Recent Fire Damage Posts

Extension Cords Safety Tips

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Extension cords are one of the most commonly misused items in a home and at the office.  To ensure safety use these following tips when using extension cords.

  • Determine the correct wattage required to power the device and be sure to select the correct size of the extension cord.  If connecting two or more devices, add together the wattage rating for all devices to prevent overload.
  • Select the appropriate extension cord for using devices indoor or outdoor.
  • Do not use extension cords that are cut or damaged. Touching the exposed strand of wire can give someone electric shock or burn.
  • Be sure to unplug extension cords when finished using due to the cord will still conduct electricity until it is unplugged.
  • Running a cord under carpet or across a doorway is unsafe.

Fire Damage:Common Causes

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

Home electrical fires account for 51,000 fires each year, and an estimated $1.3 billion in property damage. Learn these common causes of fire damage to prevent fire damage in your home or business:

Many electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets or outdated appliances. Frayed appliance cords can also lead to electrical fires. Under no circumstances should you ever remove the ground plug from an appliance cord. These appliance cords are only to be used with outlets that can handle the extra amount of electricity.

Another cause of electrical fires is the misuse of extension cords. Extension cords are only to be used on a temporary basis and not as permanent wiring. Extension cords can overheat and cause fires when not used properly. Never should you run extension cords through walls and ceilings, and never use nails or staples to hold an extension cord in place.

Space heaters are also a major cause of electrical fires. Space heaters should always be kept on a flat, level surface to prevent being turned over. These portable heaters are often placed too close to curtains, beds, and other combustible surfaces. Remember to always keep space heaters at least three feet from items that can burn. 

SERVPRO of Pascagoula gets to the Root when Dealing with Soot

10/31/2019 (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 Pascagoula, 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.”  

Call us today at 228-475-3403

Teach the children

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

What happens when the fire alarm goes off in the night?

Do the kids know what to do?

Do they know where to go?

What happens after the alarm stops?

Gather everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm. 

Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible. 

Allow children to master fire escape planning and practice before holding a fire drill at night when they are sleeping. The subject is to practice, not frighten, so telling children there will be a drill before they go to bed can be as effective as a surprise drill. 

Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan. 

Once you're out, stay out! Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. If someone is missing, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues. 

Once the emergency crews leave call us, we will do what is needed to get you back into your clean home, "like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Pascagoula 228-475-3403

SERVPRO of Pascagoula Excels at Fire Damage Restoration

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be a devastating event. Once your property has been impacted by a fire, hiring a high-quality fire damage restoration service is important. To ensure that you can get the professional service you need and deserve, browse through these tips and tricks outlined in this quick reference guide courtesy of SERVPRO.

Request a Referral From Your Insurance Company. The best way to find the ideal fire damage restoration company is through a referral. Who has dealt with these restoration companies more than your insurance company? Ask your agent or adjuster for a referral and chances are SERVPRO will be at the top of the list. Past experiences of cooperation and coordination of the fire damage restoration process make the project easier to expediently complete while keeping costs down. If a claim is involved, we can provide an estimate complying with insurance industry guidelines. This step is also advantageous because it ensures that SERVPRO and your insurance provider can work together throughout the remediation process, which alleviates stress for you through a difficult time.

Ensure that the Fire Damage Restoration Company can handle your needs. After a house fire, water pooling from the extinguishing efforts could be causing secondary structural and furnishings damage in your home. Standing water must be extracted immediately before, during, and after the assessment of damages has been provided to you, if the level of damage is extensive.

SERVPRO of Pascagoula offers for fire damage restoration:
• HVAC system cleaning: removal of smoke odor and soot as well as moisture.
• Debris removal: burnt or water-logged debris. Cleaning of items, and possessions on location or at our facility. Our IICRC-certified technicians will provide you with the high quality fire damage restoration services you require with empathy.
• Extensive drying: water extraction by pumps, and wet-vacs, air movers, and dehumidifiers finish the drying, then checked with meters, final documentation that the structure is dry to help prevent mold growth.
• Structural rebuild: restore fire damaged building materials when possible, replace when necessary. Keeps the cost and repair time down. 

Once the fire in your home has been extinguished, get together with your insurance adjuster and SERVPRO of Pascagoula. We will take the stressful burden from you and provide fair, expedient, and cost-effective results. Our goal is to get you back home as soon as possible. We will also have a final walk-through with you to ensure your complete satisfaction with the restoration of your fire-damaged home in the Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gulfport, and Pascagoula area.

