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Fire Safety Equipment

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

Battery being changed in a smoke alarm One of the best pieces of equipment to protect yourself from a fire emergency is a smoke alarm!

There are a multitude of devices and technologies that, depending on the size and type of your structure, can be utilized to help protect your property in a fire emergency.  Preparation and prevention are two of the best methods you can practice, keeping both yourself and your building safe from fire damage.  Although many of these are well-known, there are also some other less commonly recognized devices or technologies that may be beneficial to you and your structure:

  • Smoke Alarms – The National Fire Protection Association recommends that the minimum number of smoke alarms that one should install within their home is:
    • One inside of every sleeping (bed) room
    • One outside of each sleeping (bed) area
    • At least one on every level of the home (including the basement)

Furthermore, these your smoke alarms should be tested regularly, and batteries should be replaced at least twice per year.

  • Fire Extinguishers – There are a multitude of different types of fire extinguishers that can be utilized, depending on the purpose and contents of the structure. For a more detailed explanation of fire extinguisher types and uses, please visit our blog, “Did You Know? – The Fire Extinguisher Edition”
  • Fire Sprinklers / Suppression Systems – In larger structures, commercial buildings, and many apartment or condominium complexes, fire sprinklers and/or suppression systems may be installed. These systems cover a large area, and once activated, produce extensive amounts of water to put out fires and prevent further spread.
  • Escape Ladders, Routes, and Plans – Having an escape plan put together, in case of fire, whether in your home or business, and sharing with all people regularly within the building, can provide a much safer outcome during a fire emergency. Plans may need to include emergency exit locations, escape equipment (such as ladders), and meeting locations once exiting the building.

Safety is the #1 priority when fire strikes.  After the fire, know that SERVPRO of North Pensacola is prepared and here to help with any flame, smoke, or soot damages your property has sustained.  To learn more about our fire restoration services or schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 850-466-3076.

Did You Know? – The Fire Extinguisher Edition

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Multiple Fire Extinguishers with Brick Wall in Background Fire Damages? Call SERVPRO of North Pensacola - 850-466-3076!

It is well known that having a working, in-date fire extinguisher on your property is imperative for fire safety preparation.  Many commercial properties require annual fire extinguisher inspections, and that team members receive training on the location of the extinguishers.  Did you know, though, that there are different kinds of fire extinguishers AND that there is a proper way to use this device?  Learn more about these fire extinguisher details below:

Q:  What are the different kinds of fire extinguishers, and what is each used for?

A:  The U.S. Fire Administration defines five primary types of fire extinguishers used to put out different kinds of fires:

  1. A – used for ordinary material fires, such as wood, cloth, or paper.
  2. B – for use with combustible or flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, or oil.
  3. C – for use with electrical equipment like appliances and tools.
  4. D – for use with flammable metals.
  5. K – for use with animal oils, vegetable oils, and fats in cooking appliances.

Many fire extinguishers may also be multipurpose, in that they carry multiple letter definitions and can put out a variety of material fires.  Having the right fire extinguisher for the materials within your structure is very important in limiting the amount of damage sustained, as well as ensuring safety for occupants.

Q:  What is the proper way to use a fire extinguisher?

A: The U.S. Fire Administration suggests the acronym “PASS” as a means of properly discharging a fire extinguisher:

P - Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

A - Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

S - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side

ALWAYS use extreme caution when inside of a fire damaged structure and follow the guidance of local fire authorities.  If your property has suffered fire damages, know that SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Here to Help.  We offer 24/7 emergency response, and have the training, equipment, and expertise to safely clean and remediate the damages.  To learn more or schedule service, give us a call at 850-466-3076.

Fire Damage Prevention

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged stove and microwave in a residential kitchen. SERVPRO of North Pensacola offers a variety of fire damage restoration services!

When it comes to protecting yourself and your property from fire damages, there are many steps that can be taken.  Some of the more commonly practiced steps include ensuring you have working smoke detectors, checking smoke detector batteries at least twice a year, and keeping functioning fire extinguishers in the home in case of a fire emergency.  Did you know, however, that there are additional steps that can be taken to help PREVENT fires from occurring in the first place?

