Recent Fire Damage Posts

BE FIRE SAFE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re sharing some fire safety advice to help you stay safe and make it a day to remember for all the right reasons.

Candles

Candles are supposed to give a romantic glow, not actual flames. Follow these tips when burning and extinguishing candles to stay safe.

  • Never leave candles unattended. Put burning candles out when you leave the room and always remember to check that they are completely put out at night.
  • Make sure candles are put out long before you go to sleep to avoid the danger of you accidentally knocking over a burning candle whilst asleep. Also, put candles out with a snuffer or spoon as sparks can fly if you blow them out.
  • Once lit, don’t move any candles and don’t burn several candles close together as this could cause the flame to flare.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, which is out of the way of draughts, vents or air currents. This will help to prevent rapid or uneven burning, soot and dripping.

Lastly, make sure that you know your escape plans in the event of a fire. We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

We proudly serve Tamarac, Lauderhill, Sawgrass and surrounding areas. 

SERVPRO of Sunrise wants you to be safe from fire and smoke damage

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sunrise wants you to be safe from fire and smoke damage. Although fires from candles happen more often around the holidays, many people use candles all year round. It is  important to be careful any time you have an open flame in your home or office.

Fire Prevention is the best way to fight against fire damage or injuries.

SERVPRO of Sunrise offers these Tips for Fire Prevention from Candles:

  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can catch fire
  • Do not let children near candles
  • Put out candles when leaving the room or going to bed
  • Keep trees and other plants away from candles
  • Make sure candles are not near window curtains or blinds that could catch fire
  • Keep lit candles in safe candle holders
  • If the flame has to burn until the candles are out, keep the candles in holders that keep the flames behind glass
  • If the flame has to burn until the candles are out, keep the candle holders in a sink or a metal container of water
  • Do not leave children alone in a room with lit candles
  • Do not light candles in the bedroom. You might fall asleep. One third of all candle fires start in the bedroom
  • If the power goes out, use flashlights instead of candles
  • If someone in the home or office uses oxygen, do not use candles
  • Fire damage from candles happens 35 times a day in the U.S.

A little caution goes a long way to protect you and your loved ones. If  you have to deal with damage caused by smoke or fire from a candle, your friends at SERVPRO of Sunrise are just a phone call away at (954) 748-7887. 

Links:

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

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

https://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/religious_candles_safety_tips.pdf

We proudly serve all Broward County and surroundings. 

Home Fire Drill Day October 13, 2018

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

HOME FIRE DRILL INSTRUCTIONS

Learn the basics before you play.

A home fire happens every 86 seconds, yet half of parents say their kids wouldn’t know what to do if their smoke alarm went off.

Home Fire Drill Day is when we’ll change that by turning drills into family games.

STEP 1. KNOW WHERE TO GO.

  • Pick a safety spot that’s near your home and a safe distance away.
  • Explain to your kids that when the smoke alarm beeps, they need to get out of the house quickly and meet at that safety spot.

STEP 2. CHECK YOUR SMOKE ALARMS.

  • Test your smoke alarms with your kids so they know the sound.
  • Make sure there’s a smoke alarm on every level of your home, and one in each bedroom. Learn more here.

STEP 3. DO THE DRILL.

  • Have kids head to their bedrooms and wait for the drill to begin.
  • Got kids under 6? Assign adults to help anyone who’ll need it.
  • Put one adult in charge of sounding the smoke alarm and running the drill.
  • Next, sound the smoke alarm, start the timer and have everyone book it to the safety spot.
  • Once everyone gets to the safety spot, stop the timer. If you all made it in under two minutes, you each get an imaginary gold medal. If not, give it another try.
  • In real fire, get to the safety spot, then call 911 and keep everyone close until firefighters arrive. 

GOT IT? GOOD. NOW HAVE FUN WITH IT AND PLAY SOME FIRE DRILL GAMES.

Fire Drill Games teach kids how to escape a home fire in ways that are fun and memorable. Use your awesome parenting powers to make up fun prizes you can enjoy as a family – like staying up late together for pajama movie night – if everyone aces your home fire drill.

