Recent Fire Damage Posts

2021 Cooking Safety Precautions

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

You may think that safety while cooking has become second nature to you at this point, but that doesn't mean that you don't need to be cautious and aware while making your favorite foods! Being aware of the different objects and utensils that you're using while in the kitchen is important, making sure that your station is organized and clean can go a long way in preventing a fire. Most cooking fires start due to negligence, and while not intentional they spread quickly and often take you by surprise!

The USFA and FEMA estimate that just over 50% of all house fires in 2016 were caused by cooking accidents, which is a lot of fires caused by something easily avoidable. On average there are over 400,000 house fires per year in the United States, and to have over 50% being caused by someone easily avoidable is concerning. Negligence while cooking is a serious problem that can only be dealt with by properly educating people on the ways to prevent it.

Being a head chef or a complete newbie doesn't matter when it comes to cooking safely. Be sure to never leave an active stove or other potentially dangerous appliances unattended. Additionally, learning about the different types of fires that can happen in the kitchen (e.g. grease, oil, etc) can go a long way in ensuring that you aren't taken by surprise and know exactly what to do should a situation present itself! Lastly, be sure to have fun while cooking. Making food for friends and family is something that people all around the world enjoy doing in their pastimes, so make some of your favorite dishes and practice safe cooking while doing it!

Is your home suffering from odor left over from fire damage?

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Putting out a fire is no easy task, especially when it grows large enough to spread throughout your property. Once the battle to contain the flames is over, there is another to be waged, the one to restore your property to preloss conditions. One part of that battle is the odor that is left behind from the fire fighting chemical mixture and from the fire/smoke itself. We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Twp / Bear Creek have dealt with property fires and the odor left behind for years and know just where to start to remove it.

It is important that these odors are dealt with quickly and properly as they can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, etc, and can begin to affect your health if not treated.  

We have industrial scrubbers and much more similarly advanced equipment that we can use to rid your home of the odor and return it to its smell when it was first built. If your home or business has been affected by a fire or you need odor removal from previous fire damage, look no further than SERVPRO of Hanover Twp / Bear Creek.

2021 Summer Heat and Fire Safety

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

During the Spring and Summer months, the temperature outside begins to rise and, in certain parts of the country, heatwaves begin to appear more commonly and can even become unrelenting. This opens you and your property up to new risks from the increased heat. Here are some tips you can use to combat the unrelenting heat this Summer!

1). Think about covering your windows to block heat from direct sunlight. This can help cool down the room.

2). Try to use fans more strategically, don't just place them and forget them. Ceiling fans should rotate counter-clockwise to be most effective at moving the air within the room.

3). Try cooking with smaller appliances like a slow-cooker or a tabletop grill. This can help minimize the heat added to your home when cooking food.

4). If you know that you have elderly neighbors and are able to, you should check on them every so often to ensure they're okay. Summer heatwaves leave the elderly in a tough spot and are oftentimes much more dangerous for them than you during them.

All of these things could potentially lead to fire damage in your home as well. All it takes is someone not paying attention and a simple spark could turn into a full-blown fire! Make sure that you remember SERVPRO is always here to help!

2021 Summer Wildfire Prevention

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Wildfires are the type of natural disaster that can start and get completely out of control all within a few minutes. They also normally don't require all that much to get started to begin with, which is why taking a few simple preventative measures can be extremely beneficial to your home!

First, make a habit of occasionally walking through your yard and looking out for dead/dying trees, leaves, or grass. All of these are the perfect fire starts or accelerants for already blazing fires. Take note of any that you find and move on to the next step!

Secondly, take all of the dead/dry material that you have found in your yard and dig it up, pick it up, or clean it up. Get it out of there! You can cut down the dead grass or even try watering it often to liven it up. Picking up and getting rid of the dead trees or branches is the best way of eliminating that fire hazard. Raking up and bagging any dead leaves will help with that issue.

After all that work the fire hazards that could pose an immediate threat to your home should be dealt with, but that isn't all there is. It is important that you continue to be vigilant, especially during activities like grilling, bonfires, camping, or even lighting fireworks. All of these activities can be fun for you, along with friends and family, but they can also be the catalyst of a wildfire!

2021 Summer Grill Safety

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

During the Spring and Summer months its common to see friends and family getting together out in the nice warm weather to barbecue and enjoy the company of others. If you plan to cook outdoors on a grill it is important to be aware of the area that you're doing it in. Clearing any dead or dry leaves, grass, or shrubs from the immediate area of your cooking station is smart and proactive, as all of these are extremely potent fire sources pose a potential fire risk. Even the smallest of embers could set them ablaze!