  • Clean and Maintain Your Clothes Dryer/Dryer Vents: The leading cause of dryer fires, at 34%, is the failure to clean dryer vents. It is a best practice to regularly clean out dryer vents, and to clean the dryer lint filter after each load of laundry is dried, as an abundance of lint in the filter restricts the flow of air to the machine.  You will also want to occasionally check for and, if needed, repair damages to the vent pipes behind the machine.  Finally, make sure your machine is installed using the correct type of electrical plug and outlet per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Check Wiring and Electrical Equipment Regularly: Flickering lights, a scorched smell, or frequently blown breakers may all be signs of a wiring issue in your home or business. Contact an electrical professional to address these types of issues.  Along with structural wiring, you should regularly check appliances and electrical equipment for breaks or frays in cords, which provide a fire hazard.
  • Keep Items Away from Hot Surfaces/Open Flames: If burning candles, smoking, or cooking in the home, be sure to keep flammable items, such as draperies, towels, clothing, and cleaning chemicals away from hot surfaces and flames. Fire can spread rapidly once these kinds of items are ignited, making containment and suppression much more difficult.

In the unfortunate event that fire damages do affect your home, know that SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Here to Help.  Our team has specialized training to handle fire damages, restore contents affected by smoke and soot, and help make your property “Like it never even happened.”  To learn more about our fire remediation services, give us a call at 850-466-3076.

Fireworks fire in Gonzalez?

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

An ignited roman candle firework is shown sending up sparks onto a beach. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Pensacola.

Holiday Disaster

Fireworks are a big part of winter holiday celebrations, and many cities around the country have firework displays each year. It’s fun to watch the night sky light up with explosions of light. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) ten percent of fires that occur between December 30 to January 3 are caused by fireworks, with the highest number of fires occurring on New Year’s Day.

SERVPRO® of North Pensacola’s highly trained fire restoration technicians respond to fire damage emergencies in the Gonzalez and surrounding areas often during the winter holiday season. Our technicians are on call 24 hours a day and typically arrive on-site within four hours of your call. Here are some fireworks facts from the NFPA:

  • More than 19,500 reported fires are started by fireworks annually.
  • Half of the fireworks injuries seen at emergency rooms were extremities: hand, finger, or leg. One-third were to the eye or other parts of the head.
  • Children ages 10–14 had the highest rate of fireworks injury, with more than one-third (36%) of the victims of fireworks injuries under age 15.
  • Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.

Call Us!

Gonzalez residents rely on SERVPRO® of North Pensacola to restore property damaged by fire.  Call us today at 850-466-3076.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Independently Owned and Operated.

Thanksgiving Day Electric Knife Fire in Cottage Hill?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

A man is shown using an electric knife to carve a turkey. We can respond to your fire damage emergency day or night in Pensacola.

Home Cooking Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest fire emergency days in the United States. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fires occur on this day because of all of the activity, people, and cooking that surrounds this day and other winter holidays. Every year SERVPRO® of North Pensacola witnesses firsthand the damage fire emergencies cause in Cottage Hill, and we have technicians on call through our 24-hour emergency service every day. Here are some tips from the NFPA on ways to prevent cooking fires in your home this year:

  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Call Us Today!

No matter how big the job is, SERVPRO of North Pensacola has a team of fire restoration professionals ready 24 hours a day to respond to your call. Call us at 850-466-3076. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Cottage Hill, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Independently Owned and Operated.

Molino can count on SERVPRO of North Pensacola to restore fire-damaged buildings

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Covered cast-iron pot on campfire SERVPRO of North Pensacola reminds all: safe cookouts prevent fires in Molino

SERVPRO® of North Pensacola restores fire-damaged materials in Molino

Wildfires can cause soot damage or leave odors of smoke and ash even in buildings that flames didn’t reach.