SERVPRO of Pascagoula is Locally Owned, with National Resources.

We are proud to be an active member of these gulf coast communities. SERVPRO of Pascagoula is locally owned and operated so we’re nearby and ready to help residents with any size smoke and fire damage emergencies. Call us 24/7 for help. (228) 475-3473.

What can we offer you after your fire damage?

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Gulfport, MS Fire Damage Restoration including Smoke and Soot Cleanup| SERVPRO of Biloxi / Ocean Springs / Gulfport / Pascagoula

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

We are Always Here to Help! 228-475-3473

Fire Webs

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Most people do not know that when a fire happens it can cause webs in your home that look like cobwebs. The photo shows what we call smoke webs. You can google this and it will give you the reason behind it, but let us explain it to you, it’s when plastics burn, the smoke carries a stronger charge than when wood, cotton or paper burns. Sometimes, this causes smoke residue to form the smoke webs. Depending on what exactly the webs are made of, they can be sticky, smeary, and more difficult to clean.

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals here at SERVPRO of Pascagoula are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Cooking and Fire Prevention Safety

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

The Holidays are coming and we will be doing more cooking. And unless you live on takeout and fast food, cooking is necessary to feed your family. But not all of us were born Emeril Lagasse or Gordon Ramsay. We novice chefs need a little more help. And sometimes, accidents happen. According to the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association) Two-thirds (67%) of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials. Before you cook up a disaster, know how to put out potential fires.

How to prevent a kitchen fire

Stay nearby, this sounds unnecessary to say but unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in fires between 2007 -2011.

According to the NFPA, unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires. Don’t leave your boiling spaghetti alone!

 Place your products elsewhere

Keep your towels, paper towels and pot holders away from open flames because they pose a fire hazard.

 Have the proper tools

Besides a lid and a fire extinguisher, ensure smoke detectors are working properly. Test them biannually.

 What to use to put out kitchen fire

Cookware lid

When cooking on a stove top, always keep a lid nearby that fits the pot or pan you’re using. That way, if the food catches fire, you can put the lid on to quickly smother the flames.

Salt

Use a handful of salt, which cuts off the oxygen supply and smothers the fire.

 Baking soda

Like salt, baking soda works to put out grease fires. For example, if grease falls to the bottom of the oven and catches fire, covering it with baking soda should put it out.

Fire extinguisher

If you don’t have access to salt, baking soda or water, use a fire extinguisher. Keep one handy in your kitchen in case of emergencies, Reith and Sexton suggest. Know where it is and how to use it.

Water

If your towel or pot holder catches fire, put it in the kitchen sink and douse it with water. Never use water to put out a grease fire. Pouring water onto a grease fire will make a bad situation worse.  This can cause burning oil to splatter or even bigger flames to form. Burning drops of grease or oil can spread quickly out of control.

How to put out a kitchen fire

Smother the flames Fire needs oxygen to thrive. Thwart flames by cutting off their supply.

 Turn off the heat

Remember to turn the burner off when a fire occurs. If the fire starts in an appliance such as your oven or microwave, immediately cut the power source and close the door. If you catch it early enough, there won’t be enough oxygen to keep the fire going, and the fire will die.

 Evacuate

Don’t be a hero. If a fire gets out of hand, you should get out of there. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 55 percent of non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried fighting the fire themselves.

 Call 911

Emergency service providers undergo many hours of training to handle these situations, so avoid putting yourself at unnecessary risk. Let professionals who know the risks and dangers handle it. 

 Be sure to stay safe and for more information and tips on what to do and not to do, see our website SERVPRO of Pascagoula. After the fire department leaves, there will be damage, call SERVPRO of Pascagoula to help make it “Like it never even happened”.  It’s best to call us directly at 228-475-3473.

SERVPRO & Odor Eliminating

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Pascagoula is trained to eliminate odors.

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized in fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor by doing Thermal fogging.

What is Thermal fogging?

Thermal fogging is an effective smoke odor removal procedure because it recreates the fire related properties of heat and pressurization. Porous material pick up thermally activated deodorant droplets in the same manner in which they picked up the smoke odors, closely duplicating what occurs during a fire.