To best prepare for any event you have planned you should take a quick survey of where you want to throw the party or cookout and find any and all spots that could pose a problem. If it is your property you can do a few things to deal with it, water them and spruce things up if you have a while before the event or simply get rid of the fire hazards. If the location that you want to use isn't your property then it is best that you find a more suitable area to ensure that you and the surrounding area is safe!

Summer 2021 Bonfire Safety

5/8/2021 (Permalink)

As the weather gets nicer and the temperatures grow higher you are likely more inclined to start spending more time outdoors. Having friends and family over to catch up on how each other's previous year has gone while sitting around a bonfire cooking hotdogs or making s'mores. What you may not realize is that you could be putting yourself and those around you in danger, summer droughts leave patches of grass or brush that are ripe for catching fire all around. Make sure that you follow safety procedures when making a bonfire to help prevent any mishaps or accidents from occurring!

Ensure nothing happens by clearing the area of any dry grass or plants and if possible keep a fire extinguisher or even a hose nearby. It's okay to have fun with friends, but its also your job to be vigilant and careful. Be knowledgeable, safe, and aware and have some fun this summer!

Fire Safety While Cooking 2020

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Safety when cooking should always be something that is on your mind, being aware of potentially flammable objects and being knowledgeable on how to deal with them when cooking can help prevent a fire from starting. Most fires that start during the process of cooking start due to negligence, these fires spread fast and those that aren't prepared can be caught by surprise and left in serious danger.

The USFA and FEMA estimate that just over 50% of all house fires in 2016 were caused by cooking accidents, that is a lot of fires caused by something that is easily avoidable. On average there are over 400,000 house fires per year in the United States, and to have over 50% be caused by someone easily avoidable is concerning. Negligence while cooking is a serious problem that can only be dealt with by properly educating people in the ways to prevent it.

Being a complete novice or a master chef doesn't matter when it comes to cooking safely, leaving an active stove or other kitchen appliance unattended can create a fire that spirals out of control in just seconds if not caught immediately. Even if the fire is caught in time, lacking the proper education on how to quell the type of cooking fire that it is can then put you in even more danger if you attempt to put it out. If you take proper precautionary measures when cooking you will be left with a both fun and safe hobby that millions enjoy doing.

Does your home suffer from odor related to fire damage?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

After a fire is fought and the flames extinguished there are still many battles to be fought before your home or business can return to how it was. One such battle is the odor that is left behind after the fires are dealt with. We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Twp / Bear Creek have dealt with fires and the odors that they leave behind for years and know just where to start and how to eradicate any traces that there was ever any damage.

It is important that these odors are dealt with quickly and properly as they can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, etc and can begin to affect your health if not treated.  

We have industrial scrubbers and much more similarly advanced equipment that we can use to rid your home of the odor and return it to its smell when it was first built. If your home or business has been affected by a fire or you need odor removal from previous fire damage look no further than SERVPRO of Hanover Twp / Bear Creek.

2020 Summer Heat and Fire Safety

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

During the Spring and Summer the temperature outside begins to get hotter and hotter, and in some parts of the country heat waves become common and unrelenting. This opens you and your home up to potential risk from the heat. To help combat the unrelenting heat here are a few helpful tips for home use. 

1). Cover your windows to block heat from direct sunlight. This helps cool down the room.

2). Use fans strategically, don't just place them and forget them. Ceiling fans should rotate counter-clockwise to be most effective at moving the air in the room.

3). Cooking with smaller appliances like a slow-cooker or a tabletop grill helps minimize the heat.

4). If you know that you have some elderly neighbors and are able to you should check on them every once in a while. Summer heat waves leave the elderly in a tough spot and it can be more dangerous for them during it.

All of these things could potentially lead to fire damage in your home as well. All it takes is someone not paying attention and a simple spark could turn into a full blown fire! Make sure that you remember to call SERVPRO if your home succumbs to fire!

2020 Summer Wildfire Prevention

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

Wildfires are a type of natural disaster that can start and get out of control in the blink of an eye. They require very little to get out of hand or start to begin with, that's why doing a few simple things to help prevent them is beneficial to you and your home! 

Firstly, going through your yard and looking for dead trees, leaves, or grass. All of these things are perfect fire starters, fuel for the fire, or branches that a fire could use to spread further! Once you have made note of any of these things in your area its on to the next step!

Secondly, take all of the dead/dry material that you have found in your yard and dig it up, pick it up, or clean it up. Get it out of there! You can cut down the dead grass or even try watering it often to liven it up. Picking up and getting rid of the dead trees or branches is the best way of eliminating that fire hazard. Raking up and bagging any dead leaves will help with that issue.