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October is Fire Prevention Month – 10 Home Fire Safety Tips

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

A home is often referred to as a safe haven.  This month, make sure your home is protected from (and your family is prepared for) a fire.  Here are 10 simple tips to help you avoid fires and reduce the risk of injury should one occur:

1)      Smoke Alarms – These are still a very important addition to your home.  Smoke alarms are widely available and inexpensive.  Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and test it monthly.

2)      Prevent Electrical Fires – Don’t overload circuits or extension cords.  Cords and wires should never be placed  under rugs or in high traffic areas.  Avoid loose electrical connections by checking the fit of the plug in the wall outlet.  If the plug loosely fits, inspect the outlet right away.  A poor connection between the plug and the outlet can cause overheating and can start a fire in minutes.

3)      Keep Plugs Safe – Unplug all appliances when not in use.  Follow the manufacturer’s safety precautions and use your senses to spot any potential disasters.  If a plug is overheating, smells strange, shorts out or sparks – the appliance should be shut off immediately, then replaced or repaired.

4)      Alternate Heaters – Make sure there is ample space around any portable heating unit.  Anything that could catch fire should be at least three feet away.  Inspect your chimney annually and use fire screens to help keep any fires in the fireplace.

5)      Fire Safety Sprinklers – When combined with working smoke alarms, home fire sprinklers greatly increase your chance of surviving a fire.  Sprinklers are affordable and they can increase property value and lower insurance rates.

6)      Create An Escape Route – Create and practice your escape plan with your family from every room in the house.  Practice staying low to the floor and checking for hot doors using the back of your hand.  It’s just like a routine school fire drill – but in your home.

7)      Position Appliances Carefully – Try to keep TV sets, kitchen and other appliances away from windows with curtains.  If there is a wiring problem, curtains can spread a fire quickly.  Additionally, keeping your appliances away from water sources (like rain coming in from windows) can help prevent wiring damage which can lead to a fire.

8)      Clean Dryer Vents – Clothes dryers often start fires in residential areas.  Clean the lint filter every time you start a load of clothes to dry or after the drying cycle is complete.  Make sure your exhaust duct is made of metal tubing and not plastic or foil.  Clean the exhaust duct with a good quality dryer vent brush to prevent blockage & check for lint build up behind the dryer at least twice a year.

9)      Be Careful Around the Holidays – If you fill your home with lights during the holiday season, keep them away from anything that can easily catch fire.  Check all of your lights prior to stringing them up and dispose of anything with frayed or exposed wires.

10)   Conduct Regular Inspections – Check all of your electronic equipment and wiring at least once a month.  Taking a little time to do this each month can really pay off.

Following these simple tips could potentially save your life or the life of a loved one.  Pass this list on to your friends and family and make this fire prevention month count!

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Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Is your smoke alarm working? The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has lifesaving information to help you protect yourself and your loved ones! 

Smoke alarms are a very important means of preventing home fire fatalities by providing an early warning signal so you have time to escape a fire. Smoke alarms are one of the best safety devices you can buy and install to protect yourself, your family and your home. According to the USFA, working smoke alarms cut the risk of fatality in reported home fires by half. 

While fires can start from various sources in the home, experts say cooking is the leading cause of home fire and fire injuries. Here are a few tips for preventing kitchen fires: 

• Keep an eye on what you fry; 

• Be alert when cooking; and

Keep items (such as kitchen towels) that can catch fire away from cooking areas.

Here are some other helpful tips to ensure your detectors will work always properly:

  • Only choose smoke detectors that are recognized by an independent testing laboratory, like UL, and keep the manufacturer's instructions handy. 
  • Test the smoke alarms in your home monthly using the test button.
  • Smoke detectors with non-replaceable ten-year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to ten years, If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke detector right away. 
  • Smoke detectors with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once year. If that alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  • When replacing a battery, follow the manufacturer's list of batteries on the back of the alarm or the manufacturer's instructions. Manufacturer's instructions are specific to the batteries (brand and model) that must be used. The detector may not work properly if a different battery is used.
  • Never paint smoke detectors. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarm from working properly. 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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Six Things You Need to Do After a House Fire Part 1

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

You may think a house fire will never happen to you. But what if it does? Are you prepared?

Figuring out what to do after a home fire can be a very stressful and overwhelming process, and it can be hard to decide what to do first. With a little help from your insurance agent, though, you may be able to settle your claim more quickly and get your life back to normal.

