Recent Fire Damage Posts

Top Causes of House Fires During the Holidays

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

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Top Causes of House Fires During the Holidays

Did you know that on average, there are about 350,000 house fires in the United States each year? Approximately 47,000 of these house fires end up happening during the winter holiday season. While a house fire during such a festive time of year is tragic, understanding how they even happen in the first place is a good way to help prevent them. Let’s take a look at some of the common causes of holiday house fires.

  • Cooking fires are one of the leading causes of house fires, all year round. They’re even more common at the holidays, when people are baking and cooking for crowds while distracted.
  • Candles are popular over the holidays. Unfortunately, this also means an uptick in the risk of candle fire. Be very cautious whenever you use candles, keeping them away from flammable objects and never leaving them unattended.
  • Your most festive decor can lead to disaster. Your Christmas tree may be beautiful, but if you’re not careful, it can become the deadliest thing in your house. If you don’t water your tree properly, it can dry out and easily catch fire. Additionally, many people decorate with treasured keepsakes passed down through generations. If any of these beloved items have damaged electrical cords or other flaws that make them flammable, they can pose a real danger.
  • Holiday celebrations often lead to electrical overload. Your favorite lights and light-up decor can all result in fire hazards. Some of the most common and hazardous mistakes people make are stringing several extension cords together, running more than three light strands end to end, or using strings of lights that are worn out or in poor condition.
  • Because they’re winter holidays, space heaters are a hazard. Not everyone has central heating, and sometimes when guests are plentiful, sleeping arrangements become creative. Portable space heaters are great for warming up a chilly house or bringing heat to a sleeping porch, but they can also be dangerous. Never plug a space heater into an overloaded circuit, keep them away from flammable objects and curious children, and follow the safety requirements given by the portable heater’s manufacturer.

Being aware of the causes of house fires can help you prevent tragedy in your own home. To keep your home and family safe, make sure working smoke alarms are installed and keep fire extinguishers at the ready. Create an escape plan and make sure every family member understands it before you ever face a fire.

We understand that accidents happen sometimes, so we hope these tips will help you avoid a house fire in the first place. If fire damages your home, you don’t have to face it alone. The highly-trained experts at SERVPRO of Mandarin are here to help, with more than 40 years of experience in fire damage repair and restoration.  A trusted leader in the industry, we have the experience and equipment to repair fire and smoke damage, restore your North Florida area property, and get everything back to normal. Call (904) 638-2495.

Can You Sell a Fire Damaged House?

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

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Surviving a house fire can be a very traumatic experience. Trying to sell a home on top of that after it’s been damaged by a fire can be almost as traumatic, especially if you don’t know how to navigate the situation. Here is some advice on selling a home after it’s been through a fire.

Can you sell a fire-damaged home? In most cases, the answer is yes. Real estate law does not prohibit people from selling a home after it’s been damaged by a fire, but as the seller, you are required to disclose information to the buyer about the fire.

There are two different ways to go about selling a fire-damaged home:

  • Selling a house as-is: If fixing the damages caused by the fire is cost-prohibitive, you might decide to sell the property as-is. This can be challenging, and you won’t get the market value price, though the money from the sale combined with the payout from insurance might get you into a new home. While the average buyer will probably shy away from buying a home that’s experienced a house fire, there are some companies that buy homes “as is” and would be willing to take the chance.
  • Restoring the house before selling: Restoring your home to a pre-fire state is expensive (though it may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance), but it will also net you more money- sometimes more than you would have gotten pre-fire. Has your home been assessed to see how much repairing the damage will cost before you decide whether or not it’s worth doing?

If you do decide to sell your home after a house fire, here are some steps you should follow:

  • Restore the house to its pre-fire condition. For this, contact a fire remediation company, like us. Fire and smoke damage restoration is not something you should do by yourself, because it requires specific knowledge and equipment.
  • Keep all of your restoration documentation. Include photos and paid invoices, so that you can stand up to any scrutiny.
  • Disclose information about the fire to the buyers. A property disclosure form is required in most states.
  • Be prepared to answer questions. Buyers will want to know what caused the fire, and you’ll need to reassure them that steps have been taken to keep it from happening again.
  • Expect it to take a long time. Rushing the process won’t help but being patient could bring you a better price for your home.