Water from firefighting as well as the fires themselves can damage structures and other belongings. If SERVPRO® of North Pensacola is called to the site of a fire-damaged building soon enough, we may be able to restore much of the property to its pre-damage condition.

Call us at 850-466-3076. We have 24-hour emergency service every day. We are also available to restore structures and to clean/disinfect items that have existing damage, so don’t despair.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola removes odors, replaces damaged drywall, and repairs most kinds of flooring. Our highly trained technicians are restoration experts you can count on.

Prevention is easier than restoration

Awareness of what causes fires is the first step in prevention. In Northwest Florida, the main causes (not in order) are:

  • Wildfires:
    • 90% are caused by people (arson, campfires, escaped embers from burning debris)
    • 10% are caused by lightning strikes
  • Cooking
  • Electrical
  • Smoking 
  • Candles

Be careful

Don’t leave grills or barbecues unattended and avoid burning debris on windy days. Be aware, both indoors and outside, of the possibility of fire.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola is Independently Owned and Operated.

Barbeque Fire Damage in Pensacola?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

We are fire damage restoration experts in North Pensacola.

Grill Fires

Did you know that July marks the month when the highest fire damage occurs in the nation? In a 2019 report published by the National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA), July, the top month for grill fires, is attributed to the July fourth holiday and the beginning of nice outdoor weather when many families in the U.S. gather to celebrate this national holiday and Summer. SERVPRO® of North Pensacola wants North Pensacola residents to know that we are highly trained in fire damage restoration and have a team on call 24 hours a day to respond to your call. Usually, we can be onsite within four hours to immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. Here are some safety tips from the NFPA to help prevent charcoal grill fires:

  • Only use charcoal and propane BBQ grills outdoors
  • Place the grill well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under the eaves and overhanging branches
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease fat and buildup from the grill and trays below the grill
  • Never leave your grill unattended

Call Us

If you experience fire damage,  SERVPRO® of North Pensacola is Here to Help. ®   Call us today at 850-466-3076. We’ll restore your fire damage in North Pensacola “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of North Pensacola is Independently Owned and Operated.

Vandalism in Gonzalez?

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

You never know when you might need vandalism cleanup and restoration services in Pensacola!

Vandalism Happens in Gonzalez

Did you know that there have been 637 instances of vandalism reported in Escambia County in the last six months? You never know when your home or business may become the victim of vandalism. According to the Oxford Dictionary, vandalism is defined as the crime of destroying or damaging something, especially public property, deliberately and for no good reason. Broken windows, graffiti, and many other crime incidents can cause property damage. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of North Pensacola has years of experience dealing with the aftermath of vandalism in Gonzalez. We are trained to provide cleanup and restoration services for many types of commercial businesses including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Depending on the type of damage, we may provide these services:

Call Us Today

SERVPRO® of North Pensacola is Here to Help ® commercial businesses and homeowners with any type of property damage emergency. Call us today at 850-466-3076. We’ll restore your vandalism damage in Gonzalez “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of North Pensacola is Independently Owned and Operated.

Electrical Fire in Quintette?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Don’t blow your fuse over an electrical fire in Pensacola!

Electrical Safety Warning Signs

Did you know that electrical distribution systems are the third leading cause of home fires in the United States? According to the Electrical Safety Foundation , (ESFI), electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires annually and are responsible for over one billion dollars in property damage each year. SERVPRO® of North Pensacola is committed to providing the highest level of support and service to Quintette residents and businesses and we are ready to assist you with any fire damage emergency you may experience.

Here are some electrical safety warning signs from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers
  • A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance
  • Discolored or warm wall electrical outlets
  • A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance
  • Flickering or dimming lights
  • Sparks from an outlet

Fire Damage Specialists

Our team is highly trained and certified in fire and smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning, and water damage restoration. Our technicians are required to undergo continuous education training to stay up to speed on industry standards and new technological advancements in our field.

Call Us Today

SERVPRO® of North Pensacola is Here to Help ® commercial businesses and homeowners with any size fire damage emergency. We can also help you with the insurance paperwork and process. Call us today at 850-466-3076. We’ll restore your fire damage in Quintette “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of North Pensacola is Independently Owned and Operated.