Here are the six things you should do after a home fire.

1. Call your insurance agent immediately. You will be getting calls at all hours of the day from public adjusters and contractors who will try to offer you a deal on putting your house back together. These calls can create a lot of stress and confusion. I suggest you speak to no one but your agent to discuss your options at this point in the process.

2. Ask about restoration companies that can help with cleaning up soot, boarding up windows, and other construction. Immediately after a fire, especially if it is a minor one, you’ll need to clean up any soot or water damage. It is important to hire a reputable service to deal with these issues. Ask your agent or insurance adjuster to recommend a few different companies. They deal with these situations more often than you do and likely know of some businesses that fit your needs. Many of these restoration companies have connections to good contractors, engineers, and architects, as well.

3. Separate damaged property from undamaged property. The insurance company will need a detailed inventory list from you after they inspect the loss. Separating your damaged property from your undamaged property will make it easier for you to make a list of your damaged items. This list needs to include the date you purchased each item, the brand name, the price you paid, and the serial number, model, or description of each item. If the item was a gift, be sure to indicate that as well.

It’s a good idea to submit your receipts with this inventory list. If the receipts were destroyed in the fire, or you didn’t keep any receipts, request copies of prior bank statements. This can make obtaining duplicate receipts easier. Keep in mind that photos of any damaged items are always helpful if receipts are not available.

Six Things You Need to Do After a House Fire Part 2

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

4. Save undamaged property from further destruction. Any items that are not damaged should be put in a safe place, even if it means putting them in storage. Insurance adjusters are typically fair when it comes to adding additional costs for storage.

5. Cooperate fully with the insurance company’s investigation. When a fire claim is reported to an insurance company, it is given top priority. Usually the adjusters come out to see the loss within 24 to 48 hours. To help settle your claim in a timely manner and to your satisfaction, be sure you are available and on time for all meetings, that you return calls promptly, that any requested paperwork is completed as quickly as possible, and that you contact the company or your agent immediately with any questions.

6. Find somewhere to stay if you can’t live in your home. Most homeowner’s policies include “Loss of Use or Loss of Rents” coverage, which will pay for the food, clothing, and shelter that you and your family may need for a specified period of time. Keep in mind that your policy will pay for “like kind and quality” living arrangements. You may want to save the Ritz for a special occasion and instead stay in a more reasonably priced hotel.

What to do before disaster strikes

• Review your homeowner’s policy to be sure you have replacement cost coverage, loss of use coverage, and adequate dwelling coverage. The last thing you want to hear after a fire is that you were under-insured.

• Save all your receipts and put them in a metal fireproof box or in a storage facility off the premises, such as a safety deposit box. Better yet, scan the receipts and save them to a computer file. Taking a video of your entire home and the possessions within it is the next best thing to receipts. This will show the insurance company what sort of lifestyle you had prior to the claim.

• Be sure to have smoke detectors in every room of your home to ensure that everyone gets out of the house or apartment safely in the event of a fire. Have exit ladders and fire extinguishers handy, and know how to use them.

• Discuss escape strategies and plans with your family prior to a fire, and consider a fire drill to help ensure everyone’s safety.

By: Equifax

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Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Broward County Home.

Broward County Smoke and Soot Cleanup.

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, SERVPROof SUNRISEwill test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke– Plastic and Rubber

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

Dry Smoke– Paper and Wood

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

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

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –954-748-7887

We proudly serve Sunrise, Plantation, Tamarac, Lauderhill and surrounding areas. 

El Peligro de los Fuegos Artificiales - Part 2

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Cada ano los fuegos artificiales son responsables de mas de 18,000 incendios, que afectan a 1,300 edificaciones, 300 vehiculos, y 16,900 fuegos en exterior, segun la National Fire Protection Association.

Las salas de emergencia del pais atienden mas de 10,000 lesiones relacionadas con fuegos artificiales, segun estadisticas anuales de la organizacion.

Ademas, en la Florida la posesion de fuegos artificiales ilegales se considera un delito. Se expone a ser arrestado y a recibir una multa de hasta $1,000 y ser sentenciado hasta a un ano de prision.

FUEGOS PROFESIONALES

Por eso se recomienda disfrutar los fuegos artificiales en shows organizados por profesinales.