If you find that your home has been damaged by a house fire, it’s important to have it professionally cleaned and restored to its pre-fire condition. When you need help restoring your North Florida home, call SERVPRO of Mandarin for help with smoke damage restoration. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your North Florida home and get everything back to its original condition. A trusted leader in the industry, we’ve served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 638-2495 or contact us through our website.

What to Do in Case of Fire Damage

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Do you know that a fire department in the United States responds to a fire every 24 seconds? Does it surprise you how frequently house fires occur? Hopefully your home will never have to endure a devastating house fire, but if it does end up happening to you, here is what you can do once the smoke has cleared and the fire department has left the scene.

  • Don’t plan to immediately move back into the house. Even the parts of the house that weren’t damaged by the flames can be dangerous for people to inhabit. Smoke damage can cause soot and smoke to stick to the walls, floors, and furniture, which makes it dangerous for you to breathe. Fire can also cause electrical hazards and affect ducts and insulation in your walls, attic, and crawl space.
  • Make sure cleanup is handled properly and promptly. Soot and ash discolor surfaces, and the longer you wait to clean it off of your belongings, the worse that discoloration will be, and the lower the likelihood will be that it can be returned to preloss condition. In fact, after just a few days, discoloration of walls and fabric items can become permanent. Left for weeks, the residue left behind by a house fire can corrode metal, permanently etch glass, and cause wood and vinyl surfaces to deteriorate to an irreparable degree.
  • Call in the professionals. Cleaning up the damage left behind by fire requires meticulous care. If it isn’t handled with extreme caution, soot residue can contaminate the entire building. What’s more, fire restoration experts know what can and cannot be salvaged and have the equipment and products needed to comprehensively clean your home. Professionals also know how to work with insurance adjusters, and can often bill the insurance company directly, making the process much easier for you.
  • Call your insurance company. Your homeowner’s insurance will cover damage to your home from a fire or smoke. This includes damage caused by a fire at a neighboring building, as well as damage caused by wildfires. The house, fences, driveway, sheds, and other structures on your property are also protected. Homeowner’s insurance also covers the cost of most personal items lost in a fire, and typically also covers additional living expenses, even for months at a time if necessary, while you regroup. Other people on your property at the time are also covered. The only time a homeowner’s policy will not cover damages from a fire is if you or someone else named on your policy caused the fire intentionally.

If you have suffered through a home fire and your property sustains fire damage, you don’t have to go it alone. Call SERVPRO of Mandarin for help with fire restoration. Our highly-trained restoration technicians have the experience and equipment to restore your North Florida area home back to normal. A trusted leader in the fire damage restoration service industry, we’ve served our community for more than 40 years. Call (904) 638-2495 or contact us through our website to get the restoration care you deserve.

House Fires, Prepare Your Family and Home

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

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House Fires, Prepare Your Family and Home

Have you seen the new City of Jacksonville Preparedness and Response Guide for the 2021-2022 Storm Season? It's a free guide that contains tips for basic first aid, active shooter response, animal and pet preparedness, COVID-19, JEA resources, severe weather including; thunderstorms, lightning, tropical storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, flooding, etc. It also contains emergency supply kit lists, information about beach and water safety, and house fires.

Do you and your family have a plan in case a fire happens in your home? What is the fastest or nearest escape route and where will you meet back up if separated? Here are a few home fire safety tips that your family should practice so you are prepared in a disaster:

  • Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and check them regularly, at least every 6 months.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors and test the batteries regularly. 
  • Make sure everyone (age-appropriate) in your home knows where the fire extinguisher is and how to operate it. 
  • Identify and practice escape routes from each room of your home.
  • Make sure everyone (age-appropriate) in your home knows how to shut off the gas, water, and electricity at the main switches.
  • Pre-designate a rallying point to meet in the event of a house fire.
  • Remember to include your pets in your plans.

If you are a Duval County resident you should have received your copy of the City of Jacksonville Preparedness & Response Guide, 2021-2022 in the mail either in July or August of 2021 (one per household). If you have yet to receive it or want to view it digitally, you can GO ONLINE to the City of Jacksonville's preparedness website and download a PDF version. 

House Fire Facts: 9 Things to Know

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

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House Fire Facts: 9 Things to Know

Reviewing the following facts can help you and your family respond to and escape from a house fire more quickly.

