Recent Fire Damage Posts

Grease Fires

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grease Fires Never use water to try to extinguish a grease fire.

Grease fires happen quickly. You may be frying some bacon or chicken and all of a sudden your kitchen is on fire. Do you know how to put out a grease fire?

There are several things that can and should be done, as long as it is safe to do them:

1. Turn off the heat source.

2. Cover the flames with a metal lid. This works for small grease fires. Fire has to have oxygen to survive and placing a lid over the flames will cut off the oxygen supply causing the flames to extinguish themselves. 

3. Pour baking soda on the flames. This only works for small fires. But a word of caution, it will take a large amount to extinguish small flames. 

4. As a last resort, or if the flames are too large for the previously mentioned methods, use a Class B Dry Chemical fire extinguisher. Use of a fire extinguisher will result in much more clean up needed, but it's better than letting a grease fire destroy your entire home. 

5. Call 9-1-1. 

NEVER, use water to try and put out a grease fire. This will cause the grease to splatter and the fire to spread. Also, do not move the pot/skillet around, as this could cause the fire to spread as well. 

SERVPRO of Anniston is #HereToHelp at 256-236-8889.

Space Heater Safety

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Space Heater Safety Always use caution when operating space heaters.

As the weather getting cooler space heaters get cranked up. SERVPRO of Anniston is HERE TO HELP with some safety tips to help prevent fires due to space heaters.

1. Keep all sides of the heater away from curatins, blankets, furniture, or any other items that could possibly catch fire. Three feet is the general recommended distance.

2. Space heaters should never be plugged into power strips or extension cords. They are not designed to handle the electrical load of a space heater.

3. Space heater cords should not be under rugs, carpeting, blankets, or other flammable items. The cord may get hot if covered. If the cord or plug ever feels hot, discontinue use of the heater until it can be inspected by a repair person. 

4. Ensure the space heater is on a solid and sturdy surface that can not tip over.

5. Turn the heater off when you go the bed or leave the home. Space heaters should not be left running unattended.

6. Make sure there are no liquids around the space heater. Water and electricity never mix. 

7. Heaters should be placed where small children can not knock them over, cover them, or burn themselves on them. 

Let's Talk Dryer Vents...

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Let's Talk Dryer Vents... Lint clogging a dryer hose.

Did you know that the pesky lint that collects in the lint filter, vent, and dryer hose are a fire hazard? Well they can be. If the lint isn't cleaned out regularly it can heat up and easily catch fire. 

Nearly 5,000 home fires are caused annually by the build up and accumilation of dryer lint. The lint filter or screen should be cleaned with every load of laudry dried in the machine. The vent should be cleaned once a year (At minimum). 

The hose for your dryer to vent outside should be cleaned out annually as well. If you notice that your vent hose is an accordian style, it may be a good idea to change it out to a smooth hose. The ridges in an accordian style hose can actually trap and hold lint.

Source: https://www.consumerreports.org/clothes-dryer/how-to-prevent-dryer-fires/

American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign SERVPRO is here and ready to help with any fire damage restoration.

Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires. So we set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25%.

On average:

  • 7 people die every day from a home fire, most impacting children and the elderly
  • 36 peoplesuffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
  • Over $7 billionin property damage occurs every year

Every day, seven people die in home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. The American Red Cross wants to improve the odds and save lives- that’s why we launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014.

A critical part of the campaign is Sound the Alarm, a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events across the country. Together with fire departments and other community partners, Red Cross volunteers:

  • Canvass at-risk neighborhoods
  • Install free smoke alarms
  • Replace batteries in existing alarms
  • Provide fire prevention and safety education

In just three years, our home visits have accomplished so much, including the installation of more than 1 million smoke alarms and preparing more than 1 million people against home fires.

Join us on a Sound the Alarm home visit in your community, where teams of volunteers will be installing 100,000 free smoke alarms in more than 100 cities across the U.S. Together, we can save lives!

Check out www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm for more information and how to help in YOUR community!!

Fire Prevention This Holiday Season

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention This Holiday Season Have a safe and happy holiday season.

SERVPRO of Anniston has tips to help you prevent fires in your home or business this holiday season.

- Make sure to water your Christmas tree daily to prevent it from drying out.