What if Fire Damages My Important Documents in Gaberonne?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

We clean and restore important documents and photographs in Pensacola.

Fire Damage Restoration

There are many forms of damage that result from fire. Smoke will penetrats everything in the structure and the smoke odor will damage items not harmed in the fire itself. Falling soot and ash can cover everything, and the water used to put out the fire will cause water damage to everything that is in the path of the fire the firefighters are trying to put out. Even a small structural fire can cause a lot of damage in a short period of time. SERVPRO® of North Pensacola wants Gaberonne residents and businesses to know that we provide a wide range of restoration services to help mitigate the damage caused by fire and to restore your important documents and photographs.

Document and Photograph Restoration

When valuable documents and photographs experience fire and water damage, we will take extreme caution to make sure the damage does not destroy the documents. Some documents may not be able to be salvaged, but we can usually save a great deal and minimize further damage.

Call Us Today

Call us today at 850-466-3076. From the moment you contact us, we will be onsite within four hours to begin the cleanup and restoration process. SERVPRO® of North Pensacola has the specialty training and equipment to restore your documents in Gaberonne “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of North Pensacola is Independently Owned and Operated.

Is Your Business Prepared for a Fire in Yniestra?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Wildfires can pose a serious threat to your home or business in Pensacola.

Fires Happen

Fires can occur at any time for many reasons. Last week wildfires broke out in three different areas of the Florida panhandle area, east of Pensacola. The Swamp Fire alone destroyed more than a dozen homes and caused over one-thousand homes to be evacuated. According to the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), drought conditions currently cover fifty percent of Florida, making the potential for fires optimal.

We Minimize Disruption to Your Business

We hope your business never experiences commercial fire damage, but if you do SERVPRO of North Pensacola® wants to help. We know that any disruption to your business in Yniestra can be costly so we will work to get you back to business as usual as soon as possible. No matter what size of job, we can be on site within four hours of your call. We can even help with the insurance paperwork and process. Some examples of commercial properties we work with are:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call Us Today

Our team of highly trained professionals are ready to respond to your fire damage emergency 24 hours a day. SERVPRO® of North Pensacola has the training and state-of-the-art equipment to take care of your needs in Yniestra, no matter what size job. Call us today at 850-466-3076.

SERVPRO® of North Pensacola is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Cleanup and Restoration Services for Bohemia

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will clean and restore your fire damage in Bohemia “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know that cooking fires cause of highest number of household fires in the nation? SERVPRO® of North Pensacola wants Bohemia residents to know that according to the US Fire Administration there were 191,000 cooking fires in residences in 2017. Installing a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and training the family on how to safely operate it can help. Here are some other tips from the American Red Cross to help prevent cooking fires:

  • Never leave cooking food unattended
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove
  • If you are cooking food check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off
  • Keep kids away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of three feet around the stove

If you experience fire damage to your home or business SERVPRO® of North Pensacola wants to help. We are on call and ready to respond to your emergency 24 hours a day. Call us today at 850-466-3076. We’ll take care of your fire damage in Bohemia “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of North Pensacola is independently owned and operated.

Commercial Fire Cleanup and Restoration Services for Pensacola

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will clean and restore your commercial fire damage in Gonzalez “Like it never even happened.”

According to the U.S. Fire Administration 111,000 nonresidential fires were reported in 2017. Cooking fires were the highest cause numbering 33,700, unintentional and carless fires accounted for 12,300, and intentional fires totaled 10,900. SERVPRO® of North Pensacola wants commercial business owners and residents in Gonzalez to know that when a fire emergency causes damage we are here to help, and no job is too big. We are equipped to handle any size emergency from small offices to large high-rise buildings, retail stores, government and military buildings. Our technicians are trained to respond to the unique demands of commercial fires and will see the mitigation and restoration project through to its completion. Some of the commercial fire cleanup and restoration services we offer are:

  • Fire cleanup and restoration services
  • Water cleanup and restoration services
  • Smoke cleanup and restoration services
  • Odor Removal
  • Commercial cleaning services
  • Carpet repair and installation services
  • Building repair services
  • Help with insurance paperwork
  • Document drying services
  • Art restoration services

We hope you never experience fire damage to your home or business, but if you do, SERVPRO® of North Pensacola is ready to meet the needs of Gonzalez business owners and residents alike. Call us today at 850-466-3076. We’ll take care of your emergency damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of North Pensacola is independently owned and operated.