Now all your nearby fire hazards should be cleared out, but that isn't all. You should always be vigilant of things like this, especially when doing things that involve fire like grilling, having a bonfire, camping, and even lighting off fireworks. These things can be fun but that doesn't mean that you should skirt your responsibilities to do them, you can always spend a couple minutes to ensure the area you intend to use is safe!

Summer 2020 Grill Safety

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

Spring and Summer time is often the time of year when friends and family get together and enjoy each other's company while grilling food outside in the nice weather. When planning on cooking outside near grass or plants it pays to be aware of dead plants and dry grass, as these are extremely potent fuel sources for a fire should any embers or flames reach them. Even the smallest of embers could potentially cause a domino effect to occur.

To best prepare for any event you have planned you should take a quick survey of where you want to throw the party or cookout and find any and all spots that could pose a problem. If it is your property you can do a few things to deal with it, water them and spruce things up if you have a while before the event or simply get rid of the fire hazards. If the location that you want to use isn't your property then it is best that you find a more suitable area to ensure that you and the surrounding area is safe!

Summer 2020 Fire-pit Safety

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is almost here and if your friends or family have the itch to start up a fire in your yard and talk amongst each other under the stars then it is important that you and everyone involved understand some of the many fire-pit / bonfire safety rules. You may not think it but using fire-pits during the summer can be extremely dangerous if not done properly and if those there are negligent. Grass easily drys out during the summer, leaving every single blade extremely susceptible to catching fire with even just a tiny ember. 

To ensure that nothing happens, clear the area of any dry grass or plants and if possible keep a fire extinguisher or even a hose nearby. Its okay to have fun with friends, but its also your job to be vigilant and careful. Be knowledgeable, safe, and aware and have some fun this summer!

Fire Safety when Cooking

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Safety when cooking should always be something that is on your mind, being aware of potentially flammable objects and being knowledgeable on how to deal with them when cooking can help keep a fire from starting. Most fires that start while someone is cooking start due to negligence, these fires spread fast and those that aren't prepared are left in serious danger.

The USFA and FEMA estimate that just over 50% of all house fires in 2016 were caused by cooking accidents, that is a lot of fires caused by something that is easily avoidable. On average there are over 400,000 house fires per year in the United States, and to have over 50% be caused by someone easily avoidable is concerning. Negligence while cooking is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with by properly educating people.

Being a complete novice or a master chef doesn't matter when it comes to cooking safely, leaving a active stove or other kitchen appliance unattended can create a fire that spirals out of control in just seconds if not caught immediately. If you take proper precautionary measures when cooking you will be left with a both fun and safe hobby that millions enjoy doing.

Fire Damage Odor Removal

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Odor Removal

We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek know first hand just how much odor is left behind after a fire has been dealt with in your home or business. It is important for both you and your family/employees that this is fixed as soon as possible. These odors can cause headaches and make those inhaling them feel ill. That's why we're here!

We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek use industrial scrubbers and other similar equipment in order to make your home smell like it did before the fire loss occurred. If your property has been affected by a fire, no matter how large, and you need odor removal look no further than SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek!

2019 Summer Wildfire Prevention

6/22/2019 (Permalink)

Wildfires are a type of natural disaster that can start and get out of control in the blink of an eye. They require very little to get out of hand or start to begin with, that's why doing a few simple things to help prevent them is beneficial to you and your home! 

Firstly, going through your yard and looking for dead trees, leaves, or grass. All of these things are perfect fire starters, fuel for the fire, or branches that a fire could use to spread further! Once you have made note of any of these things in your area its on to the next step!

Secondly, take all of the dead/dry material that you have found in your yard and dig it up, pick it up, or clean it up. Get it out of there! You can cut down the dead grass or even try watering it often to liven it up. Picking up and getting rid of the dead trees or branches is the best way of eliminating that fire hazard. Raking up and bagging any dead leaves will help with that issue.

Now all your nearby fire hazards should be cleared out, but that isn't all. You should always be vigilant of things like this, especially when doing things that involve fire like grilling, having a bonfire, camping, and even lighting off fireworks. These things can be fun but that doesn't mean that you should skirt your responsibilities to do them, you can always spend a couple minutes to ensure the area you intend to use is safe!

2019 Summer Heat and Fire Safety!

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

During the Spring and Summer the temperature outside begins to get hotter and hotter, and in some parts of the country heat waves become common and unrelenting. This opens you and your home up to potential risk from the heat. To help combat the unrelenting heat here are a few helpful tips for home use. 

1). Cover your windows to block heat from direct sunlight. This helps cool down the room.

2). Use fans strategically, don't just place them and forget them. Ceiling fans should rotate counter-clockwise to be most effective at moving the air in the room.

