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Acid Smoke After Fire

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Central Morris County County can help even in the toughest circumstances.  By calling SERVPRO of East Central Morris County at 973-887-9100, we will begin the process of restoring your property back to its preloss state. 

The acidic ash residue left behind by fire and smoke will get even worse if it is not removed within a couple of days.  The only way to do so is with a thorough cleaning.  You should not try this on your own.  Our professionals have access to special equipment and cleaning products to make the job much easier.  SERVPRO of East Central Morris County is ready to respond 24/7/365.  During cleanup, the technicians will treat walls, ceilings and anything else that has been affected by ash.  If smoke odors are present, and they usually are, they will also require removal to make it possible for you to inhabit your building once again.  Smoke odors though, are extremely hard to removed and can't be done with standard equipment.  SERVPRO of East Central Morris County has specialized odor removal equipment on hand to counter noxious smoke odors.  They can reach into all parts of the home, including inside floors and walls. 

Do not delay in calling SERVPRO of East Central Morris County to begin immediate restoration services.

Top Tips For Fire Safety

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Top Tips For Fire Safety Fire Safety Awareness

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

Top Tips for Fire Safety

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

  2. Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.

  3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

  4. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

    If a Fire Starts:
     
  5. Know how to safely operate a fire extinguisher
  6. Remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency phone number.
  7. Yell "Fire!" several times and go outside right away. If you live in a building with elevators, use the stairs. Leave all your things where they are and save yourself.
  8. If closed doors or handles are warm or smoke blocks your primary escape route, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to the touch.
  9. If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit. Close doors behind you.
  10. If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.
  11. Once you are outside, go to your meeting place and then send one person to call the fire department. If you cannot get to your meeting place, follow your family emergency communication plan. 
    If your clothes catch on fire:
  12. Stop what you’re doing.
  13. Drop to the ground and cover your face if you can.
  14. Roll over and over or back and forth until the flames go out. Running will only make the fire burn faster.

     

    THEN:

    Once the flames are out, cool the burned skin with water for three to five minutes. Call for medical attention.

The Dos and Don'ts After Fire Hits

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

After fire ravages your home, fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of your property can be overwhelming. Once the flames have abated, it's hard to know what to do next.

Keep these Do's and Dont's in mind if fire affects your home.

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home. This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets throughout your home.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place towels on carpet traffic areas. Use dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas to limit damage.
  • Empty freezer and refrigerator. If electricity is off, empty your freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open to help prevent odors.
  • Wipe soot from chrome. Clean soot from chrome kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then apply a light coating of petroleum jelly to protect surfaces.
  • Wash houseplants. Wipe down both sides of leaves on your houseplants.
  • Change HVAC filters. Change your filters, but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Cover HVAC intakes. Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of your HVAC system.

DON'T:

  • Wash any walls or painted surfaces. First contact SERVPRO of East Central Morris County.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture. Before cleaning carpets by yourself, call us at 973-887-9100.
  • Clean any electrical appliances. TV sets, computers and other electronics that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water need to be looked at by an authorized repair service.
  • Consume food and beverages. Food and beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water, may be contaminated.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures. If the ceiling is wet, wiring may be wet or damaged and can cause electrical shock.
  • Dry clean clothing. Improper cleaning may set smoke odors. Make sure you use a service that knows how to remove soot and smoke from clothing.

Fires are stressful, and you shouldn't have to clean up the mess yourself. SERVPRO of East Central Morris County is here to help you restore your home. With our industry approved training, rapid response, professionalism, cutting-edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only your home, but your peace of mind.

Call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at 973-887-9100. SERVPRO of East Central Morris County has the technology and experience to make your fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

*Tips provided by SERVPRO® Industries, Inc.