 "Con los fuegos artificiales ocurre lo mismo que con las armas, todo lo que sube, cae". dijo Ernesto Rodriguez

"Es irresponsible, por ejemplo, lanzar fuegos artificiales de un balcón" y del peligro de manejar después de beber alcohol.

Tomado de el Nuevo Herald en Espanol.

Llame a SERVPRO of Sunrise si sabe o conoce de alguna situacion de humo o incendio al 954-748-7887.

El Peligro De Los Fuegos Artificiales Part 1

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mucho Cuidado con los Fuegos artificiales

Los fuegos artificiales son uno de los momentos más divertidos de la celebración de Fin de Año. A veces parece insignificante ese cohete que lanzamos al aire. Nos encanta cómo arden y como suenan.

"Todo lo que salga despedido hacia el aire, detone o explote, está prohibido", dijo la Policía.

"También está prohibido todo fuego artificial que contenga más de 100 gramos de productos químicos."

Entre esos prohibidos estarian los roman candles y bottle rockets.

Los legales son los sparkles, que producen chispas y estrellitas, y los que se pueden sostener en la mano y que no se disparen. También estan otros conocidos como Fountains, Snakes y Glow Worms.

Si quiere asegurarse que su sparkle es legal, verifique esta lista de los aprobados por las autoridades estatales.

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. Carefully decorating your home can help make your holidays safer.

Picking the tree
  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
Placing the tree
  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
Lighting the tree
  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect. 
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
After Christmas
  • Get rid of the tree after Christmas. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

By: NFPA.org

SERVPRO of Sunrise proudly serves the Sawgrass Mills, Lauderhill, Tamarac and surrounding communities.

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Four Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

As people look forward to their Thanksgiving feasts, fire safety is rarely their first concern. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. As you begin plans for turkey and stuffing, be sure to keep these safety tips in mind to help prevent injury and property loss due to fire.

BE PROACTIVE

  • Test the batteries in your smoke alarms. Press the test button on your units to make sure they work.
  • Prevent fires by making sure your oven and stovetop are clean and free of grease and dust.

 BE ATTENTIVE IN THE KITCHEN

In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving. Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths, and cooking equipment was involved in nearly half (48 percent) of all reported home fires.

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop and keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey as well, and check on it often.
  • If you must step away from your cooking, set a kitchen timer so you don’t get distracted by guests.
  • Keep children at least three feet away from the stove, oven, hot food and liquids. Steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep items that can catch fire, such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, and towels, away from the cooking area.
  • Make sure the floor is clear of tripping hazards such as children, toys, bags, or pets that could cause you to fall.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Turn pot and pan handles inward and away from the front or edge of the stove. If handles are turned outward, they could be jostled or knocked off the stove and spill, causing burns.
  • Keep electric cords from appliances such as electric knives or mixers from dangling off the counter in reach of a child.

BE MINDFUL OF OPEN FLAME

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, candles are responsible for an estimated 15,600 residential fires per year, resulting in 150 deaths, 1,270 injuries, and $539 million in property damage.

  • Ensure matches and utility lighters are out of the reach of children. You may want to secure them up high or in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.

 BE CAUTIOUS DEEP-FRYING YOUR TURKEY

In recent years, it has become trendy to deep-fry turkeys instead of cooking them in the oven. Deep-frying a turkey, which involves submerging an entire bird in hot cooking oil, is so dangerous that the NFPA specifically discourages this cooking technique. Hot cooking oil can be spilled if a unit is tipped over or overfilled when a turkey is inserted. A small amount of cooking oil coming into contact with a burner can cause a large fire, and without thermostat controls, deep fryers may also overheat the oil to the point of combustion. In 2015, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that there had been more than 168 turkey-fryer related fire, burn, explosion, or CO poisoning incidents since 2002, causing 672 injuries and $8 million in property damage.

  • Never use a deep fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage, or in an enclosed space.
  • Fryers should only be used outdoors on a sturdy, level surface isolated from anything that could burn.
  • Keep children and pets out of the 3-foot radius around your fryer to protect against burn injuries.
  • The pot, lid, and handles of a turkey fryer can be incredibly hot. To protect hands and arms against burns, wear long, well-insulated cooking gloves.
  • Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby and never use water to extinguish a grease fire.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and thoroughly dried before it is placed in a fryer. The water from a frozen turkey will not mix with the oil in the fryer and can be an explosion hazard. The National Turkey Foundation recommends that you add 24 hours of thaw time in the refrigerator for every five pounds of turkey weight. Thawing in the refrigerator is the safest option, and turkeys should never be defrosted on the countertop.

