Recent Fire Damage Posts
Home Fire Escape Plans
The last thing you want to happen is to be coming up with a fire escape plan when a fire is already taking place. Home owners should always have a plan in place to get their loved ones out of the building quickly and safely. There are multiple things that should be kept in mind while developing these plans. The National Fire Protection Association has laid out a list of things to do to accomplish this. This list includes tips such as:
- Make a plan with everyone in your household. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes and identify the locations of smoke alarms. Draw a floor plan of the home for children showing at least two ways out of each room (windows and doors).
- Closed doors can slow fires and the accompanying identifiers. Smoke alarms should be in or outside of every bedroom and on every level of a home.
- Make sure all identified escape routes are clear and that doors and windows can be opened quickly and easily.
- Pick a place outside that is a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make note of this spot on the escape plan.
- Make sure your address is visible from the street for first responders to see.
- Make sure everyone knows the emergency phone number of the fire department so anyone in your home can call in the emergency.
- Make sure that one or more people is capable of and assigned to the task of helping infants or elderly family members out of the home.
- Make sure that security bars have emergency release devices inside for a quick escape. They will still keep your house secure, but in case of an emergency, they will be less likely to catch or stick.
- Make sure that your guests know your escape plan and that when you are a guest you know your host’s escape plan.
- Whenever a smoke alarm sounds be prepared for it to be a real fire.
- Never go back into the building. If you have a family member or pet missing from your outside meeting place, alert the first responders of this when they arrive. If you go back in you risk getting stuck inside yourself, so let the professionals do the rescuing.
In the event of a fire, being prepared is key. By making a plan and practicing what to do before the situation occurs, you and the people you love are much more likely to make it out with little to no injuries.
If you experience fire damages, be sure to contact SERVPRO® of Peoria at 309-637-7300. We are here to make the damage, “Like it never even happened.”
Holiday Fireplace Safety
“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire!”
It’s the holiday season, and nothing compares to relaxing in front of a fireplace with a cup of cocoa and a Christmas movie playing in the background. That’s why it’s important to keep yourself and your family safe by practicing fire safety.
To do this it is crucial to remember that for fireplaces and woodstoves you should always:
- Inspect and clean wood stove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
- 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.
There are precautions you can take for portable space heaters as well, including:
- 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.
- Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene in kerosene heaters. Never overfill it. Use the heater in a well-ventilated room.
These simple actions can help keep this Christmas merry and bright. Let’s leave the roasting to the chestnuts!
SERVPRO of Peoria wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday.
(Tips received from: https://www.ready.gov/home-fires)
If you do experience fire damage in the Peoria area this Christmas call SERVPRO as soon as possible! (309) 637-7300
Fire Damaged Carpet Restoration In Peoria
Let the pros help you!
Do you know how to decide if you should remove or replace your fire damaged carpet?
We are going to assume two things in this post:
- You have a fire damaged carpet in Peoria, IL.
- You made a smart move and called SERVPRO to help you in your time of need.
When making the decision of whether or not to remove the carpet or replace it you have to factor in a few different things, SERVPRO has professional technicians who have been trained by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) can do the job properly and with the best results.
This training will be the outlining factor of whether the carpet is too far gone to keep or if the damage is minimal and a good cleaning and restoration can be performed.
If your carpet is damaged from a fire and you need a professional to come to make the decision of whether to remove or replace the carpet, give SERVPRO a call today.
Thanksgiving Safety In Peoria
Think about potential hazards first!
Thanksgiving's one of the peak days for house fires and injuries related to cooking in America!
Let's talk about some safety tips that you and your family can practice to make sure you can continue to be thankful for a roof over your head.
- Keep an eye on the turkey and all of the food, stay close while it is cooking.
- Keep young children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should really stay as far away as possible.
- Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over items that can cause you to spill hot liquids.
- Keep all sharp objects out of the reach of children.
- Never leave children alone in the room with a lit candle or unattended fire.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button. Just a reminder most modern smoke detectors are good for about a decade, after that, it is better to just replace the whole unit, not just the batteries.
If you follow these tips and use common sense you should have a grateful and safe holiday season.
If you do experience a fire damage in the Peoria area this Thanksgiving call SERVPRO as soon as possible! (309) 637-7300
Summer Safety Tips In Peoria
Keep Summer Safe!
Peoria Summers are filled with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms.
Consider the following tips to ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing of in a metal container.
- Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire.
- The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
If a tragedy does strike your home in the form of fire damage, call SERVPRO right away (309) 637-7300!
Restoration Services In Peoria
Let SERVPRO Restore Your Building!
No Job Is Too Large For SERVPRO of Peoria!
There's never a good time for fire or water damage to strike your building or business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and or time spent doing business operational duties. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there quickly with the help you need and the name you trust.
The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is made up of our best of the best in restoration.
Our industry-leading large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the country to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is over seen by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.
If your business suffers a major loss, call (309) 637-7300.
Fire Clean Up In Peoria
During A Fire, Stay Low For As Long As You Can!
Get low and crawl under the smoke to get out safely!
We asked the local Fire Department for some fire safety tips and ways to prevent extra harm from fires. The tip about getting low and crawling out of a home or building seems a little bit drastic or unnecessary until you start breathing in the smoke.
So many of the victims that deadly fires have consumed have passed out from breathing too much smoke, getting low gives someone a fighting chance to exit the building because smoke and heat rises.
So please if you are caught in a fire and you can make your way out, make sure you stay low and yes even crawl. It could be the difference between your life and your death.
You get out, we'll clean up!
If you have had fire damage in the Peoria area that needs to be cleaned up call SERVPRO to help put your life back together.
How Do You Get A Smoke Smell Out of Your Peoria Home
When the smoke smell is bad you better just call SERVPRO!
It happens to the best of us right. In the kitchen cooking your favorite dish, someone knocks on the door or the phone rings so you go answer it. You walk back in the room and your stove is on fire! Smoke rolls through the house, the alarm is blaring but luckily you're a quick thinker. You reach for the fire extinguisher and put it out before there is too much damage.
This week on our SERVPRO blog feed I am going to provide you with some quick tips on how to get the smell of smoke out of your house.
Things You'll Need
· Baking Soda
· Vinegar and Water Solution
· Heavy duty washing detergent
1. Throw open the windows and even a door or two as quickly as possible after the fire.
2. Launder your drapes and table linens as soon as possible; they will absorb the smoke odor rapidly.
3. Clean your cabinets, walls, and floors with a one-part vinegar, one part warm water solution.
4. Place bowls of baking soda around your kitchen, and even put a few in the cabinets, pantry, and any other room that has an odor.
If the house still reeks of smoke or if you don’t want to mess with it in the first place, just call us here at SERVPRO and we’ll get it right out.
Burn Awareness Month Is February
Practice Burn Awareness!
We thought it was a good time to share some tips that could keep you and your family safe from getting burned.
Scalds are one of the leading causes of burns in children under the age of 9 in the United States.
- To prevent your children from being scalded by hot water make sure that you are checking the temperature of their bath water before placing them in the bathtub.
- To ensure that your water won't be too hot adjust your Hot Water Heater to no more than 120 degrees F so that the chance of having water hot enough to scald someone is drastically reduced.
- When cooking, make sure you turn your pot handles in over the counters so that they don't get knocked over by you or your kids by accident.
If you do get burned the best thing you can do first is to place the burned area under cool (not cold) water for a few minutes to lessen the severity of the burn.
If any scalds are from the result of a fire and the damage is too much for you to clean yourself, call SERVPRO (309) 637-7300
Be Safe While Keeping Warm This Winter
Be safe and Keep Warm
50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January & February
Here are 7 quick tips to keep safe while you keep warm this winter:
- Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
- Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
- Test smoke alarms monthly.
If you do have a fire damage this winter call SERVPRO of Peoria right away! (309) 637-7300
2016 Fire Demonstration & Educational Seminar
Pekin Fire Department and FireTech control the burns.
On September 29, 2016 we held our 3rd annual fire class for insurance professionals. We hold the class at our very own facility and we conduct live burns inside a house we own on our campus.
Each year we have the Pekin Fire Department control the burns. They are under the direction of FireTech Investigation & Consulting.
The day starts off with breakfast, then leads into some classroom discussion conducted by FireTech. Then the class is lead outside to watch some live burns inside the house. We set up these rooms to be very lifelike with furniture and appliances. The idea is for the insurance professionals to see what a small fire can affect. After a few burns are conducted inside the house we also set fire to a couple cars. We then provide the class with lunch and give them a chance to walk through the house and see the aftermath of the burns. The class will then finish with some classroom discussion.
Emergency Ready Profile
No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be "Ready for whatever happens." By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.
Our team would love to come do an ERP for your business free of charge!! Watch this video to learn more!