  1. Windows, Ensure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out, and security bars can be properly opened.
  2. Escape Route, Find two ways to get out of each room (door or window).
  3. Call 911, If you can't get to someone needing assistance, call 9-1-1 for help.
  4. Seal Doors and Vents, If unable to evacuate, shelter in place, call 9-1-1 to report your location, seal doors or vents if possible.
  5. Feel the Door for Heat, Feel the doorknob with the back of your hand; if hot, leave the door closed and use another way out.
  6. Utilities, The fire department should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave.
  7. Inventory Damages, Maintain an inventory of damaged property and items. Protect valuable documents and records.
  8. Smoke Detectors, The Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department, JFRD, provides and installs free smoke detectors for any qualifying Jacksonville residence. The department will also install replacement batteries. For a free smoke detector or to arrange to have the batteries replaced in an existing one, call 904-630-2489 (CITY).
  9. P.A.S.S., PASS is the acronym for how to operate a fire extinguisher. P, Pull out the pin. A, Aim the nozzle or horn low at the base of the fire. S, Squeeze the handle to release the agent. S, Sweep from side to side at the base until the fire is out.

For more house fire tips and resources for children, visit the MyJFRD website.

Fire Effects Local Medical Laboratory on Jacksonville's Southside

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Mandarin's emergency services team received a call in the middle of the night, earlier this month from a business owner who was suffering from Fire Damage. 

The business was a medical lab responsible for testing cancer biopsies, blood work, COVID-19, and many other sensitive and important samples. The lab processed veterinary samples as well. With many patients and Doctors' offices depending on them, this business' priorities were many and varied. 

We worked closely with the laboratory owner, the different insurance companies involved, the lab's equipment rental companies, subcontractors, the building owner, and engineers to get the fire damage remediated as quickly as possible. 

Our team of technicians arrived onsite as the Fire Marshall was clearing the property. We extracted and took initial pre-mitigation photos, cataloging as much of the damaged equipment as possible. The following morning we were able to complete extraction, add drying equipment stabilizing the environment, install our generator, and start building the job file.

By the second day, we had flown in a specialty engineer from Texas, to help our team process the lab equipment. From there we worked with all parties to process and clean the equipment that could be salvaged. 

When disaster strikes your business are you equipped to handle all the different components of the remediation process? Let our SERVPRO team handle getting your business back together, while you handle your employees and clients.  

Fire Safety Checklist

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Image shows space heater sitting on the carpet in a home. Be careful with space heaters, never leave them unattended and make sure they are plugged in with the proper gauge extension cord.

SERVPRO of Mandarin would like to advise you to take responsibility and prepare, long before a fire threatens your home and your family’s safety.

Sit down with your family and review this fire safety checklist:

  • Install and maintain a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in every bedroom, outside of every sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement, and remember to change the battery at least once a year.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
  • Know where your fire extinguisher is mounted, and make sure everyone in the family knows how to use it.
  • Designate two escape routes from each bedroom and practice them regularly.
  • Teach everyone the "Stop, Drop, and Roll" technique in case clothing catches on fire.
  • Avoid storing old mattresses in the home or garage.
  • Teach kids that matches, lighters, and candles are tools, not toys. If you suspect that a child is playing with fire, check under beds and in closets for telltale signs like burned matches. Matches and lighters should be stored in a secure drawer or cabinet.

While it is crucial to be cautious of fire hazards year-round, taking the time to walk through these steps at least once a year could save you and your family’s life. When a fire happens, there is no more time for planning. Act today, be prepared!

Check back with us for more fire safety tips and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

Have Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Mandarin, 904-636-0044.

After a Fire... What to Do

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

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Any fire can be devastating. The most important thing after a fire is the safety of your family and pets. Once everyone is safe and secure, it's time to work a plan for what to do after fire damages your home and property. SERVPRO of Mandarin has created this checklist of safety precautions and more to begin recovery after fire damage. 

What to Do After a Fire

Call your insurance company immediately after a fire. Following ironing the details with your insurance company, contact SERVPRO of Mandarin so the fire damage cleanup process can begin quickly. Make sure to notify your mortgage company of the fire as well. If you're not sure that the home is structurally safe, have it inspected by a certified structural engineer or building inspector before going near. 