Protect Your Family From Fire and Burns

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Burn injuries continue to be one of the leading causes of accidental death and injury in our county. Children, the elderly, and the disabled are particularly vulnerable to burn injuries, and almost one-third of all burn injuries occur in children. In 2014, there were over 3,000 deaths from fires and over 50,000 people were treated in hospitals for burn related injuries.

Though treatment for burn injuries has improved over the years, prevention is still the bets way to protect your home and family. Follow the tips below, provided by the American Burn Association, to help protect your family.

General Home Tips:

  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half.
  • If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If a pan of food catches fire, slide a lid over it and turn off the burner.
  • Stir and test food cooked in the microwave before serving. Open lids away from your face, to prevent burns from hot steam.

Tips for Homes with Children

  • Set water heater temperature to no higher than 120°F or just below the medium setting.
  • Create a "no kid zone" in the kitchen around stoves, ovens and hot items.
  • Keep hot drinks away from the edge of tables and counters.
  • Place pots and pans on the back burner with handles turned away from the edge of the stove.
  • Never hold an infant or child while cooking, drinking a hot liquid or carrying hot items.
  • Keep matches and lighters high out of the reach and sight of children, in a locked cabinet.
  • Closely supervise older children when using microwaves, or have them prepare non-hot food. Many burn injuries occur from children pulling hot foods and soups out of microwaves.
  • Teach children to stop, drop, and roll if their clothes catch fire.
  • Test the water before placing a child in the tub. Fill the tub or sink by running cool water first and then adding hot water. Seat the child facing away from the faucets.

If you or someone else sustains a burn injury be sure to:

  • Cool the burn with cool (not cold) water to stop the burning process.
  • Remove all clothing and jewelry from the injured area.
  • Cover the area with a clean dry sheet or bandage.
  • Seek medical attention.

If you would like to read more tips like these check out the American Burn Associations page here and the ABA National Scald Prevention Campaign page here.

*Statistics and tips provided by the American Burn Association

Our Fire Restoration Services

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Fire Restoration Services fire from outside light fixture

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. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. 

  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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (973) 887-9100

SERVPRO of East Central Morris County has been serving Morris County for 14 years.  We specialize in Fire damage clean up, water damage clean up, mold remediation, sewage clean up, bio hazard and crime scene clean up, and odor elimination for both residential and commercial customers.

Disaster Response Professionals outline holiday home fire prevention guidelines

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Disaster Response Professionals outline holiday home fire prevention guidelines kitchen affected by fire

Boonton, NJ (Grassroots Newswire) November 29, 2017 --

The American Red Cross (ARC) cites statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration1 showing nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays, claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage. Jim Skahill of SERVPRO® of East Central Morris County cautions home owners to follow some important ARC guidelines for holiday decorating and entertaining to make sure that the glow in their holiday celebrations is from twinkling lights and not a costly and potentially deadly fire.

Place Christmas trees and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.

Purchase flame-retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that aren't easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.

Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

If you are celebrating Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, keep flammable items, including curtains and holiday decorations, at least three feet away from your candles. Place your menorah or kinara on a non-flammable surface, such as a tray lined with aluminum foil, to catch the melting candle wax. Never leave lit candles unattended.

Ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave and always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.

If, in spite of all your precautions, a fire does break out, the most important thing you can do to help save lives is to install and maintain smoke alarms throughout your property, says Powers. Having a working smoke alarm reduces everyone's chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.

Powers notes that the ARC is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide  to deliver and install a limited number of free smoke alarms in homes for those in need. Contact your local ARC chapter for more information.

The disaster response professionals at SERVPRO, a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, witness the devastation that home fires can cause far too often. 

They also know that when fire causes a loss of life, there is no remediation possible. To keep the focus on fire prevention, rather than fire restoration,  SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross by supporting the ARC Disaster Responder program, and in particular the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

As a Disaster Responder, SERVPRO pledges dollars and support in advance to help the ARC develop and distribute educational materials and respond immediately when they are needed.