HOW IT WORKS:

Negative pressure is created by the gas flow to the engine tube, causing the intake valves to open. This allows more air to pass through the venturi of the carburetor, which aspirates fuel from the carburetor in a combustion chamber mixture that is ignited by the spark plug at many times per second. The exhaust emission of a pulse-jet engine is low in pollutant components because the combustion is completed and burned to non-pollutant end products.

Call SERVPRO of Pascagoula for any questions or services.

228-475-3473

The Importance of Having a Fire Extinguisher in Your Home or Business

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

You could save your home from fire with a fire extinguisher at your ready.

Close your eyes and imagine. You’re at home, or maybe in the office, and you smell ... smoke? Definitely smoke. Fire! You don’t panic, because you’re not the type and you’re prepared. You grab the nearest fire extinguisher, find the flames. You get ready, aim.... and suddenly realize you don’t know how this thing works.

Fire extinguishers can be the first line of defense if fire breaks out in your home or business, but they won’t do you any good if you don’t know how to use them or have the wrong extinguisher for the job. When it comes to fire, plan, prepare and remain calm. Knowing how, when and why to use your fire extinguisher—not to mention which fire extinguisher to use—will increase both your safety and peace of mind knowing you can protect you and your belonging from fire damage.

When to Use a Fire Extinguisher
Home or office, when a fire breaks out you have moments to decide: fight or flight? If you feel even the slightest doubt about handling it yourself, move everyone to a safe place and call 911. Ditto if you don’t know how to use your extinguisher or aren’t sure it’s the right class for the fire you’re fighting; better to let the pros handle it than to try to navigate the learning curve mid-fire.

If you decide you can safely put out the fire, grab the extinguisher and get busy, after you locate a safe way out. If you spot a clear exit but it doesn’t look to stay clear long, get out now.

What Kind of Extinguisher to Use
Home- and business owners can choose from five types of fire extinguishers:

  • Class A: for a fire involving normal combustibles and flammables, including cloth, paper and wood
  • Class B: for a fire involving flammable liquids like gas, oil, paint, paint thinner and solvents
  • Class C: to fight a fire involving electrical equipment/appliances that are plugged in and receiving power—electric drills, table saws, computer equipment, televisions, wiring and fuse boxes, for example
  • Class D: to put out a fire involving combustible metals—magnesium, sodium, zirconium, etc. (Note: Don’t try to fight this kind of fire unless you’ve been specifically trained for it!)
  • Class K: for fires typically found in restaurants, involving cooking oil and commercial-grade cooking equipment

Some fires involve several or all of the above. Fortunately, fire extinguishers are labeled not only with the types of fire they’re designed to fight, but with the types of fire you should avoid using them on. Example: Never use a Class A extinguisher on a Class B or C fire—the results could be deadly!

Fire Extinguisher How-to

  1. Stand six to eight feet away from the flames.
  2. Make sure you have a clear exit, in case the fire spreads or flames out of control.
  3. Pull the pin to unlock the operating lever.
  4. Aim the hose at the base of the fire.
  5. Press the lever located above the handle to release the agent.
  6. Use a back-and-forth sweeping motion to saturate the base of the fire until the flames are extinguished.
  7. Continue the process if the fire re-ignites.
  8. If the fire doesn’t go out or spreads, get to safety.

Extinguisher Safety Tips

  • Install fire extinguishers in areas where fires are likely to break out, including kitchens and break rooms.
  • Check periodically to make sure all fire extinguishers are fully charged.
  • Show every family member or employee where the fire extinguishers and fire alarms are located.
  • Train yourself, your loved ones and your co-workers to use the equipment properly.

Even with a fire extinguisher, some fire damage will occur. When this happens, call your local SERVPRO of Pascagoula (228)475-3473. They live and work in the local community just like you and they can help make it, "Like it never even happened."

Soot Damage Caused by Fire

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

When a fire happens, it causes soot. (Soot: A black powdery or flaky substance consisting largely of amorphous carbon, produced by the incomplete burning of organic matter.) If the HVAC system is on during a fire then it can spread the soot in the house by circulating the air throughout. 

While it may take some time to remediate a fire, it is important that the soot is wiped down with appropriate cleaning agents and in a timely manner. If soot is left on any surface to long it can breakdown that surface and cause damage to walls, furniture, and other surfaces.  

SERVPRO of Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gulfport, and Pascagoula can do Fire restoration.

This picture shows just one wipe down of a wall in the home where we did a structure clean after a fire. Some surfaces can take longer to clean, depending on the texture of the wall and how much soot there is on the surface.

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes