Recent Fire Damage Posts

Pet Safety, in case of Fire

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

An Evacuation Plan That Leaves Time For Pets

Fires can happen to anyone anywhere!  When an unexpected fire emergency occurs, it is beneficial to have a plan in place!  Everyone, including pets needs to be evacuated and to know where to meet. Make sure your meeting place is a safe distance from the home to avoid smoke inhalation.  While the main focus is to get your family out as quickly as possible, having an evacuation plan and practicing it can give you time to get your pets out too. Here are a few steps to take to ensure everyone, even your pets safety: 

Practice Makes Perfect

Don’t be caught confused about what steps to take in case of fire.  In the heat of the moment, it is almost impossible to think of everything you need to do.  This is why practicing the actual plan is important. This will help you to leave time to pick up your pets and take them to the designated meeting spot. 

Where do Your Pets Go?

Take note of the places your pets go when they are scared.  Does your dog hide behind the sofa when a thunderstorm strikes?  Does your cat hide in the laundry room when something startles her?  When a fire starts, you do not want to spend a lot of time looking for your animals.  Create a checklist of areas to look in case of an emergency. Keep your list on the fridge or pinned to a bulletin board for easy access.  Being prepared with this checklist can help get you and your pets out as quickly as possible. 

Keep Leashes by the Exit

Sometimes when animals are frightened they will run away.  When you are evacuating, it is important to keep your pets on a leash so that as firetrucks and other first responders approach, everyone is safe.  You will be able to find your leashes more easily if they are kept by your main exit on a hook. Then you can guide your pet to safety.

SERVPRO of Jackson & Madison County want to help!  

SERVPRO of Jackson & Madison Get's to the Root when Dealing with Soot

6/29/2019 (Permalink)

More Problems Caused By Fire

  After a fire is put out, property owners expect the need to replace any items that have burned.   What many do not consider is the items that were not destroyed by the fire, but affected by the smoke. Smoke, the byproduct of materials burning, creates a lasting odor that is difficult to remove. 

 As smoke rises, it can seep into your walls, ceilings, and roof.  Once the smoke fills your attic or crawl space, it increases the likelihood of moving into your HVAC.  

How SERVPRO Restores Your Property After A Fire

SERVPRO of Jackson & Madison County, MS is trained and has years of experience in removing and replacing insulation before your HVAC is affected.  We get right to the root of the issue when dealing with smoke and soot. When we are on the job, we ensure that not only will your property be restored, but it is handled quickly before further damage ensues. Your job is to rest assured your odor problems are being taken of, and our job is to make it “Like it never even happened.”  



Kitchen Fire in Madison, MS

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage due to a kitchen fire.

SERVPRO of Jackson & Madison County recently cleaned up a house fire in Madison.  When we first arrived on the scene the house had sustained significant damage due to a grease fire in the kitchen.  The kitchen was left unattended, and the smoke was too much for the homeowner to fight. The fire department arrived and did a fantastic job putting out the fire before it completely destroyed the home.  Four rooms sustained major fire damage and water damage, while the entire house was covered head to toe in smoke and soot.

Losses like these happen all too often, but our crew is more than capable of getting your home back to “Like it never even happened.”  From fire restoration to water mitigation to reconstruction our technicians were able to restore the home so the family could move back in.  Add while many items were lost due to fire and smoke damage, we were able to clean and salvage most of the families belongings. We even packed and stored them in our warehouse, and delivered them once it was time to move back in!  If you have a house fire, call the professionals. SERVPRO of Jackson & Madison County. 601-353-2286.

A Plan to Protect in Case of Fire

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Does your family have an evacuation plan in case of a fire?  No one thinks it will happen to them, but household fires are more common than you think.  The average number of residential fires each year is 374,000! Please know that fire can get out of control and cause injuries and even death.  Therefore it is important for you and your family to have a plan in practice.

The Many Potential Causes of Household Fires:

  1. The top leading cause cause of a household fire is cooking.
  2. Next comes faulty heating systems.
  3. The third most likely cause of household fires is an electrical malfunction.
  4. The fourth most common cause is open flames in or around the house.

Evacuation Plan

An escape plan should be created for a home and an office building.  Everyone should be aware of the plan, and have a common meeting place that is a safe distance from the building.  This plan should be practiced so that no one is confused in case of an emergency.

Check Smoke Detectors Monthly

Some think that once their smoke detectors are installed, their work is done.  Wrong. In order to ensure everyone’s safety, smoke detectors should be checked for functionality once a month.  Write the date you checked them on a calendar so that you remember next month. Also, not to be forgotten, change the batteries twice a year!

Accessible Fire Extinguisher

Because hazardous situations like cooking or using electricity occur on a daily basis, you must have a fire extinguisher in a visible and easy to access space.  