As a SERVPRO professional, I know that even the most diligent fire prevention planning can't prevent all home fires. That's why fire safety planning, like installing and maintaining smoke detectors and having a family escape plan, is also important, says Skahill. If a fire does break out in your home this holiday season, make sure all your family members follow this life-saving advice from the ARC: Get Out, Stay Out, and Call for Help.

For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit https://www.SERVPROeastcentralmorriscounty.com/

 For more information on SERVPRO® of East Central Morris County please contact Jim Skahill at 973-887-9100

NJ House Smoke & Soot Clean Up

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage NJ House Smoke & Soot Clean Up Smoke webs after a fire are difficult to clean. Call us and we can help!

Behavior of Smoke

The unique behavior of smoke makes a fire loss very complex.  It is very important to have trained technicians at the loss location.  SERVPRO® of East Central Morris County has the experience in dealing with fire & smoke restoration because we have taken the time to know smoke!

  • Smoke will always drift to cooler areas and the upper levels of a building.
  • Smoke flows through plumbing systems, using holes around pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke will greatly affect the restoration process.

Types of Smoke and Soot

In order to properly address the situation, SERVPRO® of East Central Morris County will inspect & test the soot to determine which of the following types of smoke damage occurred.

  • Wet Smoke - Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.  Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke - Fast burning at high temperatures.
  • Protein Fire Residue which is produced by evaporation of material rather than from fire. - Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot - Furnace puff backs cause fuel oil soot.
  • Other Types - Fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue are other types.

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 at 973-887-9100 for a free estimate.

Winter Safety Precautions

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

As the temperatures decline outside, you may want to turn up the heat in your home or the office, including burning candles, using space heaters, turning up the thermostat, etc. However, with each of these modes of heat, there are dangers associated. In fact, heating sources are a leading cause of fire deaths. Make sure you are taking certain safety precautions before attempting to turn up the heat. 

Emergency Shut Off:

When purchasing portable heaters, ensure they have emergency shut off switches designed to automatically switch off the unit if it tips over.

Inspect:

Thoroughly inspect all heating equipment each year to ensure it’s in proper working condition. 

Clean up the area around the heat source and keep any combustibles at least three feet away.

One at a Time:

Plug in only one heat source per electrical outlet at a time. Do not use power strips for heating appliances.

Never Leave Unattended:

Always remember to turn off your portable heaters when leaving the room. And, NEVER LEAVE CANDLES UNATTENDED!!!

Reminder:

Test each of your smoke alarms monthly, and change the batteries twice a year.

Fire Damage Comes in Many Forms and From Many Causes

6/6/2016 (Permalink)

The Many Forms and Types of Fire Damage

If your property in Ooltewah suffers from fire damage, you should talk to someone on our team. We are experts at minimizing current damage and keeping damage from increasing in severity. Even after a fire has been extinguished, its effects can continue to grow. We can stop that with state-of-the-art equipment.


Damage can be found even after small fires. These can happen anywhere in the home. They remain small when someone is present and can extinguish the fire before it can spread. The kitchen and bathroom are the most common, with the laundry room and garage coming in second. Bedrooms, living and dining rooms, and hallways can also have fires take place, but these areas are the least common. Patios are also prone to having fires, especially if outdoors cooking is done, or children experiment with a range of items, from fireworks to magnifying lenses


Fire damage can range from discolored concrete and natural rock outside to charred walls and scorched carpets inside. Drywall can suffer additional damage if water is heavily applied when there is a fire, although drywall should resist small, low-temperature fires. Paneling and wallpaper will burn, however, no matter what it is applied to as a covering. Our team members are creative in matching or updating, your pre-fire décor.


Kitchens can experience scorched countertops and cabinets, which need either repairing or replacing. If the cabinet doors are warped from the heat and then the cold from putting the fire out with either water or a fire extinguisher, they are typically replaced as needed. Then the remaining ones are cleaned and re-stained if needed. If floors have been soaked with water in the effort to extinguish the fire, we at SERVPRO are equipped, and experienced, in getting it dry quickly so that underlay and any support beams are not damaged


For fires in the garage and patio areas, we can quickly clean-up scorched concrete so that residues are not tracked into your home, as these can contain harmful substances that were once inert. Vinyl siding that has been damaged can also be repaired. Scorched and burned areas of grass can also be reseeded and started back on track. We can also create and provide an inventory list of damaged items, particularly, but not exclusively, for the garage area. We can list which items are damaged beyond repair, salvageable, or undetermined for insurance purposes.


If you've had a fire in your Ooltewah home cause damage, don't try repairing the area yourself. You need to call us at SERVPRO of East Central Morris County (973) 887-9100. We'll help you get your home's beauty back on center stage and put the fire behind you.

9 Smoke Alarm Safety Tips That Could Save Your Life

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 9 Smoke Alarm Safety Tips That Could Save Your Life A smoke detector could save your life.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Smoke alarms play a vital role saving lives. According to The Huffington Post, house fires cause approximately 3,000 deaths each year and 40% of those deaths occur in homes that do not have at least one smoke detector installed.

When properly installed, smoke detectors can significantly reduce the chance of death or injury to you and your family. Use the tips below to bring your fire safety to the next level.

Smoke Alarms Come in Two Flavors: You Should Use Both

  • Did you know? There are two types of smoke alarms - Ionization and Photoelectric alarms. According to the National Fire Prevention Association: "Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home."

Smoke Alarm Placement: The More (And Higher), The Better

  • The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house, including the basement.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. In most cases, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  • Generally, smoke detectors should be placed high on the wall or on the ceiling, keeping the following factors in mind:

"Proper mounting of a smoke detector also is important. You can mount many detectors by yourself, but those connected to your household wiring should have their own separate circuit and be installed by a professional electrician. If you mount your detector on the ceiling, be sure to keep it at least 18 inches away from dead air space near corners. If you mount it on the wall, place it four to 12 inches below the ceiling and away from corners. Keep them high because smoke rises." (Source: University of Tennessee)

Smoke Alarm Maintenance Tips

  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps," the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Have a Fire Emergency Escape Plan

  • Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.

If You Are a Business Owner, Consult Your Local Fire Marshall

  • While all of these basic rules apply to any smoke alarm installation, business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.

Has Your Home Suffered Smoke or Fire Damage?

In the unfortunate event that your home or business suffers fire damage, call SERVPRO® of East Central Morris County at 973-887-9100. We have the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise that is needed to help you through a difficult time and get your home or business back on track.

Chimney/Fireplaces Maintenance

12/11/2015 (Permalink)

With natural gas and propane prices continuing to rise, you'll likely be looking to the old fireplace this winter to help cut your home-heating bills. But before you spark up the logs, take heed that fireplaces and chimneys are involved in 42 percent of all home-heating fires. So first make sure yours is up to snuff by following the seven safety tips below.

1. Hire a chimney sweep. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys be swept at least once a year at the beginning of the winter to remove soot and debris. Find a certified sweep in your area via the Chimney Safety Institute of America

2. Check for damage. In addition to cleaning, a chimney sweep should inspect the chimney structure for cracks, loose bricks, or missing mortar. Chimney liners should also be checked for cracking or deterioration. 

3. Cap the chimney. A cap fitted with wire-mesh sides covers the top of the chimney and keeps rain, birds, squirrels, and debris from entering. Replace or repair a cap that's missing or damaged. 

4. Burn seasoned hardwoods. Choose dense wood, such as oak, that's been split and stored in a high and dry place for at least six months. Green wood and resinous softwoods like pine produce more creosote, a flammable by-product of combustion that can build up in the chimney. 

5. Don't overload. Small fires generate less smoke, thus less creosote buildup. Also, a fire that's too large or too hot can crack the chimney. 