  • Take pictures of all exterior damage, noting broken windows or entrances that are no longer secure.
  • Make arrangements to board-up broken windows and secure the property during the cleanup and restoration process.
  • Shut off propane tank systems and make an appointment for them to be inspected for safety.
  • Do not attempt to reconnect utilities on your own.
  • Be aware that rodents, snakes, or other animals may have entered your home.

Inside the home:

  • Don’t flip on electrical switches in any room with standing water from firefighting efforts.
  • Don’t enter any room if you hear popping or see sparking.
  • Turn off the power at the main electrical panel.
  • Try not to touch anything covered with soot; it’s easy to transfer it to other areas of the home, making the cleaning process more difficult.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes or boots, long sleeves, long pants, and gloves to protect against soot and any other contaminants as you go through the home.
  • Try to locate important papers and other documents that you’ll need.
  • Handle burned money as little as possible. You can take its remains to a Regional Federal Reserve Bank for replacement.
  • Begin taking inventory of the building damage and all damaged items.
  • Begin saving receipts for any expenses incurred after the fire. These may be needed when filing insurance claims.

Fire Damage Cleanup and Remediation

Companies like SERVPRO of Mandarin have the expertise as well as the right products and equipment to safely and effectively clean and restore a home after a fire. Fire damage includes more than just items burned. There will be soot, smoke, and water damage as well. 

A professional cleaning team will assess the damage to flooring, drywall, cabinets, furniture, and more before developing a plan for a thorough cleanup. Additionally, mold growth may be a concern after rooms and items have been saturated with water during the fire-fighting efforts.

Items that may need to be cleaned for soot and smoke removal include but are not limited to:

  • Carpets and area rugs
  • Flooring: hardwood, tile, and vinyl
  • Woodwork and other hard surfaces like countertops and cabinetry
  • Electronics and appliances
  • Furniture and upholstery
  • Draperies, linens, and clothing 
  • Books, artwork, papers, and documents

After a fire, let SERVPRO of Mandarin tackle the tough jobs so you have peace of mind that your home will be cleaned and restored quickly, safely, and correctly. Call us 24/7/365 at 904-636-0044 for any fire, smoke, or soot damage in your home or business.

The Dos and Don'ts of Emergency Fire Damage

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Below are some practical Dos and Don'ts for dealing with fire damage:

Do:

-Limit Movement in your home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into your carpet and avoid tracking.

-Keep your hands clean. Soot on hands can soil upholstery.

-If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.

-Wipe soot from the metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances.

-If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.

-Remove soot particles from plants with a damp cloth.

-Change AC filter, but leave system off until a trained and licensed HVAC contractor can take a look.

-Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Dont's:

-Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO of Mandarin Professional. 

-Don't attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs, or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Mandarin Professional.

-Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TVs, Radios, etc.) that may have been close to the fire and exposed to heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.

-Don't consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. (They may be contaminated.)

Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement from ceiling fans may create secondary damage.

Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in odor and stains.

Jacksonville Fire Safety Tips

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

Image depicts a badly burned cash register, black and charred.  A Jacksonville restaurant's cash register catches fire, badly burning the dining room, and putting soot throughout the kitchen.

A fire is something we never think can happen to you. It can. SERVPRO of Mandarin can help. Here are some tips for being ready if it does happen.

Although an emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it recommends your building have an emergency action plan to protect yourself, employees, and your business during an emergency situation. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.

Organize emergency preparedness procedures and share them with your employees.

Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure that all exits are marked and well lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times. 

Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover, and conduct a headcount. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked. You may need to make improvements.

If a fire does affect your home or business call SERVPRO of Mandarin right away. 904-636-0044

Fire Prevention Tips: Make a Checklist

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Image shows Clip Art from the American Red Cross showing a parent and child with a smoke alarm. Install smoke alarms, and inspect them regularly to keep your family safe.

A safety checklist is a must for being prepared for a fire.

SERVPRO of Mandarin would like to advise you to take personal responsibility and prepare long before a fire threatens your home and your family’s safety.