-Turn off Christmas lights when you leave your home or go the bed for the night.

-Inspect Christmas lights and the wires before putting them up and replace any that have frayed or damaged areas.

-NEVER leave a lit candle unattended. 

-When using candles, make sure they are on a firm flat surface away from curtains and other flammable materials. This prevents them from tipping over. 

-Keep candle flames away from children and pets, they can burn themselves or accidentally knock the candle over. 

-Make sure deep fried turkeys are properly thawed before frying. 

-Have the fireplace flue cleaned yearly.

SERVPRO of Anniston wishes you a happy and safe holiday season. For more holiday safety tips keep and eye out for our 12 Safety Days of Christmas on our Facebook page.

Fire Detection

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Detection Place your smoke detectors in the corect places for the best results.

SERVPRO Anniston wants to make sure you know the keys to detection when it comes to fire.  Take a look at these Fire detection tips and make your home a safer place for you and your family to live.

  • SMOKE ALARMS : Replace every 10 years.
  • BATTERIES : Test monthly, replace yearly
  • Two-thirds of all fire deaths occur in home with no or nonfunctioning smoke alarms.
  • Have at least one smoke alarm on every floor, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom.
  • Be sure that you create a fire evacuation plan in your home and ensure that all members of your family are familiar with it. This means practicing it too!

SERVPRO Anniston cares about you and your family.  Fire detection is key in saving lives! 

Tips for Fireplace Safety

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips for Fireplace Safety Chimney fires burn hot! A chimney fire can reach up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

This time of year fireplaces are roaring, even in Alabama. We’ve had a snowstorm in December and plenty of frigid weather causing us to run our heaters and our fireplaces on a regular basis. Nothing is better than sitting in front of a hot fire with a hot cup of coffee and a good book or a football game (we are in Alabama after all!!). While you are enjoying the warmth and ambiance that the fire delivers, it’s important to follow some safety tips before, during and after you enjoy that fire.

  1. Burn only dry, split firewood. Avoid chemically treated wood.
  2. Install a chimney cap.
  3. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  4. Close damper when fireplace is not in use.
  5. Schedule a yearly fireplace and chimney inspection.

It’s important to be safe while enjoying all the pleasures of this season!  Take precautions to keep your home safe and sound!

Faster To Any Size Disaster

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Faster To Any Size Disaster 24/7...365

Mitigation requires quick action. The faster SERVPRO of Anniston arrives on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results—including lower claim costs. Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of Anniston will be on-site to help ensure a fire damage is handled by utilizing the following services.

Structural Cleaning

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. SERVPRO of Anniston will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your insured’s structure.

Contents Cleaning

All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO of Anniston can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, and much more. Finally, SERVPRO of Anniston can provide an inventory list of all “to be claimed” items for your insured.

Deodorization

SERVPRO of Anniston provides specialized services that rid your insured’s home or place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of Anniston does not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out the sources of the odor and remove them.

Smoke Alarms: LIFE SAVERS

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarms: LIFE SAVERS Smoke alarms save lives.

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level, including the basement. Extra smoke alarms may be needed in large homes.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA). If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross. Be sure your home has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills with your family. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact us today!

The Behaviors of Smoke

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Behaviors of Smoke The Behavior of Smoke

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior 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.

SERVPRO of Anniston are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Anniston will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows us to focus on saving your precious items.

We know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Our knowledge of building systems helps our crews investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • 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.

SERVPRO of Anniston is trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact us to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Five Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Five Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey Thanksgiving Turkey Frying Fail

A deep-fried turkey: delicious, but worth it? If you’ve seen any of the numerous videos of turkey fryer explosions and fires online, you may have asked yourself this question before. Running the risk of bodily injury or property damage is something to consider when menu planning this holiday season.

  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.
  • Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
  • Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid, and pot handles can get dangerously hot.

Kitchen Cautions

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kitchen Cautions Kitchen Fire in Oxford, AL

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains—away from the stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe.

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove top. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

SERVPRO of Anniston wishes you a safe and happy holidays!

Anniston Smoke and Soot Clean Up

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Anniston Smoke and Soot Clean Up This damage was caused by a fire, along with smoke and soot.

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 Anniston 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 – 256-236-8889