6. Build it right. Place logs at the rear of the fireplace on a metal grate. Use kindling, rather than flammable liquids, to start the fire. 

7. Use a spark guard. Prevent errant embers from shooting out of the firebox with a mesh metal screen or glass fireplace doors. A guard in front of an open flame is especially important when the room is unoccupied. 

Home Fire Danger Peaks During Holiday Season

12/11/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Home Fire Danger Peaks During Holiday Season Chimney fire spread to second floor

Morris Plains, NJ (Grassroots Newswire) November 16, 2015 -- As the holiday season approaches and families gear up for decorating their homes and hosting large gatherings of friends and family, James Skahill of SERVPRO® of East Central Morris County reminds homeowners to take note of some sobering statistics about home fire safety from the National Fire Prevention Association:

  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires. The three peak days for home cooking fires are Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.1
  • Candles fires peak in December. The top three days for candles fires are Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.2
  • “These statistics are a serious reminder of how the excitement of holiday entertaining can quickly turn into a life-altering fire or even a tragic injury or death,” says Skahill. “While glowing candles and elaborate meals set the stage for a great holiday get-together, homeowners need to exercise extra care in controlling the dangerous potential for fires.”

    According to the NFPA3, unattended cooking is by far the leading cause of home cooking fires, with frying posing the greatest fire risk and electric ranges posing a higher risk than gas ranges. Range top cooking in general started the majority of home cooking fires and caused 86 percent of related civilian deaths for the reporting period.

    While incidents of candle fires peaked in 2001 and have been falling since, candles are still one of the top 10 causes of U.S. home fires, according to the NFPA. As with cooking fires, unattended or abandoned candles account for a large portion of candle fires–almost 20 percent–but the most frequent cause of candle fires is placing the candle too close to something that can burn, like curtains, decorations or furniture.

    “It’s easy to see why cooking and candle fires both peak during the holiday season,” says Skahill, “and it’s also easy to see why homeowners need to take extra care when decorating their homes or entertaining. A moment’s inattention at the stove or a guest repositioning a candle on a tabletop may be all it takes to turn the festivities into a fight to save property and lives. While our business is fire and water damage restoration and we stand ready to help at a moment’s notice if disaster does strike, our sincere hope is that our friends and neighbors will enjoy a fire-free and festive holiday season.”

    For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of East Central Morris County, please contact James Skahill at (973) 887-9100 or SERVPRO9120@optonline.net.

    1 http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/causes/cooking

    2 http://www.nfpa.org/research/reports-and-statistics/fire-causes/candles

    3 http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/holidays/put-a-freeze-on-winter-fires

    How Morris County NJ Professional Fire Damage Restoration Businesses Provide Assistance

    9/4/2015 (Permalink)

    How Professional Fire Damage Restoration Businesses Provide Assistance

    Types of Fire Damage
    There are two types of destructive Morris County fires that can occur at a residential or commercial property. One variety is a small centralized fire in a kitchen or living room that damages only a few items while the other type is a large fire that destroys numerous important materials such as drywall in a building. Not only is a fire destructive due to hot flames, but there are additional problems from poisonous smoke and greasy soot that make it difficult to restore a property.


    The Role of Fire Restoration Technicians
    Professional SERVPRO fire restoration technicians are trained to restore a property as quickly as possible to prevent additional damage from soot and smoke. One of the first things that require repair are roofs and walls to prevent exposure to rain, snow and cold air. These repairs permit workers to enter a building to complete essential improvements to other damaged materials. At the same time, technicians begin the process of removing water from sprinklers and hoses to prevent moisture damage.

    Improving Air Circulation
    After a Morris County Fire occurs, buildings often become humid from the water used to douse flames. Unfortunately, power in the building is frequently turned off, leading to poor air circulation. Lack of air circulation causes secondary problems from smoke odor and humidity. SERVPRO of East Central Morris County  technicians install fan systems to circulate air and reduce humidity levels. With an improvement in air quality and removal of moisture, it is possible to restore power to a building to complete other restorations.

