400 cooking-related fires between 2009-2013 resulting in 430 civilian deaths, 5,400 civilian injuries and 1.1 billion in direct damage.
  • Two of every five home fires started in the kitchen.
  • Unattended cooking was a factor in one-third of reported home cooking fires.
  • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Ranges accounted for three of every five (61%) home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 13%.
  • Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking and hot food and drinks than of being hurt in a cooking fire.”

Source: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week/fast-facts-about-fire

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 (http://www.firepreventionweek.org):

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Fire Prevention Week-Smoke Alarms

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

  • “Three out of five home fire deaths in 2009-2013 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
  • In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80% of the time.
  • When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.”

Source: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week/fast-facts-about-fire

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 (http://www.firepreventionweek.org):

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Fire Prevention Week-Fire Facts

10/2/2016 (Permalink)

  • Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours.
  • One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den.
  • Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 367,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,745 deaths, 11,825 civilian injuries, and $6.8 billion in direct damage.
  • On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day.”

Source: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week/fast-facts-about-fire

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 (http://www.firepreventionweek.org):

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Coming Soon-Fire Prevention Week

9/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

Commemorating a conflagration
According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow - belonging to Mrs. Catherine O'Leary - kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole city on fire. Chances are you've heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming the Great Chicago Fire on the cow and Mrs. O'Leary, for more than 130 years. But recent research by Chicago historian Robert Cromie has helped to debunk this version of events”

Source: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week/about-fire-prevention-week

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Furnace Filters

8/3/2016 (Permalink)

According to our friend’s blog at Smylie One http://smylieone.com/furnace/furnace-filter-facts-the-two-most-popular-questions/

Replacing the furnace air filter is one of the most basic and inexpensive things you can do to keep your system working properly and optimally.  To use an analogy, the purpose for having a filter is similar to a person’s respiratory system.  This may not make any sense right now, but stay with me and it will become clear.  A basic necessity of life is to breathe in and out.  Each of us has small hairs in our noses which are there to capture dust particles so that they don’t get into our lungs.  Your furnace filter does the same thing for your furnace; it traps all kinds of particles before they get a chance to reach and cause damage to the furnace.”  Click the link above to continue reading the online blog by Smylie One.

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Cleaning Up After a Home or Building Fire

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

“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.”
  • 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.”
  • (Source of the quoted information provided: http://www.SERVPROvisalia.com/blog)

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    Fire Extinguishers Types

    7/1/2016 (Permalink)

    There are many types of fire extinguishers. Below is a snippet copied directly from: http://toolboxtopics.com/Gen%20Industry/Emergency,%20Where's%20the%20Fire%20Extinguisher.htm  “The vast majority of portable, hand held fire extinguishers are loaded with a dry chemical powder that will extinguish the majority of fires you might encounter in your daily environment. This powder is not toxic but will make you sneeze and cough if you inhale it. (It tastes like sodium bicarbonate which is its base powder.) This powder will extinguish Class "A", "B", and "C" fires.

    ·         Class "A" fires involve material such as paper, plastic, wood and other common combustibles.

    ·         Class "B" fires involve grease, oil or gasoline. Dry chemical extinguishers will work, but these fires can be harder to extinguish and should be approached with extreme caution.

    ·         Class "C" fires involve burning electrical motors or transformer. This type of fire changes from "C" to Class "A" or "B" as soon as the power is cut off (or shorts out). Dry chemical can be used here also because it will not conduct electricity and will put out "A" or "B" type fires.”

    Please click the source link provided above to continue reading and learning!

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    June is National Safety Month-Pet Fire Safety

    6/21/2016 (Permalink)

    Pets can causes fires just like people. According to http://www.nfpa.org/public-education, pets account for starting approximately 700 home fires per year.  Pets knock things over, bump into things and are just plain curious.  This could lead to fires.  It is important to keep our pets away from candles, space heaters, electrical cords, cooking devices and more.  When planning your household escape plan, remember your pets. With that said, in an actual fire event, never go back inside for your pets once you are out safely.

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    This information was copied from the above link as a source of information and was not written by SERVPRO of Beachwood.

    (Source: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets )

    June is National Safety Month- Fire Prevention

    6/20/2016 (Permalink)

    Awareness is the start to preventing a fire in your home.  Having a smoke detector, sprinkler system and an escape plan in place are just the first steps in prevention.  There are many resources online to get you the information needed.   Here are just a few of the many websites that you can locate online:

     https://www.usfa.fema.gov/

    http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fires-in-the-us/overall-fire-problem/fire-loss-in-the-united-states

    https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/technology/

    Please remember these are just a few of the many websites online.  It’s up to you to research all the information and find what works for you and your family. 

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    After the fire trucks are gone, your Beachwood home and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

    June is National Safety Month-Smoke Alarms

    6/17/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage June is National Safety Month-Smoke Alarms Photo Source: https://www.amazon.com/Kidde-Hardwire-Ionization-Detector-Battery/dp/B001XQ5VHW

    Every home and business should have working smoke alarms.  Batteries need to be changed at least twice a year.  A good time to change batteries is in the fall and spring when changing our clocks.

    The following tips were provided by and copied directly from: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/smoke-alarms

     (Source: http://www.nfpa.org/education ©NFPA 2016 http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets). 

    Please click on the link to continue reading for more tips!

    ·         Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area.

    ·         Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.

    ·         Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.

    ·         It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.

    ·         Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.

    This information was copied from the above link as a source of information and was not written by SERVPRO of Beachwood.

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    June is National Safety Month- Electronic Cigarettes

    6/16/2016 (Permalink)

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    When smoking you have to be sure to follow safety procedures to prevent fires.  Did you know that electronic cigarettes can cause fires?  According to the NFPA website (see source link below):

    “Fires have occurred while e-cigarettes were being used, the battery was being charged, or the device was being transported. Battery failures have led to small explosions. Never leave charging e-cigarettes unattended. E-cigarettes should be used with caution.”

    Also:

    “The risk of dying in a home structure fire caused by smoking materials rises with age.  One out of four fatal victims of smoking-material fires is not the smoker whose cigarette started the fire.”

    Sources: “Reproduced from NFPA’s website, http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets. ©2016 NFPA.”  

    June is National Safety Month- Fire Escape Tips

    6/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Having a good plan in place can save your life, your families and your pets!

    Here are a few fire escape tips copied directly from the link provided.  Please click the link to find more tips and information as this is just a snippet of the online article to get you started: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/fief/up_in_smoke_parents_brochure.pdf

    ·         “You have a fire escape plan for your home.

    ·         You know two ways out of every room.

    ·         You know the best way to take your baby outside if there is a fire.

    ·         You practice the plan with everyone who lives in your home at least twice a year.

    ·         You have a meeting place outside.

    ·         Everyone knows how to call 9-1-1 from outside to report a fire.”

    Please click the link above to read more about fire safety.

    Learn more by visiting: www.usfa.fema.gov

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    June is National Safety Month- Home Fire Safety

    6/14/2016 (Permalink)

    The following information snippet was located and copied from the online link below: 

    http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/safety-at-home-fires-burns.aspx

    “Over the past several decades, deaths from home structure fires in the United States have steadily gone down – from 5,200 in 1980 to 2,755 in 2013, according to Injury Facts 2016®.

    But even one death from a preventable fire is too many. While fire doesn't discriminate by age, it is the third leading cause of death for children ages 2 to 14. In 2013, 202 children in this age group died from fire and smoke inhalation.” 

    Please click the link above to read more regarding fires in homes and safety. 

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    Generator Fire Hazards

    4/19/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/safety/using-electricity/backup-generators.html#hazards

    "Backup generators can pose a risk of shock and electrocution, especially if they are operated in wet conditions. Because generators must be operated outdoors, it is important to pay special attention to weather and environmental conditions to prevent electrical accidents.

    Follow these important electrical safety tips at all times when operating your backup generator:

    • Operate the generator on a dry surface where water cannot reach it, or puddle or drain under it.
    • Dry your hands, if wet, before touching the generator.
    • If you must use a generator in wet conditions, protect the generator from moisture (as described in the owner's manual) to help avoid shock or electrocution hazard. This should be done without operating the generator indoors or near openings to any building that can be occupied in order to help avoid CO hazards.
    • NEVER try to power home wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet, a practice known as "backfeeding." This is extremely dangerous and presents an electrocution risk to utility workers and neighbors served by the same circuit. It also bypasses some of the built-in household circuit protection devices.

    When connecting appliances to the generator using an extension cord, follow these steps:

    • Use heavy-duty extension cords that are specifically designed for outdoor use.
    • Make sure the wattage rating for each cord exceeds the total wattage of all appliances connected to it.
    • Use extension cords that are long enough to allow the generator to be placed outdoors and far away from windows, doors and vents to the home or to other structures that could be occupied.
    • Check that the entire length of each cord is free of cuts or tears and that the plug has all three (or four) prongs.
    • Protect the cord from getting pinched or crushed, and follow all cord safety labels including any limits on cord length.

    In addition, use care when handling and storing fuel for your generator to avoid potential fire hazards:

    • Never store fuel for your generator inside the home. Gasoline, propane, kerosene, and other flammable liquids should be stored outside of living areas in properly-labeled, non-glass safety containers. Do not store any of these substances near a fuel-burning appliance, such as a natural gas water heater in a garage.
    • Before refueling a generator, turn it off and let it cool down for at least two minutes before removing the fuel cap. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite. Never refuel a running portable generator."

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    Home Fires

    4/7/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

    "Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States, with direct property loss due to home fires estimated at $7.3 billion annually.  Home fires can be prevented!

    To protect yourself, it is important to understand the basic characteristics of fire. Fire spreads quickly; there is no time to gather valuables or make a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.

    Heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the super-hot air can sear your lungs. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Instead of being awakened by a fire, you may fall into a deeper sleep. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio."

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    Fire Prevention Tips

    3/30/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was taken directly from: https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

    "Most home fires occur in the kitchen while cooking and are the leading cause of injuries from fire. Common causes of fires at night are carelessly discarded cigarettes, sparks from fireplaces without spark screens or glass doors, and heating appliances left too close to furniture or other combustibles. These fires can be particularly dangerous because they may smolder for a long period before being discovered by sleeping residents.

    Home fires are preventable! The following are simple steps that each of us can take to prevent a tragedy.

    Cooking

    • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
    • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
    • Do not cook if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.
    • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove.
    • Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

    Smoking

    • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most home fires caused by smoking materials start inside the home. Put your cigarettes out in a can filled with sand.
    • Make sure cigarettes and ashes are out. The cigarette really needs to be completely stubbed out in an ashtray. Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away. Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.
    • Check for cigarette butts. Chairs and sofas catch on fire fast and burn fast. Don't put ashtrays on them. If people have been smoking in the home, check for cigarettes under cushions.
    • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used, even if it is turned off. Oxygen can be explosive and makes fire burn hotter and faster.
    • Be alert - don’t smoke in bed! If you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy, put your cigarette out first.

    Electrical and Appliance Safety

    • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
    • Buy electrical products evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
    • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
    • Use electrical extension cords wisely; never overload extension cords or wall sockets.
    • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.

    Portable Space Heaters

    • Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from portable heating devices.
    • Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
    • Check to make the portable heater has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.
    • Check with your local fire department on the legality of kerosene heater use in your community.
    • Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene in kerosene heaters. Never overfill it. Use the heater in a well-ventilated room.

    Fireplaces and Woodstoves

    • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
    • Never burn trash, paper, or green wood.
    • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
    • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.
    • Store cooled ashes in a tightly sealed metal container outside the home.

    Children

    • Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching children that fire is a tool, not a toy.
    • Store matches and lighters out of children's reach and sight, preferably in a locked cabinet.
    • Teach children not to pick up matches or lighters they may find. Instead, they should tell an adult immediately.
    • Never leave children unattended near operating stoves or burning candles, even for a short time.
    • Check under beds and in closets for burned matches, evidence your child may be playing with fire.

    More Prevention Tips

    • Avoid using lighted candles.
    • Never use the range or oven to heat your home.
    • Replace mattresses made before the 2007 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. Mattresses made since then are required by law to be safer.
    • Keep combustible and flammable liquids away from heat sources.
    • Portable generators should NEVER be used indoors and should only be refueled outdoors or in well ventilated areas."

    Read more at: https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

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    Grease Fire and Baking Soda

    3/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Have a grease fire in your kitchen?  NEVER use water! Use a fire extinguisher or baking soda.  Watch the Today Show's video link for more information.

    http://www.today.com/video/how-to-put-out-a-grease-fire-in-the-kitchen-any-why-you-should-never-use-water-484572227781

     "Baking soda is chemically known as sodium bicarbonate. When heated to a high temperature, the chemical properties of this salt make it produce lots of carbon dioxide and remove oxygen. This then totally reduces the amount of oxygen in the surrounding atmosphere and puts the fire out. This reaction also produces a small quantity of water and sodium carbonate as by products."  (Source http://humantouchofchemistry.com/why-does-baking-soda-extinguish-fires.htm)

    Home Fires In The Winter

    2/22/2016 (Permalink)

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    Did you know that home fires occur more often during the winter than in any other season? Make sure you're prepared! (Source: SERVPRO Corp.)

    Christmas Tree Fire Facts

    12/4/2013 (Permalink)

    Facts from http://www.nfpa.org::



    • One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical failures. 

    • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. 

    • A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of the fires.

    Cooking Fire Information

    11/20/2013 (Permalink)

    If you have a cooking fire



    • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.

    • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.

    • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.

    • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

    • For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.


    Information obtained from: http://www.nfpa.org

    Fire Damage in Beachwood, Ohio

    11/5/2013 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Fire Damage in Beachwood, Ohio Fire Clean Up in Beachwood, Ohio

    A grease fire was the cause of this kitchen fire in beachwood, Ohio.  SERVPRO of Beachwood was called to clean up all the soot.