Sit down with your family and review this fire safety checklist:

  • Install and maintain a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in every bedroom, outside of every sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement, and remember to change the battery at least once a year.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
  • Know where your fire extinguisher is mounted, and make sure everyone in the family knows how to use it.
  • Designate two escape routes from each bedroom and practice them regularly.
  • Teach everyone the "Stop, Drop, and Roll" technique in case clothing catches on fire.
  • Avoid storing old mattresses in the home or garage.
  • Teach kids that matches, lighters, and candles are tools, not toys. If you suspect that a child is playing with fire, check under beds and in closets for telltale signs like burned matches. Matches and lighters should be stored in a secure drawer or cabinet.

All It Takes Is One Spark

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

All it takes is one spark that ignites into a flame to change your life in an instant. Any fire can be devastating. The most important thing after a fire is the safety of your family and pets. Once everyone is safe and secure, it’s time to work a plan for what to do after fire damages your home and property. SERVPRO has created this checklist of safety precautions and more to begin recovery after fire damage.

What to Do After a Fire

Call your insurance company immediately after a fire. Following ironing the details with your insurance company, contact SERVPRO so the fire damage cleanup process can begin quickly. Make sure to notify your mortgage company of the fire as well. If you’re not sure that the home is structurally safe, have it inspected by a certified structural engineer or building inspector before going near.

  • Take pictures of all exterior damage, noting broken windows or entrances that are no longer secure.
  • Make arrangements to board-up broken windows and secure the property during the cleanup and restoration process.
  • Shut off propane tank systems and make an appointment for it to be inspected for safety.
  • Do not attempt to reconnect utilities on your own.
  • Be aware that rodents, snakes, or other animals may have entered your home.

Inside the home:

  • Don’t flip on electrical switches in any room with standing water from firefighting efforts.
  • Don’t enter any room if you hear popping or see sparking.
  • Turn off the power at the main electrical panel.
  • Try not to touch anything covered with soot; it’s easy to transfer it to other areas of the home, making the cleaning process more difficult.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes or boots, long sleeves, long pants, and gloves to protect against soot and any other contaminants as you go through the home.
  • Try to locate important papers and other documents that you’ll need.
  • Handle burned money as little as possible. You can take its remains to a Regional Federal Reserve Bank for replacement.
  • Begin taking inventory of the building damage and all damaged items.
  • Begin saving receipts for any expenses incurred after the fire. These may be needed when filing insurance claims.

Fire Damage Cleanup and Remediation

We have the expertise as well as the right products and equipment to safely and effectively clean and restore a home after a fire. Fire damage includes more than just items burned. There will be soot, smoke, and water damage as well.

A professional cleaning team will assess the damage to flooring, drywall, cabinets, furniture, and more before developing a plan for a thorough cleanup. Additionally, mold growth may be a concern after rooms and items have been saturated with water during the fire-fighting efforts.

Items that may need to be cleaned for soot and smoke removal include but are not limited to:

  • Carpets and area rugs
  • Flooring: hardwood, tile, and vinyl
  • Woodwork and other hard surfaces like countertops and cabinetry
  • Electronics and appliances
  • Furniture and upholstery
  • Draperies, linens, and clothing
  • Books, artwork, papers, and documents

The Correct Way to Clean After a Fire

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Lightening struck this Jacksonville home, starting a Fire in the attic and spreading soot throughout the house.

Inspection and Pretesting
The SERVPRO of Mandarin Professional pretests while inspecting the property to determine the extent of fire damage and the scope of needed cleaning, restoration, and repairs.

  • The full extent of the smoke and fire damage. How many materials are affected by smoke or fire? What is the proper method for cleaning? Will your personal belongings need to be relocated while your house is restored? These are just a few of the decisions that must be made.
  • Unaffected areas - It can be vital to protect areas that were not affected by soot and odor before the damage spreads to these areas. It will save you money!
  • What materials can be restored and what materials must be replaced. Are the smoke residues cleanable? Who is completing the inventory of items that are damaged beyond repair? Fire damage pretesting is vital. A complete inventory is invaluable! How long will the cleanup take? We'll let you know what to expect.
  • The most effective cleaning methods. What work procedures will restore the damaged materials?

Pretesting also allows the SERVPRO of Mandarin Professional to focus on saving precious items or keepsakes for you. 