    Cleaning and Sanitizing Surfaces Affected by Fire
    After major repairs are completed, trained technicians begin cleaning and sanitizing surfaces damaged by smoke and soot. Removing filthy soot is a specialized process to avoid contaminating other items. Industrial-strength equipment scrubs surface while vacuuming debris that is containerized for disposal. Technicians use sump pumps and extraction machines to remove moisture from water-soaked areas.

    How to Hire Fire Damage Remediation Experts
    After a Morris County Fire, a professional fire remediation company is required immediately to begin a cleanup. This means hiring technicians available round-the-clock who arrive with the equipment and tools to begin removing burnt materials, smoke, and soot. Technicians must know how to turn off power in a building and make sure that water is not leaking from pipes before assessing damages. Some fire restoration companies offer a full line of services such as remodeling while others may only perform cleanup tasks.

    Locally Owned Company with National Resources

    As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of East Central Morris County is strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event. They can be reached at 973-887-9100 for an immediate response.  When a major fire or disaster event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

    Are You Missing These Hidden Sources of Morris County Fire?

    9/4/2015 (Permalink)

    Are You Missing These Hidden Sources of Fire?

    Most people are aware of the fire risks posed by candles, smoking, and malfunctioning appliances, but there are also a number of everyday household hazards that may surprise you. Below are some of the most commonly overlooked sources of house fires.

    Microwaves

    Microwaves - especially out-of-date models - are one of the most common sources of house fires. Accidentally microwaving a piece of silverware or aluminum foil can cause arcing, and dry foods can easily ignite if cooked for too long. To make matters worse, the fan can also provide oxygen to feed the flames, which is why you should never leave a microwave unattended when in use. 

    Batteries

    While battery-related fires are rare, they do happen. 9-volt batteries are especially hazardous, since the positive and negative posts are so close together. If a piece of conductive metal comes between those posts, it could cause a short, igniting any nearby combustible materials. The best option is to store unused batteries in their original packaging, or to cover the ends with a bit of electrical tape. Never store batteries in a drawer with loose metal or flammable objects. 

    Light Bulbs

    All outlets are rated for a certain wattage, and use light bulbs that exceed those standards is a fire waiting to happen. If the outlet is unmarked, the safest course of action is to choose light bulbs that are 60 watts or below. If your home includes track or recessed lighting, consider using cooler LED bulbs instead of CFLs in order to avoid overheating. 

    Dryer Lint

    Every year, more than 15,000 fires are caused by dryer lint. Lint traps do not catch the majority of lint, which means that most of it ends up in the dryer vents, blocking air flow and exhaust gasses and eventually becoming a serious fire hazard. Clean the lint trap between each load of laundry, and take the time to clear lint away from the vent and the back of the dryer at least once a month. 

    Laptops

    Laptops heat up during regular use, and covering up their cooling vents can result in overheating and even a fire.  Avoid leaving your laptop on the bed, couch, or any other surface that might block air flow. 

    Reading Materials

    Newspapers, magazines, books, and paperwork can easily ignite if stored too close to a heat source. Always store reading materials on a shelf or in another cool, dry place, and consider tossing out anything that you won't use again so that it doesn't become a hazard in the future. 

    Heating Pads

    Heating pads and electrical blankets that are old, damaged, or improperly used can pose a significant risk to your home and your safety. Replace any pads that have missing covers, tears, cracks, or exposed wires. Avoid bunching pads up during use, and never fall asleep with a heating pad turned on - many older models do not have an auto-off setting, which can lead to serious burns, short-outs, and even fires. 

    Charcoal

    Barbecue charcoal is highly flammable, even when it's damp. The best way to store charcoal is to keep it inside a metal container with an air-tight lid, so that if a fire does start, it won't be able to spread. Keep charcoal in an area that isn't exposed to sunlight or moisture, such as a shed or outdoor storage unit. 

