Recent Fire Damage Posts

Keeping Pets Safe From a House Fire

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

Dog held by an old man who is a wearing a safety helmet. Learn basic first aid procedures for the type of pet you own.

Keeping Pets Safe In The Event of A House Fire

Pet lovers in Lexington Park, PA are like pet lovers everywhere: they consider their furry, feathered, or scaly friends beloved members of the family. In the event of a fire emergency in the home, it is important to have an evacuation plan for pets just like the rest of the family and make sure everyone is aware of it. The fire department, your insurance company, and restoration experts will take care of the rest.

Proactive Measures

Having either hardwired or battery-powered smoke alarms on every level of your home is a must to keep everyone safe. Check them regularly to make sure they are operational. In the event of a fire emergency, it is important to have a few other items and established procedures in place for pet preparation.

  • Practice your evacuation plan with your family, including your pets. For pet safety, train them to come when called, and for those in enclosures, designate an appropriate rescuer.
  • In the family emergency kit, include what your pet might need. First aid supplies, any medications, and nonperishable foods should be packed.
  • Learn basic first aid procedures for the type of pet you own.
  • Affix a pet alert to a window or door to alert fire fighters to the number and type of pets in the home and where they are kept. If you are unable to evacuate them, professionals can perform the rescue.
  • Have a plan in place for housing your pet if you become displaced from your home.
  • Keep pet ownership records and proof of vaccinations in a fire box.

Proper planning can reduce the kind of chaos that can lead to avoidable losses in the unfortunate situation of a fire emergency in the home. Practicing evacuation procedures and assembling an emergency kit can help keep all members of your family out of harm’s way.

Why Calling a Clean-Up Crew Should Be Your First Post-Fire Priority

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Bedroom damaged by fire, ceiling collapsed, bed and wall covered with soot. Fire damaged a bedroom in Fox Chase, PA.

Why Calling a Clean-Up Crew Should Be Your First Post-Fire Priority

After you’ve just finished watching emergency service take care of a fire in your home, the shock can sometimes make it difficult to figure out which step you should take next. However, if you want your home to stand the best chance at a full recovery, you’re going to need to make a few calls.

First, dial-up your insurance company in Fox Chase, PA. Next, you’ll want to reach out to a local fire damage cleanup crew. Doing this early on is imperative because

  • Quicker action yields better results
  • Mitigation of water damage is easier
  • You’ll be able to salvage more of your belongings

Fast Action

When a fire happens, it doesn’t just affect the things it burns. It releases soot and smoke that seeps into materials surrounding the fire as well. Over time, these byproducts set in, discoloring and damaging porous materials. The longer these surfaces go without being properly cleaned, the more likely it is that the damage will be irreversible, which is why calling a fire damage crew right away is so important.

Water Damage

Many people don’t consider water damage to be an issue when there’s a fire, but with gallons and gallons of water coming out of the fire hose pointed at your home, it’s definitely something you’ll need to contend with. Professional cleanup crews have the tools to dry out carpets, furniture and more, faster.

Salvaging

Salvaging your belongings is not only a way to keep restoration costs down, but it preserves a little peace of mind as well. Choosing a cleanup crew to come in right away can help you make the most of your remaining belongings, so you can reinstall them in your restored home when the job’s done.

Fire damage cleanup crews are trained to handle every challenge your house has to offer. Having them on the job right away means you can get back in your home sooner, so you can get back to the life you love.

Holiday Season

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

After effects of a residential fire

This time of year, everyone is gearing up for the holidays.  While we will all surely be eating turkey on Thanksgiving day, we may be preparing it differently.  

In the last few years, deep frying turkeys has become a wildly popular method to cook the food.  However, according to a "Home Fire Involving Cooking Equipment" report, home fires caused by cooking are nearly 4 times as likely on Thanksgiving as any other day of the year.  Deep frying turkeys, while delicious, is also very dangerous.  So before you get into some deep frying fun, here are 3 quick safety tips for you to protect your home:

1) Stay Away from The House – Set up the turkey fryer more than 10 feet away from your home and keep children and pets away. Never leave it unattended.

2) Use a Thawed and Dry Turkey – Make sure your Thanksgiving turkey is completely thawed and dry. Extra water will cause the oil to bubble furiously and spill over. If oil spills from the fryer onto the burner, it can cause a fire.

3) Be Prepared – Have a fire extinguisher (multipurpose, dry-powder) ready at all times in the event that the oil ignites.

From all of us here at SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale, we want to wish you and your family a Happy (and safe) Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Holiday

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

It is a little difficult to tell from the photo, but there once was a deep fryer in this home. Unfortunately, it caused extensive fire damage.

This time of year, everyone is gearing up for the holidays.  While we will all surely be eating turkey on Thanksgiving day, we may be preparing it differently.  

In the last few years, deep frying turkeys has become a wildly popular method to cook the food.  However, according to a "Home Fire Involving Cooking Equipment" report, home fires caused by cooking are nearly 4 times as likely on Thanksgiving as any other day of the year.  Deep frying turkeys, while delicious, is also very dangerous.  So before you get into some deep frying fun, here are 3 quick safety tips for you to protect your home:

1) Stay Away from The House – Set up the turkey fryer more than 10 feet away from your home and keep children and pets away. Never leave it unattended.

2) Use a Thawed and Dry Turkey – Make sure your Thanksgiving turkey is completely thawed and dry. Extra water will cause the oil to bubble furiously and spill over. If oil spills from the fryer onto the burner, it can cause a fire.

3) Be Prepared – Have a fire extinguisher (multipurpose, dry-powder) ready at all times in the event that the oil ignites.

From all of us here at SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale, we want to wish you and your family a Happy (and safe) Thanksgiving!

Cleaning After a Fire

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

At a home in Glenside, PA, one of our technicians is wiping away soot above a window using a chemical sponge and extension pole.

For homeowners, putting out a fire can be worse than the fire itself.  A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowner after a fire ravages a home.  Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished.  

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale's professional staff and technicians provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents inventory and restoration.  These services help ensure your property, belongings, and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

SERVPRO of Fox Chase/Torresdale professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly.  Call us at 215-600-1497 today!