Smoke Detectors can Save Lives in Cottage Hill

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

By installing a fire alarm in your home, you can lower your risk of being harmed in the event a fire breaks out in your Cottage Hill home.

Fire spreads fast once it is started so SERVPRO of North Pensacola wants to remind you that smoke detectors (smoke alarms) can help save lives in your Cottage Hill home.

An alarm alerts you that danger is present giving you time to get out.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola wants you to remember:

  • Closed doors can slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. That is good for reducing smoke damage and fire damage. That is also why you should have a smoke alarm in every sleeping room in the home
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home
  • Large homes might need extra smoke alarms
  • Some companies make alarms that are interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound
  • Do not turn off smoke detectors when cooking
  • Test the smoke alarms at least once a month. There is a test button on the alarm
  • When the alarm sounds, get everyone outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years

If your Cottage Hill home is not properly protected by a smoke detector, please install one. If you experience a fire, immediately vacate the home and then contact your fire department once you are outside the home.

Links:

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Smoke-alarms

https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/smoke-alarms/safety-messages-about-smoke-alarms

Tips for Escaping a Structure in the Event of a Fire in North Pensacola

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Plan your Escape Route in the Event of a Fire

SERVPRO of North Pensacola knows a small flame can turn into a large fire in a matter of minutes.  Sometimes, a portable fire extinguisher is not enough to save your property and the only thing you can do is escape.

A small flame can turn into a large fire in a matter of minutes. Lives are more important than objects, so get yourself and others out of danger.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola Offers these Tips for Escape:

  • Make an escape plan ahead of time. Make sure everyone knows the plan
  • Make sure that all doors and windows open easily
  • Plan at least two different ways of escaping every room
  • When you leave, close the doors and windows to shut in the flames
  • Practice the plan
  • Do not stop to pick up valuables. You can replace objects
  • Make sure your plan includes a place to meet that is a safe distance from the home
  • Do not turn off smoke alarms when you cook. You may need the warning
  • If you have to go through smoke, crawl under it

SERVPRO of North Pensacola reminds you to call the fire department once you are outside the home.

Links:

https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/fire-and-life-safety-equipment/fire-extinguishers

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/EscapePlanningTips.ashx?la=en

How to Use Fire Extinguishers in Molino

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Learn the P.A.S.S. method and it might just save your life if a fire breaks out in Molino, Florida.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola hopes you never experience the devastation that comes with fire damage. However, in the event that disaster strikes, be aware that our IICRC certified technicians are qualified in all aspects of cleaning up the damage left by smoke and fire in your business or residence in Molino.

Fire extinguishers may help prevent fire damage or smoke damage, but only if you know how to use them.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola wants to share these tips from FEMA. You can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You have alerted others in the building that there is a fire
  • Someone has called the fire department
  • You are physically able to use a fire extinguisher
  • The fire is small and contained (like a wastebasket)
  • You are safe from the fire’s smoke
  • You have a clear escape route

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher:   SERVPRO of North Pensacola suggests you remember

PASS:

Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism

Aim at the base of the fire

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

Sweep the nozzle side to side

Links:

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

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/extinguishers.html

Difference in Arson and Intentional Fires in Ferry Pass

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Prevent fires by raising awareness of primary causes.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola wants you to be aware of the causes of fire damage and fire injuries so that you can help prevent them.