By Jessica Davis

ohsonline.com

Firework Safety Tips

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

  • Obey our local laws regarding the use of fireworks
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance description before igniting 
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. Never give firework to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks. 
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings  and vehicles.
  • Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak  in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

From: Copied from We Are Weston - Mary Molina Macfie

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Weston Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. 

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

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

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

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

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

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

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 954-748-7887

Resolve to be Fire Safe!

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Resolve to be Fire Safe! Condo kitchen fire in Pembroke Pines, Florida

Did you consider making a resolution for 2018 to protect your home and family from accident fires?

According to the U.S. Fire Administration , 83% of all fire deaths in the United States occur in the home. Nearly all home-related fires, deaths, and injuries were preventable. So, consider these fire tips:

  • Nearly half of all home fire deaths occur at night. Smoke alarms can wake you up. Make sure your home is protected by working smoke alarms.
  • A smoke alarm with a dead battery is the same as having no smoke alarm. Replace the batteries in your smoke detector.
  • Cooking is the main cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking at high temperatures. 
  • Since most home fires start in the kitchen or garage, keeping a home fire extinguisher  in both locations  is an excellent idea.
  • On average 25 home fires are started by candles daily. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Do not store propane gas or gasoline in your home.
  • Never leave lighters or matches where children can reach them.

By taking some of these simple , common sense steps in your home, you can resolve to be fire safe in 2018.

By: Weston Fire Chief Bruce Angier

Smoke, soot or fire damage? Call SERVPRO of Sunrise at 954-748-7887 

Give Your Family a Fire Safety Plan!

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  Give Your Family a Fire Safety Plan! Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at SERVPRO of Sunrise!

Looking for a Great Valentine's Gift Idea? Give Your Family a Fire Safety Plan

Valentine's Day is approaching and many families are doing plans to elaborate meals, get-togethers with friends, spouse or significant other. Amidst all this planning, SERVPRO® of Sunrise reminds homeowners that they may be overlooking the most important plan they can make—a fire safety plan.

“Each year, statistics show the incidence of home cooking and candle fires peaks during the holiday season and Valentine's Day. This tends to focus homeowners on fire prevention precautions". “But to truly protect your family from the dangers of a home fire, at the holidays and throughout the year, you need to start with a fire safety plan. Developing a fire safety plan and practicing it regularly with your family is the most important step you can take to help prevent a house fire from turning into a devastating tragedy.”

SERVPRO is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, and their disaster response professionals know from experience how devastating a home fire can be. They also know that when fire causes a loss of life, there is no “remediation” possible. This is why SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross (ARC) by supporting the ARC Disaster Responder program, and in particular the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. As a Disaster Responder, SERVPRO pledges dollars and support in advance to help the ARC develop and distribute educational materials and respond immediately when they are needed.

SERVPRO of Sunrise encourages all homeowners to follow these fire safety guidelines, developed by the ARC through their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, to help minimize injury or loss of life due to a residential fire.

  • Install the right number of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
  • Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one
  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
  • Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
  • Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire” to alert everyone they must get out.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

“Fire prevention and fire safety planning are two very different things”. “Fire prevention planning helps control or eliminate the causes of a fire. Fire safety planning helps prevent injury and loss of life when a fire does break out. To protect your family and your property, you need both.”

For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of Sunrise, please contact us at (954) 748-7887 or sp9489@SERVPROofsunrise.com.

By:SERVPRO Industries, Inc. Grassroots PR

Fire Prevention Part II

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Part II Numerous times each day fire departments are called to a home Fire. If you have any question or concern please call SERVPRO of Sunrise !

Numerous times each day fire departments are called to a home Fire.

Aligning with the Red Cross Blue Sky strategy through home Fire Preparedness.