    Clutter

    Assorted clutter is a surprisingly common source of household fires. Combustible materials that are stored near light fixtures or electrical outlets can easily ignite; clutter in the bedroom is especially dangerous since it gives you less time to react to a potential fire. Avoid stacking clothing or paperwork in a closet with light bulbs, and vacuum regularly so that flammable dust doesn't accumulate around sockets and light fixtures. 

    Old Appliances

    Old and outdated appliances are a major  fire hazard, even if appear to be functioning properly. Many older appliances do not have the built-in safety features that come with modern models, and pieces may wear out or break down over time with regular use. Check old appliances regularly for worn insulation, exposed wiring, or malfunctioning components.

    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. When various materials burn, the soot and residue 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

    Locally Owned Company with National Resources

    We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of East Central Morris County NJ is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We can be reached at (973) 887-9100. We are proud to be an active member of the Morris County community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

    Soot from furnace malfunction

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    Heating systems are being turned on now, as the weather gets colder.

     Be on the look out for black dirt and soot coming out of the registers and going on walls, floors, carpeting and contents.

     SERVPRO of East Central Morris County can set up air scrubbers to clean the air. and then clean all the ceilings, walls, floors and carpeting and air ducts to try to bring it back to pre-loss condition. If the surfaces do not clean up good enough then SERVPRO of East Central Morris County can prime & paint the walls & ceilings. The cleaning needs to be done first to get the soot removed.

     If you discover a problem call us right away at (973) 887-9100 - Located in Morris Plains NJ! 

    Locally Owned Company with National Resources

    We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of East Central Morris County NJ is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Morris County NJ community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

    Minimize Loss from Fire with Quick Action

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    The 2012 figures by the National Fire Protection Association have shown that the property losses from fire were of an estimated USD 12,427,000,000. This is indeed a whopping statistic, which goes on to emphasize the importance of making immediate calls for assistance soon after a mishap.

     After a catastrophe from fire, it becomes imperative to embark on the cleaning and restoration processes immediately. The sooner the process begins, the lesser the loss from damage.

     A fire accident is an awful experience. It brings about acute damage. The soot residues and smoke have severe impacts on the home interiors. If left unrestricted, they cause damage to walls, floors and the environment within. They leave behind powerful odors that are harmful for the environment.

     The restoring measure is intense and daunting. It entails the huge task of cleaning the soot from the damage and restoring the conditions of the space. Professional companies aim to restore the spaces as soon as possible to make them appear the same as before. The process requires a lot of experience and trained manpower to deliver exemplary cleaning services.

    The restoration companies advise homeowners not to enter their homes soon after the fire. A fire does not go out immediately and can rekindle from fuming remains. Homeowners should not, under any circumstances, attempt to clear the soot on their own. 

     It is important that these professionals be called at the earliest to stop the ongoing effects that are caused by soot residues and smoke. Further action can follow in quick succession.

     Soot is harsh for home interiors. It is acidic in nature. It discolors surfaces, tarnishes metal objects and spoils textile products. If a professional is not hired immediately to clean the leftovers, the cost of restoration will rise within a matter of just a few weeks. If contacted promptly soon after the incident, they can stop the after-effect before it transforms into a major problem. It goes without saying that if you take too long to hire a professional, you are likely to face more damage.

    At the same time, it is very important that you choose the right company for your restorations. The company should be reliable, certified and experienced to carry out damage control actions.This entire process of cleaning and restoring is extensive and detailed. A certified restoration company begins by identifying the extent of damage, the materials and the source of odor. Hiring a professional is believed to be the right decision because they have the proper tools and the perfect level of understanding to execute the clean-up process smoothly. You can avail their services 24x7. 

    Locally Owned Company with National Resources

    We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of East Central Morris County NJ is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Morris County NJ community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.