 Causes of Fires in Ferry Pass:

  • Arson & intentional fires. An “intentional fire” is one that is not set to cause harm, but it gets out of control.  Arson is a fire that is set to cause harm. Most of the time, arson and intentional fires are set outside. Deaths, injuries, and fire damage usually happen indoors
  • Candles
  • Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fire injuries and home fire damage
  • Use all electrical equipment according to the directions
  • Heating equipment is the second most common cause of death in home fires
  • December, January, and February are the months that have the most home heating fires
  • Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other smoking materials are the biggest cause of fire deaths in the U.S. Think of preventing tragedy when explaining why to quit smoking
  • Children should never be left alone with matches, lighters, candles, or other dangerous materials. Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries every year

Please pay attention to fire safety. While we can help to restore your home or office, prevention and family safety should always come first. Share this blog with a friend who might want to learn more about fire prevention.

Links:

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire

The Best Fire Prevention in Goulding is Fire Control

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire is Fast. Prevention is Key.

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that a small flame can turn into a major fire in just 30 seconds. Flames and smoke can fill the house in just a few minutes. SERVPRO of North Pensacola will help you recover from fire damage. We hope you never need that kind of help.

The best fire prevention is fire control.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola notes that the week of October 9, 2019 is Fire Prevention Week.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola offers these Tips for Fire Prevention: Overview

  • Items that can catch fire include: dish towels, oven mitts, paper, curtains, wooden spoons, decorations
  • Heat sources include: light bulbs, fireplaces, stove tops, furnaces, candles, or electric heaters.
  • Keep items that can catch fire at least 3 feet away from heat sources
  • Keep kids at least 3 feet away from heat sources
  • Turn off heat sources when you leave the home or go to bed
  • Never use the oven as a heater
  • Have the fireplace chimney inspected & cleaned once a year

SERVPRO of North Pensacola suggests you keep one or more fire extinguishers available.

Remember fire is fast. If there is a fire, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.

Links:

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

Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fires in Bohemia

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Safety tips to avoid fire damage from cooking equipment

A leading cause of fire damage and fire injuries in the home come from cooking equipment. SERVPRO of North Pensacola wants to be there for you if this ever happens in your home.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola shares these tips to help prevent fire damage. They make more sense than not cooking at home.

  • Many kitchen items can catch fire, including: dish towels, oven mitts, recipes, wooden tools, and loose clothing
  • Never operate the stove or oven when you are tired or have been drinking alcohol
  • If you are frying, broiling, grilling, or boiling food, stay in the kitchen. If you leave, even for a short time, turn off the heat
  • Keep flammable items at least three feet from the stove top
  • Do not allow children within two to four feet of the stove or oven
  • If you must leave the house while cooking of any kind, turn off the heat sources

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola reminds you that fire prevention is the best strategy against fire damage.

Links:

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

Cleaning Smoke and Soot Damage in Quintette

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Even a small kitchen fire can leave a big mess.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola can clean up damage from smoke and soot in your Quintette home.

Smoke is a mixture of gases and small particles. The small particles are also called ash, and they include soot.

Soot is the collection of particles left from incomplete burning of products that contain carbon. These products include wood and coal.

Smoke and soot do not destroy materials the way fire does. They leave behind greasy films and have an unpleasant odor.

Smoke moves from warmer areas to cooler areas. You will find smoke and soot damage on the ceiling above where the fire started, but you will find the damage in other places. SERVPRO of North Pensacola looks for damage in/on:

  • Outside walls and windows: Even if the fire was in the center of the room, smoke travels to the cooler areas
  • Closed-off spaces: Smoke and soot settle in cooler areas, including dresser drawers, closed closets, and wall cavities
  • Air ducts: smoke and soot travel throughout the house
  • Drapes and blinds. The drapes and blinds are cooler than other parts of the house. During a fire, the areas behind the drapes and blinds are cooler than the rest of the room. Remember that smoke travels to the cooler areas, leaving behind smoke and soot.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola investigates these areas to get a good idea of what kind of damage is in the building.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/9/2017 (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.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of North Pensacola will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.