If a fire occurs in your home or office, SERVPRO of Jackson & SERVPRO of Madison County is ready to help!  601-353-2286

Electrical Fire Prevention

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Electrical fires are one of the leading causes of house and business fires in the United States.  

You may lessen your chances of an electrical fire with a few simple steps:

  1. Closely examine electrical equipment and their cords.  
  2. Change out cords that are old, rotting, or becoming frayed.  These are hazardous!
  3. Hire a licensed electrician to survey your home or business.  She or he will check your outlets and any wires that could lead to fire.  

Older Building are Especially at Risk

If your home or commercial business is older, it is crucial that you take the steps listed above.  Wires and outlets may have been damaged since last time your property was inspected.

We strive to keep you informed in hopes that this type of emergency never occurs.  If it does occur and you need assistance, SERVPRO of Jackson & of Madison are here 24/7 to answer your calls, and have our trained professionals help in your time of need. You can reach us by dialing 601-353-2286.

The 3 Types of Damage that Come with Fire

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

The Damage You May Not Foresee

Home or commercial business fires lead to more damage than the obvious burning of furniture, walls, and other objects.  Some believe that only the items the fire touches need to be replaced.

Soot

As a fire grows, the smoke it puts out begins to cover every surface in the room.  This smoke leaves soot that can damage many structures and surfaces.

Odor

The smoke that inevitably occurs when there is fire leaves an odor that is extremely hard to get rid of.  Thankfully SERVPRO of Jackson & of Madison County have world-class equipment that will make it smell “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage

As the fire burns, firefighters and sprinklers work diligently to put it out and keep everyone safe.  In the process, your possessions are subject to water damage.

SERVPRO of Jackson & of Madison County is a restoration company with trained professionals experiences with all three of these types of damage.  We are here 24/7, and 365 days a year because we know that fire is a traumatizing event and you want to get back in your home as soon as possible.  We promise to restore your fire loss and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Smoky Mess

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Insulation makes it hard to eliminate smoky odors

You may wonder what causes the most fires in the United States.  Let me tell you what that would be--electrical fires are the most common cause of household fires across the United States.  Home and business owners must carefully watch extension cords, chargers, and cords that plug into the wall from TVs, etc.  If an electrical cord is old or beings to fray, immediately change it out!  If home owners keep a close watch over cords and electrical equipment, it will lessen the chance that your equipment would cause a fire in your own home. If you live in an older home or have a commercial business in an older facility, it may be worth your while to have a licensed electrician come in to check your outlets and any wires he or she can get to in your home.  Over time, wires can fray which could lead to a fire. If a fire does occur and you need assistance, call SERVPRO of Jackson & of Madison County at 601-353-2286.  Always here to help. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Fire Safety: 1

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Attic fire occurred in Jackson, Mississippi and SERVPRO of Jackson & of SERVPRO Madison County are on site to help!

Do you know what the leading causes of home fires are in the United States?  Most fires in homes are caused by cooking.  The second most common fire cause is a faulty heating system.  An electrical malfunction is the third leading cause of fires.  Open flames in or around a home are the fourth leading cause.  Finally, intentional fires are the fifth leading cause of house fires.  Here are some fire statistics:

1.  The average number of residential fires each year is 374,000.

2.  The average number of deaths each year due to house fires is 2,600.

3.  The average number of injuries due to fire each year is 13,000.

4.  The average annual dollar lose due to residential fires is $7.32 billion.

In our next blog, we will go over some simple fire safety tips that everyone should be aware of in order to stay safe.  If a fire occurs in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Jackson & SERVPRO of Madison County at 601-353-2286.  We are always here to help!

Fire Safety: 2

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jackson and SERVPRO of Madison County on fire damage site photographing burned insulation.

As we learned in our previous blog, house fire are common and can be started from activities most individuals do on a daily basis, like cooking or using electricity within their business or home.  Some good, simple tips to help prevent fires are listed below.

1.  Understand fire is very serious and can get out of control very easily.

2.  Make an escape plan for at home and at the office so everyone knows what to do in case a fire occurs.

3. Install smoke detectors and check them on a monthly basis.  Change the batteries twice yearly.

4. Watch for hazardous situations in your home that could result in a fire.

5.  Have a fire extinguisher in the home and at your office.

We hope this tips help make fire safety simple and easy to do for you.  If you have a fire occur in your home, SERVPRO of Jackson and SERVPRO of Madison County is always here to help!  601-353-2286

Fire Safety: 2

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Insulation in the attic burned due to a fire.

As we learned in our previous blog, house fire are common and can be started from activities most individuals do on a daily basis, like cooking or using electricity within their business or home.  Some good, simple tips to help prevent fires are listed below.