Once the fire damage mitigation begins, the Franchise Professional will keep you informed and answer your questions, all while working to help make the fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Need an estimate for fire damage? Call SERVPRO of Mandarin at (904) 636-0044.

Steps to Take After a Fire

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Mandarin Help with Contents Inventory and Dealing With Your Insurance Company, 904-636-0044.

The aftermath of a fire is devastating. The most important thing after a fire is the safety of your family and pets. Once everyone is safe and secure, it’s time to work a plan for what to do after fire damages your home and property. SERVPRO of Mandarin has created this checklist of safety precautions and more to begin recovery after fire damage.

Fire Damage Cleanup and Remediation

Companies like SERVPRO of Mandarin have the expertise as well as the right products and equipment to safely and effectively clean and restore a home after a fire. Fire damage includes more than just items burned. There will be soot, smoke and water damage as well.

A professional cleaning team will assess the damage to flooring, drywall, cabinets, furniture and more before developing a plan for thorough cleanup. Additionally, mold growth may be a concern after rooms and items have been saturated with water during the firefighting efforts.

Items that may need to be cleaned for soot and smoke removal include but are not limited to:

Carpets and area rugs

Flooring: hardwood, tile and vinyl

Woodwork and other hard surfaces like countertops and cabinetry

Electronics and appliances

Furniture and upholstery

Draperies, linens and clothing

Books, artwork, papers and documents

What to Do After a Fire:

Call your Insurance Company immediately after a fire. Following ironing the details with your insurance company, contact SERVPRO of Mandarin so the fire damage cleanup process can begin quickly. Make sure to notify your mortgage company of the fire as well. If you’re not sure that the home is structurally safe, have it inspected by a certified structural engineer or building inspector before going near. 

Take pictures of all exterior damage, noting broken windows or entrances that are no longer secure.

Make arrangements to board-up broken windows and secure the property during the cleanup and restoration process.

Shut off propane tank systems and make an appointment for it to be inspected for safety.

Do not attempt to reconnect utilities on your own.

Be aware that rodents, snakes, or other animals may have entered your home.

Inside the home:

Don’t flip on electrical switches in any room with standing water from firefighting efforts.

Don’t enter any room if you hear popping or see sparking.

Turn off the power at the main electrical panel.

Try not to touch anything covered with soot; it’s easy to transfer it to other areas of the home, making the cleaning process more difficult.

Wear closed-toe shoes or boots, long sleeves, long pants and gloves to protect against soot and any other contaminants as you go through the home.

Try to locate important papers and other documents that you’ll need.

Handle burned money as little as possible. You can take its remains to a Regional Federal Reserve Bank for replacement.

Begin taking inventory of the building damage and all damaged items.

Begin saving receipts for any expenses incurred after the fire. These may be needed when filing insurance claims.

After a fire, let SERVPRO of Mandarin tackle the tough jobs so you have peace of mind that your home will be cleaned and restored quickly, safely and correctly. Call us 24/7/365 at 904-636-0044 for any fire, smoke, or soot damage that you might experience in your home or business.

Tips for Home Fire Prevention

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

5 Tips for Fire Prevention; from Cooking, Heating, Smoking, Electrical, and Candles. SERVPRO of Mandarin, 904-636-0044.

According to U.S. News, “Each year, roughly 3,400 people are killed in home fires or burn injuries, making them the third-most-common cause of accidental deaths at home”.

Here are five tips that can help to prevent home fires.

Fire Threat: Cooking

· Stand by your pan! Don’t walk away while the stove or cooktop is on. This can lead to a fire very quickly.

Fire Threat: Heating

· A space heater needs 3 feet of clear space all around it in all directions, keeping it away from draperies, furniture, bedspreads, people, and pets .

· Chimneys should be inspected and cleaned before each heating season begins.

Fire Threat: Smoking

· Take it outside. There are usually less combustible items outside than there are inside.

Fire Threat: Electrical

· Check all of your electrical cords to ensure that they are in good shape, and  replace any that are worn out. In addition, make sure you are not overloading circuits and that one receptacle has one plug.

Fire Threat: Candles

· Consider going to battery-operated candles. They are fake but they are so much safer! It’s easy to forget to put out a candle when leaving a room.

Reference: Mullins (U.S. News) Top 5 Tips to Prevent House Fires. Fire Prevention Article