3). Cooking with smaller appliances like a slow-cooker or a tabletop grill helps minimize the heat.

4). If you know that you have some elderly neighbors and are able to you should check on them every once in a while. Summer heat waves leave the elderly in a tough spot and it can be more dangerous for them during it.

All of these things could potentially lead to fire damage in your home as well. All it takes is someone not paying attention and a simple spark could turn into a full blown fire! Make sure that you remember to call SERVPRO if your home succumbs to fire!

Summer 2019 Grill Safety

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is here and its the best time to gather a bunch of friends and family and throw a cookout or barbecue! When planning on cooking outside near grass or plants it pays to be aware of dead plants and dry grass, as these are extremely potent fuel sources for a fire should any embers or flames reach them. To best prepare for any event you have planned you should take a quick survey of where you want to throw the party or cookout and find any and all spots that could pose a problem. If it is your property you can do a few things to deal with it, water them and spruce things up if you have a while before the event or simply get rid of the fire hazards. If the location isn't your property then it is best that you find a more suitable area to ensure that you and the surrounding area is safe!

Summer 2019 Fire-pit Safety

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is here and what better way to hang out with a bunch of friends than by starting up a fire-pit and hanging out under the stars. You may not think it but using fire-pits during the summer can be extremely dangerous if not done properly and if those there are negligent. Grass easily drys out during the summer, leaving every single blade extremely susceptible to catching fire with even just a tiny ember. 

To ensure that nothing happens, clear the area of any dry grass or plants and if possible keep a fire extinguisher or even a hose nearby. Its okay to have fun with friends, but its also your job to be vigilant and careful. Be safe and have fun this summer!

Cooking Fire Safety

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire safety is extremely important to know when your own a home or business, many fires are caused by negligence and can spread fast enough to leave those who aren’t prepared in serious danger. The USFA and FEMA estimate that just over 50% of all house fires in 2016 were caused by cooking accidents. There are on average over 400,000+ house fires per year in the United States, and to have over 50% be caused by cooking helps show that negligence is a serious issue in the matter. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice at cooking or a master chef, if you leave an active stove or other kitchen appliance unattended it can create a fire that spirals out of control in just a few seconds if not caught right away. Taking proper precautionary measures when cooking can help make it a fun and safe hobby, but failing to do so can lead to fire/property damage in a worst case scenario.

Summer Grill Safety

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

On average 9,000 fires are caused by grilling accidents every year. These accidents increase in frequency a lot over the summer due to things like increase in barbecues and the foliage and grass getting much dryer in different places around the country. There are a few ways in which you can help prevent things like this from happening. The first would be to make sure to pay more attention to your grilling setup, make sure it isn't near dry grass or bushes, especially if you're using a charcoal grill. If your setup is indeed near a location like this then you should take one of two actions, either move it to a safer location or take the time to water or remove the dangerous spots. The second way to help prevent this is to take more care in paying attention to what you're doing when grilling. A lot of these accidents happen due to carelessness.

Prevent Electrical Fires in your Hanover Twp & Bear Creek Home

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

House fire caused by an electric heater left plugged in.

Over 25,000 electrical fires are reported annually in the United States, resulting in death or injury to more than 1,300 people, according to the U.S Fire Administration. Home electrical fires result in greater dollar loss per fire than nonelectrical fires. Even more startling: almost all those fires could have been prevented by taking a few simple steps, including:

  • Electrical outlets: Check for loose fitting plugs, which can be a shock or fire hazard.

  • Plugs: Never force them into outlets; avoid overloading outlets with adapters and too many appliance plugs.

  • Cords:  Make sure they are not frayed or cracked, placed under carpets or rugs, or placed in high traffic areas. Do not nail or staple them to walls, floors or other objects.

  • Extension cords: Use them on a temporary basis only. They are not intended as permanent household wiring.

  • Circuit breakers/Fuses: Fuses should be properly rated for the circuit they are protecting. If you don’t know the correct rating, have an electrician identify and label the correct size to be used..

  • Appliances/Electronics: If an appliance repeatedly blows a fuse, trips a circuit breaker or has given you an electrical shock, immediately unplug it and have it repaired or replaced. Look for cracks or damage in wiring and connectors

  • Electrical wiring: Wiring defects are a major cause of residential blazes. Check periodically for loose wall receptacles, loose wires, or loose lighting fixtures

  • Service capacity: As you continue to upgrade your home with more lighting, appliances and electronics, your home’s electrical service capacity may become overburdened. If fuses blow or trip frequently, you may need to increase the capacity of your electrical service or add new branch circuits

Hanover Township/ Bear Creek Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Hanover Township/ Bear Creek Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Hanover Township/ Bear Creek will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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