1.  Understand fire is very serious and can get out of control very easily.

2.  Make an escape plan for at home and at the office so everyone knows what to do in case a fire occurs.

3. Install smoke detectors and check them on a monthly basis.  Change the batteries twice yearly.

4. Watch for hazardous situations in your home that could result in a fire.

5.  Have a fire extinguisher in the home and at your office.

We hope this tips help make fire safety simple and easy to do for you.  If you have a fire occur in your home, SERVPRO of Jackson is always here to help!  601-353-2286

SERVPRO's Fire Restoration Capabilities

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke rose and damaged the insulation in the attic of this Jackson home.

Fire's that occur inside do much more damage than just what the fire touches. As smoke spreads throughout the room, it  covers all materials. Smoke damage can leave soot and an odor that can be very difficult to remove. Water damage must also be accounted for. In the process of putting out the fire all materials around it will be subject to water damage. It is in situations as unfortunate as this that SERVPRO goes to bat for you to get this dirty job done. SERVPRO of Jackson & SERVPRO of Madison County, MS is a professional restoration company that specializes in both fire AND water damage. SERVPRO of Jackson & SERVPRO of Madison County's highly trained crew will restore your fire loss for you and make it appear "Like it never even happened." 

Pestering Odor Problems (Fire)

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke covered the insulation in the attic with soot in this Madison home.

Smoke is a byproduct of burning; hot are rises. This means that when you have a fire in your home or office, the hot smoke will rise to the top of the room before filling in all available space. Always looking for a way out, and continuing to rise due to the heat, smoke can often make its way into the attics of buildings. When this happens, you have got a serious problem on your hands. Not only are you dealing with the fire damage, but smoke has covered the insulation in your attic with soot. This greatly increases the risk of the odor getting in your HVAC. You need all of your insulation in your attic to be removed. SERVPRO of Jackson & SERVPRO of Madison County, MS is a professional restoration company that is qualified in fire damages. Our technicians have been properly trained to handle your situation with quality and sensitivity. Give SERVPRO of Jackson & SERVPRO of Madison County a call, we will rid you of your pestering odor problems.

Smoke and Soot

5/31/2017 (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 Jackson & SERVPRO of Madison County 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 – 601-353-2286

Fire? Let Us Clean Up For You

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jackson, MS, is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Jackson

SERVPRO of Jackson specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Fire Help

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

When there is a fire, everything becomes very chaotic in a short amount of time.  Here are some basic guidelines on what to do if a fire happens in your home or at your business.  Fires caused by electrical issues are the most common at this time.

Make sure that there is always clear and unobstructed pathway to the exit in case of fire.  Make sure your electrical cords are in good condition before you use them.  Make sure you don not overload electrical outlets.  

If you hear a fire alarm, always treat that as if there is a real fire.  If there is smoke in the air, stay low to the ground so you do not inhale smoke.  Crawl to the nearest exit with your hand along the wall so you do not become disorientated.  Once you are away from the fire and in a safe location, call emergency personnel.

 

When Fire Happens

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Affected Ceiling Fan

This fire occurred late one night when a dryer caught on fire when then affected the entire house with soot.  The team was alerted and responded to this job.  The picture shows how heavily soot can attach to the ceiling and a fan in a room that the fire did not even occur in.  SERVPRO of Jackson was immediately called in to look over the house and formulate a plan of action.  Once the team took pictures of the damage within the home, it was time to start working.  SERVPRO of Jackson has the knowledge and training to enter a home with fire damage and work together in order to efficiently finish out part in the process of fire remediation.  If you need out services, please call us at  601-353-2286 and we will be there for you.  #HereToHelp

Fire Damage

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot

Fire damage can be stressful and overwhelming.  A fire is something that nobody expects to happen to them.  When your home or business is covered in soot, it is never an easy sight to view.  The first thing you should do in this situation is notify your insurance company so you adjuster can get to your location as soon as possible to assess the damage and start your claim.  Then you need to call a reputable restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Jackson at 601-353-2286.  Our team is able to board up windows and doors, tarp the roof, and begin the remediation process. Our team will assess the contents of the home in order to figure out what is salvageable and non-salvageable.  When this type of disasters strike, it is overwhelming for the home or business owner.  SERVPRO of Jackson will walk you through this process and allow you to feel relief that you are in good hands.  #HereToHelp  #LikeItNeverEvenHappened

Fire Disaster

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Electrical fires are the most common cause of household fires across the United States.  This is why home owners must be consistent on watching how electrical equipment is kept and making sure that cords are not frayed or damaged.  When electrical cords are frayed or old, it is a good idea to switch the cord out.  This also is something we must watch with our kitchen appliances and TVs also.  If home owners keep a close watch over cords and electrical equipment, it will lessen the chance that your equipment would cause a fire in your own home.  In older homes, it is a wonderful idea to have a licensed electrician come in to check your outlets and any wires he or she can get to in your home.  Over time, wires can fray which could lead to a fire. If a fire does occur and you need assistance, call SERVPRO of Jackson at 6101-353-2286.  Always here to help. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.