There are three cornerstones to the strategy: 1 door-to-door installation of smoke alarms and completion of home-safety checklists and plans in vulnerable neighborhoods; 2 engagement of youth in classrooms and after school with technology, challenges, and science-based education; 3 a marketing and public relations campaign to motivate ordinary people to take action to save themselves, their families, and their neighbors by checking smoke alarms and practicing evacuating when the alarm sounds. SERVPRO of Sunrise can take part in this program by supporting local Red Cross coalitions in communities all across America, including local fire departments house of worship, businesses, schools, after-school group, public health departments, social service agencies, neighborhood leaders, and other. these coalitions will support all elements of the strategy. One cornerstone of the campaign is going door-to-door where it counts the most. Data shows that the 4percent of homes without smoke alarms represent nearly 40 percent of home fires, and that working smoke alarms can double someone's chance of surviving a fire.

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Sunrise Smoke and Soot Cleanup

12/29/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  Sunrise  Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Sunrise Home.

FIRE DAMAGE

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 Sunrise will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke– Plastic and Rubber

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

Dry Smoke– Paper and Wood

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

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

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –(954)748-7887

Sunrise Smoke and Soot Cleanup

12/29/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  Sunrise  Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage can Cause a pervasive odor. Caption in the floor kitchen of a Sunrise Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

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

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

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

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

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

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (954)748-7887

Broward Smoke and Soot Cleanup

11/23/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Broward Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Broward Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

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

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

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

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

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

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Sunrise, 954-748-7887

Sunrise Smoke and Soot Cleanup.

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Sunrise Smoke and Soot Cleanup. Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your broward Home. 24/7. WWW.SERVPROofSunrise.com

                     FIRE DAMAGE

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 Sunrise will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

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

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

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

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Sunrise. 954-748-7887

Home Fire Respond

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Home Fire Respond Call the Fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at 9547487887 SERVPRO of Sunrise.

Respond

Follow Your Escape Plan

During a home fire, remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency phone number.

  • If closed doors or handles are warm, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to the touch.
  • Crawl low under smoke.
  • Go to your outside meeting place and then call for help.
  • 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.

Use Caution With Fire Extinguishers

Use a portable fire extinguisher ONLY if you have been trained by the fire department and in the following conditions:

  • The fire is confined to a small area, and is not growing.
  • The room is not filled with smoke.
  • Everyone has exited the building.
  • The fire department has been called.

Remember the word PASS when using a fire extinguisher:

  1. P

Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.

  1. A

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

  1. S

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

  1. S

Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

Recover

Immediately After a House Fire

  • Have injuries treated by a medical professional. Wash small wounds with soap and water. To help prevent infection of small wounds, use bandages and replace them if they become soiled, damaged or waterlogged.
  • Remain calm. Pace yourself. You may find yourself in the position of taking charge of other people. Listen carefully to what people are telling you, and deal patiently with urgent situations first.
  • Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter.
  • Anyone entering your damaged home should wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, closed-toed rubber-soled shoes or boots and work gloves, plus dust masks, safety goggles and/or a hard hat when necessary.
Learn More

Learn about important steps for your safe and speedy recovery.

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Picking up the Pieces after a Home Fire

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Fire Safety Tips

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Tips Call the Fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at 9547487887 SERVPRO of Sunrise.

Fire Safety & Prevention

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape?

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

Fire Safety Tips

  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

Prepare

Preparing and Preventing a Home Fire - Steps You Can Take Now

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Download the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies mobile game to teach kids about fire safety and other disasters.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Smoke Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
Home Fire Escape Plan

Unsure where to start? Use these guides to help begin your escape plan:

Use this printable worksheet to plan and practice home fire drills.

Fire Escape Planning

  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home.
  • Make sure everyone knows where to meet outside in case of fire.
  • Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

Cooking Safely

  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Stay in the home while simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food. Check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that food is cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire—like pot holders, towels, plastic and clothing— away from the stove.
  • Keep pets off cooking surfaces and counter tops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner.

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills

  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.
  • If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.
  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.

 SERVPRO of Sunrise are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly.

Smoke Damage? Act Fast!

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Damage? Act Fast! Smoke and Soot Damage!

Smoke Damage

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Quick action is the only way to minimize teh destruction!  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 Sunrise will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

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

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

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

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. Restortion costs can increase and damages escalate when the cleaning process is extended. 

Don’t wait up! Call us today if you have questions about Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage. 

SERVPRO of Sunrise : 954-748-7887